May 31st, 2008

20111112, Marilee


I knew it was going to storm today, but not like it did. The rain came down so you could hardly see through and the thunder made the condo shake. It was still raining and kabooming when I was ready to leave, so I read part of an old paper and then, all of a sudden, it stopped. I went and got money for next week and had greek salad and a slice of tomato & mushroom focacia at Tony's. It had started drizzling a bit by then, but now the sun is out.

When I came home, I took all the wet seed out of the feeder and dropped it on the porch. The feeder didn't have mold yet, so this will let it dry clean and I can put more seed in tomorrow. I called my brother to check in -- my nephew has started running track and is 15th in the state for 100-yard dash. Now the volleyball and football coaches want him. My niece is not so interested in photography anymore, but is following her friends' interest in little electronic gadgets. She has a nano, which is okay with the group. My brother has to use or lose 10 days of vacation by the end of June (they can't carry over), but his co-worker has cancer and is not able to manage everything by himself, so they're likely to take a few days here and there through the month instead of two whole weeks at once. My step-sister, who was diagnosed with bipolar recently (which wasn't too surprising), has not been able to care for her daughter so her daughter has gone to live with her deceased father's parents and my stepmother is helping my step-sister move down to the same city so she'll be near. This is probably a good thing.

The news is starting, but I think I'll take a nap after that. I have a headache and I'm still really sore from lifting Shiva and his carrier.
20111112, Marilee

Worldweavers: The Gift of the Unmage by Alma Alexander

After I trashed Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians, Alma asked me to read these.

This is the first of an alt-hist series where everybody has magic. Our protagonist, Thea, lives in the Pacific Northwest and as a Double Seventh (the seventh child of two seventh children), is supposed to be a fabulous mage. But she has never been able to do the least bit of magic. In desperation, her father gets her a Time Pass and sends her through an Alphiri portal back to an Anasazi, Cheveyo. The Alphiri are another type of being who live by their Codex -- buying and bargaining -- and Thea feels they are very dangerous. She doesn't know why she's with Cheveyo, but he will teach her, obliquely. She meets other powerful beings from different worlds and is sent back to her world, where she can't do any any of the things she learned. She goes to a school for the unmagic (like dunce school) and makes friends, who help her when she must conquer nothing.

This was a quick read and an interesting story, drawing from a number of myths. I had a moment during the first night where I was snagged by Thea using a four-pin knitting spool that is described as weaving a ribbon that can ravel at the edges, which it can't. Later on, this technique is described as making a braid, which sounds more like kumihumo. It probably wouldn't bother someone who didn't use these tools.

Highly recommended, adults and young adults. I'm looking forward to starting Worldweavers: Spellspam tonight.