Saturday, June 27, 2015
I've started a new blog over here, to try and utilize all of the plant pictures I've been taking since I first got a digital camera. Not to mention, researching and writing things up fills a happy little place in my soul.
I'm aiming to post something new every week. We'll see how it goes...
It’s not a bad book. It begins with the whole Wickham/Georgiana Darcy affair – which is definitely a good frame for Darcy’s side of the story. In fact, it’s his relationship with Georgiana that makes this book – that’s really what you need to see to show you that he is in fact a good man, and with a little help to see some of his glaring faults, is capable to winning Lizzie.
It’s an interesting culture clash story. The original colonists were all of European extraction, so they’ve lost the notion that there are other human skin colors available, and the non-European members of the crew are a revelation to them.
The physic powers of the Darkovans are also an revelation of the people of the empire – they’re starting to acknowledge these powers, but seeing what the Darkovans have managed to do with them is a whole level above anything they could imagine.
This was a fun reread – reminds me why I love this series.
Damia is the Rowan’s daughter, and from a very early age, it’s obvious that her physic talents surpass those of her (impressive in and of themselves) parents. This story also is the story of Afra – who is Rowan’s second in command, and starts out as the loco parentis of all of Jeff and Rowan’s children. He and Damia eventually marry.
I was a bit nervous going into this book because I knew Afra and Damia were eventually going to hook up (no spoilers – it’s obvious from the back cover summary), and I was really unsure how that relationship was going to come across in my first read as an adult. Thankfully, it avoided the creep factor.
This series is holding up better than the Pegasus series, probably because it was written later.
The funny thing about this one is that it feels like a bit of a time capsule, because it does deal with the very pre-internet Darkover fan days (when MZB was still alive). It’s very cool to see how much she loved music, and the people that were involved with her (and subsequently this book) because of music. This is definitely a must have book for any Darkover completests.
My petty complaint: they’ve gone the self-publishing route, which is awesome in many ways, but means this is trade paperback size, so will not fit on the shelf with most of my other Darkover books. Totally petty, I know, but it is what it is.
This year, I read:
- Spirits in the Wires - Charles de Lint - finished 6/14/15
- Shadow Magic - Patricia C. Wrede - finished 6/12/15
- Dust Girl - Sarah Zettel - finished 6/5/15
- An Earthly Knight - Janet McNaughton - finished 6/2/15
- Parallel Myths - J. F. Bierlein - finished 5/30/15
- The Silver Rose - Susan Carroll - finished 5/12/15
- The Perilous Gard - Elizabeth Pope - finished 4/30/15
- Fire - Kristin Cashore - finished 4/12/15
- Firethorn - Sarah Micklem - finished 4/11/15
- The Rithmatist - Brandon Sanderson - finished 4/11/15
- The Book of Atrix Wolfe - Patricia A. McKillip - finished 3/26/15