Thursday, December 18, 2008

Readin': Finish One trilogy, get close on another

Well, I got the second book of Lois McMaster Bujold's The Sharing Knife series, Legacy finished last week and it was as good as it could be. For a fantasy novel to be at all engaging, the characters have to be based in, and true to, their humanity. Legacy's characters return that in spades; both Dar and Fawn are well drawn and quite complex. The surrounding characters, also fairly well drawn, so a suprising mix of motives, emotions and actions, some of them ever-so-humanly pig-headed. The Beguilement ended with Dar and Fawn having married and headed toward the Lakewalker's encampment. Legacy ends with them on the road again, having found the Lakewalkers nowhere near as hospitable as they had hoped.

What lies in store for them? Don't know, but I am anxious to keep reading. Book Three is not yet out in paperback and I have a basic prejudice against buying books like this in anything but paperback. I can't find my King County Library card at the moment, but when I do, I will reserve the book. Presently the KCL system only has 1 copy and 31 requests for it, but I did notice that they have 15 or more copies on order; including one for our local library branch down at the mall.

Third Place Books came through with Worldwired, the third book in the Jenny Casey trilogy. It was a great read and well worth the time. Jenny is a hugely complex, sympathetically drawn character with a long, military history and a senior non-com's inherent fatalism/cyncism and highly accurate bullshit detector. Lots of surprises, including a major league gunfight in the United Nations General Assembly. It does end suprisingly well. Well worth readying

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I'm currently 60 years old. I currently work as the learning management system specialist for American University of Madaba in Madaba, Jordan. I was originally certified as a high-school English teacher and taught school for 13 years (1 year of substituting, 1 year of 7th grade, 2 years of a combined 5th, 6th, 7th grade, 9 years of 8th grade). I've worked for hardware and software companies for the past 23 years doing training, training materials development, certification test development and other education related stuff. My wife and I have raised four children to adulthood; some of them live at home at the moment, but that won't last (they're too independent for that). We live at home with 2 Golden Retrievers, 2 black cats, a crazy cat, and, during the winter, 70,000 coho salmon.