Reading notes, week 37

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September 12: The Suck Fairy’s Greatest Hits: The Dragonriders of Pern. Extensive deconstruction of the Pern books. Goodness, that was a long haul. I read all the deconstructions of books I’ve read, one of a book I haven’t read but I needed it for the continuity, one of a book I DNF’ed to see if it was really that bad (verdict: yes, it was). I’m not sure I agree with all silveradept’s criticism (for instance, “bloody” and “volcano” are just part of the English language and don’t specifically refer to religion or mythology any more) but it does touch a lot of the reasons that I prefer to read fanfic when I want Pern. The last two (the continuity and the DNF) had more reference to current US politics than I liked, but then I’m not in the US and the writer is.

September 7: Monsieur Pamplemousse Aloft (#5, I don’t seem to have #4). Not as much awkward innuendo as the other ones, and not quite as much strangeness, but still a hefty dose of oh la la. If I was Madame Pamplemousse I’d probably have divorced him years ago.

Index of reading notes is here.

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