Jul. 8th, 2009

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Title: Operation Chaos
Author: Paol Anderson
Published: New York: Orb Books, 1999 (1971) (individual short stories published 1956-1969)
Rating: 3 of 5
Page Count: 256
Total Page Count: 82,164
Text Number: 235
Read For: recommended as a werewolf novel, borrowed from the library.
Short Review: In a world where fantasy is as real as our own science, Steve is a werewolf and Ginny is a highly-skilled witch. Drawn together by need and love, this husband/wife team battle elementals and demons—but a darker threat may hide behind their enemies. A series of short stories drawn together in one volume, Operation Chaos has an unusual and promising take on science-fantasy, but it's altogether unconvincing and plagued by uneven pacing. As other reviews indicate, my response is not the majority opinion—but I found this novel unconvincing and more than a little frustrating, and I don't recommend it.

Long review. )

Review posted here on Amazon.com.

And sexist. I found it sexist, too—ironic, considering that the wife is so much more capable and important than the husband—but his objectification of her bothered me to no end. Ditto racist, if only in one of the stories. I never know how much to forgive older works for sins of discrimination, but there you go: they were there and bugged me, but I can't express why with enough confidence to make them part of my review proper.

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