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Title: In Too Deep
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Series: Looking Glass Trilogy, book one (part of the endless and decent Arcane Society series)
Genre: Romance with fantasy elements.
Setting: A secluded small town in Northern California.
Reason for Reading: I was stressed out by my move and needed some distraction.
Finished In: Hours
Pages: 339
Copyright Date: 2010
Cover: A manly chest bared to the breeze. Its face is cut off but probably not important - right? A house on a cliff, with a green sea in the background.
Favorite passage: "Isabella's effect on him could only be described in terms of alchemy, he thought. She was the fire that transmuted the cold iron inside him into gold. With her he could look into the heart of chaos and glimpse the ultimate goal of the ancient art, the Philosopher's Stone." (p 215) This quote made me laugh out loud. In another part of the book, during a difficult conversation Our Hero compares Isabella's effect on his brain to that of a "stealthy cyberattack." I think Ms. Krentz needs a new ghostwriter.
Themes: Cults, conspiracies, antique clocks, secret societies, psychic ability, romance.
Best part: Very diverting.
Worst part: The language. We either need a better ghostwriter or a new editor.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis.
Grade: C-. It's in that "bad enough to be funny" sweet spot.
Recommended for: Fans of romantic suspense.
Related Reads: Second Sight and Running Hot by the same author.

This book further explores the relationship between Isabella Valdez and Fallon Jones introduced briefly in a previous AS novel. I am not sure which one because at this point there are eleven. I am glad they caught on because I really enjoy them, though they may lack literary merit.

I did notice a passage in this one about how sex must be controlled by society's rules, otherwise it's too dangerous. Did Krentz' husband have an affair?
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Title: City of Bones
Author: Martha Wells
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: The desert city of Charisat, in the steampunk era, with magic.
Reason for Reading: I read it because I love Martha Wells, I read it NOW because [livejournal.com profile] yunafonfabre lent me her copy.
Finished In: Weeks, maybe a week and a half because I slowed myself down on purpose.
Pages: 356
Copyright Date: 2007
Cover: A shining city rising out of desert landscape. A lit procession is walking toward it.
First line: "Somewhere else, in a land shadowed by age and death, a man readies himself to look into the future for what may be the last time."
Themes: Friendship, madness, learning, outsiders.
Best part: I liked reading a fantasy with a nonhuman protagonist. Furthermore, I loved that he wasn't a dragon, unicorn, or talking horse, but rather a desert marsupial that was NOT cute.
Worst part: It lacked, in my opinion, the humor of many of Wells' works.
Imaginary Theme Song: Marco Polo by Lorenna McKennit
Grade: C+. I liked it a lot.
Recommended for: Fans of stories of desert magic.
Related Reads: The Element of Fire by the same author. Arabesque edited by Susan Shwartz.

moving

Apr. 9th, 2011 04:02 pm
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Moving multiple times in a short period is just as much fun as I remembered. It might even be more fun.
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[livejournal.com profile] tsuj's house closing was successful this morning, so I am moving with her in five days.

We are getting movers but I could really use packing help. Anytime between now and Wednesday morning except for Saturday day (when I'm going to pick up worldly belongings that are in storage) and Sunday noon (previously planned family thing) would be awesome.

I could also use help from someone with a car for the last few things, perhaps next Thursday or Friday. The new house is only 3 blocks away so not an arduous journey, but it would go much faster with a car than with my grocery cart.

Hope you're all having a peaceful close to your week.
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I don't want to leave, but you're making things difficult.

