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Corum meets Diana Brackley and Francis Saxover?
on 9 July 2014
On the surface a re-examination of Wyndham's 'Trouble with lichen', but perhaps more accurately summarised as a fast paced narrative in the tradition of 60s pulp-fantasy with a deeper nod to Mike Moorcock (particularly via his first 'Corum' trilogy; "Corum is a Vadhagh, one of a race of long-lived beings with limited magical abilities dedicated to peaceful pursuits such as art and poetry. A group of "Mabden" (men) led by the savage Earl Glandyth-a-Krae raid the family castle.. ").
In Westland's "Millennium Girl .." series, his core structural device is to transpose a grand (Eternal-Champion-esque) theme away from the realm of high anarchic 60s fantasy and embed it into a more recognisable, near-future chessboard sci-fiction led universe. There are more guns and RPGs here and fewer swords and axes.
Westland's writing is swift paced, like Moorcock and E.R.Burroughs, pulling the reader across the surface of his world - wherein several interesting scientific and philosophical counterfactuals are explored (cf. regarding power, the global 'elite' [echoes of a massive Bilderberg Group], long-life, immortality, health etc) .. However, whilst the relatively light treatment of character and description will work perfectly well for many drawn into the Millennium Girl's world, others may baulk at the relative lightness of characterisation, and sparseness of [the descriptive] prose; I guess, if this may be a problem for you, be forewarned - this book may not work so well for you. For everyone else into high post apocalyptic, female super-hero adventure, the Millennium Girl promises to be a series well worth checking out.
NB. It seems to me that if the publisher/author knows a good illustrator, the material would make an awesome setting for a [series of] graphic novel(s) in the tradition of "The Sandman", "Watchmen" etc.. Film rights anyone?