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So, I was reading Inda by Sherwood Smith, and enjoying it. Even though I ended up going to the bookstore to get the rest of the series today, because it ended with the main character in the middle of being captured by pirates. It manages to have lots of action without getting into the sort of (IMO) boringly detailed military porn that authors like S.M. Stirling are prone to, and does some interesting things with the worldbuilding. The hints The family structure with the younger son having a distinct and important role is creative, and the way the associated family tensions impact the politics is interesting.

In other news, I never realized how many fictional characters don't have last names before I started tag wrangling for the Archive of Our Own. A whole lot of fantasy series don't use family names for anyone but nobles, and some don't even do that. This has some historical basis, but it makes things kind of complicated when you need a way to keep characters from different fandoms straight. And that's without even getting into names from mythology. Almost all of the fandoms that I've been wrangling have at least one character with only one name, and in a few, nobody has more than one name. So you end up needing things like "Anubis (God)" and "Anubis (Goa'uld)" or "Hobbes (Calvin and Hobbes) for the official versions that the filters use to sort stories. So I've been having fun with that.

Date: 2009-11-30 01:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starlady
I am slowly making my way through that series--it's refreshingly different in a lot of ways, and a cracking good read.

I think in some ways I'm spoiled by the preponderance of names in the anime/manga and few book fandoms I wrangle, despite the issues with users using Western order and/or the five million kinds of Romanization possible. =)


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