Friday, February 25, 2011

Irish Kate

Today's post is a plug for Irish writer Kate Thompson. Now, I will admit to being somewhat prejudiced in that anything from Ireland is going to be something I want to like anyway, but I can tell you that Kate's work is very fine and would be no matter where the stories were set.

The New Policeman is a wonderful combination of "real boy" in "real world" and the world of fantasy. This is not the kind of fantasy where the main character disappears into some alternate place and "real" time and place are forgotten (well, sort of -- but you'll have to read it to see what I mean). In fact, it's a great story about how time can get distorted between our world and the land of Faerie. The Last of the High Kings is a very satisfactory sequel. I will get the third and final book in this series, The White Horse Trick soon.

For those of you who can access the Junior High shelf, Thompson has written a wonderfully eerie tale about an Irish city boy who is forced to learn about the mysteries one finds in the country. It is called Creature of the Night and I liked it because it wasn't frightening like Stephen King, just really, really suspenseful and creepy.

Our library has the first two books in her new series called The Missing Link. The first book is called Fourth World and the second is Only Human. They are a cool look at the future and the possibilities (both good and bad) of genetic cloning and manipulation.

Check out Kate Thompson next time you're in the library. You'll be glad you did.

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