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Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee ([personal profile] yhlee) is frickin' amazing.

I am really, really tired and brain dead but I want to write this now so that I don't forget *_*

spoilery squee and ramblings below! )

In short, oh my god the next book, I need it. <3

But in the meantime, I will reread (to catch all the things that I inevitably missed the first time) and then join the threads if they're not over yet ...
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Because I have no time. Ever. My life is a series of half-assed efforts made in a blur of exhaustion. It's a miracle any of them work out.

I have got to give ginkgo a try.

But who cares, because The Traitor Baru Cormorant is so, so interesting. Why haven't, like, The Economist and Planet Money (and their ilk) covered this book yet? Rhey're exactly the experts who understand best that "a sensible monetary policy" is a basic tool of conquest and empire, and could probably tell you all the stories in history where this happened, and then some rando politician swooped in afterwards to collect the credit ... or the blame. I feel like they should be doing a jig over this book existing.

(This is emphatically not a rec, more of a nascent book report. XD)

I'm not sure whether I like this story because it harps on topics that I'm interested in, or because I like it for itself. Baru would probably snort and say it doesn't matter. So that's that.

Sensaplace

Mar. 23rd, 2016 12:17 pm
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(I'm trying to blog more on my WP blog, where this originated. Gotta figure out how to crosspost to DW.)

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Spousal Unit was recently in Venice for work. When he came back he said that he couldn’t figure out how a place built like Venice could possibly exist. I said, it’s no wonder Italo Calvino wrote Invisible Cities; Venice almost seems to demand it, and he happened to be the person who could do the job.

(I had requested a copy of Le città invisibili as a souvenir of his trip, but alas, it was not doable. I hope that just means I’ll get to pick out my own copy on an Italy trip in the distant future: Rome, Florence, and Venice. Spousal Unit’s contribution to this discussion: “Yeah, you need to visit Northern Italy–it’s all the parts of the Frick you liked, only everywhere and all the time.”)

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I’m taking a break from SFF reading and scanning my bookshelves for something else. It will likely be “period” literature–perhaps something Italian or Japanese. Something that lovingly renders silken embroidery, gilt wood, etc.

Flemmings talked about books, mostly urban fantasy ones, having or lacking “sensaplace”, a favorite feature of mine in stories. An urban fantasy story, to me, is a love song to cities, and they must have foundations in solid bedrock as well as scrape the sky. That’s why I don’t seek out a lot of contemporary literature. They assume their default is the reader’s default and so the resulting book feels ungrounded. I am uncomfortable, physically, reading a book that I can’t visualize. One gets motion sickness when the inner and outer perceptions of movement clash; it’s the same feeling but with text on a page. This also applies to SFF. I had an incredibly hard time getting through Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand because it was impossible for me to envision.

There’s a trick to minimizing the amount of set-dressing for maximum sensaplace–the semiotics of ballet made me think of this the other day as I was dreamily perusing rehearsal pictures. A hairnet on the ballerina means Romeo and Juliet. Frenchiness means Sleeping Beauty. (Coppélia and Giselle can be hard to tell apart in the beginning! Peasant bodices everywhere. But of course they diverge wildly after Act I or so.) Mental macros, if you’ve got them installed.

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Then again, I’m writing a historical fantasy set in fake-Florence, so maybe I should be reading history books instead. Haha.
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So I finally read Kings Rising. This is, I think, the first thing I've managed to read to completion after having Bean. ACHIEVEMENT.

Anyway, I wish bookstores had a “Hot BL Trash In The Best Way Possible” genre because 1) that’s where CP/KS belongs, and 2) where can I find more of it in English, the hard work of translating is a real buzzkill when you’re trying to properly enjoy some hot trash.

Thoughts AND SPOILERS to follow XD

If you saw my Tumblr posts, this is the same content. )

BUT the most important outcome--for me as a reader--is that after thinking about Captive Prince through the lens of Dorothy Dunnett, I am now able to back-read Dorothy Dunnett … through the lens of Captive Prince. And let me tell you Dunnett got way more bearable once I mentally tagged it as Actually (Historical) Hot Trash.

(I have this weird hangup where I kind of assume everything needs to be read and critiqued through a lens of Serious Business, which is obviously untrue for so many reasons, but it’s very hard for me to turn that off especially when it’s, well, written as well as Dunnett’s books are. Coloredink tells me my hangup is called “overthinking it” and those of you who follow me on Twitter are free to implode in laughter.)
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1) Finished Ancillary Sword. Echoing everyone is saying that was not the same book as Justice, but it was pretty decent. Honestly it felt very paint-by-the-numbers to me, without surprises, until the very end. The translator thing was cool but unexplored, I guess to leave us something for book three? Or was it too China Mieville-esque to fit the general tenor of Sword?

