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May 18th, 2006
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I stayed up late last night reading The Octagonal Raven by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. The first part of the book is really good, especially compared to the book I just finished reading, which was Modesitt's latest Recluce novel.

The Recluce novels tend to follow the same pattern: our hero is different from the surrounding society, leaves home, then discovers something fundamental about the workings of order and/or chaos in the world. They're still fun books to read, but they're fairly predictable.

With The Octagonal Raven, however, there's a mystery to figure out, and there's a complicated conspiracy involved, which makes for lots of possibilities, so it's not predictable at all. The first part was really well done. The second part, which I broke into last night, isn't starting off quite as strongly as the first part (maybe because you actually get some real answers), but the reading I did on the way to work this morning gave me some hope for the remainder of the book.

If you're any kind of Modesitt fan (or if you used to be but got tired of all the chipped crockery in the Recluce books), I would definitely recommend this book. For those who aren't Modesitt fans, I would still recommend this book, but only as long as you're OK with a little didacticism (it's not too bad, really. I think he's done a pretty good job of showing that the issues brought up in the book have many sides).

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From:docorion
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
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Shoot, I thought it was me; I read exactly one of the Recluce books, and recognized by skimming several others that it was largely the same book with different theses substituted in. Well written, mind, but one was enough.
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From:queue
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
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I really should put together a guide to the point about chaos and/or order that is learned in each book, so that you can read one book and then find out all about the world without having to read the other books.
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From:queue
Date:May 18th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
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I did happen to notice in the latest one that some people ate off of chipped crockery but that some people ate off of non-chipped crockery. Of course, the non-chipped crockery people were more ordered.
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From:queue
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
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Heh.
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From:queue
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
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I just wanted to see if you were still reading my journal. :-)
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From:queue
Date:May 18th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
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I lead a very exciting life.
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From:magid
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
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The Recluce book has been returned to the library, btw.

Please be careful if reading when walking; I know people who've had accidents requiring medical attention that way.
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From:queue
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Thanks.

I always stop reading when crossing the streets, and the sidewalks I do this on are fairly well known to me by this point.

Of course, I know people who've had accidents requiring medical attention from walking without reading.
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From:hrafn
Date:May 18th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
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Biking while reading (or reading while biking, take your pick) is a bad idea, too. A friend of mine in high school says she hit a (parked) car while doing just that.
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