It's not really clear till the end which side will prevail - a valuable addition to the plot.
Quite good but violent and perhaps depressing.
A slowburner, this fantasy novel sets up a confrontation between the god-like figures living Above and ruling the land and the humans living Below. The plot is about establishing all the major characters among the Others and the humans, their thoughts ,whims and ambitions from the lowly Thistle to Calla, servant to the Aubade.
It certainly takes a while for any action to take place as it also encompasses political machinations among many of the characters. It's quite engaging eventually and I've bought the next in the series to see how it develops. Recommended to fantasy lovers but don't expect too much!
The Builders was another of my guts buys. It came up in my Kobo recs, I think and I was intrigued by the blurb and the price was right, so... I bought it. :) It's a novella and it's basically Brian Jacques Redwallesque except it's not suitable for youngsters. *LOL* Lots of violence and mayhem.
Now, one of my all-time favourite movies is The Magnificent Seven - the Yul Brynner version, of course - and as such, I'm drawn to books that feature a motley band of characters heading off on some kind of adventure or crusade or mission or whatever. And that's what we have here. It's a quick tale about a crew of not-so-noble animals heading off for what might be their final adventure.
And I liked it!
I liked Polansky's writing style and I enjoyed his character creations, even if I had to write down their names and what animals they were to keep them straight. Once I wrote them down, though, it fixed in my mind, so I'll just blame by advancing years for that. :)
Anyway, fun read and I'll be keeping Polansky's name in mind.
So that happened!
For whatever reason, I ending up being assigned a bunch of Jewish science fiction (or science fiction written by Jewish writers, if you prefer) by my editor, which ended up being a fun mini-class. I picked this up as it's edited by the fabulous Lavie Tidhar. His A Man Lies Dreaming is one of those most bananas alt-history pulp meltdowns; it must be seen to be believed.
I only read Jews vs Zombies, but BL doesn't have anything but the omnibus listed. Like most short story collections, it's a mix of better and worse. "Zayinim" by Adam Roberts is a standout, a sly alt-history that could easily keep going to novel length, given the richness of the detail. "The Scapegoat Factory" is funny, which one does not expect from zombie fiction, as is "the Friday People", but there the humor is black as pitch. The real Talmudic ones didn't work for me, too abstruse, but they may work for others. Definitely a better collection than the silly name implies.