February 07, 2003

Pyramid Scheme, by Eric Flint and Dave Freer

This is completely silly book, as anyone who read the authors' earlier book Rats, Bats, and Vats would expect. It's also a much better book, without the rough edges that made Rats, Bats, and Vats a bit of a slog.

Pyramid Scheme is an alien invasion novel with a difference. As the book opens, a funny looking black pyramid crash lands in the middle of the University of Chicago. People who go too close to it tend to disappear. Not all of them; but a large fraction. Sometimes they come back; but if so it's because they are dead or dying. With each person swallowed, the pyramid gets bigger.

And what's inside the pyramid? The whole world of Greek myth. What's it doing there? Ah-ah! That would be telling.

But you can take it from me, Medea's been getting a bum rap all these years. And Odysseus isn't anyone you'd want to bring home to mother.

Posted by Will Duquette at February 7, 2003 07:11 PM