Reading notes, week 43

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October 23: Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley. It’s… strange. About halfway through I got interested enough to continue but I don’t think it will ever be a favourite. It should be “USA as a fantasy world” but the fact that it isn’t a fantasy world gets in the way, and (I think, not being USan or Native American) there’s some cultural appropriation of Native Americans. There seems to be an ending (happy, too!) at 72% but it doesn’t end here, at 77% the happy-ending-aftermath is still going on and I’m waiting with bated breath for it all to Go Spectacularly Wrong. — Which wasn’t necessary, it was the happy ending, at least the first of a total of about three happy endings: the epilogue is a whopping 15% of the book. The final ending was so happy that it brought tears to my eyes, but $DEITY it took a long time to get there.

October 22: Nothing Special fantasy webcomic, on recommendation, starting at chapter 1. It’s cute, and tells good stories, but I’m a bit disconcerted by the characters being normal proportions most of the time and then suddenly with a small body and a large head. Spouse says this is a convention, and I’ve seen (and disliked) it before, but I don’t know what it’s for or what it’s called (edit: it’s called “chibi” and it’s for making characters look cute. I still dislike it.) I’ve now reached the end of what’s there and subscribed to the RSS feed for new episodes.

October 19: If on a winter’s night a Queen of Narnia by Syrena_of_the_lake. Wonderful, except that its 7 chapters are out of chronological order, very disconcerting. But a good take on Susan post- (and partly pre-)canon. Spoiler: she dies of old age, among (unexpected) friends.

October 18: Dragonsearch by Edonohana. Example of why I prefer most Pern fanfic to most Pern canon. Much less sexist and heteronormative, for one.

The Dragon Tamers by E. Nesbit. Nice little story with a few things that irked me but that I can’t quite put my finger on. (Perhaps that all children want to eat only sweets? And that cats should be fed bread and milk?)

Doctor’s Orders by Diane Duane. One of her Star Trek novels that I’m less familiar with than with the Rihannsu ones. Excellent. Badly converted but it’s too much work to fix.

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