(Insert "this is just how I feel, not trying to tell you how to feel, would never", etc here.)

Sword was largely about social injustice/imperialism and how someone with immense but not unlimited power (who does not necessarily code/present initially as such) might go about trying to right wrongs. Although I think that's an interesting and important thing to talk about, it felt really weird to me in this context. Not that Breq has some kind of messiah/savior complex, and I suppose it was unavoidable to bring up these issues given that the story is about a ridiculously conquering-happy race, but ... I once read a chestnut to the effect of, you figure out the story's protagonist by the heuristic: the story should, at its core, be about the most important day in the main character's life. I agree with this. In that vein, I felt that Justice did that perfectly. Sword ... wasn't really about Breq as such. And the fact that it did center around all those people and Breq's attempts at helping them (with mixed results, I suppose, although it's optimistic) and that's supposed to be "the most important day in Breq's life" (as it were) made me a little eyerolly.

Please note, this is not me saying "bad book". This is me saying, that was a good story, but why did it have to be from Breq's POV? Is there a Watsonian answer, or only a Doylist one?

I will definitely read Mercy, though, because the promise of the fight we're gonna see is just that good.

2) Many years ago I read Cordelia's Honor. It was decent, but didn't make me care to read on, and anyway I didn't have any of the sequels and nobody was telling me that the books apparently get much better, several more books in. Well, I now have my hands on most of them! (This was prompted by me finding out that Bujold beat me by multiple decades to a very specific joke I am still going to make in the next novel that I write. Should the stars align, etc.)
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Ha, bet you thought I'd stopped reading. I did for a while (I spent most of the last three months sleeping at every available moment) but I've been feeling better lately, so, with that came the reading.

I read the Void trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton, when I wasn't feeling up to Thinky Stuff but didn't want total candyfloss. It provided exactly that, although I found it less interesting than its predecessor duology (something-something and Judas Unchained). The older I get the more uh unyielding I get in that if your story centers around Magic or Technology, then I want some goddamn rules to go with it, otherwise I feel zero tension and zero fucks to give at the Big Dramatic Climax.

Also, and I guess this is a testament to Hamilton's skill as a storyteller, after I finished it I thought that the whole Dream/Makktharan story was actually really pointless, but while I was reading I totally wanted to know what would happen. Then again, while I was reading, I thought it would tie in a lot more ... neatly to the plot.

But hey, Paula Myo showed up, and that's all I need to make the book worth my time. :D

Rating: B+, also I really want to write something comparing this to Madoka. Can't say more without spoilers.

Then I finished City of Stairs today. I was recommended this by a source that ... I will not trust any more because while this was a fun read, this was actually candyfloss (by my standards; YMMV) and the reccer made it sound like it had some intellectual heft. It does not, which is not a complaint against the book, but rather against the lying liar of a reccer. It's a fantasy novel and a spy novel, and while both parts were fun it was painfully obvious which aspect the author was better at. There were a lot of sparklies to disguise the pulpiness (and why bother, really? nothing is wrong with pulp, you should own what you're up to). Also suffered from the "we don't need no stinkin' rules" so I was completely not enthralled by the climax, except when (spoiler) died; THAT I actually felt bad about. Again, you can tell what the author is good at by what they make you care about.

City of Stairs also suffers from what I feel like is a modern trend, which is, and I rarely say this, but the book really needed to be a bit longer. It was breathless and rushed, which I usually feel is the mark of a new and insecure writer who isn't confident enough to linger just the right, luxurious amount--but this is not a debut novel, so, maybe the author's just like that. Also all kinds of "oh by the way" IMPORTANT WORLDBUILDING DETAILS were tagged in as few words as possible, which was fewer than (in my opinion) required for the full effect. And they were also dropped at random. GUYS. CSI may be shit but even they know to shove as much as possible into the beginning, and work your way through it all, otherwise it feels like a total ass pull. And it wasn't an ass pull, but it still left me kinda-sorta unimpressed.

Then again I inhaled this book pretty quickly XD

Rating: B-, and Three Parts Dead did (spoiler) better. Points for making this !Russians and !Indians instead of !Generic !Western !Europeans, or it would have been a C.

