Monday, 29 August 2016

Valeria on The Moon II

Poul Anderson, Operation Luna (New York, 2000), Chapter 47.

Does Valeria have it rather easy on the Moon? She lands on the demon-infested Moon but:

she lands among the exiled Fair Folk;
they tell her that there are less than a hundred demons;
the demons are scattered because, although they were expecting Valeria, they did not know where she would land;
three attack;
she kills them, following her sentient sword's good advice (" silly overhead cuts leaving your belly wide open..." (p. 420);
a fairy enters her broomstick to help it back to Earth;
she takes off just as more demons swarm over the horizon.


Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

I recall you making similar comments wondering if Poul Anderson sometimes made it too easy for his heroes to get out of tight corners. I don't think that was necessarily so if they were also EXPERIENCED military men capable of acting and moving SPEEDILY and decisively (such as Dominic Flandry and Steven Matuchek himself). But, it might be just a little implausible for Valeria to have dispatched THREE demons. Two or even one might have been more likely.


David Birr said...

Paul and Sean:
If there're less than a hundred demons on the moon, the EPA will get after Val for killing three members of an endangered species.

Sean M. Brooks said...

Hi, David!

Ha, ha!!! Amusingly put! Alas, given our whacked out times, there would all too likely be idiots who would do precisely that!

And I remembered to address the right person THIS time!