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Absence Makes…

March 13, 2008

I don’t know what absence makes. You’d think I might have a clue, since I’ve been absent. But, no…

I’ve been reading quite a lot — for some reason, writing makes me read. Filling the well, I expect. I pretty much devoured Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson fantasies: Moon Called; Blood Bound; and Iron Kissed. I very much liked Mercy as a narrator, and I loved how well-built her world is. Briggs follows things to their logical conclusions, and she doesn’t try to wriggle out of the consequences of her creative decisions. The writing is strong and clean and vivid; I couldn’t put the books down.

After that, I read Sophia Nash’s Dangerous Beauty. I enjoyed it very much — there were a couple of places where I laughed out loud (and since I was nursing a hurt back when I read it, that’s saying something) — but it didn’t have that certain sort of something that would have made me fall in love with it.

Mind you, that’s not a criticism of the book at all — I think whether or not you love something is partly a function of chemistry. There are certain things — storylines, ways of handling storylines, characters, motifs — that are inherently appealing to me. I can’t name most of them, but I know they’re there. If  story has one of those elements, I’m much more likely to fall in love with it.

After Dangerous Beauty I had a bout of the reading itchies, when absolutely nothing I picked up appealed to me. I have more books on my TBR (to be read) pile than I care to think about (including a big tote full of books I have to read by June or trade — if I haven’t read them by then, it’s unlikely I’ll ever read them), but I didn’t want any of them. Finally, I rooted out my very battered copy of Elizabeth Hand’s Waking the Moon and read that.

I finished it last night. I don’t know what’s next, because the itchies are still upon me.

Oh, well, I’ll find something…and I’ll try to report on it before April.

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