I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Jennifer Fallon is a wonderful writer. The characters felt 'real' and richly developed without the cliched 'good' vs....moreI thoroughly enjoyed this book! Jennifer Fallon is a wonderful writer. The characters felt 'real' and richly developed without the cliched 'good' vs. 'bad' binary opposites. They all have their agendas and Fallon weaves their cross-purposes quite brilliantly. I look forward to the next installment, with perhaps even more of a visceral feel and alternate world building. I think it's heading that way! Recommended for any who enjoy the genre crosses--science fantasy! (less)
My publisher, Stephanie Smith, recommended this to me and finally it's out on Kindle. Diving in!
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are rich an...moreMy publisher, Stephanie Smith, recommended this to me and finally it's out on Kindle. Diving in!
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are rich and deep and the dynamics engaging. There are dark places in Mary Snyder's world that makes the kindnesses and compassion in the people shine all the brighter. Our protagonist is very engaging, resourceful, resilient . . . a true hero in her ability to face dire events and come out, not unscathed, but on top!(less)
One of the things I love about TSML is how Tanith explores the hard problems of consciousness without intruding on the story. It was only during times...moreOne of the things I love about TSML is how Tanith explores the hard problems of consciousness without intruding on the story. It was only during times ‘away from the book,’ that I pondered her insights—how the erotic nature of love can grow souls.
When I say erotic, I don’t me pornographic. I’m referring to Eros, the god of love—the original meaning is something that brings two people together in such a way that it creates a lasting transformation. In this sense, sex is rarely erotic, but it can be, as can the non-sexual relationship between an artist and their craft or a teacher and student. In TSML not only is the sex erotic but so is the art, music and intimacy shared between Jane and Silver.
To begin with, Jane is far from individuated. She says, ‘My mother has a lot of opinions, which is restful, as that way I don’t have to have many of my own.’ Jane is sentient but has little self awareness. Then she falls in love.
Mother, I am in love with a robot. No. She isn’t going to like that. Mother, I am in love. Are you, darling? Oh, yes, Mother, yes I am. His hair is auburn, and his eyes are very large. Like amber. And his skin is silver. Silence. Mother. I’m in love. With whom, dear? His name is Silver. How metallic. Yes. It stands for Silver Ionized Locomotive Verisimulated Electronic Robot. Silence. Silence. Silence. Mother….
Silver has a sense of self from the start. I’m a robot, he says, but is he sentient? He’s like a toaster making lovely golden toast but then he explains a ‘cruel look’, showing he is more than the sum of his circuitry. ‘When something occurs that is sufficiently unlike what I’m programmed to expect, my thought process switch over. I may then, for a moment, appear blank, or distant.’ How ‘human’ is that?
By the middle of TSML I realised Tanith wasn’t writing about romance, or coming of age, or social inequality or advanced technology or environmental disasters—even though these themes are present. She was writing about the nature of being. In her beautifully woven story is a Cartesian thesis on mid-body dualism. Are we the product of our physicality—a result of biochemical reactions in the brain? Or is consciousness spirit, reflected in our capacity to transform through love?
When I reached page 232 I wanted to stop. Jane . . . Jain says, ‘I love him. He loves me. It isn’t a boast. I can hardly believe it myself. But he does. Oh God, he does. And, I am happy.‘
This moment reflects the perfect lightness of being, the epiphany before the fall—I longed to stay in this Eden of consciousness—the brilliance before expulsion from the garden. But Tanith holds us to our mythologies that say the ‘fall’ is necessary—separation is necessary for soul growth.
TSML is an extraordinary tale of erotic love and the lasting transformation it brings. Highly recommended. (less)
I'm rereading again and creating 'work sheets' in preparation for the ISF Book Club launch! So thrilled. It is amazing, and also confronting, to revis...moreI'm rereading again and creating 'work sheets' in preparation for the ISF Book Club launch! So thrilled. It is amazing, and also confronting, to revisit my worlds of Earth and Gaela yet again. I've missed these people! Of course I see things I want to add to or do differently but a book can only be so long and at some point we have to say 'done'! Overall I love this intro to the Quantum E saga. Immediately I want to go on to the next book, Road to the Soul! That bodes well . . . for the future :)(less)
Goodreads is amazing! I emailed support asking what I could do so this second series was grouped together and 5 minutes latter Tessa emailed back sayi...moreGoodreads is amazing! I emailed support asking what I could do so this second series was grouped together and 5 minutes latter Tessa emailed back saying 'Done'! Thank you!