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Wednesday Reading Meme (A Day Late)

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What did you just finish?

The Obsidian and Blood trilogy by Aliette de Bodard (Servant of the Underworld, Harbinger of the Storm, Master of the House of Darts & the Obsidian & Blood universe short stories available to read free via her website) & de Bodard’s Xuya universe short stories, available to read free via her website. The thing about Aliette de Bodard is she is an excellent world-builder. Just excellent.

Her O&B universe is rich and full, a universe where the gods and magics of the Mexica truly exist. Acatl, High Priest of the Lord of Death, is the closest thing to a forensic scientist this world has and so often the one tasked with investigating mysteries. Acatl never wanted to be High Priest in Tenochtitlan, never wanted to have any political responsibility. But it seems his fellow high priests, his Revered Speaker, and even his gods want otherwise. Though Acatl always remains the main character, there are many characters around him, large and small, who make Tenochtitlan live. If you want a peek at Acatl, check out the free short story “Obsidian Shards.”

The Xuya universe is one where China discovered the Americas before Europe, and the Xuya stories take place at various points throughout the history. Some of my favorites were “The Jaguar House, In Shadow” which makes you think very hard about the nature of sacrifice and what you would do for your friends, and “The Shipmaker” and “Shipbirth,” about the Xuya and Mexica mind ships.

Scattered Among Strange Worlds by Aliette de Bodard contains two short stories “Scattered Along the River of Heaven” and “The Exodus.” Both are about cultural values, one about revolutions and what happens after, and the other about a diaspora and the generations after the tragedy that caused it. “The Exodus” is also about merpeople and a longing to return to the sea.

The Witch Sea by Sarah Diemer. This is free right now in Kindle format and I urge you to pick it up. I read it back to back with Scattered Among Strange Worlds and it fit as if they were meant to be read together. Once, long ago, there was a battle, where one human with great will and magic was able to hold back the evil sea creature who would destroy all humanity. She passed her legacy down to her daughter and granddaughter, and just as the sea creature kept on so did they. Until Nor came to the witch Meriel’s island and they fell in love and Meriel learned that sometimes the old stories are just that, stories.

What are you currently reading?
What will you be reading next?

The answer to both questions is Cindy Spencer Pape’s Gaslight Chronicles.

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Written by tldegray

April 4, 2013 at 6:00 am

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