Posts Tagged ‘Nancy Farmer’

Bookathon: The Ear, the Eye and the Arm

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Starting time: 12:05
Ending time: 3:58 PM

Title: The Ear, the Eye and the Arm
Author: Nancy Farmer
Genre: Near-future sf/f
Pages: 301

Summary: Three wealthy children decide to sneak out of their safe home in Zimbabwe, and are promptly kidnapped. While they try to escape and find their way home, their mother hires the only detectives she can find: the Ear, the Eye and the Arm, whose exposure to nuclear waste has turned them into mutants — mutants with powers that may make them the only ones who can find the kids.

Thoughts: I picked this one up because I was looking for that rare unicorn of a book, a science fiction novel that’s not about white people. I definitely got that; the fact that this takes place in Africa is not window dressing. The book deals a lot with the struggle between traditional tribal beliefs and modern problems. I don’t know enough — let’s face it, anything — about Zimbabwean culture to judge if it handles it well and respectfully, but nothing really set off my BS radar. The characters were kind of flat, but the set pieces were fun, and I liked the redemption of the first villain the kids faced.

Four cupcakes.

The Sea of Trolls

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

The Sea of Trolls By Nancy Farmer [LibrarythingAmazon]

The Sea of Trolls is the story of a boy named Jack, who is nothing but a poor farmer’s son until the village’s mysterious bard offers to take him as an apprentice and teach him magic. But they’ve barely started when Northmen raiders attack, strike the bard down, and take Jack and his sister Lucy as slaves. From there, it’s all Jack can do to keep them alive—and try to use what he’s learned to someday get home.