Margaret (pling) wrote,
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Books read last week

"Paladin of Souls" by Lois McMaster Bujold (Library. Sequel to The Curse of Chalion. Good :) Bujold's characters and stories always grab me. I'll probably pick this up when it comes out in mass market paperback.)

"Moonspeaker" by K. D. Wentworth (Library. Good, but felt very derivative of MZB's Darkover books - not the story but the names of things, and I guess the whole mind-powers stuff. Though this felt like a bit of a darker treatment of that theme than MZB's.)

"The Physiognomy" by Jeffrey Ford (Library. Crap. Crap. Crap. See this post.)

"Hellburner" by C. J. Cherryh (New. Direct sequel to Heavy Time. I really do like C.J. Cherryh's Alliance/Union universe, I should've bought the books before. It's fairly gritty SF with a well developed future history. Somehow she's managed to make the slang feel plausible, even a decade after she wrote this stuff. And the different mindsets between the merchanters, the Earth people and the Union feel right. Her running theme with these seems to be a fucked-up man who isn't quite in the same universe as the rest of the protagonists, and somehow the big events are happening around him, but he's not exactly a prime-mover, nor is anyone else whose eyes you see through. They're just the cogs, which helps to make it feel real.)

"Rimrunners" by C. J. Cherryh (New. Actually one of her weaker books, I'd not read it before and my lasting impression is not being sure why Bet takes up with NG. I can see why it develops from there, but I'm unclear as to her motivation in the first place, doesn't seem quite true to the character we see. Still good though.)

"Absolute Magnitude" edited by Warren Lapine and Stephen (Library. Unfinished.)
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