Sunday, December 23, 2012
2. The protagonist talks a lot about what she reads (which is mainly science fiction, and because she was excused from doing three hours daily of exercise at her boarding school, she read a great deal!). 3. It is what it is. What I mean by that last part is that there isn't, like current popular fiction, a nasty twist at the end. I seriously was waiting for the other shoe to drop because this story reminded me very strongly of the feel of The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks which had a seriously wicked, twisted ending, so when I was just ten pages from the end I was almost shaking in my boots wondering how this story would end, and then it did end! The world did not drop out from underneath me, I was pleasantly surprised and I loved it! What a mindfully suspenseful non-twisty tale. Of course, I will be seeking out the rest of her books, once I have read all of the ones that were mentioned in this book (which I have not already read). Jo must have made an extensive study of the craft, the knowledge is all there (which I can attest to having read a great deal of the books that were mentioned), I got the references. If you are a sci-fi book-geek, this is a perfect book for you! It won both the Nebula and the Hugo Awards.