March 6, 2005
This one was awesome too. I really like the survival/perservearance of the human race theme, though it wasn’t as… optimistic as usual in the “Space” story. So far, I’ve decided my favorites are the stories set in the past. Not only are they largely based on actual histories, but the future ones kind of disappoint me. I don’t like space/future stories for the sole fact that most are unimaginative setting-wise. You will generally either get a spaceship floating through the universe, or you’ll get a cityscape with tall & pointy buildings, hovercrafts, and computers. Not that the stories aren’t good… it’s just that they all tend to look the same and blend together.
The past one was very good this time around. Kumanso came back into play, as did the Phoenix’s blood of immortality. Except this time, the methods for obtaining the blood are less barbaric and a lot more considerate. As a matter of fact, the main character is all around less barbaric about the barbaric things he has to do. And apparently he’s also history’s first tree-hugging hippie. The king was also kind of awesome, I tend to like stories about kings obsessed with their tombs for some reason. The main disadvantage is that the ending was a bit heavy-handed, which was unfortunate, but I did like the tie back to the beginning and to a modern-day Japanese landmark.
“Space” was okay, and more than okay. The best part about it was probably the backwards planet meant to punish people. I thought that was awesome.