lonespark: (Teyla)
Spoilerific ranting will be found in this post and all the other ones I make on the subject.


My overall impressions of the book are these:

Why can't all of this book be as good as some of this book?!?

...yeah...

Specifically my two favorite bits, although it sounds weird to say that because they were so vividly horrible at times, were the part with Salim and the ifrit and the story of Wututu and Agasu, the African twins. But when I was reading those parts I was deeply involved in the story and I cared about the characters in a way that wasn't true in the other parts of the book.

In the back of my copy there's an interview with Neil Gaiman and he said something about trying to write in an uncomplicated "American style." That could be part of it, but I think it's more about the characters, and maybe their cultural context...somehow?

Plus also, my opinion of the big story is mostly "You seem to think you can tell stories like this without the Asynjur, but you are WRONG wrong wrong." (Ack, I wrote that, and then I realized I had forgotten about Easter, so hmmm. Maybe it's more my massive discomfort with telling stories about Odin and Baldur and sacrifice and ERASING FRIGGA AAAARGH.)
lonespark: Miko from Stargate:Atlantis (Miko)
I guess this isn't not a book review, of sorts.

Dear Most Admirable Internet Acquaintance,

I have come rushing home to say,

I have read a story
in the lesbian steampunk anthology
Steam-Powered 2,

"Grenada's Library."

It is about women
who are brave and wise and strong and faithful
and old and frail and doubtful
(and also girls
who are brave and revolutionary
and very foolish).

They are Christians and Muslims and Jews
and secularists
and heretics
and lovers

They are leaders
(and followers, and saboteurs, and mechanics)
and they are,
first
and last
and in their pure, true Selves

Librarians

and so I thought of you.

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