Off the Shelf
The Time of the Transference
By Marcus Pan
Struggling for plotlines with his Spellsinger series it
seems, Foster has clumsy Jonny-Tom fall on his duar the instrument which
is responsible for his magic ability here in Clothahump's world
shattering it into bunches of pieces. So of course, the duar being the magical
artifact that it is, there's only one (maybe two) craftsman in the veritable
world capable of putting it back together. And of course the dude lives far
across the Glittergeist sea which means...off we go!
Unlike the last few romps with Jonny-Tom and his otterish
friend Mudge, this time around the fate of the world doesn't hang in the
balance. It's just a hop through the wilderness to get his guitar fixed. I
suppose that might really piss some people off and at first it did me
but after we're off on the adventure I got to thinking, well sometimes
it's nice to just wander about and spellsing at shit just because we can. And
that's what The Time of the Transference entails it's just
because Foster needed something to end (I think) the Spellsinger series
on a comfy note.
After reading the Black Magician trilogy from Harper
Collins, it was nice to just wander about and face pirates, cannibals and rocky
mountain dragons for a change rather than hyperbolically skilled black
magicians from Saskachan. Again, Foster shows how cute he is in this novel. If
you're looking for something far reaching, theological, high-brow and worldy,
this ain't 'yo coffee. If, like me, you've just gotten done with three or so
book's worth of that and need some breathing time have a go.
Romping across the Glittergeist, getting attacked by pirates
on the open sea and then chasing after said pirates for Mudge's new girlfriend
was a hoot. They spend a good portion of the book being chased by this ragtag
bunch of over-cliche'd baddies as they try and pummel their way through the
jungle southward to Chijeni, even going so far as to finding a cave that leads
into Jon-Tom's real world to be followed. As they run about they get caught by
pretty much everything around the area.
I particularly liked the idea of getting Teyva the flying
horse's fear of heights wiped away by giving him a snootful of coke only to
turn him into a crazed airborne loon. The different items Jon-Tom brings back
from a long saunter into his homeworld after this long shopping trip were good
choices and the afflicting demons of master Coulb who lie on his deathbed
bothered by IRS imps was...funny!
So give it a go if you're looking for a bit of scruff 'n
fluff. Sometimes we all need a taste of...nothing important. Not everything
should mean something huge. Sometimes a light little story about a human stuck
in an animal's world will suffice for the evening.
The Time of the Transference by Alan
Cover Art by Tim Hildebrandt
Copyright © 1987 by
Published by Warner Books, Inc.
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