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14 June 2012 @ 09:45 pm
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1. Mikaela is doing an Old Races: ORIGINS give-away over on her blog! Go check it out!

2. The Disneyland for Deon page has been fixed and now accepts donations again. o.O Remember, I’ll (eventually) be writing a short story as a thank-you for helping Deon get to Disneyland, so if you want access to an exclusive story, go throw a few bucks that way and make a kid’s dream come true while you’re at it. :)

3. I’ve finished Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312, which in some ways I liked a lot and in others found a little frustrating. Mostly I didn’t feel Swan’s voice was much differentiated from previous KSR protagonists, though the other two major POV characters were reasonably different. I liked the development of the romance and the world, I liked many of the choices the characters made, I just sort of felt like I could switch Frank out for Swan and it wouldn’t be significantly different.

The other problem I had with it is sort of…philosophical. It’s sort of “he didn’t write the book I wanted him to!”, though that’s not exactly accurate either, because I like what and how KSR does. But like the Science in the Capitol trilogy, which is some of my favorite writing ever, 2312 isn’t an enormously accessible book. I mean, I’m okay with that because I like hard SF and I’m willing to put the time in, but … I think the climate change theme that’s so central to these books is hugely, hugely important, and I think he realizes it brilliantly, and I want everyone to read it and understand what he’s seeing in our world that develops into his fiction, but…this is SF for SF lovers, not for casual readers. I still desperately want that gap bridged, and KSR writes so beautifully I want him to be able to do it, but he doesn’t. And I don’t think it’s even his goal, so I recognize that my frustrations are ill placed here, but…damn. I do so want that accessible, world-changing climate change SF story to be *out there*.

4. What else. Um. C’mon, Catie, you’re only managing a blog post every several days, surely there’s more going on than this…

(x-posted from the essential kit)

Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on June 14th, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
I recognise that frustration. I've had it myself with some novels. There's that glimpse of the high peaks... and the story turns away into the plain.
kitmizkit on June 15th, 2012 07:04 am (UTC)
I'm not sure that for me it was exactly that the story turns away into the plains so much as...well, climate change is a topic near and dear to my heart, and KSR writes such a vivid realization of one direction the world is heading, and I want to be able to thrust his books at people and say, "Read this! Learn from it! We can do better!" Except I'm pretty sure most people wouldn't get past page ten of anything he writes, because they're dense, slow to unfold, and in many ways written so poetically that to fully appreciate the rhythm they're best read aloud. They're not...user-friendly.

Which is part of why I desperately want to write a climate change series myself, I suppose. I'm not under the illusion that the whole world *would* read it, but I want to write something as powerful that would be...more approachable. Heh.
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on June 15th, 2012 09:35 am (UTC)
Ah, yes. I can see that, too.
You would rock at it.
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kitmizkit on June 15th, 2012 06:59 am (UTC)
Yes, the Mercury thing is where it really gets going. And it's not that I didn't like it, because I did. It's just...*handwaves* I wish it was a book everyone could like, and it isn't. None of KSR's stuff is.
HL Henriksonveilofgrace on June 15th, 2012 08:27 am (UTC)
This has nothing to do with any of the above. Just gotta say, I finally let myself start Raven Calls, and A) I'm reading it way too fast for my liking, what with limited story arc left and all; and B) Gary just made me cry. Before I even hit a hundred pages. Not cool (which is to say way cool, because, well, you know what you wrote). And I then dragged myself out of the book, onto the internet, and over here to shake my virtual finger at you for being awesome. Bah!

kit: walkerpapersmizkit on June 15th, 2012 08:42 am (UTC)
*pats self on the back* :)
Bryantbryant on June 15th, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
Can you do me an email introduction to Emily? (I think we've met but man it was a while ago.) I don't have a magic wand but I do have access to some stuff that might be useful for this effort. :)