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Does anyone else think C J Cherryh and Connie Willis write similarly? I don't really think so (they feel completely different, and feel is important), but they both write long bits in which people think a lot about what's going on and try to decide what it means and what should be done. And then they change their minds a little later, and think about it some more. Maybe this and maybe that shouldn't be so interesting, but somehow it is.

The main difference is that C J Cherryh comes across as slow to me, while in Connie Willis, everything always seems to be going at breakneck speed. Also, things go wrong in Connie Willis books, and usually they go wrong because everyone has been acting too quickly and didn't have time for whatever, or because some random thing happened that upset their plans and now they have to rush around like crazy. In C J Cherryh books, things go wrong because of people having different agendas.

Oh, and I really enjoyed Blackout, by Connie Willis, which I just finished. And I enjoyed it despite the fact that it doesn't really have anything even resembling an ending. The conclusion is supposed to be out later this year, which I'm oddly okay with.

For balance

Feb. 5th, 2010 11:38 pm
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I really enjoyed reading the story "Blood" in the book Quatrain by Sharon Shinn. The only problem I had with it was that I wasn't ready for it to end when it did.

I really really enjoy stories about people trying to be good people, and finding ways to care about other people (not necessarily in a romantic way), and having connections with other people that are important to them and influence their behavior. And understanding other people despite differences. And this story hit all that. And I suppose that might sound like it could be awfully sweet or unrealistic, but it was about difficulties in these sorts of areas too.

Plus, I just liked the characters, and the world is interesting for the inherent conflicts in it regarding gender and culture. I remember liking Heart of Gold, the book set in the same world, as well.
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Since I was just speaking of things that didn't quite live up to (very very high) expectations, I thought I'd mention a surprise that delighted me:

Three Twilight Tales, by Jo Walton, in the anthology Firebirds Soaring

It's about stories, and it was lightly done and made me think, which makes me happy.


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