September 30th, 2015

hasui clouds of glory

Wednesday Reading is at a loose end

What did you recently finish reading?
Dear Enemy by Jean Webster. Sequel-ish to Daddy-Long-Legs. Book from youth, unvisited by Suck Fairy, unlike so many others (Anne of Green Gables, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, much of Narnia etc.) Casual racism is of its time and slappable rather than horrific. Best of epistolary novels.

What are you currently reading?
Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton. Because it's on the shelf and might be better than it is. Life is too short to read come-by-chance like that unless one reads much faster than I do. But I keep on. See title.

What will you read next?
What indeed? Webster is the first female author I've read in two months, and she was casual bedtime reading. So might finish either of my other one-the-goes but abandoned; might finally read the last Max Gladstone; or might get into White Teeth. I want fantasy and steampunk; I am currently 40th of 42 for The Watchmaker of Filigree Street; that's a long wait. Money is on Gladstone.

In RL, finally had teeth mended at the dentist's for slightly under $400, even with the discount she kindly gave me. However was not rackled by spasms of coughing, so shall count it gain. Cough syrup is nearly all gone and I hope I have no more need of it.
hisui from rasetsunyo

Oh, and--

This entry, in which a number of people who are more intelligent than I admit they too cannot make head nor tail of John M Ford..

And when they can, they lose me again.
From: Graydon Saunders
I continue to find claims that The Dragon Waiting isn't straightforward really baffling.

It's a dense text, sure, but the plot couldn't be simpler if it tried, especially once one sorts out the Arthurian correspondences. And the idea that there are Arthurian correspondences is one that the reader is clubbed with from several directions.

What am I missing?

From: redbird
Date: September 30th, 2015 04:06 pm (local)

What I found startling, and will probably lose some people, was the jump from the locked-room mystery in the Alps to completely different characters and events.

From: Graydon Saunders
Date: September 30th, 2015 04:40 pm (local)

I thought that was a very clever transition because it's (literally!) the Fall of Rome, the Fall of Rome's position in the Arthurian legendarium as establishing circumstance, and the shift of those characters out of prosaic into legendary tone. ("Between you, and me, and the wizard, and the woman...")

That tension between the legendary and the prosaic informs the whole book; "I was always a boor like Sir Cai" is this throwaway remark except that it's not.
Did *I* get clubbed with the idea of Arthurian resonances? No, I did not. Do I recall anything about the Fall of Rome in the Arthurian corpus? No, I do not. One may know the story, but Malory is not the place I got it from. "I realize you have to know the story to get the mappings, but still. I wouldn't have thought "has read Mallory" was a wildly high bar." Sorry, Graydon- it is.