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el dang

eldang@bookwyrm.social

Joined 1 year, 2 months ago

Also eldang@weirder.earth

I'm currently the coordinator of the #SFFBookClub so a lot of what I'm reading is suggestions from there.

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Took me a while to pick the Gogol back up because the antisemitism of "St. John's Eve" was so overwhelming. I'm glad I did though. "A May Night" is delightfully weird and I was actually able to enjoy it.

I may just skip Taras Bulba because I've heard that that's particularly hateful about both Jews and Turks, but it looks like I'll at least be able to enjoy the rest of the collection.

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Content warning Four Hundred Souls (CW: slavery)

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@whami It's always interesting reading reviews from someone who had a very different response to the book, because it's not like one of us is right and one is wrong. I'm definitely hoping that the next book gives more space to Anden and Wen, but I feel like it is set up to. I clearly engaged more with the main characters than you did, and I can't really explain why. I do think Hilo is the least interesting one, and I'm glad it became more Shae's story over time.

I took the ending as a testament to Hilo's utter desperation - that it was this or actual surrender, and he'd only choose something this deceitful (and risky to Anden who he clearly feels protective over) because he felt that those were the only two options left. I am also curious whether the dirtiness of the trick comes back to haunt …

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@whami It's always interesting reading reviews from someone who had a very different response to the book, because it's not like one of us is right and one is wrong. I'm definitely hoping that the next book gives more space to Anden and Wen, but I feel like it is set up to. I clearly engaged more with the main characters than you did, and I can't really explain why. I do think Hilo is the least interesting one, and I'm glad it became more Shae's story over time.

I took the ending as a testament to Hilo's utter desperation - that it was this or actual surrender, and he'd only choose something this deceitful (and risky to Anden who he clearly feels protective over) because he felt that those were the only two options left. I am also curious whether the dirtiness of the trick comes back to haunt …

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urgh, the first story in the Gogol compilation dropped enough casual antisemitism that I didn't really process what the story was about, and I haven't had the gumption to read the next one yet. I hope they're not all like this, because I would like to be less clueless about this author.

Content warning Dune ending spoilers

started reading Short Fiction by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol

Short Fiction (EBook, Standard Ebooks) No rating

This is Standard Ebooks' collection of Gogol's shorter works. It appears to be a compilation …

Jade City (2017) 4 stars

Jade City is a 2017 fantasy novel by Fonda Lee. It won the World Fantasy …

The mobster-wuxia hybrid I never knew I needed (spoilers)

5 stars

I'm not usually all that excited about either really martial fantasy or mob stories, because both tend to rely on either very flatly good/evil dichotomies, or just telling the reader that one set of characters are the good ones and should be sympathised with.

At first, this book felt like it was going down that road, since our introduction to some of the core characters is them dispensing a lot of violence for profit, against some thieves who I found myself sympathising with. But by about 1/4 of the way I was getting reeled in by the Kauls' charm even as I was never convinced by their goodness. I think that ambiguity is one of the great strengths of Lee's writing. She could so easily have brought the world another set of Atreides/Skywalkers/Gandalf-and-the-hobbits, and instead we got some much more interesting, real and complex characters fighting a much smaller war. …