Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Ancillary Sword


This is the first book of the year that I've finished reading, which is apposite because Ancillary Justice was the first book I read last year.  While writing this I confused myself over the title of the book, which I erroneously recalled as Ancillary Mercy, but that is the title of the third book, yet to come.  As the sequel to Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword suffers by comparison, because the first book was such a breath of fresh air.  However, this is a really nice story, and by nice I mean its themes resonated with me.  I was moved by the outcome of all the machinations of the Radchaai, the AI and their Ancillaries, and the plotting by Anaander Mianaai the transhuman cyborg-clone-hive-mind ruler of the empire who is warring with herself.

So recommended without hesitation as well worth your time reading.

This weeks writing has been hampered, if that's the right way of describing the amount of time it has taken me, by the need to paint miniatures to take pictures of for the article I'm writing for Miniature Wargames & Battlegames magazine.  Looking back over the week I see I've only written 942 words for my article.  Still it's now running at 2,782 words, so I guess about half done.  Most of my writing time has been spent researching spaceship combat games, and "girl" are there a lot of rules on the market.

So I'm slacking off, but I have another excuse too.  My partner is off this week and we're spending some quality time together.

1 comment:

  1. It's a very different sort of story from Justice. It's all happening on a much smaller scale, and reminded me a bit of some recent Bujold in the comedy-of-manners aspects. But I think it may actually be even better.

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