August 23rd, 2007


[books] Recent reading

I recently read bram452's A Betrayal In Winter Powell's | Amazon ], the second book of his Long Price quartet. (The first is A Shadow in Summer Powell's | Amazon ].) Daniel Abraham continues with his amazing, elegant fantasy which reads like a stiletto slicing. As I said recently to someone in comments, this is fantasy with a non-traditional setting &mdash second world, and aeurocentric. The core fantasy elements of the series are very innovative, impressing me deeply. And bram452 writes with such a lovely voice. It's literary but not intrusively so, highly original and a very good story.

I also finally managed to read scott_lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora Powell's | Amazon ]. That was a real page-turner for me. The frenzied explosion of plot and character contrasted well with the Abraham's elegance of world and prose. Locke Lamora owes a great deal to the tradition of caper books and movies, but carries a gripping sensibility all its own. Lynch has also done a fantastic job of rendering the sympathetic antihero.

If you're at all interested in what fantasy is doing these days outside the Big Book/post-Tolkien tradition, get these titles onto your reading pile.

[process] Anent yesterday's early career post

Anent yesterdays' early career post, the high school metaphor has disturbed some commentors both on my original post and in some of the linkback posts around the blogosphere.

One of the perils of using a metaphor to talk about the realities of life is that the metaphor can be taken too seriously. It really seems to bother some people that I talked about layers and divisions within the pro writing community, but name me a human community of 3+ people that doesn't have layers and divisions. We're monkeys, people, that's what we do — sort ourselves into groups and hierarchies.

The value of the high school metaphor is that it is transparently comprehensible to almost all Americans, and most other Western-educated readers. The peril of the high school metaphor is that a lot of people have very bad memories of the original experience.

[personal] Lunch on the book, as it were

Had lunch with kenscholes. We talked about Escapement, as well his excellent novel Lamentation and the sequel which he's working on right now. It's very interesting to talk process with someone who's discovering many of the same things I am. (And Lamentation is deeply awesome — I predict a hell of ride for him when that book finds its way into print.)

Did some necessary computer fu today as well, and have gotten myself sorted for the Seattle book signing tomorrow. Extra bonus, the_child will be at University Books tomorrow, so if you're a friend or fan of hers, another reason to turn up. Then its off to the beach for the weekend, Denver on Monday and Japan on Thursday.

See some, all or none of you there.