First: I need recommendations for non-head-desk-y, non-mammoth fantasies of political agency that have really satisfying climaxes.
I found almost by accident that the awesome bits of the latest two Wheel of Time books (The Gathering Storm and Towers of Midnight) are terrific at combating stress-related insomnia. But now I'm out of those and looking for something else to serve the same function.
The middle Attolia books would be perfect, except that I re-read them too recently. Something Vorkosigan might ordinarily fit the bill, except that I'm kind of cranky about the series lately. I'd re-read the Exordium books, except only the first has been reissued as an e-book and I'm not sure I have enough brain to follow those even on a re-read anyway. Discworld is normally good comfort reading under almost any circumstances, but I've semi-promised myself to read along with skygiants (her first post), and if I skip to the really good ones I'll have no incentive to get through the weak early ones.
Really, I want more stuff just like those awesome moments for (major character #1 and minor character #2) in TGS and (major character #2) in ToM, with the brilliant political agency running hand-in-hand with maximum character growth, except without the dozen books of lead-up. Not too much to ask, I know.
Second: that reminded me of my hypothesis that there are two kinds of WoT fans, those who really care about Mat/consider him their favorite character, and those who don't. I'm not sure any other character is so polarizing, at least in a positive way. My soft spot is for Perrin (which, yes, makes a good chunk of the series very difficult), but I don't hear that a lot about him or about Rand. (Nynaeve might be somewhat parallel on the Supergirl side, but I think there the split tends to be like/loathe rather than love/feel indifferent toward. Alas.)
What say you, Wheel of Time readers?
Third: an agent offered to represent a YA novel co-written by Rachel Manija Brown (rachelmanija) and Sherwood Smith (sartorias) . . . if they erased the POV character who was gay by making him straight (or dropping him as a POV character and removing all references to his sexual orientation—effectively the same thing). That sucks and is wrong. Read the link for the details and what you can do.comment(s) (how-to) | link