Assorted readings

I’ve been bad about not posting about books I’ve read. Not that I’m under any obligation or anything. That’s just the attention-whore in me talking.

His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik: I really liked this and will probably read more. I just loved the bond of deep friendship and affection between Temaraire and Laurence. I really enjoyed Laurence’s transition from reluctant Navy officer to more freethinking Corpsman. And Temaraire himself is insanely lovable.

The Speed of Dark, Elizabeth Moon: Lou Arrendale is a high functioning autistic with a gift for pattern recognition. He is compassionate and very, very bright and insightful. I don’t know much at all about autism, but Lou and his high functioning autistic coworker-friends (they work in a special division of a pharmaceutical company in the future) were convincing and interesting. One of my favorite themes was the pattern recognition; Everywhere Lou looks he instinctively looks for patterns. He sees the differences between himself and the “normals” but doesn’t quite understand why. Highly recommend.

Pegasus, Robin McKinley: I’m a loyal reader of Robin McKinley’s books. The bond between Sylvi and Ebon in their unusual friendship felt almost heartbreaking to me in it’s intensity. The writing is very dreamlike and the pacing is rather leisurely. I especially loved the story at the end told by Fthoom. There was just something very powerful about it.

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5 thoughts on “Assorted readings

  1. I agree, I really liked all three books you’ve mentioned as well.

    Usually, I am a loyal reader of McKinley as well, but the sequel to Pegasus doesn’t come out until next year sometime, so I was going to wait for it. But I failed at waiting, so now I’m suffering! I soooo want to Know What Happens Next.

    Have you read Flowers for Algernon? Different book from The Speed of Dark but yet something made me reread it after I finished Speed of Dark. Well anyway, if you haven’t read it, I would recommend it.

    And were you super mad at Rankin? I was soooo upset at him. Don’t want to be too spoilerish, but boo Rankin. Who’s your fave dragon (besides Temeraire, of course)? 🙂

  2. I wanted to bitch slap Rankin and drown him in a bucket of water. Grrrrr. Bastard! Murderer! Aside from Temaraire I liked Celeritas best for his dry wit and wisdom. I have a soft spot for Volly as comic relief (“Cows!”).

    I remember reading Flowers for Algernon in school, but haven’t reread it since. It made me think of Flowers too! Different kinds of loss in both books. 😦

    As for Pegasus, I keep wondering what that story at the end means. I have a feeling the roc was either twisting the truth, or leaving something out, or both. I hope the story gods are kind to Sylvi and Ebon!

  3. I do not want to do that to Rankin. But then I haven’t read the books.

    I’ve always meant to read Robin McKinley – maybe I will one of these days. I enjoyed Speed of Dark –

    HIGHLY recommend the Curious incident of the dog in the nighttime – great fast read from the autistic perspective

    1. You know, I saw lots of people reading Curious Incident of the Dog, but never bothered to find out what it was about. I’ll have to check that out.

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