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Greg van Eekhout

Autor(a) de Norse Code

48+ Works 1,648 Membros 117 Críticas 2 Favorited

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Image credit: Author Greg van Eekhout at the 2019 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas, United States. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83835777

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Obras por Greg van Eekhout

Norse Code (2009) 376 exemplares
California Bones (2014) 332 exemplares
The Boy at the End of the World (2011) 213 exemplares
Voyage of the Dogs (2018) 120 exemplares
Cog (2019) 101 exemplares
Kid vs. Squid (2010) 95 exemplares
Pacific Fire (2015) 86 exemplares
Dragon Coast (2015) 50 exemplares
Weird Kid (2021) 49 exemplares
Fenris & Mott (2022) 26 exemplares
Last Son of Tomorrow (2009) 18 exemplares
The Osteomancer's Son 9 exemplares
The Ghost Job (2023) 6 exemplares
Far As You Can Go 6 exemplares
In the Late December (2003) 6 exemplares
Gillian Underground 4 exemplares
Carnival Park 3 exemplares
Chinatown 3 exemplares
L is for Luminous 2 exemplares
The Dog Did My Homework Biggerr (2011) 2 exemplares
Taco 2 exemplares
Change [short story] 2 exemplares
California King — Autor — 2 exemplares
X is for Xylomancy 1 exemplar
V is for Vámonos 1 exemplar
S is for Solipsism 1 exemplar
R is for Raffle 1 exemplar
The Ghost Job 1 exemplar
Show and Tell 1 exemplar
C-rock City 1 exemplar
Invasion of the Anagrams (2012) 1 exemplar
Authorwerx 1 exemplar
Clean City 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fourth Annual Collection (2007) — Contribuidor — 434 exemplares
So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy (2004) — Contribuidor — 292 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection (2005) — Contribuidor — 223 exemplares
The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume 1 (2007) — Contribuidor — 220 exemplares
Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy (2008) — Contribuidor — 213 exemplares
Other Earths (2009) — Contribuidor — 181 exemplares
The Book of Magic: A Collection of Stories (2018) — Contribuidor — 165 exemplares
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 (2017) — Contribuidor — 142 exemplares
Diverse Energies (2012) — Contribuidor — 136 exemplares
Horrors! 365 Scary Stories (Anthology) (1998) — Contribuidor — 124 exemplares
Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction (2018) — Contribuidor — 124 exemplares
Starlight 3 (2001) — Contribuidor — 103 exemplares
Wastelands: The New Apocalypse (2019) — Contribuidor — 86 exemplares
New Skies: An Anthology of Today's Science Fiction (2003) — Contribuidor — 85 exemplares
Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition (2007) — Contribuidor — 75 exemplares
Year's Best Fantasy 6 (2006) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology (2020) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
Year's Best Fantasy 7 (2007) — Contribuidor — 59 exemplares
2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush (2016) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
Fantasy: The Best of 2001 (2002) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on tor.com (2013) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
Aliens: Recent Encounters (2013) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
Polyphony 4 (2004) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Whispers from the Abyss (2013) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Polyphony 5 (2005) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Not Just Rockets and Robots: Daily Science Fiction Year One (2012) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Issue 101 (February 2015) (2015) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Uncanny Magazine Issue 29: July/August 2019 (2019) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
The Best of Strange Horizons: Year Two (2004) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 10 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Daily Science Fiction: November 2010 (2010) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Daily Science Fiction: January 2011 (2011) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Daily Science Fiction: February 2011 (2011) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar

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Recommended Ages: Gr. 4-7

Plot Summary: Jake has a big secret. He's not really human. His parents found him in a glob that crashed to earth 12 years ago in their neighborhood. Jake's parents want him to be happy and healthy and they're not sure he can stay safe in a real school now that he's started to shapeshift. They allow him after Jake promises to be careful. With cell phones capturing video, no one wants Jake to shapeshift in front of others because his secret will be out there and "they" will find him, maybe to run tests on him. When Jake and his new friend Agnes explore a sink hole in their town and Jake sees some of the same goo that his parents found him in, he's worried. The hum that he feels in his belly before he shapeshifts is also stronger more often now. And more and more sink holes are appearing. One time, at the mall, he changes into a seal in the privacy of his own stall. But tons of videos were captured and he's mortified. Agnes, on the other hand, thinks Jake being able to shapeshift is the greatest thing ever. Together, they want to solve the mystery of the goo and the sinkholes before others find out about Jake. Can they do it before others?

