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Martha Wells

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I guess everybody heard about Lena Horne passing away. A friend posted an interesting thing I hadn't heard before: she was friends with Rex Stout, and their daughters were roommates at school. I noticed she did the introduction to the new edition of Champagne For One.

Frank Frazetta also passed away.

Yesterday was kind of a sucky day, wasn't it?

In more cheery news, I'm reading Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon, and really enjoying it. It's set in the Caucasus, around 950 AD, about two adventurers, one African and one Frank, both Jewish, in the Khazar Empire. It's funny, with very much the feel of the Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser stories.

I'm also taking a break from the online world, from tomorrow (Wednesday) through the weekend. I'll be around the rest of today, but I probably won't be reading email after Wednesday morning until Sunday or so.

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Oh wow, I have that copy of Champagne for One. I just read her intro; it's lovely.

I have thought about picking up Gentlemen of the Road a few times, but I wanted to know if it was good first. Now I definitely want to track it down.

I think you'd like it. I just really love his characters.

I loved Gentlemen of the Road. I completely agree about the Fafhrd and Grey Mouser comparison. Chabon could write a huge fantasy epic anytime he wants, as far as I'm concerned. But he seems to like to go from one type of writing project to another, so I'm not holding my breath.

Yeah, I wish he'd do that, too. This book is very different from The Yiddish Policemen's Union, but it has the same quality of creating characters that you just like to spend time with.

I love that book. Very fun.

Have a good break; I probably need one of those... dayjob makes it a little hard, though.

Thanks! Yeah, when I worked for an internet software company, that feeling of being chained to the net would start to give me claustrophobia after a while.

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It really is. I'm going to have to read all his others, too.

Have a good time offline...I think I'll be mostly off-line for a week or so, too. Sometimes we just have to do that!

Thanks! Yeah, it's good to just step back and get away from it for a while.

I thought Gentlemen of the Road was excellent. I reminded me of Fahfrd and the Grey Mouser in the best possible way.

Have you read his _Manhood for Amateurs_ yet? It's a very fannish book (directly and indirectly): Doctor Who, Planet of the Apes, and a lot more. And what it talks about isn't really the male experience but the experience of being a parent and being an adult. I really enjoyed it.

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So far I've just read The Yiddish Policemen's Union and Gentlemen of the Road, but I'm definitely going to check that one out. And all the others too, probably.

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