... finally, I started Ancillary Sword but honestly couldn't get past chapter one. I hear it's amazing but maybe I was too tired when I first started it? It felt like dragging myself through treacle. Will try again in the future.
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2013 was infinitely better than 2012. I escaped a terrible job, found a new job, and sold my first two stories. It's not perfect, but I'm grateful for what I do have. It's more than I ever thought I would achieve, to be honest. If nothing else, 2013 has shown me that most things are possible, if I work hard and work smart.

As icing on the cake, at the end of 2013 I won not one, but two drawings! (Or maybe not enough other people were participating, hmm?)

One is from a subscription drive for Crossed Genres. They need 300 more subscriptions to stay in business throughout 2014, and in my opinion they publish pretty great stuff, so if you have a few bucks lying around, please consider tossing it their way. They publish monthly issues (which are free) as well as individual titles. I won a free ebook, and I availed myself of Salsa Nocturna by Daniel José Older, which has been a fantastic read so far. I love urban fantasy, I love New York and all cities from the POV of someone who loves it with all their heart, I love Older's sure and musical prose. I recommend it wholeheartedly. From the webpage:

A 300 year-old story collector enlists the help of the computer hacker next door to save her dying sister. A half-resurrected cleanup man for Death’s sprawling bureaucracy faces a phantom pachyderm, doll-collecting sorceresses and his own ghoulish bosses. Gordo, the old Cubano that watches over the graveyards and sleeping children of Brooklyn, stirs and lights another Malagueña. Down the midnight streets of New York, a whole invisible universe churns to life in Daniel José Older’s debut collection of ghost noir.

The second is a Kindle and ebook drawing from ReAnimus Press, which is operated by Andrew Burt of Critters and many other things. (Quick plug for Critters: I am a regular participant, and I find it immensely helpful; I credit my two sales in part to feedback I received there!) I won a free ebook, which I haven't picked yet, so I can't tell you anything about it. I'm thinking I'll pick up Ben Bova's The Craft of Writing Science Fiction that Sells.

And now I'm off to a job interview! Happy 2014, may it bring everyone great things.

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I read this in a 48-hour spree, thank you very much [livejournal.com profile] flemmings. The Ghost Bride is excellent. The characters are vivid, the setting is glorious (more below), and the prose is clear and effortless without once being heavy or overwrought.

A spoiler-free summary: Li Lan, the daughter of an impoverished genteel family in a Malayan port city, is offered a betrothal to the wealthy--but already dead--son of the richest family in town. She refuses, but the dead man begins to visit her dreams, and things get weirder from there. If I had to genre it, I'd cast it as historical fantasy, but there's a mystery, and a bit of romance as well.

The book is set in Malacca, a Malayan port city under British rule. Choo's depiction of the intermingling of cultures (Malay, Chinese, British, all the way to Dutch and Portuguese) is one of the most delightful aspects of this story. The author is very aware, as [livejournal.com profile] flemmings has noted, not only of the hierarchies under British rule, but also of Malay-Chinese relations and the social position of the Chinese migrants/merchants. The setting is never once bland, but clearly grounded in a city that the author knows well. The weather descriptions put me in mind of the yearly monsoon season in Fuzhou, where I grew up. The descriptions of the indoor furnishings made me miss the straw mats we used to sleep on! I also really enjoyed reading about how households are run--for instance, the Amah Association was new to me and I liked it! I should say, I hate that certain women had no choice, but I'm glad they took care of each other.

The fantasy is mostly derived from Chinese folklore, but you don't need to know any to enjoy the book. I knew a smattering and so was able to guess part of the reveal of Who Is That Dude, but I didn't realize he was pulled straight out of a certain canon. I wish I knew more Malaysian folklore, but I don't think that was used as much. I could be wrong, though. People who know better than I do should tell me!

The Ghost Bride is not perfect. The plot threads could have been tighter, and the resolution of the mysteries were somewhat weak. While answers were given to all the questions, the consequences for the perpetrators turned out to be quite irrelevant (and treated as such, by which I mean, mostly glossed over), which I found unsatisfying. I mean, if I were reading a murder mystery, "We made some arrests. The End." should not be the entirety of the resolution chapter. But more charitably speaking, when one mashes four genres (history! fantasy! mystery! romance!) into a short book, not everything is going to fit in. So, if plot is extremely important to you--or if you are just in the mood for a book with a watertight plot--then perhaps keep the receipt.