In other news, I think I'm moving a week from today. House closing stuff is difficult. If you have a day/evening when you could help out with packing, please leave a comment.
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Title: Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
Author: Marshall Rosenberg
Series: There is not a series as such, but Rosenberg has written several books on this topic.
Genre: Self-help, nonfiction.
Reason for Reading: My friend Rock recommended the NVC process to me when I described to her some difficult interpersonal conflicts I had been having. When I started using this process I found it so amazingly helpful that I wanted to read the whole book.
Finished In: Months, because there is a LOT to think about here. I would read a few pages and need to stop and integrate.
Pages: 222, including a list of further NVC titles at the end.
Copyright Date: This is the second edition, copyright 2003. The first edition came out in 1999, although apparently Rosenberg developed the process in the 60's and 70's.
Cover: Lots of blue-greens featuring a daisy with a globe at its heart.
First line: "Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a way of interacting that facilitates the flow of communication needed to exchange information and resolve differences peacefully." That's from the blurb just inside the front cover.
Themes: Compassion, communication, labeling, judging, feelings, needs.
Best part: The system is, in my opinion, totally revolutionary - particularly in terms of separating what you (and other people) feel, observe, and need from what you THINK.
Worst part: There are two, actually, in my opinion. The first is the chapter on anger, which I didn't agree with or find convincing. The second is the interspersed poems and songs, many of which were written by Rosenberg, and I did not like them at all. I felt they were trite.
Imaginary Theme Song: Anything by Ruth Bebermeyer, who is often quoted in the book and apparently is a friend of Rosenberg's.
Grade: A-. This book is a total life-changer for me but I have to admit that it has some flaws.
Recommended for: Anyone who has difficulty communicating with other humans, or feels their communication skills have room for improvement, and frankly, who doesn't?
Related Reads: The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman and Don't Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor. They're not about exactly the same topic but both similarly changed the way I think about interacting with other people.

The best way I can think of to summarize the book is to explain and demonstrate the process in my own words. NVC has two parts - communicating honestly and receiving empathically. In both cases, we look for four parts.

Observation - What you or the other person is noticing, concrete and specific things that we can agree are objectively true.
Feelings - How you or the other person is feeling about these facts. There is an emphasis on owning your feelings, not making events or people responsible for them.
Needs - The underlying source of the feelings you, or the other person, is having.
Request - What you, or what they, are asking for to enrich life.

Here is my example of a piece of communication using the process:

I have observed that since I learned this process, the people I talk to thank me more often for listening to them.(O) I have also observed that we more often are able to keep our tempers during difficult conversations when I use this process. (O) When I think about this, I feel really grateful to Marshall Rosenberg for creating this process,(F) because I needed to learn some techniques that allow me to better express my understanding that other people are not responsible for my feelings.(N) I request that everyone who is reading this blog post seriously consider reading this book.(R) I also request that if this description of the process is helpful to you, or if you find the book helpful, that you leave a comment so I can know we're in this together.

When you are using this process, when you give a communication you are trying to make sure to use and differentiate all of those parts. When you receive a communication, you try to make sure you know what the other person is observing, feeling, needing, and requesting. You do not have to use those specific words or any words at all. You also reflect back to them what you believe they have said using the four components(and it is amazing to me how helpful this technique is, particularly in helping the original speaker understand more about their perspective).
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Title: Unshapely Things
Author: Mark Del Franco
Series: Connor Gray book one
Genre: Urban fantasy.
Setting: The Weird part of Boston - a modern Boston with fairies, wizards, and things that go bump in the night.
Reason for Reading: It was a suggestion from my friend and former sweetie [livejournal.com profile] trouble4hire.
Finished In: Days.
Pages: 305
Copyright Date: 2007
Cover: A man crouching in an alley. Lightning is striking behind him and some mystical graffiti is on the concrete.
Epigraph*: "The wrong of unshapely things is a wrong too great to be told." - WB Yeats
Trigger Warnings: Abdution, imprisonment, losing all your magical powers and having to go back to the beginning.
Best part: Somehow it manages to be original, which is amazing considering the subject matter.
Worst part: Well, the main character is kind of a recovered jerk, and many of the descriptions of his past jerkiness made me wince a little.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Fool in the Rain" by Led Zeppelin.
Grade: C+. Quite good but not an instant re-read.
Recommended for: People who want to read actual urban fantasy, not just Sexy Pentacle Tattoo, with a male protagonist. You laugh, but it's not all that common!
Related Reads: Night Life by Rob Thurman (though actually this is much better than that). Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison. The Painted Boy by Charles de Lint.

Connor Grey is a washout. Once the lead wizard in the Guild, the world's most powerful magical organization, he lost his superstar status in a magical battle. Where he used to lead the class, now he hangs on to his last few powers by a thread. But when fairy prostitutes turn up dead in a series of ritual killings and no one seems to care, Connor won't be able to help getting involved - even though the stakes are higher than he can imagine.

