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review 2018-06-14 23:25
SCARDOWN by ELIZABETH BEAR
Scardown - Elizabeth Bear

I'll start with complaints. 
1. If your book is written in English, if you use another language in same book make sure you have the English translation. I've seen this done before in many book I've read. It's irritating if you don't have access to the internet to translate sometimes whole paragraphs of dialogue.
2. When the POV changes, maybe list in the paragraph title whose POV it is or maybe "Casey thought. . ." so we have an idea who is talking. One chapter took me over 1-1/2 pages to figure out whose POV it was.

I loved the ending. The one man, two women (not lesbian) thing - I just couldn't imagine it working so smoothly. Overall, a good book/series.

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review 2018-04-01 21:48
Review: Stone Mad
Stone Mad - Elizabeth Bear Stone Mad - Elizabeth Bear

Same great narrator as Karen Memory, but too short and too straightforward for my tastes. I really do struggle with novella as a length, y'all. 

 

There are some great scenes in this one, but I definitely wanted more. More gadgets, more dialog between the three strangers she meets at dinner, and far, far more of her trying to build a successful life with her wife.

 

It put together some pieces that could possibly lead to another story. Or I'm just being optimistic. I'm not even sure.

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quote 2018-03-08 20:50
"Faith in not rational. Do you know what a cathedral is, Chief Engineer?"

"A kind of church," she said. "A big church."

"A church that took centuries to build," he clarified. "And could cost hundreds of lives in the building. A church that represented an absolutely absurd investment for a medieval lord. And yet they got built anyway. For the glory of God."
Chill - Elizabeth Bear

Grail, p. 292, by Elizabeth Bear

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quote 2018-03-07 18:22
"Don't look at me. Just because the puppeteer's hand is up your ass, it doesn't mean you know what they are thinking."
Chill - Elizabeth Bear

Gavin, p.276

Chill / Elizabeth Bear

 

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text 2018-02-28 23:20
Abandoned (may come back to) at 46%.
Chill - Elizabeth Bear

I'm sorry.  I really tried because a bookclub read.

 

I just cannot face still yet another character or set of characters traveling to another part of ship.  Where they find a new environ with new genetic mutations.  To leave to find a new environ with ... POV changes so more characters can wander into *holds breath* new environment with new genetic ...

 

I may come back to because did get pretty far along and because it may have been too much reading this one back to back with the first in series, Dust - Elizabeth Bear .

 

Doubt I'll carry in to last book unless some amazing ending to Chill (if I return to finish it someday) or y'all reassure me all the traveling to new environs is finished or actually goes somewhere with the story or the worldbuilding.

 

Reading for booklikes' Virtual Speculation book club at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/50/virtual-speculation if anyone wants to see the group read or join.

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