Years ago -- back when spam had to be sent via fax -- someone sent me "The End of the Raven, by Edgar A...moreThe author clearly loves both poetry and cats.
Years ago -- back when spam had to be sent via fax -- someone sent me "The End of the Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe's cat," and I loved it so much that I made a copy and tossed it in my "treasures" file. I dug it out this month when I learned that the kidlet was studying Poe in English class, and a little Googling revealed the source.
The Poe is a highlight:
While the bard and birdie chattered, I made sure that nothing clattered, Creaked, or snapped, or fell, or shattered, as I crossed the corridor; For his house is crammed with trinkets, curios and weird decor - Bric-a-brac and junk galore.
The one we've loved best so far, though, is "Meow of Myself," from "Leaves of Catnip," by Walt Whitman's Cat, which had the spouse literally falling from his chair with laughter. (Helps if you love "Leaves of Grass.")(less)
The one where Conn goes in search of his locus magicalicus, makes an amazing discovery about magic, picks up some strange new allies; the Twilight ass...moreThe one where Conn goes in search of his locus magicalicus, makes an amazing discovery about magic, picks up some strange new allies; the Twilight asserts itself; and the magical threat to Wellmet is resolved in a very satisfying fashion.
I particularly appreciate a story in which a conflict that's framed as Good Vs. Evil can be resolved somehow other than by Good people killing masses of Evil ones. I adored the life cycle of magic, was very pleased with the Twilight resolution, and think Rowan will be fantastic in her new role. (less)
The one where Conn blows some things up, fails to persuade the leaders of Wellmet that they're in danger, faces off a sorcerer-king, and begins to get...moreThe one where Conn blows some things up, fails to persuade the leaders of Wellmet that they're in danger, faces off a sorcerer-king, and begins to get an inkling of what magic is really all about.
I continued to love all the characters, and to enjoy the author's understated way of portraying the growing relationships, but like many middle books of trilogies, this book is more of a pile of incremental steps than a real story complete in itself. I do recommend it, but only if you read it and flip directly into Found and think of them as a single book. (less)
The one where Jodahs, the first ooloi born of both human and oankali genes, achieves adulthood and finds a family.
This is the most optimistic of the t...moreThe one where Jodahs, the first ooloi born of both human and oankali genes, achieves adulthood and finds a family.
This is the most optimistic of the three books, though pointed references to the effects of ooloi scent on human reason make it clear that the author doesn't want us to be able to rest comfortably with the idea that these relationships are entirely consensual.
It would have been interesting to read books that revolved around breaking taboos that had more visceral meaning to me; sibling incest and sex with sentient non-humans just don't horrify me, at least fictionally, and so from the very start I'm in sympathy with those who choose to mix with the oankali.
It was nice to find out the reasons behind some things we'd seen from the very first book (why the oankali tentacles bunch up when they're unhappy, what on earth they think they're doing when they ignore what humans say and give them what they "really" want).
On the down side: still very heterocentric, still taking women's second-class status as a product of nature rather than culture.
Why is the 'h' in Jodahs' name? What effect does that have on pronunciation? Is it just so the similarity to Judas can creep up on us more slowly?(less)