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Book Note: Jo Walton, Lifelode

I read this book about 20090427. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2009. This note was last modified Saturday, 13-Jun-2009 18:51:00 PDT.

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I didn't actually complete this read. I've greatly enjoyed everything of Jo's I've read previously, but this one just didn't connect well enough to pull me along. I think it hit a couple of my particular triggers at once. First, I don't like playing with the timestream. Second, some of the special terminology, especially the title (which refers to a persons special competence, essentially their career, in a somewhat magical sense) clunked so badly in my head that I was soon wincing each time it went by.

I'll certainly be reading the next thing of Jo's to come along anyway; this in no way causes me to doubt that. I'm frankly surprised something like this hasn't happened before; Jo doesn't write same-old-same-old (though she's done sequels and short series), and her worlds aren't at all alike. In principle I approve of authors who have the courage, need, impulse, or whatever drives that particular author, to explore a wide range of subjects and themes. It's just, the odds of hitting something that doesn't work well for me goes up if you do that.



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