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Karin

I loved loved LOVED Dreamsnake...and it wasn't until you said Moon and the Sun was by Vonda McIntire that I realized I'd read it already...maybe I ought to dig it out again since I didn't recognize what you were writing about it. It's interesting... I think it was Douglas Adams who said "Bring your own filter" when it comes to reading. I read Moon and the Sun as a fantasy story only (about seven years ago), without the preloading of the feminist knowledge that you've got. I definitely need to reread it with a different filter on.

Hmm...Apollo=sun...Louis=Sun King...facing the wrong way. Is that what that was all about? It's been a while since I've looked for symbolism in a book. :P I'm not used to doing that anymore. I really ought to read deeper into what I'm reading again. /novel length comment

I've started "The Moon and Sun" several times and have never made it past page 20. On the basis of this posting, I will try again.

I noticed a change in McIntyre's writing style some time around the Starfarers quartet - it became strangely choppy. Suddenly all her paragraphs seemed three sentences long, and those sentences were all about eight words long. I would like to get through the Starfarers books, but that style problem has been getting in my way for a long time now.

lori

Wow, I had only heard good buzz on that book. Which still didn't lead me to read it, but you know how that goes.

Jo

I just wish the covers for the books you recommend like that were less cheesy-ass and undignified.

badgerbag

I'm at the point where a certain kind of dispraise puts me on red alert. And one of these red alerts is "Oh, she used to write REAL sf and then got all boring and girly."

Apollo is the sun god, and also god of the arts and math and science, right? Statues and their placement = hugely symbolic.

I think I read novels now like I read poetry, with intense attention to underlying symbolisms and structures, the way I'd read a poem I'm about to translate. To point out that the statue of Apollo is facing the wrong way is a serious (and very cool and feminist) criticism of The Englightenment. It's not like McIntyre did that by accident! She's hella smart!

badgerbag

and if you trust the wikipedia... here's another useful linnk for understanding the book...Louis XIV

Iris

Josephine (Napoleon) also came from Martinique would that tie in at all in a premonitionary way?

Wired

I know what you mean about reading and being a mommy. I think one of the best presents silmarian ever gave me was a full day when each of the Harry Potter books came out. A full day, just imagine. He took the kids out of the house (unless I was nursing), and before we had kids, he brought food to wherever I was reading.

I'm tearing up just thinking about it, I think because I am so homesick for the land of books.

Debbie

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that people say things like that about The Moon and the Sun; it's so transgressive.

And I like the cover.

Come borrow Vonda's stuff any time. Even most of the STAR TREK books are really (really) good.

badgerbag

The surprising thing is that anyone would say those things *to me*.... and expect me to nod instead of bristle up.

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