[LMB] OT: book recommendations

Nancy L. Barber nlbarber at mac.com
Thu, 5 Dec 2002 16:07:46 -0500

>On Wednesday, December 4, 2002, at 06:11 PM, Natalie Getzoff wrote:
>>Suggestions anyone?

I just finished _The Apocalypse Door_ by James D. Macdonald (of
Doyle and Macdonald, the Mageworld series).  Short, lots of fun,
unfortunately still just in hardback so it's expensive.  It's a
pastiche of hard-boiled detective novels, with inside digs at lots
of mystery novels and TV series.

The protagonist is a modern-day member of the Templars, a member
of the "Inner Temple" (small group that handles the really dire
crises). He's a priest.  He's sent to rescue a group of U.N. workers
being held hostage, but what he finds are...mushrooms.  Ones that bleed
when broken and that cringe from a cross.  It gets messier from
there. <g>

Good quote from Kate Nepveu's review: "Crossman gets caught in
an ethical bind  when his would-be assassin tells him, under the seal of
the  confessional, that she intends to kill him; discovers that giving
last rites to someone who's has his face sliced off is somewhat
awkward; and asks if the dead people who just tried to kill him made
good confessions earlier in the day."

     Nancy Barber