Re: All The Windwracked Stars

I generally look forward to reading stories by Elizabeth Bear, so I was intrigued to find a whole novel by her, All The Windwracked Stars. Plus I heard it was an example of the Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot trope. The what?
Basically the ideas is lots of Cool Stuff mingled in an entertaining fashion. Like Muire the wealcyrge and Kasimir her valraven, a winged horse with two heads, one horned, one antlered. Their world has already been through at least one Ragnarok, and a Desolation of:

their bioweapons and their radiation bombs, with their shoggoth main battle groups and their killer robots and their orbital microwave projectors, the mass projectors and combat sorceror and laser-guided death curses.

They fight the Grey Wolf and the Technomage to stave off yet another ending of the world.

There’s so much going on that I’m not going to try to describe, but it was too much for me. Four or five times in the first 200 pages or so, I put the book down wondering, Where are we going with this? It shifts from detective novel to romance to quest story to, well, lots of cool stuff on the way to the final battle. It’s an interesting world with a rich history and strong characters, but I’m still not sure what it was about.

But it’s pretty cool.

5 thoughts on “Re: All The Windwracked Stars

  1. This brings to mind one of the rules of thumb in web design: Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. it sound like she just used a little bit too much Cool Stuff, and it overwhelmed the story.

  2. “the Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot trope.”

    I followed this link and found the explanation adequate, but the site itself…a little disturbing. I guess everyone needs a hobby.

  3. I love xkcd!

    No, what I meant was that someone had enough time to build tvtropes (heh…I mistyped that as “tvtripe” the first time). By the examples I found, it looked like close to 100% of the material was related to anime. Hard to believe that anyone could watch so much of it. Let alone actually use brain cells to analyze it. That’s what the hobby reference was about…

    BTW, I am strugglin’ strugllin’ strugglin’ on that 1k word story for WYBW. I just can’t find one of my recent ideas or sketches that can be done in that short space. Gotta dig deeper.

    1. I’m having the same problem with the 1k. I managed to generate a couple of smaller concepts, but I’m not getting a lot of juice from them.

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