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The Kestrel is one of my favorite books of all time. Just fyi: it's also a fair bit better than the first book in the series. So if you like, but don't love, Westmark, I might still advise reading The Kestrel anyway.

Thanks. I told veejane about my mistake and IIRC, she said "yeah, but _The Kestrel_ will still kick your ass anyway," so I'll definitely want to get that far.

Oh good! I really can't recommend The Kestrel enough; I love it with a completely irrational love, and I just wish it would get reissued in hardcover. I'm on my second set of paperbacks, and I don't know how long they'll stand up to my frequent rereads.

If you're looking for commentary later, I posted on the series a little over a year ago, and I remember oyceter posted on it at some point too.

I second the Kestrel rec! I wrote up the trilogy a while ago here; not sure if there are spoilers in the comments or not.

But The Kestrel is really good! It is worthy of completely irrational love, which would make the love rational.

. . . I think there's something wrong with that sentence, but I can't quite put my finger on it. =>

I think it is worthy of both rational and irrational love. I love it irrationally because a sweet old junior high librarian put it in my hands, and I love it rationally because it's very well-written, powerful without being preachy, gritty without being unreadably grim, and because Justin and the Monkey are such brilliant characters.

I agree. You could read The Kestrel without reading Westmark first, but it'll be more powerful if you start at the beginning, for spoilery reasons; also, you do need to have read Westmark before you read the third book, The Beggar Queen.

It was wonderful to meet you at last! I've been wanting to tell you that I love your carved cat icon, because an almost identical carving sits on our dresser - Delia's had it since she was a child in Japan, I think. She certainly loves it enough.

It may well be from the same place; Chad got it in Nikko, where they sell lots of carved wooden sleeping cats in honor of this famous carving, not that it looks much like the famous one.

When I got around to making icons, I took a bunch of pictures of knick-knacks around the house. The cat was one of the few pictures that worked, and since my "If I were an animal" has long been a small neat brown cat (like Bast's cat form in _American Gods_), well, it seemed an obvious choice.

It was great to talk to you as well. I hope you guys had a good time.

Thank you for the link! I love the sparrow story. And I actually love the fact that the "Nikko nekkos" - which indeed look nothing like the original carving - are identifiable icons (in the traditional sense of the word) all on their own. Folk art rules.

What a bright idea, to use things around the house that matter to you for your LJ icons. (I've got a million of 'em - but that would mean I'd actually have to learn and employ technology.....Think I'll just stick to Simon.)

I keep meaning to re-take the cat and various others with a better camera and more knowledge of image editing programs, but then I remember what a remarkable pain the cat was (dark wood with shallow bits and reflective surfaces photographs very poorly), and I find an excuse to put it off for another day . . .

But, if you ever want to play with a digital camera, it's a pretty low-stress way of doing so.

When Cory Doctorow showed up later, he said that nevermind Strict SF, all his future stories would be peer-reviewed and reproducible!

Thank you for making my morning!

I know, I about fell over.

as I recall, everything would be written in the second-person imperative, and it would all be set in the present with no sf elements because mainstream is a subset of sf, after all. I believe I am to be a reviewer of the emerging movement.

Love this! Thanks for the report!

Honestly, my reaction to the whole "Mundane SF" thing is, "is anyone really writing this stuff, and who so I can avoid them?"

But perhaps I'm being unfair, since I only know about it second-hand. ("Mundane" is a very bad name, regardless.)

Rene lives next door to us, you know.

And Jim Cambias is lovely, you'd have liked him if you'd had the chance to talk.

Literally next door? Well, either way I didn't. And I only got his name by looking at the website and seeing his picture. Very nice person, I hope the con bid is going well.

I may well have spoken with Jim Cambias, as there were one or two people whose badges weren't visible or who were only present for a bit. I just didn't know it if so.

John M. Ford's reading from The Fellowship of the Woosters

Bother. I'm sorry I missed this.

Dreamhaven is apparently to publish it as a chapbook, so it will be available in print form.

The pleasure was mutual, I'm sure.

I'm sorry I missed you on Saturday night--my mournful "I can't find anybody I know and am not feeling brave enough to crashing that interesting-looking gang Scalzi's got going" pass through the bar must have been before you arrived. Well, we'll always have the Tor party.

This is why I'm a fan of the Saturday night parties Boskone has started doing. I've never felt comfortable at bid parties, the Montreal party this year being a very notable exception (and we only stayed a short while anyway), and the semi-closed parties can be just as intimidating if you don't already know people. The carnival-style stuff is goofy, but in a fun inclusive way, at least in my experience, and gives people something to do on Saturday night with much less social pressure.

Just come back next year--by the general process of 'net fandom osmosis, you'll know many more people and won't feel like you're crashing!

I will happily recommend that you crash any group I happen to be in at a con (I wasn't in that particular Scalzi-posse, but the general principle applies). You're interesting to talk to.

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Noted, thanks for telling me!

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Okay, say rather, I couldn't stomach the idea of asking someone to pay me money for anything that included the story about putting on pants backwards. =>

Oh, oracne and others: Sarah Smith, the author of The Vanished Child, was there and I told her that thanks to numerous people's pimping, I'd bought the book and planned to read it.


According to the web, she lives in Boston, so perhaps if you make it to another Boskone you'll meet her yourself.

Oh, I have met her before! She goes to Readercon, and we were both on a panel at Gaylaxicon last summer, also.


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