mjj (flemmings) wrote,

A light diet for the invalid

The Difference Engine is the exact antidote I wanted to The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. It has literary style, authentic period details, and an A/U setting that's clearly been carefully worked-out in advance-- which allows the appropriate period details (dress and dialogue) to stay, and supplies seamless A/U details where needed. No nose-following here, nor authorial agendas that I can see, nor howlingly unlikely behaviour from all classes.

Alas, just as the physical side of illness makes one disinclined to eat, so the attendant wanhope makes it inadvisable to read the kind of unpleasant people who populate the book. I'll make better progress with it now, I fancy; but if I need plain fare like the shaman book, which was what I read in between long stretches of sleep, I have one or two sociological treatises still sitting on the shelf, including a formidable-looking work on guanxi. Maybe I'd rather read about Contraception and Abortion from the Ancient World to the Renaissance instead?

Seeing as my new Hundred Demons still hasn't arrived after almost three weeks...
Tags: china, reading_13

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