*The quote at the beginning of a book. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mgrasso for helping me remember the term.
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Ixnay! The fact it started raining as soon as I walked out the door was just too much.

I'm going to see Indiscreet tonight, with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. Anyone want to tag along?

"Anna Kalman is an accomplished actress who has given up hope of finding the man of her dreams. She is in the middle of taking off her face cream, while talking about this subject with her sister, when in walks Philip Adams. She loses her concentration for a moment as she realizes that this is the charming, smart, and handsome man she has been waiting for. They begin a love-at-first-sight relationship, but she finds out that he has been keeping a secret from her. When she learns of his lie, she becomes furious and works out a plan for revenge."

It's playing at the South Boston library at six o'clock. More details behind the cut.

Read more... )

Leave a comment if you are interested and we can pick a place to meet up.
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Title: In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Series: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.
Genre: Mystery.
Setting: Botswana.
Reason for Reading: I wanted something cheerful.
Finished In: Hours.
Pages: 256
Copyright Date: 2006
Cover: Brightly colored pants hang on a clothesline in front of a bush house.
First line: "Mma Ramotswe was sitting alone in her favourite cafe, on the end of the shopping centre at the Gaborone end of Tlokweng Road."
Best part: This book made me smile. I also liked the introduction of a new character.
Worst part: I believe there was a plot inconsistency with a previous book, something Mma Ramotswe said she didn't know that she had in fact known in the first book.
Imaginary Theme Song: "All Things Just Keep Gettin' Better" - though an acoustic version would be more suitable.
Grade: C+.
Recommended for: Fans of the series. New readers should start with book 1.
Related Reads: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by the same author. Agnes and the Hit Man by Bob Meyer and Jennifer Crusie. Miss Melville Regrets by Evelyn E. Smith.
snugglekitty: (books not bombs)
Title: The Drowning City
Author: Amanda Downum
Series: Necromancer Chronicles, Book One
Genre: Fantasy.
Setting: The jungle city of Symir, under the yoke of imperialism. Magic, wealth, and swords rule the land.
Reason for Reading: I saw some really great reviews of the sequel.
Finished In: Days.
Pages: 370, including some extras.
Copyright Date: 2009
Cover: A veiled woman draped in black, carrying many weapons. Jungle trees are behind her. Cover blurbs from Jacqueline Carey and Elizabeth Bear - those would likely have sold me on the book if I wasn't already planning to read it.
First line: "Symir. The Drowning City. An exile, perhaps, but at least it was an interesting one."
Trigger Warnings: Some beatings, one intentional disabling, some controlling mom stuff, some cultural repression stuff.*
Best part: Wow, this is an original book. Diamonds trapping lost souls? A pariah caste of necromancers? I loved it.
Worst part: The ending was actually pretty bleak. Nobody really makes it out of the book unscathed.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Anja" by Karsh Kale captures a bit of the exotic feel of the book.
Grade: B-. I loved the book but don't have to read it again right now.
Recommended for: I suggest this for anyone interested in colonial resistance themes or necromancy.
Related Reads: Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen by Tamora Pierce.