For everyone else, I definitely recommend that you give this a try!
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Finished:

MultiReal, the sequel to Infoquake.  I was less interested in this one, because it was like 45% theory of simulating simultaneous universes and 45% hating on (a very specific subset of) libertarians.  I'm interested in both things, but dude, please don't use that to prop up a 400 page book you know?  Still, there was enough plot in the last 10% to keep me interested and I also acquired the third book in the trilogy, so I'm obviously invested in the ending XD

MultiReal also didn't have as much of the really fascinating business tactics and cutthroat dealings of the first book, which were part of the draw!  The author was totally writing what he knew, and that's what made it great.  Whereas the second was him expounding on pet theories, which is great, but not enough.  Basically, the same problem that The Devil Wears Prada vs its sequel has.

ETA: huh, apparently I skipped over ever mentioning that I finished Pawn in Frankincense.  I enjoyed this more than the previous ones, but I think that is largely because I knew exactly what to expect, and tuned my expectations accordingly.  Still not down with the treatment of women OR CHILDREN, called the two obvious "twists", missed the third obvious one (which was lampshaded in #3 so I really should have called it).  Enjoyed the color of Istanbul not Constantinople while eyerolling at the orientalism.  Felt greatly educated w/r/t the writing of hijinks.  All in all, a good return on my $0.01 + shipping.  May order the last two volumes just to be finished with it.

Reading Now:

Mostly short stories, but more to study than to enjoy them.  I am completely consumed with editing my latest story - finished the hot mess that is the zeroth draft, so, yeah.  It's really fucking hard but you know, the last story I completed (which is still being shopped around, on the 3rd submission right now) took me like two years to write, and this has only taken 2-3 months so far, so it's progress even if it's horribly slow progress.

Reading Next
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At some point I'll read the third book in the trilogy ... just too tired right now.

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Applied to more jobs this week, must apply to more this weekend.  Nobody has responded.  Pretty much what I expected, completely par for the course at my level of experience/networking, but depressing nonetheless. :/  Worked too late to attend a genomics meetup the other day, but if I'm honest, I was scared about going.  Bleh.  Oh well, must try harder on the next one, and the next, and the ...
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Finished Reading:

Infoquake.  Wanted to make this post just to say how much I loved that book. The very beginning is a bit slow, but it gets amazing quick.  Very interesting setting best described as a "cyberpunk business thriller", where the cyberpunk is a refreshingly deep take on a world where nanotech has taken over most aspects of the human body (a system called "bio/logic" in the book) -- and the free market has taken over the nanotech.  Lots of women in interesting roles as well, although so far all the sociopaths are dudes, c'mon give us a villain.  This is book 1 of N, where N is a number that I must find out.

Currently Reading:

My Name Is Red
, to my regret.  I think I was deceived as to what this book was.  See, I thought it was a murder mystery fantasy set in the world of artists.  It turns out to be an enormous treatise on the theory and history of (some portion of) Islamic art, around which the author has decided to write as a fiction book for reasons I cannot grasp.  I suppose in theory there do exist a love story and a murder mystery, but they are extremely feeble window-dressing on the rest of the book.  A critic on the book's back compares Pamuk to Borges and Calvino.  WRONG.  Borges was more succinct and Calvino was more inventive.  That said, I've only read Calvino's short story collections.  I couldn't get through If On A Winter's Night, which I suspect is a more apt comparison.  Again, to my regret.

Credit where credit is due: the art critique is great and I'm not regretting reading those parts.

Reading Next:

Heaven only knows.  I might toss the Pamuk.  In that case I will probably buy the next volume in the Infoquake series.
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Finished Reading is the same as Currently Reading is the same as Future Reading, because I picked up the virtual doorstopper that is Tor's file of pretty much all the free fiction they've ever posted online.

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Finished Reading

Slight of Hand, a collection of short stories by Peter S. Beagle.  What I find remarkable is that his stories are so gentle, even if it's got something objectively horrible happening (like in La Tune T'Attend).  You really feel like he believes not only in magic, but that magic is, or should be, inherently good.  Which stands in contrast to vast swaths of fantasy writers.  At best, Aaronovitch and most others write magic as a simple force of nature.  (If I were to suggest a motto for ECD-9: "Magic doesn't kill people, we kill people with magic.")  At worst, magic is evil.  Mostly, though, I feel people treat magic as something on the order of nuclear energy -- you might need it, you might even enjoy working with it, but it doesn't do to roll around in it too much, and definitely not everyone should play with it.  (See the many, many TV Tropes pages on this topic.)

Reading Now

So many articles on phone phreaking.  Hello, NSA, I'm just writing an urban fantasy story okay?

