it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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Book larnin'

Started Peg Kerr's The Wild Swans today. Only a few dozen pages in, and she already made me choke up once. Very nice. Clean style. Vivid characters. Comments when I finish, and finish I suspect I will.

And seeming even cleaner and more sweeping in comparison to the last book I read, which was Sarah Hoyt's All Night Awake, since I'm still playing ketchep with the Elizabethan Fantasy. Let us merely say that this one did not rock my world, and move along: more specifically, I found the writing style repetitive and overtold, the characterizations shallow, and the plot insubstantial. I often look very hard to find what a given writer has 'done right,' even in a book I do not like.

I'm not managing to do that in this one.

On the other hand, Hoyt is moving these books by the metric buttload, so she must be doing *something* right. Perhaps the style is just a little too forthright for my tastes.

I finished Ellen Kushner's Swordspoint on the airplane. It was considerably better than I remembered: I liked it rather a lot this time. Dunno what I was thinking when I read it back in 1998 or so and was underwhelmed.

I really need to read some nice hard crunchy science fiction before all this fantasy rots my brain.

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