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Hey, it's Wednesday, and I've actually read a thing: A Stranger in Olondria. I'm going to write up a review of it, because I ended up loving it; I think it's an amazing book, beautifully, powerfully told--and that's not what I went in thinking, or even what I was feeling in the first fifth of the book. Early on I had the impression that it was an admirable book that I was going to effortfully work my way through, but my mind completely, totally changed, so much so that by the end, this passage about coming to the end of a book--used as a heartbreaking analogy for final separation--was exactly how I felt:
Earlier, frightened, you began to have some intimation of it: so many pages had been turned, the book was so heavy in one hand, so light in the other, thinning toward the end. Still, you consoled yourself. You were not quite at the end of the story, at that terrible flyleaf, blank like a shuttered window: there were still a few pages under your thumb, still to be sought, treasured. Oh, was it possible to read more slowly?--No. The end approached, inexorable, at the same measured pace. The last page, the last of the shining words! And there--the end of the book.

Date: 2019-02-20 03:04 pm (UTC)
sartorias: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sartorias
Lovely book by a lovely person.

Date: 2019-02-20 04:09 pm (UTC)
evelyn_b: (Default)
From: [personal profile] evelyn_b
Aw, that's fantastic! It's the best when a book wins you over.

Date: 2019-02-20 05:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aamcnamara
YES. Right?? God, I love that book. And I love that passage--I have it dog-eared in my copy, which I do very rarely.

The Winged Histories is also magnificent in a wholly different way. I adore them both.

Date: 2019-02-20 05:08 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
I've heard this is so good!

Date: 2019-02-20 07:27 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Haruspex: Autumn War)
From: [personal profile] sovay
The last page, the last of the shining words! And there--the end of the book.

That's wonderful.

Date: 2019-02-20 09:42 pm (UTC)
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
From: [personal profile] gwynnega
Her book of short fiction, Tender, is amazing too.
Edited Date: 2019-02-20 09:42 pm (UTC)

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