*I've been seeing this used as a category in other reviews recently and thought it was worth picking up. Now, many triggers are non-obvious to people who don't have them and this can't be exhaustive but I'm going to try to mention things that I think would be likely to upset some folks. If I decide I don't like that, I may switch to using a list of themes instead. What do you think of that? Sound off in the comments.
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Title: Midnight Crystal
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Series: Dreamlight Trilogy book three. The Dreamlight Trilogy is part of the Arcane Society series.
Genre: Paranormal romance. Not SPT - this is actual romance.
Setting: The planet of Harmony, which I'm said to say is not one of Ms. Krentz's best ideas.
Reason for Reading: I read the first two books, which I liked a lot.
Finished In: Days.
Pages: 406, including two previews for other books in the series.
Copyright Date: September 2010.
Cover: A woman on a motorcycle. She is in danger of getting road rash on much of the upper half of her body other than the few inches covered by her fingerless gloves. Her lower half is protected by jeans.
First line: "The lady from Jones & Jones looked very good in black leather."
Best part: Fast-paced and fluffy.
Worst part: I saw the twist far in advance.
Imaginary Theme Song: The Jetsons theme song.
Grade: C+.
Recommended for: It's hard for me to recommend this book to many. It's a weird little crossover between two long-running series and it's not going to appeal to many, even though I liked it.
Related Reads: Second Sight and After Dark by the same author.
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Title: The Mammoth Book of Roaring Twenties Whodunits
Editor: Mike Ashley
Series: "The Mammoth Book of...", including The Mammoth Book of Future Cops, The Mammoth Book of Groaners, The Mammoth Book of Tasteless Lists, and The Mammoth Book of Cheese Doodles. (Kidding. Only the middle book is truly in the series.)
Genre: Anthology, mystery, historical fiction.
Setting: The 20's, mostly in the US and Europe.
Reason for Reading: I found out this book existed and thought it would be awesome.
Finished In: Days.
Pages: 534
Copyright Date: 2004, but the stories were published anytime since the 20s.
Cover: A flapper in thigh highs and pearls raises her hands. Is she dancing, or is it a stickup? A man with a gun is behind her.
First line: "Are You a Free Thinker? Whether or not, Come to the Greenwich Village Feather Ball Costume Dance Given by Writers and Artists of Greenwich Village. Webster Hall, 11st St, near Third Avenue. Admission: In Costume $1, Without Costume $2."
Best part: This is a really well-edited anthology. In addition to the stories being well-chosen, the blurbs at the beginning of the stories are quite illuminating, saying why the editor chose each one and what other works the author has created.
Favorite Stories:"Timor Mortis" by Annette Meyers, "Thoroughly Modern Millinery" by Marilyn Todd, "The Day of Two Cars" by Gillian Linscott, "Putting Crime Over" by Hubert Footner, and "Without Fire" by Tom Holt.
Worst part: When the stories were bad, they were really bad. One tried to involve practically every celebrity of the time period, another was a parody of a detective I'd never heard of.
Imaginary Theme Song: The Charleston
Grade: B-, mostly because the stories have so much breadth and variation in tone and themes that I didn't like all of them. On the other hand, that suggests that this book will appeal to a wide audience. Many of the stories I didn't like just because they were bleak.
Recommended for: Mystery buffs should definitely give it a look.
Related Reads: Touchstone by Laurie R King, Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers, The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett.
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So, I had another conversation with my mom about recommending her some sf. In the conversation, I was able to determine the following:

1) She's read something in this genre all of once before, a book I recommended to her in high school. Neither of us remembers what the book was.
2) She is more interested in fantasy than in SF. (I gave her examples of themes of each.)
3) And sadly, she's already read The Time-Traveler's Wife (although the good news is, she enjoyed it!).

So now I'm looking for something in a literary fantasy with good prose. Susannah Clarke is pulling ahead, I'll admit. I'm also wondering what she would think of Bujold's Chalion series, and what deLint book I would recommend to her if I had to tear my hair out and choose just one. If I was going to suggest a Sharon Shinn book to her I imagine it would be The Shape-Changer's Wife. If I suggested McKillip it would be Forgotten Beasts of Eld.

Then, there is also the possibility of just suggesting she read the anthology A Tangled Web, which has Sharon Shinn, Patricia McKillip, Lynn Kurland,

Does this inspire any further suggestions, faithful readers?

What I would like to do is narrow the list down to two or three books, and then describe them to her and see which one catches her interest.
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The Lambda Award finalists have been announced for 2010.

http://www.lambdaliterary.org/awards/2011-finalists/

I'm happy to see that _Gender Outlaws_ is on the list. I say "Squee!" for Bear and Kate.
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On Saturday night [livejournal.com profile] gentlescholar and I were walking to a party. We saw three teenagers coming toward us. Something in the set of their shoulders alarmed me. I went on high alert and took his hand. Both of us have our own reasons for being alert to hostile body language.

They came closer, and I started to think nothing would happen, they didn't meet our eyes. Then, just as they passed us, they all raised their arms and yelled "Rar!" Thinking to frighten us, I suppose. Instinctively, I yelled back "FUCK YOU!"

