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text 2017-04-01 02:06
March Wrap-up
Binti - Nnedi Okorafor
Inheritor - C.J. Cherryh
Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris

I haven’t been energized to review for the last couple of weeks, so here’s a quick wrap-up of what I’ve been reading in March:

 

Audiobooks

Dead Reckoning – Charlaine Harris – Finished March 9, 2017 – 2017 Library Challenge

 

On The Oceans of Eternity (Nantucket #3) – S.M. Stirling – about halfway through this 29.5 hour commitment and enjoying it during my drive-times

 

Short Fiction

Binti - Nnedi Okorafor – Read March 19th

 

March Book 3 – John Lewis & company – got about 2/3 of the way through and then had to return it to the library.  I just got it back tonight.

 

Novels

Inheritor (Foreigner #3) – C.J. Cherryh – Finished March 12, 2017 – 2017 Reread Challenge

 

Ancillary Justice (Imperial  Radch #1) – Ann Leckie – reread in progress.  Not picking up as many new insights as I’d hoped.  I was rereading in part because Ancillary Justice was one of the books for the  Goodreads SciFi and Fantasy Book Club Group Bookshelf Challenge, but there didn’t seem to be many active conversations.  I’m likely to abandon the reread in favor of starting Ancillary Sword, which is one of the April selections for Group Bookshelf Challenge.

 

I don’t know how actively I’ll be blogging for the first 3 weeks in April because

 

I’m eagerly awaiting Dewey’s Readathon on April 29th and am hoping to clear my schedule for once!  See you then!

 

*If you are of the protesting bent, you may also want to check out the Tax March on April 15th or the Climate March on April 29th

 

 

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review 2016-12-22 01:22
Inheritor by C. J. Cherryh (Audiobook)
Inheritor - C.J. Cherryh,Daniel Thomas May

Series: Foreigner #3

 

Inheritor takes place about 6 months after the last book, so Jase has now sort of settled in and learned some Ragi although he’s supposed to stick to the children’s language to avoid offending the Atevi. Bren and Jase are basically at odds throughout because neither has been entirely truthful to the other (of course). The audiobook seems slow in parts but it’s still interesting.

 

I think Ilisidi is my favourite character.

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review 2016-12-21 00:00
The Inheritor
The Inheritor - Marion Zimmer Bradley Wow, this book is a mess. As an example, there are at least two conversations between the 3 main characters where the man and the younger sister insist that autistic children should just die because they are unfit for society (they also equate being autistic to being mentally disabled, which is a whole other thing) and the only counterargument the older sister has to offer is "well I am not sure but I guess we should agree to differ". Not to mention the transphobia, homophobia and fatphobia. But after finishing the book and looking up the backstory of the author, I gained a whole other reading of this book, which is that Bradley seemed to have been working through her own gross life story - Leslie, the older sister, spends all her time rationalizing away the weird and terrible actions of her new beau because she loves him. Actions such as: murder. So while I'm kind of sad I wasted my time on this, I now know more about this corner of literary history.
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review 2016-12-21 00:00
The Inheritor
The Inheritor - Marion Zimmer Bradley Wow, this book is a mess. As an example, there are at least two conversations between the 3 main characters where the man and the younger sister insist that autistic children should just die because they are unfit for society (they also equate being autistic to being mentally disabled, which is a whole other thing) and the only counterargument the older sister has to offer is "well I am not sure but I guess we should agree to differ". Not to mention the transphobia, homophobia and fatphobia. But after finishing the book and looking up the backstory of the author, I gained a whole other reading of this book, which is that Bradley seemed to have been working through her own gross life story - Leslie, the older sister, spends all her time rationalizing away the weird and terrible actions of her new beau because she loves him. Actions such as: murder. So while I'm kind of sad I wasted my time on this, I now know more about this corner of literary history.
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review 2016-10-30 07:16
Inheritor by C.J. Cherryh
Inheritor - C.J. Cherryh

I waited too long to review this, and now my memories are a bit fuzzy, but I'll do the best I can.

In Inheritor, Bren is once again trying to make do with incomplete information. The book takes place 6 months after the previous one. Bren has been separated from Jase for a bit, and that separation makes their already strained relationship worse. Jase doesn't seem to be handling the culture shock of living among the atevi, living on a planet, and speaking mostly Ragi very well. Bren has his own frustrations and worries – after the events of the previous book, he doesn't dare go back to Mospheira for fear that he'll be arrested or otherwise prevented from leaving. Mospheira's conservative element has become more powerful, and the rift between Bren and his family (and all other humans) continues to grow.

I know that a lot more happened but, again, it's been a while and I'm fuzzy on the details. What it comes down to is that, although I didn't dislike this book, I didn't love it either. This was a bit disappointing, since I'd enjoyed the previous book so much.

I enjoyed getting to see Banichi, Jago, and Ilisidi again, and there were several nice moments that made me smile or laugh. I liked the glimpses of Jase's difficulties adjusting to his new position – not just the work involved in trying to learn a new language, culture, and social expectations, but also adjusting to living on a planet rather than on a station.

That said, I was frustrated with several things. One of them was kind of my fault: I started reading this book too soon after finishing the previous one. I thought it'd be like Invader and start right where the previous book left off. Instead it was 6 months later, and readers were treated to lots and lots of recapping that I didn't particularly want or need.

I was also frustrated with Bren, who expected more from Jase than I thought was fair. In Bren's mind, Jase wasn't just the ship paidhi-in-training, he was also a potential friend (yes, Bren's quest for friendship continues). However, Jase wasn't as open and friendly in person as he'd been in their communications in the previous book, and Bren was disappointed. That disappointment kind of irked me, because Jase didn't owe him friendship. I know, I know, emotions just are, but it was like in Foreigner, when Bren was desperately trying to explain to Banichi how he felt about him and the conversation kept going wrong. This wasn't just one conversation, however, but rather several hundred pages of Bren trying and failing to connect with Jase.

A revelation late in the book added an element to the story that would probably make this a better reread than first read, at least for me, so I'm looking forward to eventually listening to the audiobook version I bought. That one bit of information put a new spin on so many moments and scenes. I loved that, but I also disliked that it took so long for that information to be given. It made the book feel like a very long setup for the next story arc, rather than something meant to be enjoyed on its own.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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