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Books [Sep. 22nd, 2010|12:01 am]
I am doing a lot more reading now that I'm taking the bus to work more regularly.

I finished re-reading The Madness Season by C.S. Friedman today. My memory of the story was only vague, so it's not like I had any favorite parts I was looking forward to, and I was surprised at how much momentum the writing had. Ended up reading more than I really planned to on more than one occasion. It's a good story, although there's a bit of hokey biology when it comes to the bits that touch on evolution (isn't there always?). I have also decided that I'm tired of seeing "life force" or "life energy" in sci-fi. We have DNA now, we don't need vitalism anymore...

I also read The Firebrand, by Susan Wiggs. It is, yes, a romance novel, which Rosemary loaned me. (Because I figure, if some of the stuff I want to write has romantic elements? I should read some examples of how to do that well.) I enjoyed it. A lot.

It is a very well-written book. There were a number of moments where I thought A-ha, I see what you're doing there, Ms. Author, and it's pretty clever. Also interesting is that -- and I can see how this is part of the appeal of the genre -- you know exactly where the story is going to end up, so a lot of what happens plot-wise is detours, and the more unpredictable they are, the more fun it is to see how the story will manage to get back on track. The book does a very good job of being unpredictable. If you've never read a romance before, you might want to read this one.

[User Picture]From: shirtlifterbear
2010-09-22 06:58 am (UTC)
Viridias! Aether! Phlogiston!



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PS Friedman always has creepy-intense villains who do good while remaining villains. That's clever!
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[User Picture]From: goobermunch
2010-09-22 11:58 am (UTC)
I love the fact that her villains are not just cardboard cutouts, but that they have some depth and complexity. Bad guys don't have to be maniacal mustache twirling stereotypes.

No offense to the good Doctor, of course.

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