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I know, I know, I haven't been around much. Mostly I've been working on GIFT OF POWER, now into 21 chapters (I hope my editor gives me places I can cut!). I'm also reeling a bit from two weeks of interrupted sleep. Our cat Scooter had a hematoma in his ear which had to be patched (with staples!), which means he's been in one of those ghastly plastic collars for two weeks. He was so miserable hanging out in my office (where he yowled and dug at the door all night, waking me repeatedly) that we installed him in our bedroom, to the dismay of the other cats, who use it as a quiet, shady place to sleep during the day. The problem? Scooter talks to me whenever I wake up, and when he isn't talking, he's trying to scratch--except he scratches the collar. This wakes me up, when he can talk to me again. So I'm a bit slap happy.

The 4th was quiet at our house. Sunday we went to watch Bollywood movies with the Covilles, this week's movie being "Jal (Water)." It wasn't a Bollywood song and dance fest, but a powerful movie about desert people in Gujurat, India trying to survive with wells, and a water finder who tries to find water. There are some white naturalists who come to try to save flamingos that nest near their lands, prompting the question, "What about the people?" It poses questions about water not only in India, but worldwide, and the water finder's story is beautiful. The desert people are amazing, and their women have a fair amount of power in their daily lives.

Oh, and I plowed through Robin Hobb's Soldier's Son trilogy that starts with SHAMAN'S CROSSING. Nevare is raised to be a soldier from the day he was born, but an encounter in his teens with the magic of the Speck people, who are resisting his nation's eastward expansion, tangles him and all around him in Speck magic, deployed by the ancestor he encountered against the nation of his birth. The magic ruins his career, his relationship with his family, and even his exile as he lives with half of his spirit in the Speck world, where the people are trying to drive his people out of their lands forever.

Hobb is never kind to her characters, and she doesn't make her heroes inherently likable, but Nevare's journey through the class upheaval in his world, the business of arranged marriages, attitudes toward weight in both peoples, and relationships with women, are all fascinating. Hobb shows human beings at their absolute worst without putting me off, and she is deft at moral quandaries. I recommend this trilogy for anyone who likes complex world and character building, class struggles, and a somewhat more even form of battle between Euro-type invaders and native people who want to keep their homes.

Date: 2015-07-06 09:34 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] athene
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Robin Hobb is so wonderful. Of course I want to reach through the books and slap Fitz around a bunch...but that's just the mark of good writing!

Date: 2015-07-08 11:35 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] notalwaysweak
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Fast healing wishes to Scooter so he can be out of the collar ASAP as it sounds like that would be best for everyone's mental health!

Date: 2015-07-12 01:52 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] notalwaysweak
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Are most of the things 'meow'?

That's a shame about his ear, but better healed and a bit wonky than still having the hematoma.

We had to take our Ruri to the vet yesterday because she's having some sort of allergic reaction and her skin's breaking out. It may be to a flea bite, so we have to check all three of them for flea dirt. Turns out it's really hard to tell what's flea dirt and what's just grubby face on a mostly-white cat (Pippin keeps digging in the dirt in the cat run).

Date: 2015-07-15 11:12 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] notalwaysweak
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I've been combing them (I should probably clarify at this point that there are three cats: Ruri, Toby, and Pippin) when possible, and fortunately nothing's showing up. I expect it would be especially visible on Pippin, who is mostly white except where he's a Rorschach inkblot.

We use Revolution on them, which treats for fleas and worms, and has the benefit of not being a bloody pill to have to stuff down their throats!

She is doing well; she had an antibiotic on the day and she's on prednisone now, which she's taking in pieces of chicken. It's so weird; it's like she got bitten by a flea, which then fled (I can pun too :p), and she had this allergic reaction, but there's no other evidence of fleas on any of them, she just has these itchy spots. And of course it might be an allergic reaction to something else entirely, but what exactly baffles me because she's not had any dietary changes or anything.

Date: 2015-07-09 07:08 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] saharafrost
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I've been wanting to read Robin Hobb's books for ages, but keep getting distracted by other books. Plus, I wasn't really sure which of her books to start with. Would you recommend her "Soldier's Son" trilogy to a newcomer? Or would you suggest starting with another of Hobb's books?


Also, sorry to hear that your cat isn't feeling well. That's definitely no fun for anyone. I hope Scooter (and you!) feel better soon.

Date: 2015-07-16 03:13 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] saharafrost
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Ok, that is good to know. I will definitely make a point of checking out Soldier's Son then.

I'm glad to hear that Scooter is doing alright. I remember when my beagle (Teddy) ended up with a newly shaped ear. He kept shaking his head and ended up making the inside of his ear bleed. Fortunately, it was a harmless injury, but it made his ear puff up and wrinkle. Took a little while, but Teddy eventually got used to it. So I'm sure Scooter will too. :)

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