November 14th, 2009

a-links

[links] Link salad mellows out in the City by the Bay

I am interviewed by Michael Ventrella

calendula_witch on why we blog

scarlettina documents, among other things, my remarkable forebearance at Imaginary WFC 2009

Greenland's ice sheet lost 1500 gigatons of mass from 2000 to 2008 — Another liberal traitor in the global warming conspiracy.

NASA finds reservoir of water ice on the Moon! — In case you missed this. Big news!

Sunrise over DIA — A nice image from APOD.

?otD: How much up would an woodchuck upchuck if a woodchuck could chuck upchuck up?



11/14/2009
Body movement: 60 minute urban walk (San Francisco hills!)
Hours slept: 7.5
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (forgot)
Currently reading: Finch by Jeff VanderMeer

writing-bookshelf

[books] Jade Man's Skin by Daniel Fox

  

Just yesterday finished reading an ARC of the new Daniel Fox book Jade Man's Skin, Del Rey, February, 2010. This is the book two of a trilogy begun with Fox's 2009 Dragon in Chains.

This is a fantasy based in a secondary world analog of Medieval China. Many readers may be familiar with Barry Hughart's brilliant Bridge of Birds as an example of Sinocentric fantasy, but where Hughart was telling a very Westernized, tongue-in-cheek story, Fox has chosen to follow a much more traditional Chinese path with the story and his characters. These books cover the range from Imperial intrigue to ocean-spanning magic to the smallest lives. Brutal, brilliant, complex and startlingly clear all at once, this series does a magnificent job of taking the reader into a culture, a time and a place that most of us have never considered.

I'm eager for the third volume, and these first two come highly recommended.