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Driveby: I'm having a tiring week, and need to go to bed ASAP.

I finished The Calculating Stars, and it ends well enough for me to look forward to reading the sequel, The Fated Sky. It was also pubished in 2018, so I'm not sure what the rules are re Hugo Award.

I'm now reading Circe, by Madeline Miller. People seem to be excited by this book, including recommending it for Hugo nominations. I am about 70% of the way through, and it is grim, sad, grim. Man, the Titans are disgusting, and the gods are nasty. A seemingly "you are there" inside Circe's head re-telling does not help these facts. I'm also not sure I want to call it fantasy. It's well written, though?

Date: 2019-02-14 03:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
I am about 70% of the way through, and it is grim, sad, grim. Man, the Titans are disgusting, and the gods are nasty.

I think I will give this a pass, then.

I'm also not sure I want to call it fantasy.

Even with Titans and Olympians?

Date: 2019-02-15 02:21 am (UTC)
sovay: (I Claudius)
From: [personal profile] sovay
In this case, I thought the real story was Circe's time with Odysseus, but now I'm wondering if this melancholy part I'm in now, near the end, was the real story: what happens after Telegonus goes to meet his father Odysseus and inadvertently kills him.

It's true I can't think of a lot of contemporary treatments of the Telegony and that's neat. It does sound a little like the author got the ratio wrong, though, if you had to slog through an entire novel first.

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