I just read Becky Chambers’s A Psalm for the Wild-Built, and oddly it feels like a good thing to read following Witness for the Dead. A description of the protagonist’s new job: “listen to people, drink tea.”

It was a good book. I liked living in it; I like the culture and the people we meet. So nice to not find a book stressful, even when it has serious things to say.


Some bits of it are similar to things I like about John Crowley’s Engine Summer, though it’s a small overlap.

It’s a future culture after rethinking how to live in the world. Not post-apocalyptic, but post… industrialist? Also it’s not Earth, exactly.

Main character uses they/them pronouns, but I don’t remember a particular label (except I think they said they have no gender).

It was shorter than I wanted, though it felt like it was the right length for the story. I think it’s the first in a series.

As is my usual wont with books I devour because I like them, I’m now going to reread and see what I missed the first time through.

@gannet Chambers is an excellent choice for that feeling!

@naga yes, and this book is even more so than the other books of hers I’ve read. There’s no wars in it, even as a background setting.

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