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6 1/2 out of 10 for Circle of the Chosen a Highlander/Sentinel Crossover

October 13 2002 at 3:44 PM
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yinka wills  (Login yinkawills)


It's me again folks
Susan Cross has written a great Highlander/Sentinel Crossover series called Circle of the Chosen

It has all the Highlander regulars- Duncan, Methos, Joe,Amanda and deals very cleverly with the Richie dead or not conundrum.
It has a Blair who becomes a Shaman, and an uptight Jim who gets to morph into his panther spirit.
It has a 'the world is doomed if we cant defeat this ultimate evil demon- plot.
It has Kronos and the rest of the Horsemen, dead but back again. It has kidnappings, rescues, assaults, attacks, alarums and excursions.

And, oh yeah, plenty of S-E-X between a Methos (who gets plenty of abuse, time out as a sex slave, and is sarcastic and neurotic) and a masterful, controlling Duncan. Theres an OMC who is an ancient immortal who looks about 15 (Yup) and has special powers and a SECRET.
Its a very ,very good series and well worth a read.
Why then only 6 1/2 out of 10? Well, it would have got 9 but for a flaw which cramped my enjoyment a tad.
The only major black character in it is a tad... stereotypical.

A huge,brutish, ugly,frighteneing rapist etc etc.

I kid you not.

Now, there's explanations as to why he's like that, and he's also got heroic aspects, and he's crucial to the plot, blah blah blah, and he does change somewhat, but PLEASE! This is the 21st century- sheesh!

It almost made me stop reading, but this is a great series and apart from that caveat, I can reccommend it.

Plenty of cliffhangers.

Catch it at http://www.wordsmiths.net/Crosswords/ieindex.html


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Terry Edwards
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It's a common failing

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July 1 2003, 12:18 AM 

I agree with you totally. The characterization has kept me from finishing that story and I normally like to read Sharon's work. It almost put me off her writing completely. This is something I've seen a lot of in slash fandom. (Don't know if it's true for gen, since I don't read gen.) Most of the characterizations of any race besides white are . . . bad stereotyping. I don't think it is conscious racism, I just think that since most slash writers are predominantly white women -- with very middle class upbringings -- the fiction reflects some sad cliches they aren't even aware of. I think the only answer is to have more writers of color involved in fandom.

One of the "big" TS writers Russ McMillian is rec'd and praised all over the web with her 'Body Snatcher' story. It's probably one of the most blatant, ugly pieces of racial stereotyping I've ever read -- almost bad enough to be parody. And everyone seems to love it.

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sharon cross

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August 26 2003, 7:55 PM 

the author's name is sharon cross not susan cross

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