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Quick and Easy Book Meme

Here’s a simple meme I stole from maryrobinette. Answer the following questions:

 1. What Book Are You Reading Now?
 2. Why did you choose it?
 3. What’s the best thing about it?
 4. What’s the worst thing about it?

Here are my answers.

1. Nation by Terry Pratchett.
2. I saw a review on yalitlovers and it sounded interesting.
3. There are two main characters, a teenage South Pacific Islander named Mau who loses his whole world (the Nation of the title), and a British (or British equivalent; it's an alternate world so it's not entirely equal) girl named Ermintrude who is the only survivor of a ship wreck. They both are impelled to keep following the rules of their culture even when there's no one around to notice.
4. I don't know if this answer will be the same after I finish the book, but Pratchett spends huge long periods of time in Mau's point of view (POV) which makes me impatient to know what's going on with Ermintrude (she renames herself Daphne).

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Feb. 6th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
I loved Nation irrationally. It's now on my favorite books list.
Feb. 6th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
Good to know! The more spec fic YA I read these days, the more I'm finding it to be a treasure trove of good books.
Feb. 6th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'll play.

1. The Sleeping God by Violette Malan
2. jimhines recommended it, and it sounded interesting.
3. The interaction between the characters.
4. Well, I don't think there's any really bad parts to it, but Malan's voice took some getting used to. She's in the heads of all the characters at once, so unlike the more standard "here's what character X is thinking" you get that from all the characters.
Feb. 6th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
#4 is interesting because, of course, that's what they always tell new writers they should never do!
Feb. 6th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Yes. It's not her first novel, so I don't know if she took the same approach to that one, but it did take some getting used to. The action is the same, but who's doing the internal commentary shifts fairly quickly.
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