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die hard is a xmas movie | by maryann johanson

what are you reading at the moment?

greatnorthroad

I recently finished rereading, in story chronology order, Lois McMaster Bujold’s [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.] entire Miles Vorkosigan saga. It was torture. Because I love Miles so much, and I love all his friends and family, and I love the universe he lives in — a human civilization about 800 to 1000 years in the future spread across multiple star systems, with no aliens but lots of varied human cultures — and from the moment I started, I was dreading being finished. Bujold’s writing is, stylistically, simple and straightforward yet it creates a vivid tapestry, and I get truly lost in it. (I almost missed my tube stop one day because I was so deep in whatever adventure Miles was having that day, and that hardly ever happens to me.)

But then I was finished — hopefully not forever; Bujold had better be writing some more — and I almost didn’t want to go on to something else so that Miles would linger with me, but I can’t not have something to read on the tube. (It’s just about the only time I do get to read.) So I picked up Peter F. Hamilton’s Great North Road [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.], a science fiction murder mystery set about 150 years from now in Newcastle… and also on the tropical superearth planet St. Libra, which is accessible via what is basically a stargate in Newcastle. I’m only maybe a quarter of the way in so far, but I’m pretty caught up in it. My only complaint at the moment is that almost all the female characters are so distractingly beautiful and described in such exquisite detail that it’s pretty absurd, especially when the physical appearance of the male characters is only briefly sketched… even when they’re being described from a woman’s perspective. I’m not letting it stop me reading, however.

So: What are you reading at the moment? Got any recommendations from your recent reads?

(If you have a suggestion for a Question, feel free to email me.)


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