Setting: Arizona, outside of Phoenix

Characters:
Jake Wind - 12 y/o, homeschooled for most of his life
Mom -
Dad - proctologist, makes lots of butt jokes
Agnes Oakes - new to school, likes the same superhero show Nite Kite as Jake, dad died in a warehouse accident
Dale - Jake's uncle, acts like a airhead except when talking or making music
Growler - Jake's dog

Recurring Themes: alien, space, adventure, friendship, survival, family, adoption, belonging

Controversial Issues: none

Personal Thoughts: Better than I thought for a genre I don't always love. Could be a lot to discuss. Well written.

Genre: science fiction

Pacing: medium
Characters: decent character development
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pigeonlover | 6 outras críticas | Dec 29, 2023 |
Independent Reading Level: Grades 3-5
 
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trevorsirmans | 9 outras críticas | Dec 6, 2023 |
Posted originally on my blog www.csdaley.com

I should buy myself a rubber stamp with the word sucker on it. This way when I am looking at new books and say the words, urban fantasy, heist, alternate history, genre blending, fantasy, I can just stamp my head sucker and buy it. I don't even really know how to begin describing California Bones. At its heart it is an urban fantasy set in a Los Angeles dominated by magic and canals (you read that right, canals. It is one of my favorite parts of the book). Ruled by a nasty piece of work called the Hierarch. Calling him a brutal, tyrant of a dictator is probably too nice of a selection of words.

The magic is where the fun starts. You see bones make the magic system do its rounds. Any kind of bones; human, animal, fossils. Eekhout does a great job of building the magic system which is good because it is central to the plot. It seems the Hierarch likes to cleanse his Southern California nation of potential rivals and powerful Osteomancers (bone magicians).

This is the leaping off point where we meet young Daniel and his family. They are caught up in one of the cleansings and Daniel escapes into the city where he becomes a brilliant thief. Fast forward a few years and we get to the meat of the story. Someone hires Daniel and his crew to break into the Hierarch's fortress.

That's about as much of the plot as I want to give away. The joy of this book is the discovery. Eekhout does a bang up job of world building. Giving you just enough of a familiar Los Angeles to keep you guessing what surprise will come next and there are plenty of them. The book is relentless. It plows forward and barely gives you a chance to breath. Lots of action, magic, and suspense with a dash of dark grittiness thrown in for good measure.

California Bones is one of the best times I have had reading a book this year. I curled up in my reading chair yesterday and plowed through it. It is a book that is hard to put down. So hard in fact dinner was a little late. I needed to know how it finished up. The best news of all is that it is book one of a planned trilogy and book two Pacific Fire is already out. I know what I will be reading this week. Pick it up and set aside a few hours. You won't regret it.
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cdaley | 22 outras críticas | Nov 2, 2023 |
I was a big fan of California Bones by Greg van Eekhout. I like when books bring something new and interesting to the fantasy world and California Bones had that by the bucket loads. The magic system of consuming bones (and other body parts) to draw power is still fascinating. Especially, considering that this includes humans. The story sprawls out over California but my favorite scenes are the ones in the reimagined canal filled Los Angeles.

This story starts 10 years after the conclusion of California Bones. Daniel is still on the run with Sam after the explosive conclusion of the last book. We get to meet lots of new characters (including a couple surprising ones) but my favorite is Em. I would read a whole book about her and her magically created sisters.

Greg van Eekhout is a wonderful writer and he continues to build on a world that I can't get enough of. The story is brisk and full of action. The magic is fierce. Plus, there is a fire drake as the main part of the story. The only issue I have with this book is that it ended and there is only one book left in the series.

If you are looking for a fast paced action fantasy jump on board this train. Go pick up California Bones and Pacific Fire, you will thank me for it. Well, you will thank Greg van Eekhout first. Then maybe me.
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cdaley | 9 outras críticas | Nov 2, 2023 |

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