Saturday, May 27, 2006

Sir Apropos and the Puns

I'm currently reading Tong Lashing by Peter David. It's the third book in the Sir Apropos of Nothing trilogy, and I like it quite a bit, despite the terrible puns.

And the puns are terrible. Anaïs Ninjas, Skang Kei Ho, Chinpan Ali, etc.

I recall, from my Xanth-loving days, that Piers Anthony also loves puns. He uses puns from readers. Combined with bad dialogue, cardboard characters, and the recycled plots, they are obnoxious. There is a reason why my Xanth-loving days are in the past.

I like the Sir Apropos trilogy because the humor doesn't depend entirely on the puns. The books spoof clichéd fantasy very deftly. Apropos, the narrator, is very cynical and witty, and he does have a knack for getting himself into interesting situations.

The series is not without its problems. Apropos is an anti-hero, and he is a jerk. He can be hard to sympathize with.

Of course, that doesn't stop me from finding him obscenely sexy.

12 Comments:

Blogger Shen said...

Apropos definately has a sexy side. Especially when he's all strong and certain... rawrr.

And thanks for the comment. ;)

9:17 PM  
Blogger Karen Funk Blocher said...

Hmm. It's true I haven't read any Xanth books in a while, but I liked the characters and the dialogue,and I recall. Recycled plots...maybe that's why I stopped buying the books.

I've looked at the Peter David series but have not read them, yet. I think I have one of his humorous fantasies in paperback here, somewhere.

Karen

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Blogger Lucky Bob said...

I can hardly wait to start Tong Lashing myself. I love Apropos as a character. Someone that real and cynical, that you can't help but like for his complete honesty with the reader.

I've been reading a lot of Peter David's books recently, and they always have little puns and side jokes for those that are looking for them. In one of his Star Trek: New Frontier Series someone asks Picard if he runs Starfleet academy, and Picard responds that he couldn't see himself running a school for gifted youngsters. I call them groaners.

Oh and thanks for stopping by.

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