June 9th, 2015

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Recent Reads: Forgotten Suns

I think I only managed to read one book in May, which is somewhat embarrassing. OTOH, it was Judith Tarr’s FORGOTTEN SUNS, which is strong, appealing space opera.

It’s space opera with YA sensibilities: only one of the main characters is actually a young adult, but all three of the main characters are on journeys of self-discovery. The character I felt was the lead (a hard call, as all 3 stories are insanely well balanced, but hers is the catalyst for all that follows), Aisha, is the 13 year old daughter of planetary archaeologists; this is a story of history’s haunts and the actions we take to protect the future, with an interstellar war and psionic powers to boot.

Judy has often said she’s a Writer’s Writer: writers tend to fall madly in love with her words and her worlds, both of which she handles masterfully, but which have for some reason never reached really wide popular appeal. I can sort of see the argument in so far as the writers I know really *do* love her work hugely, although I’ve always had a hard time understanding why everybody in the world doesn’t.

That said: I think FORGOTTEN SUNS is possibly the most immediately accessible book of hers I’ve read. Everything about it works beautifully, from Aisha’s explosive introduction to the regrets and ambitions that drive the other characters. If you haven’t read Tarr before and you like YA or space opera, I highly recommend discovering her through this book.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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books, boxes, beer

Okay, there’s no beer, but it was alliterative.

I have now packed almost all of the downstairs books. There’s a handful of gaming books left over and the few things we’re keeping out another week or two before we move.

There are 41 boxes of books.

41boxes

Now I’m out of boxes (again), but I have not yet packed the upstairs books. There are another, I don’t know, 5-10 boxes worth up there/left downstairs, I’d say.

I mean, to be TOTALLY fair, I’ve been packing the graphic novels and gaming stuff with towels and linens and things so that people of normal strength (ie, me) can lift the fecking things without herniating themselves. But I’d have to pack those anyway, and at least the fecking things can be lifted without herniating myself. :p

We have roughly equal quantities of books, graphic novels, and gaming material. I need to learn to read comics on a screen, because OMFG. I had grim intentions of culling more of the GNs, but then it turned out I wanted to re-read quite a few of them before making that decision (which, actually, is pretty much the definition of how I decide if something’s cullable, so that’s okay then), but aghghglglhgl. So. Many. Books.

*sigh* The next stage is going through all the random paperwork that was previously hiding on all those shelves, and ditch as much of it as is humanly possible. And get more book boxes. And pack the upstairs books, and then go through all THAT random paperwork. And…yeah, no. That’s too much to think about already. :p

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)