Joy (cithra) wrote,

books finished

The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman
Hmm. Not sure what to say about this one without committing spoilage. I enjoyed the anthropological bits a lot, the apocalyptic battles less. I agree it will be hard to film 'verbatim' if the franchise gets that far. I found the ending ...problematic, and a little heavy on the "sucks to be you" aspects of Doing The Right Thing. (I'd be happy to get more specific in private conversation of one sort or another.)

Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood
Brilliant as always. I like post-apocalyptic fiction to begin with, so it's an even bigger treat when it's as well-excuted as Atwood's work. She's someone whose work I enjoy so much it's strange I haven't read more of it. Time to remedy the lack, clearly. As for O&C, I sympathize with the main character a little too much for comfort in terms of career track and being gifted but not quite gifted enough for the circumstances. But I flirt with digression into personal issues there.

Atwood talked about writing O&C in several of the essays I read in Writing With Intent; that and osmie's review were what motivated me to actually reserve and read it. She wrote a bit about how Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake are both science-fiction-y or more definitely speculative. I wonder if her books tend to get positioned as 'literature' due in part to her initial publications being poetry. Having already been ghettoized as a poet, then, made publishers less likely to pigeonhole her as a 'mere' SF writer? Oh, they're just thoughts, let us not actually go there - that discussion is hoary and not to my interest at the moment beyond the above entirely idle speculation. The book is excellent, where-ever you choose to file it.
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