Then they were past us, their body language a little sheepish now, and we went into the party.

A few years ago I would have cringed away, or ran and then cried the rest of the day. I'm glad that isn't my response anymore - but I wish I could imagine any response to that kind of situation that would be compassionate and protective at the same time.
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Title: All the Windwracked Stars
Author: Elizabeth Bear
Series: The Edda of Burdens, book 1
Genre: Postapocalyptic fantasy.
Setting: Eiledon, the last city of a dying world, in an age of technomancers.
Reason for Reading: I heard it was loosely based on a Norse edda, and that was very intriguing to me.
Finished In: Hours. I checked it out yesterday afternoon and finished it this morning.
Pages: 368
Copyright Date: 2008
Cover: A woman dressed as a Valkyrie (waelcyrge, in this book) stands with a two-headed winged antelope-looking thing (valraven, in this book). A desolate cityscape is behind them.
First line: "There was snow at the end of the world, and Kasimir was dying in it."
Best part: The worldbuilding was just as good as in Bear's other books, with the action being much more fast-paced.
Worst part: The ending was a little confusing.
Imaginary Theme Song: Heiemo og Nykkjen
Grade: A. It's been a long time since I saw someone write about myth and science tangled together in such a compelling way.
Recommended for: I think any fans of Norse mythology should give it a try.
Related Reads: Companion to Wolves, which Bear cowrote with Sarah Monette. Brisingr by Diana Paxson. Chimera by Will Shetterly (which does not have a Norse theme but does have a lot of genetically engineered and mutated people in an underclass, as this book has).

Favorite quote, with a bit of a spoiler. )

Muire is the last of the waelcyrge, warriors of the Light. She run when she should have fought.
Kasimir is the last of the valravens, winged steeds of the waelcyrge. He lived when he should have died.
Mingan is the Gray Wolf, devourer, betrayer. He has never done what he should - but now that an old love has come again in a new form, his desires may set in motion a chain of events that no one could have predicted.

I really enjoyed this book. I almost didn't give Bear another chance after Carnival, which I found incredibly slow despite its intriguing premise. This one is fast, funny, and unpredictable. Better yet, as a former student of Norse language and literature, it FEELS Norse. Though she doesn't seem to have based it on a particular Edda, there's definitely that sense of bleak beauty, "Come, my brothers, one last drink before we hack each other to pieces! The skalds will long sing of this day!" that I remember so well.

With that being said, I know she has a strong interest in Norse mythology (which we also saw in Companion to Wolves and that she was involved in a... debacle about race in the fandom community, and that makes me wonder a little about her overall ideas about race - my only reservation.
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Title: Silent on the Moor. (It's when you use the same naming convention to title your second book as your first than you start down the road to trouble. Silent in the Grave was a great title, Silent in the Sanctuary was okay. If anyone in this particular book had been silent, it would have been a relief! The author has apparently given up with the fourth book, called Dark Road to Darjeeling.)
Author: Deanna Raybourn
Series: Lady Julia Grey, book three
Genre: Historical mystery
Setting: ... the moor. I actually don't really like books set on the moor most of the time. Too bleak.
Reason for Reading: I enjoyed the first two, and the fact that the next book in the series is set in India made me want to read this one.
Finished In: Weeks, perhaps two of them.
Pages: 465
Copyright Date: 2009
Cover: A woman leans back into a man's embrace before a beautiful sunset. If they really are on the moor, her outfit leaves her in severe danger of catching a chill. Does no one realize that corsets were UNDERGARMENTS in this time period??
First line: "Julia Gray, I would rather see you hanged than watch any sister of mine go haring off after a man who will not have her," my brother Bellmont raged.
Best part: Some movement in the love interest plotline.
Worst part: Oh, how to choose. The heroine's impassioned speech about how two people shouldn't be married because she doesn't think they'll make each other happy bugged me. It was very anachronistic - people didn't used to look to marriage for those things. There was also a plot twist, held in suspense for many chapters, that was totally obvious to me from almost the beginning.
Imaginary Theme Song: Something bleak and classical.
Grade: C-. The book's flaws detracted from my enjoyment of it.
Recommended for: I don't feel I can recommend it very strongly.
Related Reads: Silent In the Grave, the first book in the series. Cut to the Quick by Kate Ross.
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Title: The Masqueraders
Author: Georgette Heyer
Genre: YA Regency romance
Setting: The London of balls and carriage rides.
Reason for Reading: I like Heyer a lot in general and read her when I'm feeling low; my sister recommended this specific title.
Finished In: Months, actually, which is funny considering how fast-paced the second half of the book is.
Pages: 409
Copyright Date: 1928
Cover: A brightly lit ball. A slight man in a domino mask speaks to a slighter dark-haired woman. Behind them, a large man whispers in the ear of a tall woman.
First line: "It had begun to rain an hour ago, a fine driving mist with the sky grey above."
Best part: The complicated character of the protagonist's father. She wrote him really, really well.
Worst part: You really want me to believe that the protagonists are completely unrecognizable just by dint of being in drag? Sigh.
Imaginary Theme Song: "When a Special Girlfriend" by Ute Lemper (from the Kissing Jessica Stein soundtrack)
Grade: B+. Not going to change the world, but SOOOO enjoyable.
Recommended for: Really, any fans of YA should read Heyer, and this is my favorite Heyer so far.
Related Reads: Cotillion and The Grand Sophy by the same author. The Season by Sarah MacLean.

