chomiji: Doa from Blade of the Immortal can read! Who knew? (Doa - books)

What have you just finished reading?

Bound in Blood (vol. 5 of the Chronicles of the Kencyrath by P.C. Hodgell), vol. 2 of the manga series 21st Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa, vol. 11 of the manga series Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden by Yuu Watase (and boy, is there a style whiplash between those two series ... ), and Redshirts by John Scalzi. The Hodgell was a re-read of an old favorite (and hmmm, where's my copy of Honor's Paradox, the next volume?); the other three were new. I'll write up the Scalzi at some point: I enjoyed it, but it was fairly slight for the most part.

(Oh, and the mysterious re-read I was doing earlier was The Diamond Age, or A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer, by Neal Stephenson.)

What are you currently reading?

I'm mostly reading bits and pieces of C.J. Cherryh's Regenesis (the sequel to Cyteen), for something I'm thinking about writing.

What do you think you'll read next?

Good question! Somewhere around the house is a copy of Among Others by Jo Walton: that's the last of the books I got for the winter holidays that I have not yet read. Or I could re-read N.K. Jemisin's Gujaareh books (The Killing Moon and The Shadowed Sun) so that I could write them up ... and the same with Jim C. Hines' Libriomancer. But there's an equal chance that I will dig out some old favorite to re-read, because that's my usual response to having finished something new.

 

chomiji: Yukimura from Samurai Deeper Kyo, smiling and clapping his hands. Caption: Happiness (Yuki-happy)

Wow, I owe someone a huge hug and kiss! How wonderful!

It will surprise none of Jame's fans to discover that she is an Action Girl and Extraordinarily Empowered Girl, as well as an example of Dark Is Not Evil, Ensign Newbie (in To Ride a Rathorn), I Have Many Names, I Just Want To Be Normal, Last Of Her Kind, Person Of Mass Destruction, and Walking Disaster Area.

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (shigure-book)

Other people may know all this already ... but I discovered PCH's newish web site today, and on it she says (emphasis mine):

"... Baen has picked up the series in e-edition and now in print. I’ve just received contracts for the sequel to Rathorn, the manuscript being due early in 2009, and for the reissue of the earlier novels."

Also, she has her own LJ!

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (shigure-book)

Wow, yesterday was a good day for people on the f-list talking about things I like to read. There was that whole discussion of Samurai Deeper Kyo, and then vierran45 was talking about P.C. Hodgell's vastly under-read and under-rated Kencyr series, a/k/a the Chronicles of the Kencyrath (roll on past the first couple of paragraphs of her reading report). When I think of all the crap derivative fantasy fiction that's out there, and then about how few people have even heard of Hodgell, I want to tear my hair out!

Anyway, check out what vierran45 has to say - she's summed up the series pretty well. They are hard to obtain (out of print), but well worth the trouble.

chomiji: A young girl, wearing a backward baseball cap, enjoys a classic book (Books - sk8r grrl)

Waiting for P.C. Hodgell's next book in the Chronicles of the Kencyrath has been a constant feature of my adult life. Hodgell has had singularly bad luck with publishers: they die out from under her regularly. Add to that the demands of an academic career, and you've got the recipe for a very slow rate of book production. I'm hoping now that she's retired and can spend more time writing, there may actually be some chance of seeing the proper ending of the adventures of Jamethiel before I die.

For me, it's always been worth the wait. I love Hodgell's writing voice: wry, mordant, dark, a bit twisted, and yet guardedly optimistic about humanity. Jame spends a good deal of her time thinking that she's damned, and the mistakes she makes and the devastation she causes tempt us to believe her. Yet at heart she's a fiercely loyal friend, partial to small children (and their ghosts) and cuddly animals (and non-cuddly ones too: in this book she befriends a poisonous snake and a carnivorous armor-plated unicorn), and with an extremely strict sense of honor.

If you haven't read any of these books, this is a terrible place to start: published last summer, it's volume 4 of the series (the first book is Godstalk - also available in a single volume with book 2, as Dark of the Gods). If you have read the earlier books but had given up, rejoice: Jame is starting a term in the Kencyrath's military academy, and you can bet that this august institution will never be quite the same ...

Read on - spoilers! )

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