Often writing doesn’t proceed at an even pace. It has a component of push and pull; stop and start. Last week’s blog of words sat poised like a rubber band ready to snap into place, but this week’s words felt the pull of a special visitor in town. Time stretched while words waited in the wings not ready to rush onto the page, not given time to develop and mature into ripe thought. Ideas danced like fireflies unwilling to light and make themselves known. Wonderful distraction trumped responsibility.
Sallie was in town.
Beautiful weather, a wine tasting tour, Cirque du Soleil tricks and cards riffling through fast fingers came center stage while reading and all things science fiction were moved to the back burner. The obligation of the writer evaporated under the duties of the hostess
And yet, I did read The Intruder by C. J. Cherryh, falling into the trap of the familiar while browsing a library shelf. I found myself eager to try her latest in the series and continue the intriguing adventure of the human, Bren Cameron, struggling to understand the intricacies of an alien world as its human ambassador. This book in the series has a different very even tempo. The action is a steady diet of alien politics. Alien politics permeate the story. Like Cajeiri, the young restless heir who is confined to the royal apartments, the reader chafes for action. Unlike the young heir, the reader knows it will come because Cherryh rarely disappoints.
However, this time the crescendo arrives not through overcoming an assassination attempt or the arrival of an alien ship in the sky, but through the emotions of a young son for his family and a wayward pet. Cherryh explores the subtle entanglement of family emotions. A father-in-law’s ruthless ambition, a powerful father trying to parent an precocious son, a son jealous of a coming baby and a wife struggling with losing her son to a dominating mother in-law and human, all weave a tapestry of volatile family emotions.
Once again Cherryh delivers a totally satisfying read.
When I read the best-read lists from TOR, of course it contains all TOR novels and a lot of the other science fiction lists, except Amazon, contain publishing house books.
So what I want to do is to offer an Indie science fiction list. No fantasy, sorry. Also, you cannot be the author. I don’t want the author to be touting his or her own book. I’ll be flooded then. The suggestion has to be a science fiction ebook that you have read and consider outstanding. I want to pass the word on really good scifi ebooks. Sometimes I will suggest the book and at other times I will actually review a story that looks like something I would like. No shorts stories, only novels.
So let’s see what happens.