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Queen Mab Courtesy Paperback – November 11, 2008
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By: Bruce C. Davis
In his debut novel, Bruce Davis manages to bring a fresh voice to the SciFi/Fantasy genre by engaging the reader's head and heart. This a book for people who don't think they like SciFi as well as for those who do but want something a little different. With its explicit descriptions of the Chicago area and its recipe for an Italian specialty, it firmly places itself on the less-than hard-core side of its potential readership. While it has several interesting futuristic features, it never focuses on them or on the action to the detriment of what is, at heart, a story about family and its claims on its members. Although the author is a medical doctor, he doesn't overburden us with jargon and uses what he does incorporate in a way that moves the story along nicely. With the juxtaposition of Shakespeare-quoting lead characters and Guamanian folk sayings, the dialog is intriguing without being cloying or overly technical. Anyone looking for a way into the SciFi world or any fan who is looking for a little more heart from the genre would be well advised to pick up a copy of this novel. As a reader who fits into the latter category, I am hoping the good doctor has plans for a sequel.
Queen Mab Courtesy is his most recent fiction work, a near future science fiction that embraces a lot of the same themes and ideas of cyberpunk... Without the cyberpunk baggage. Don't get me wrong, I love me some Cyberpunk although I tend to prefer the edge cases. For example, I love me some Shadowrun! Hoping to restart that game soon!
Right, book review. Moving on. Queen Mab Courtesy takes place in the near future in the year 20something. How story focuses on a young man named Horacio 'Tito' Guzman. Tito is in many ways an unfortunate young man, although through no fault of his own. Tito is a Denver Dwarf, or to explain, he is someone who is born with massive birth defects due to a vaccine that wasn't properly tested. Now I'm sure you ask, why would we use an improperly tested vaccine on people? Simple. The vaccine was to contain a genetically engineered plague released in the worse terrorist attack in over a century. The terrorist group that committed this attack is frankly unimportant, what's more important are the effects that attack had on Tito and the society he has to live in. For example Tito is a dwarf and has eyes that are placed in a way that gives him a blind spot right in front of him. It makes reading somewhat difficult for him but he manages.
Let me talk about Tito for a second.Read more ›
The two main characters start in the familiar roles of wise old warrior and recalcitrant acolyte in what appears to be a tightly written detective story. Then it transpires that the unlikely - really unlikely - young hero not only has wisdom which rivals his mentor, but also has a deeply troubled past which has forced him to overcome immensely difficult circumstances even before the story begins. The twin story threads of a conspiracy mystery and the self-discovery of the young Tito are neatly blended as we follow his search for his long-lost father.
And what is a Queen Mab Courtesy, anyway? You'll have to read it to find out.