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15 August 2006 @ 09:39 am
Somehow the housework is still in catch-up mode from being away, not helped by the cat caterwauling all morning (he thankfully calmed down after that and slept all afternoon). I've got a list (in my head) of things I'd like to do, but by the time I get to the point of doing them I'm feeling too braindead, so yesterday I just read instead. As I've got 2 improving books on the go but wasn't feeling like reading them I started on some unimproving fiction - "Romanitus" by Sophia McDougall which is alt-history set in a world where the Roman Empire lasted through till present-dayish times, with present day type tech (some with different names some not, which seems a bit silly, but I guess it gives the right flavour). I'm not finished yet, but so far it's been a good read - my major quibble is that the psychic powers aspect of it seems put in because otherwise there's no obvious way to make the plot happen. It feels like she got stuck at some point & went back & worked in the powers just to make it work. And I can't work out if (in world) they're new or previously known - no-one seems aware that such things really exist (indicating not a part of the history of the world), but no-one is incredulous at the children's abilities (and I mean no-one, not even remote hints of sceptism from anyone).
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Current Music: U2 "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb"
Andrewsagima on August 15th, 2006 08:58 am (UTC)
It was sounding good until the psychic powers bit.
Margaretpling on August 15th, 2006 09:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's a bit how I felt while reading it. They're OK in some stories, but these powers feel like 'get out of plot point free' cards - the girl who can sense others thoughts & hide herself & others by making sure people don't pay attention at the wrong time, her brother who can heal, the boy who can make others do what he wants (and conveniently hide his thoughts from the girl, so we can have a plot point about how she doesn't notice he's in love with her - they're all about 14 or 15 so it's at least vaguely realistic that they're acting like hormonal teenagers ;) ).