Cecilia Dart-Thornton

Dorian E. Gray israfel at eircom.net
Mon Aug 19 14:28:56 EDT 2002

Jon said...
> I quite enjoyed the first two books, I thought the
> usage of celtic folklore was quite well done, and the
> original elements - the shangwind (?) and the
> anti-gravity metal's good too, and those two didn't
> strike me as incongruent. It was the creeping
> Australianisms on top of those that jarred with me.

I haven't read them yet, but as the lady is a "graduate" of my writers'
workshop, I do intend to.  It's interesting to get other people's views on
the books in advance.

> I've just started reading "Household Gods" by
> Turtledove and Tarr which is looking promising, This
> is a historical novel, with a very minor fantasy
> element so far, in which a modern woman ends up in
> Roman times, The point seems to be that "the past is a
> foreign country - they do things differently there",
> so far the only book I've ever read that really
> captured this was Shogun.

I read that recently, and spent most of the book wanting to smack some sense
into the heroine.  Can anyone *really* be that ignorant of history, and so
stupid as to insist on applying their own standards to what is so obviously
a very different world?  In many ways, the book seemed to me to be a thinly
disguised social history lesson - though, when I wasn't wanting to smack the
heroine, a very interesting one.

I'll be interested to hear your reactions when you finish reading the book.

Until the sky falls on our heads...

Dorian E. Gray
israfel at eircom.net
"What dreadful hot weather we have!  It keeps me in a continual state of
-Jane Austen

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