Brother and sister Kate and Peter Merriot are cutting a swathe through the London ton. They have a secret - she's a man, and he's a woman! And a more dangerous secret yet - their checkered past. But when each falls in love, how can they reveal their true selves? And will their roguish father's plans interfere?
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Title: Twilight's Dawn
Author: Anne Bishop
Series: Black Jewels #9 (Milking those bestsellers for all they're worth...)
Genre: Dark fantasy.
Setting: The Blood realm
Reason for Reading: I saw it on the "new fiction speed read" shelf at the library and went "Score!" I didn't even know she had a new book out.
Finished In: Days, and not many of them.
Pages: 435
Copyright Date: 2011
Cover: By Larry Rostant, who has done the covers for most of the recent books in this series. It shows a woman in a teal dress and dark cloak wearing a shimmering jewel. She stands in a winter landscape. Her expression is reserved.
First line: "Daemon Sadi, the Black-Jeweled Warlord Prince of Dhemlan, crossed the bridge that marked the boundary between private property and public land."
Best part: Much to my surprise, Bishop took a BIG risk with this book, in her story "The High Lord's Daughter." That was brave and unexpected of her as far as I'm concerned, and I think it paid off.
Worst part: Okay, so Bishop has gotten really into Sceltie dogs in the last few years. But do they have to be in ALL her stories now? I don't really see the charm.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Down to You", the Luciana Souza cover
Grade: B.
Recommended for: Fans of the series will really not want to miss this one. Those who are new to Bishop should start with Daughter of the Blood.
Related Reads: Dreams Made Flesh, the previous anthology in the series. Sebastien, the first book in the Ephemera duology by the same author.
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Title: Daughters of an Amber Noon
Author: Katherine V. Forrest
Series: Daughters of a Coral Dawn #2
Genre: Feminist sf. Lesbian, aliens, matriarchy.
Setting: A desert on Earth.
Reason for Reading: I enjoyed Daughters of a Coral Dawn and heard from a friend (I think it was [livejournal.com profile] dalbino83 that the latter books in the series got even better.
Finished In: Days
Pages: 232
Copyright Date: 2002, though it reads like a much older book.
Cover: A dune with blue sky above.
First line: "It has been the eternity of twenty-four hours since the penultimate day in the existence of our Unity."
Best part: The plot twist near the end, which kind of blew my mind and which I didn't see coming at all.
Worst part: I still feel like Forrest makes it very easy on herself when it comes to characterizing men. Has she never had a moment's doubt? She admits in this work and the previous one that gay men are okay, but none of them have been characters in either book.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Testimony" by Ferron
Grade: C+. I didn't love it but it did make me think.
Recommended for: Those interested in sf with the consensus model, single-sex environments, and unconventional societies.
Related Reads: Daughters of a Coral Dawn by the same author, The Mero Tree by Katie Waitely, Companion to Wolves by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette.

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