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Oh! One thing: In the book folks only have to work about 20 hours a week. They refer to that job as your vocation. And most folks spend the rest of their time on their avocation. But there's some folks who just really love their jobs: Their vocation and avocation are the same thing. They call those folks vokers. And I kind of like that idea and word. That's all.

I'm not quite sure what else to say about the book other than that I'm immediately going to seek out the third. I'll take a break before I start it and probably read some other stuff. Haven't decided what yet, though.

Just finished Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer. I really liked it. It has the same in-universe CW as the previous one, but it's not as... intense as that one was.

It has all the same problems as the first one in terms of gender. I'm still not sure how I feel about how that's handled in this book. And it's hard to explain. LMK if you want to talk about that part, I guess. I might have to get into spoilers.

Next I'm rolling right into book two: Seven Surrenders. I normally try to avoid doing this with series because, especially in cases where the world really encompasses me as I read as with this book, I find that being encompassed for too many calendar days can put me in a really weird headspace that isn't always good.

The story is full of mystery and reveals. Even late in the story, I continued to be surprised. I won't say more on that to avoid spoilers, but I'll say this: it didn't feel like a cheap trick where the author withholds information and then shows it and seems to preen about it. The reveals fit in with everything that had been previously established or recontextualized previous things to make sense.

Or maybe the book drew me into the fictional world so thoroughly that my assessment of that part is compromised. I feel like either way, that's a recommendation of the book.

There were some parts that the narration made me be like, "Ew. No," and I would normally feel like it was the author holding gross beliefs about the world (like when an author gets super male gazey, though that doesn't happen in this book). But since the book is written by a character in the book, it seems more forgivable? Because the reader is sort of invited to make their own moral assessment of the narrator.

Started to write this review and then got pulled away. Also I forgot to tag it . 🤦🏻‍♂️

Anyway, I feel like this book really draws you into its world. And it's world is very different from ours, which feeds my thing where I've been looking for books outside of the sf/f genres' typical coverage.

Just finished Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer. It is... very good, IMO. After the copyright page, the book turns in-universe. It is a book that is a book by a person in the universe described by the book. And there is an in-universe warnings section up front that acts, in part, as a CW for the book. And readers should take it seriously. The stuff on that page is in the book and some of it is very alarming or distressing.

New account that I'll use to post about the books (mostly scifi and fantasy) I read. Follow (or don't) accordingly.

TIL: The "fast" in "fast and loose" refers NOT to speed, but to fixedness.

Think "held fast", rather than "fast car".

It's from a con game where a belt is wrapped so that there are two loops through which a stick may be placed, with the mark having to choose which is "fast" (secure) and which loose (free). Pulling one end of the belt releases the stick, the other captures it.

To play "fast and loose" is to have a thing two ways, always to their advantage.

youtube.com/watch?v=JPTy1JAvLE

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