Jul 1, 5:45pm
Especially since it's still cool & rainy here . . . but traditionally, summer doesn't start in the PNW until July 5. And they're predicting a hot one, so no complaining about the grey day out there from me.
I can't believe it's July!
(thanks for the nod Lily)
I re-read "Godstalk" by P.C. Hodgell. This book was recommended on TORN years ago . . . possibly by Reverend? . . . although it was out of print at the time. I managed to locate a hardbound first edition, loved it, and was sad that Hodgell hadn't continued the story. But she had, and in recent years has published eight more books in the series. It's all building to what promises to be a doozy of a climax. Not like any other fantasy series I can think of: the heroine, who starts out amnesiac and only slowly starts to put things together, is possibly/probably going to turn into the human avatar of the Destroyer aspect of her three-faced god (rather like the Hindu trio of Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, & Shiva the Destroyer). If all three avatars can manifest at once, they can finally destroy the Big Bad that's been threatening all of creation for millennia. But first Jame has to figure out who she is; survive the complicated politics and spiritual powers of the city of Tai-tastigon; cross the deadly mountains between Tai-tastigon and the Riverland, home to her exiled people, and find her long-lost twin; defy her own culture's insistence that women of her class stay tightly bound by rules, clothing, and fortresses and serve only as broodmares; get into, survive, and pass the tests of the military college; and along the way, encounter, understand, and become allied with the local powers of the world her people have fled to, including animals and the mysterious Builders. In the last book out she has to return to Tai-tastigon to clean up some lingering problems in that strange & wonderful city, so before reading it again I felt the need to re-acquaint myself with all the characters and plots of the first book. Glad I did because on this third reading I picked up a lot of clues to where Hodgell has always been going. If you are a fan of GoT or "Dune" this series will appeal.
On the non-fiction side I'm ordering "How to be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi, as it's been highly recommended by many.
I am a dreamer of words, of written words.
-- Gaston Bachelard
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