Reading Next


I've been allowing myself to play Fallout: New Vegas on the weekends!  It has a narrative, so I would say it counts.  XD It is pretty great and oh man I have missed playing video games.
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Finished Reading:

The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro.  Read this as research, and it was an excellent narrative as well as informative.  Things I didn't know: Metro was one of the first city mass transit lines built after the automobile had already risen to prominence in US transportation.  So unlike the Tube and the New York subway, they had to fight against the highway lobby at every step of the way, and prove that such a system could still be useful in a city that had been designed with cars in mind.  (Of course if you have attempted to drive in DC, that just makes you weep.)  Thus, Metro was designed against highways, not with them, which makes for a very interesting political tale.

Reading Now:


Nothing at the moment.  I'm eyeing the pile of Pratchett.  I think I put down Night Watch in favor of Men At Arms, so I will try to finish that now.

Reading Next:

Probably I will be doing a lot of research into telecommunications.  So, maybe some history on Bell Labs.  Oh and phone phreaking!  I need to read about that.  Thus: Wikipedia.
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Finished Reading:

Apparently vacation time is great for reading, though less writing (can't carry a laptop while waiting at restaurants/tourist spots, after all). I finally did my duty as an SFF writer and started working through Earthsea. I got through the first two books, and boy are they ever 70's pioneering SF. Both books have been more bildungsroman (or, let's be honest, worldbuilding) than plot. They don't really resonate with me; they read as a bit of a reaction to Tolkien, whose books I can't get into, even though I fully believe they have literary merit. But much shorter and easier to read than Tolkien.

Speaking of Tolkien, I finally watched The Hobbit on the flight back. I'd never read the book, actually, since I failed at LotR XD. Here, have a summary: hijinks hijinks Gandalf ex machina Gandalf ex machina special effects special effects pot jokes pot jokes EAGLES. Interspersed with cautionary tales about worshiping moolah.  I'm well aware that there was more going on, but from my POV, the creators were more interested in the above than the plot.  I wonder if the creators are assuming a majority of the audience isn't there for the plot.  Which is fine.

I'm going to watch the other movies when they come out, but I will be doing it for the historical value of examining the phylogeny of fantasy.

I also read Moving Pictures. More straight-up satire than the other books, but excellent quality of satire.


Reading Now:

The Great Society Subway
! Really, really interesting.  Will write it up when I've finished.  Or just start writing my story.


Reading Next:

I doubt I'll have finished the above by next week, but I could easily get distracted.
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Berlin has been very cool so far!  Went up the Pope's Revenge (I can't call it by the proper name, the nickname is too engrained), did a city tour (one of many - this one focused on East Berlin), and a tour of Potsdam (Sans-Souci was gorgeous).  Wanted to go bike riding yesterday but hotel ran out of their dirt-cheap rentals, so, stayed in and did work instead.  The weather has been crazy, pretty much what an American would imagine London weather to be, only the rain falls hard when it does.  Some asshole stole my umbrella, I hope their hands fall off.

Going to Lübeck today, and taking the overnight ferry to Sweden from here!

Finished Reading:

Small Gods and Men At Arms.  Both really good *_*  Also Stray Souls.

Reading Now:

Moving Pictures.  Clever, the "octo-cellulose" bit.  Nitrocellulose isn't nearly as flash-bang as they make it out to be, but, maybe there's eight nitro groups on the discworld benzens :D

Reading Next:

Probably the Metro book, which I meant to take with me on vacation but left at home, argh.  Broken Homes not released on Amazon yet so I assume I won't be able to find it.  I did a see a German edition (eta: of Rivers of London) though!  Tried to convince the hubby to get a copy to read, but he's pretty busy reading all of ASoIaF in German, so he turned it down. XD

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Finished Reading:

Nothing, alas. I have been working 10-12 hr days since last week, including weekends.  (I'm doing it to earn extra vacation days, so this is wholly self-inflicted.)  Well, I read a few biology papers, but that does not count towards this.

Reading Now:

Stray Souls, still. I swear that the first 25% of the book barely needs to exist. Also,  I feel like this would have been better done as a collection of shorts - vignettes from Magicals Anonymous - topped off with a novella at the end, consisting of the Greydawn story.  But what do I know.  Maybe these stories actually weave together in the next 75% of the book.

Got further in Men At Arms. It is excellent and I wish I had more time to read it.  Basically these days I read in the breaks between experiments, so it's been slow going. (At home I try to write instead.)

