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Reading: Moved on from James Tiptree (though I liked the later stories in the collection more than I liked a lot of the ones in the middle) to a very battered copy of The Steerswoman which I'm enjoying a whole lot more despite the fact that generic fantasy settings (or at least generic with a twist, on the assumption that the picture on the cover is a spoiler for a twist) are not really my thing.

Listening: Slowly listening my way through A History of the World in 100 Objects. It isn't quite what I was expecting (though I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting). I think, as it has moved into recorded history, I was expecting a more linked narrative to emerge, rather than it to maintain it's focus on brief snapshots of time. I'm also not terribly enamoured on the random commentary by contemporary people with, on occasion, only tangential relevance to the object or the history. Overall though, it's a Radio 4 program that definitely benefits from being listened to in order some time after the fact (which, I have discovered, many don't - or at least don't really work from me in that context).

Watching: Almost exclusively watching new and old Doctor Who at the moment. B. and G. are watching Attack on Titan but I find it a little blood-thirsty for my taste so have generally been absenting myself.

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Date: 2017-05-31 01:11 pm (UTC)
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What's the picture on the cover of The Steerswoman? There is indeed a twist, though it's more of a slow realization than a revelation, and to me it was more apparent further into the series if I recall correctly. (And it's really a great series and I wouldn't call it generic at all!)

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Date: 2017-05-31 08:48 pm (UTC)
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Well spotted and well interpreted! :-) There are also some very alien aliens in a later book, which is a fascinating and distinctive aspect as well.

I had for some reason actually extracted the map from my ebook copy, so I've uploaded it here if you want to look and/or grab: http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/isiscolo/845847/93422/93422_800.jpg

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