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Reading [Jan. 8th, 2010|12:54 am]
Oi, winter! What's up with this? Where's my days where it hits 70, eh?

My mopey emo poem of the previous post came, not surprisingly, on a day when there was very little sunshine. Yesterday & today have been much better.

Had a bit of a reading binge over the last few weeks.

I re-read Tepper's True Game trilogy. I love the setting, but I noticed this time through that there are a number of occasions where she takes advantage of the fact that the narrator is 15 to have him avoid doing things that would mess up the plot for no particular reason other than that he's moody and irrational and, well, 15. Clever author.

I read Bujold's Sharing Knife series. (Thanks to S. for the last book!) I enjoyed it, but it's quite a bit different from the Vorkosigan and Chalion books. The setting is fantasy frontier America (with hints of post-apocalyptic), and it's all about exploration -- mostly scientific exploration of the fantasy element, though it's also picaresque. I get the feeling she wanted to take a break and write something easy, because the characters are less layered and convoluted than those in her other series, and all the heavy-duty bad stuff happens up front or in the backstory. Enjoyable, though, and the setting is pleasantly novel.

Right now I'm halfway through Neal Stephenson's Anathem, and I'm impressed that he's managed to work a whole bunch of heavy-duty philosophy into it without it being boring. I'm even having thinky philosophical thoughts because of it. Quite enjoyable so far.

[User Picture]From: zalena
2010-01-08 02:49 pm (UTC)
Well, at very least, the cold is conducive to reading.
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[User Picture]From: neild
2010-01-08 04:15 pm (UTC)
Did you read and/or like Stephenson's Cryptonomicon? I loved it, but it's the only book of his that I've read. I remember the passage about getting his wisdom teeth removed was hysterically funny.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2010-01-08 05:25 pm (UTC)
I did like Cryptonomicon, though not as much as other novels of his. Of course, it suffers the usual Stephenson problem, which is that he can't do endings: everything just comes to a crashing halt in the last page-and-a-half. But I generally enjoy the ride enough to put up with that.
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[User Picture]From: neild
2010-01-08 05:50 pm (UTC)
Really? And it was SO massive, over 900 pages, it took me six months to read. I don't recall the ending, exactly, but I got the strong impression that the story was "to be continued" in another book. I had heard there was a possibility of turning it into a film, which I think would have been fascinating. Which Stephenson novel is your favorite?
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[User Picture]From: thedragonweaver
2010-01-09 05:01 pm (UTC)
I really really wish they'd reissue the other two trilogies of the True Game in omnibus editions, because I've been looking for the two missing books for years. (I read them, back in Eugene, but you have to understand that I started collecting the series when I lived in Spokane.)

My favorite bit with Peter is the line (paraphrased) "I screamed at her a bit and then went off and raised the dead." Because really, what more do you need to say?
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From: toosuto
2010-01-09 06:15 pm (UTC)
It took Sara a long time to complete the Mavin trilogy for our library and I absolutely treasure the Jinian Footseer collection (in hardback no less) she found for me on another occasion. They don't pop up often: but ebay is your friend. Assuming you are willing to pay $38-50 for the out of print stuff...
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