Aug. 15th, 2011

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65) The Broken Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin

It took me a little longer to get really in to this one than it did the first one, I think because I don't really like knowing big things that the POV character doesn't, because it's harder for me to identify with that character then. (I'm not sure "identify with" is quite the right phrase, but especially in first-person narratives, I need to put on the character a bit like putting on a role in a play, or something. It's hard to explain, but I can't do it when I know the Big Important Secret and the character is mystified by it.) Once she learned that thing, or enough that she could possibly have figured it out, it was easier for me; I stopped feeling like I was reading in the wrong order.

This happens 10 years after the previous book, and deals with the consequences of the ending of that book. The most-purely-evil people are also deluded madmen who believe they are serving their god. I don't want to get too specific, for fear of spoilers.

As a side note, N.K. Jemisin is also the author of my second-favorite favorite short story so far this year: Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Under the Still Waters. Recommended listening. (My favorite so far is Mama, We are Zhenya, Your Son which does amazing things with quantum existence. Read it.)

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