One Eyed Jack by Eilzabeth Bear - My Thoughts

One-Eyed Jack - Elizabeth Bear

I love Elizabeth Bear's work.  I love how she layers sentences into paragraphs.  I love her way with dialogue.  I love the atmosphere with which she imbues her stories.  For anyone looking for a juicy read in the fantasy, urban fantasy, mythology turned on its ear she would be one of the first authors I would recommend.

 

That being said, when she writes in her Promethean Age universe, I always end up feeling as if I've missed something vital in the tale.  The "Ahhh... THAT'S what's going on," moment.  It's like wine, okay?  See... I like wine.  I like to think that I can tell the difference between a lousy bottle and a good bottle.  But the thing is, once we get into the Really Good Stuff, I don't taste the difference from the good stuff.  It's like I have a plateau.  *LOL*  And that's how I feel about Elizabeth's Promethean Age books. (For the record, I don't get this feeling with her other worlds/universes.) 

 

One-Eyed Jack is really a fun read though, don't get me wrong.  Media ghosts... I love it.. media ghosts from early 60's TV join up with American legends and there's a battle over who is going to control, be the genii, the caretaker of Las Vegas and Los Angeles.  I think.  See this is where it gets... foggy for me.  Is there magic?  There is to an extent, I'm pretty sure, but the weapon of choice is a selection of guns and the abilities of a pair of the American Legends.  But see... I don't really understand or 'grok' the stakes - what will happen to the cities if group A wins... what if group B wins... what if there are no winners?  Maybe I need more backstory?  I don't really know, but I do know that I'm not as clever as Elizabeth thinks I am.  

 

But still.. imagine how good it is if I still enjoyed the book while feeling as if I just wasn't clever enough to get the whole picture.  :)