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04 November 2009 @ 12:55 pm
A couple of links:

First, a new essay at IGMS on Point of View.

Second, an essay on my first triathlon .

I wanted to add to my books read list that I really enjoyed CHILD OF FIRE by Harry Connolly this month. I read it to get my Harry Dresden fix, and while it is in the same genre, it's not Dresden at all. Completely different, darker (YES, even darker!) world view. Interesting magic. Twists and turns. Characters I liked doing things I sometimes didn't. I will be reading it again.

Also enjoyed THE MAGICIANS by Lev Grossman immensely. It was like Harry Potter for grownups, with some winks at Narnia thrown in. Well, more than winks. It felt very meandering at the beginning, but I found I wanted to put it down less and less by the end. The section about the months in Antarctica were some of the best writing ever.

A few comments on HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY by Audrey Niffenegger (of THE TIME TRAVELERS WIFE fame) and LIAR by Justine Larbelestier. Both of these books made me feel deeply unsettled. I suspect that it is what both authors intended. LIAR admits in advance that you should believe nothing in the book. As a reader, this made me feel an immediate distance from the book and I really did believe nothing. Nonetheless, it was fascinating and creepy and I did not notice time passing. HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY had some similar effects, except that the ending, when it came, was less expected. I try not to spoil books (Have I, already? I am terrible at figuring out what spoils stuff, sorry!), so I won't say anymore. Read with an open mind and enjoy the feeling, even if it is disgust.
johnlevittjohnlevitt on November 5th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
I loved Child Of Fire. I'll have to try The Magicians, as well.