I was being snide about my reactions to the opening chapter; Mr. Nielsen Hayden recommended "But don't go dissing the Jacqueline Carey series before you've given it a chance; it does some pretty interestingly different stuff." He was right. I very much enjoyed the novel, and now that my time is a little more my own again (it's been a busy month) I plan to seek out novels 2 & 3. I recommend it, and lest you stumble over the long list of Dramatis Personae in the front of the volume as I so publicly did, admiringly vouch that Carey deftly juggles the large and diverse cast of characters so well that I was never required to refer to it.
Speaking also of large books launching a series, I came home from our Broadway rambles yesterday with George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, the first installment of A Song of Fire and Ice. I know, I'm a trifle behind. Also The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman. The subtitle "a Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures" admirably sums things up. I picked it up to glance it over (you can take the joy out of anthropology, but you can't take anthropology out of the Joy) and found myself in Chapter Three before I knew it. It's of extra interest as the family and hospital in question are in the general neighborhood of Fresno, CA - an area that, as my boss is situated there, I am becoming more familiar with over time, all wishes pro or con aside.