Reading Next:

The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro finally became available at the library so I placed a hold on it; I just have to go pick it up now. Very excited to read it. :D
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Finished Reading:

Three Parts Dead. I enjoyed it and would recommend it. Was thinking about Sabina's proposed phylogeny tree of urban fantasy novels, and this feels more Buffy than De Lint, although it's got liberal bits of both. Thankfully, the better parts of both.

spoilers )


Reading Now

Men At Arms! Figured out the "gonne" thing after two of the clues; was hampered in part by not knowing what the stock of a crossbow looked like. Refused to cheat, and figured it out later. Pratchett is great as usual.  I love the gargoyles here XD  Or allow me to rephrase -- oi ofe hee are oyels ere.

Stray Souls. I like the principle of the exercise, but I am starting to think this pony has been rode a few too many times around the park. Still, I like the sights, so I'm not getting off the ride. Sorry for the butchered metaphor, it's not even 8 AM.

But alas: my favorite part of Griffinverse, and really the center of all my "urban" feelings, is the compelling nature of the detritus/artifacts/the left behind/unspoken, ie the angels, the Tube spell.  (Is why I also love Gibson; he groks those feelings too, but takes them in a different direction.)  It is just my luck that I don't think that is actually what she's interested in. Good thing she invoked them FIRST THING in Madness so I could get hooked. XD


Reading Next

No ... idea ... XD I saw some interesting books floating around on the flist, so I might poke around and give those a try.

I also got my hands on an HTML file of Inquiry Into Human Understanding, which I feel like I should really read because, well, because. XD
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Finished Reading:

Angelfall, a post-apocalyptic YA novel by Susan Ee.  I didn't care for the overall plot that much, but I enjoyed a lot of the elements.  Atheist angels, for one. XD  Interestingly, the extremely plucky female protag is pretty much the only person in the entire book not paralyzed with fright, apathy, or legitimate medical problems.  On the one hand, active female character saving everyone is great!  On the other hand, it really got old after a while for nobody else to be lifting a finger.  Ever.  I'm looking at you, Raphael the supposedly badass angel ("my friends call me Wrath, my enemies call me Please Have Mercy" ... this reader calls Bullshit).

Reading Now:

Three Parts Dead, finally!  It is very enjoyable thus far!  My only complaint is that "Craft" isn't nearly as invisible a word as "magic" or "power" is to the usual SFF reader, I think, so I feel like I am oversaturated with the word in every other sentence.  But that sensation might fade after a while.

Also started Men At Arms, and cracked London: A Biography again.

Reading Next:

We'll see? XD
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Finished Reading:

Making Money
and Feet of Clay.  Both were fantastic.  FoC made me tear up at the very beginning and stomped on my heart again at the end.  Oh, Dorfl.  Twain's little remark that "first you get the facts, then you can mess with them" applies perfectly to Pratchett; he's only able to write such biting satire because he already has a deep understanding.

Reading Now:

Nothing.  I need to be writing for a few days!  Well, I lie, I will be reading a lot of SFF short story venues for market research. >.>

Reading Next:


See above.  Also, when I finish the next draft of my short story, I'll read Small Gods.  I'll probably order Three Parts Dead this weekend, and by the time it arrives I should be finished with SG.  Or I'll continue the Discworld binge, both options seem fruitful!
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Traveling tomorrow, so you get this now.  Not that it's much, I've been insanely busy this week.  If I were to start a Weekly Writing Meme, you could probably chart how these two add up to a constant. XD  Well, this week writing (and working) won.

Finished Reading

Going Postal, which was brilliant in every way.  Pratchett is incredibly good at making points deeply without swinging an anvil at your head, unlike a lot of writers I can think of (I find issuefic an enormous turn-off in any kind of fiction).  And he writes biting satire but he also has rock-hard consequences for everything.  All this prevents his work from being either morality tales* or fairy tales, both of which fail to resonate with me.

Reading Now

Nothing really.  I am dipping my toes into several Pratchetts (Men At Arms, Making Money, Feet Of Clay) to see which I'll pursue next.

Reading Next

See above.  I'm kind of really tempted to buy Three Parts Dead now that it's out, and so many people whose taste I trust have recommended it.  I'm going to be traveling Friday - Thursday, though, and that means I'd have to get the Kindle edition if I want it now, and I prefer to get hard copy if it's something I like.  So I'll probably find something else for the trip.  (Who am I kidding -- I'll spend the trip revising two stories and trying to write a third orz)

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