The Forever War
by Joe Haldeman
It’s hard to read, and that’s because the experience is horribly real. I lightened it up by reading other things in between, but I kept returning to witness this account. I could see soldier stories through science fiction metaphors (such as time dilation, the world having changed much more than the time spent on campaign). There’s a soul-gripping terror and malaise in these pages – not just in the violence, but as seen through societal humanity. Deeply affecting, eloquent messages delivered with the twang of sci-fi experimentation.
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by Anne McCaffrey & Margaret Ball
(book jacket drawn by ele)
Fantastic entertainment carrying a balance of humor and deep worldcrafting. Unicorn people will understand… with their minds. Reflects the struggles of the newly adult finding their own kind, ethical dilemmas in science & politics, and different people complementing each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
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The Wind Through The Keyhole, by Stephen King
A true tale of Mid-World! Artfully triple-nested, the stories examine tones of hard survival, predation, dark sides, and forces of nature and magic – through cherished voices echoing through time. Wonderful piece of craft.
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Forest of Memory, a novella by Mary Robinette Kowal
If you emerge from the forest, will you be quite the same?
Clearly delineated internal debate and suspenseful action that gives you just a little bit at a time, amidst a knowledgeably vivid and lush sensory landscape. Kowal’s setting removal provides tangentially humorous perspectives on habits and mindsets of today’s world. A dramatic meeting between modern techie life and brutal nature.
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A distinct flavor of culture understood through time and across languages, cast in transcendent form into a re-homed delivery. The tales are what they are; concepts and scenes are couched in a familiar sensibility that looks you straight in the eye with its reactions. This book has a fine savor, meaning that it delivers multiple qualities to appreciate all at once, and tuned in varying amounts. Artistically, it seems made of swooping penstrokes and careful woodcuts.
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Additional note: A1…!
Enlightening Symbols, by Joseph Mazur
This volume revolutionized my understanding of mathematical thought. Following the development of symbols walked me through our primal, unstructured mental evolution of grasping intangible concepts that nevertheless apply to everyday reality, through the human context which fostered their understanding. Connected me to the great abstractions of communication. An incredible way to encounter mathematics, revealing a deep level of global research and reference. For instance, I now credit Virahanka for the golden ratio number addition sequence! And I also credit Joseph Mazur for the insightful education presented here.
Wild Magic, by Tamora Pierce
I was completely engrossed, to a time of casting aside other responsibilities, and finished it with a rare quickness. Between a new heroine, familiar though changed characters, and identifiable animal personifications, Wild Magic is everything I was hoping for in another Tortall adventure. Running opposite of anthropomorphization: animal mind.
This is the current interest list from May’s Literary Salon at the Friday Harbor Public Library.
The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss
The story of a hero worthy of allusion, told in bravado style. Street life, college life, and the performer’s role each make their phase as we see a young man’s life develop by wizardly leaps. The ballad-like narrative made me cringe and care.
The phaeton chariot crosses the sky, with dragon behind.