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book catchup (#18-22 of 2006)

All rereads, so I'm not going to do much in the way of a review for these; just want to get them recorded before I forget that I read them.

18. The Book of Dragons, by E. Nesbit
A collection of 19th-century kids' fantasy stories - one of my favorites growing up, and still great fun.

19-21. Kushiel's Dart, Kushiel's Chosen, and Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
This trilogy rates very high on my all-time-favorites list - erotic, romantic, political intrigue that I can actually follow (unlike, say, in Melanie Rawn's Sunrunner series), all based on a wonderfully Thelemic philosophy. Can't really say enough good stuff about 'em.

22. Orphans of the Sky by Robert Heinlein
When I was cataloguing my fiction on LibraryThing, I found I couldn't quite remember which one this one was, which obviously called for a reread. It's one of this juvenile SF books, a quick and simple read, but placed in a fascinating future universe where a colonization ship has been lost for generations, and for the inhabitants of the ship, there is no universe beyond it. Creates a very interesting culture. The sexism in the society makes me shudder, but it makes sense in context.

Currently rereading American Gods, as, while I usually love Gaiman's writing, for some reason whenever I read this one it goes in one eye and out the other. Still trying to figure out why that is.

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tzaddi_93
May. 18th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, I loved Melanie Rawn's Sunrunner books. I didn't think the politics were too hard to follow, personally. Was it all the names & geneologies and keeping track of who was on what side?
leroy484
May. 18th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
Orphans of the Sky ...
was one of many similarly-themed speculative fiction novels from that era. Nice way for the author to experiment with cultures in a sealed environment. Primitve when compared to today's specfic, but it was early in the game.

I just finished Heinlein's Glory Road, am about half-way through Farnham's Freehold, and have Citizen of the Galaxy on deck. Every decade or so I read through a handful of Heinlein's juveniles, just to remind me of the impact he had on me and, IMO, the growth of a Thelemic worldview.
litch
May. 19th, 2006 01:10 am (UTC)
Re: Orphans of the Sky ...
I amcurious to see if heinlein translates as well to people born after he died and more removed from the houervue
leroy484
May. 19th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Orphans of the Sky ...
hmmm, yes, I wonder, too. I started reading him in the early 50'z, so I was right in the middle of his target demographic. He might seem really behind the times these days.
wanderingpixie
May. 18th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
I finally picked up the Kushiel trilogy a few months ago and absolutely adored it. I'm glad to see it catching on in my social circle.
plymouth
May. 18th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
I dunno, so many people I know love the Kushiel's series but I got about 100 pages into the first one and was still bored so I put it down and haven't managed to pick it back up again. People tell me it gets better further in but I shouldn't have to slog through THAT much boredom to get to the good stuff!
qos
May. 22nd, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)
I really loved the Kushiel books (did you know that Kushiel's Scion is scheduled for later this year?) -- but had no idea there was a Thelemic element. Can you elaborate on that?
jnanacandra
May. 22nd, 2006 05:44 am (UTC)
Well, "love as thou wilt" is a paraphrase of the two primary Thelemic maxims: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law" and "Love is the law, love under will".

One of the central Thelemic godforms is Nuit, the star goddess - who says, among other things, "Take your fill of love as ye will, when, where, and with whom ye will" - and Mount Nuit is where the Court of Night-Blooming Flowers is.

Little things, I suppose, that could be argued away - but those plus the overarching feel of the books chronicling Phedre's journey to fully embracing who and what she is - make the books feel incredibly Thelemic to me.

And Kushiel's Scion - yes! Next month! *manic happy dance*
qos
May. 24th, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC)
It's been long enough that "Love as thou wilt" had completely escaped me when I wrote this. (Doh!) But yes, I see your point.

Next month? I must get the books out and re-read them!

Thanks!
qos
May. 22nd, 2006 05:05 am (UTC)
I loved Neverwhere, but American Gods ultimately left me cold. I'm not sure why. I can scarcely remember it now, except for one vivid scene.
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