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William's Book Blog

Mostly book reviews.  Very rarely I'll allow William Campbell Powell (author) to write a blog entry on publishing activity, but he's under orders to keep that stuff over on his Facebook page and on http://williamcampbellpowell.com

Currently reading

Fonda Lee
Fonda Lee
Anansi Boys
Neil Gaiman
Zombie Elementary: The Real Story
Howard Whitehouse
Progress: 99 %
The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #2)
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Progress: 6/504 pages
The Longest Week: What Really Happened During Jesus' Final Days
Nick Page
Progress: 43/310 pages

The niggle in the reader's ear...

The Mote in God's Eye - Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

I'm still surviving the narrator, but finding fresh irritation in the characterisations of the humans.  Mostly it's Sally - in the intervening years since I last read "Mote" I guess I've come to expect more complexity from the female lead.


Remembering forward to the tension between Rod and Sally at the end of the book, I can see why the authors have given Sally such a one-dimensional perception of the Moties, but it's really quite painful to hear an anthropologist with so little detachment from the subject of study.


Niven and Pournelle know exactly where they're heading, and their actors have been crafted perfectly to get them there.  I can't imagine Sally or Rod, or Renner or any of the others every doing something that surprised their creators.  Unfortunately that makes them less human.


Still, it's the Moties' story really, and the homo sapiens cast has to take the roles they've been assigned.