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Tannat

Not so much a blog; just lots of books

Currently reading

Engineering Animals: How Life Works
Alan Mcfadzean, Mark Denny
Progress: 125/314pages
The Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization
Nicholas P. Money
Conservation of Shadows
Yoon Ha Lee
Progress: 22%
Le premier jour
Marc Levy
Progress: 180/496pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages
Eifelheim - Michael Flynn

Eifelheim turns the usual less technologically-advanced culture meets advanced alien culture trope on its head by making the less technologically-advanced culture mediaeval Germans and filtering all those typical advanced SF concepts through a mediaeval mindset and vocabulary. I mean, you have an alien trying to explain advanced multidimensional concepts to the village priest who is talking about God and spirituality. I just thought it was great. Some of the aliens even end up converting to Catholicism!

 

The present-day parts weren't as interesting, but they do serve to tie the whole book together in what I found to be a satisfactory manner. The mediaeval portion can be a bit grim because this is the era of the Black (or Blue) Death creeping across the land and the aliens are essentially starving to death, but it's still a great book. A reader does need to be willing to accept mediaeval perspectives, though, so if you're not interested in mediaeval historical fiction at all, this may not be your cup of tea.