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04:08 pm: The Kindly Ones by Melissa Scott
"The Kindly Ones" is a common translation of The Eumenides by Aeschylus where Athena turns The Furies into The Kindly Ones. I don't really see that in this book.

This was published in 1987, one of her early books, and in the first few chapters, you can see her setting up the story structure better than you can see the story.

There is a planetary system where the people are on the moons and have been divided into Kinships with rigid code (behavior). There are three primary characters -- all women -- and all outside the Kinships. One is an off-world pilot, one has purposely separated herself from her Kinship, and one is a mediator from off-world hired to a Kinship to be their primary Medium (something like a mediator within code).

There is an ongoing increasing anger between the two major Kinships which eventually turns to feud and devastation. Our three women are parts of the solution.

I like Melissa's work, but unless you're a completist, you probably don't need to read this one. I must say that the cover image is not only interesting and accurate to a scene in the book, it's a scene that occurs before the big spoiler.

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From:hairmonger
Date:April 25th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
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High time I read that one again. I think one of the things I liked about it _was_ seeing her set up the story structure--kind of like having some of the actors make their entrances through the audience.

I hope the library still has a copy, because I don't. I no longer lend Melissa Scott to anyone, no matter how trustworthy about books they are, because I never get them back, and by the time I give up trying they're out of print.

Mary Anne in Kentucky
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From:mjlayman
Date:April 25th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
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I got this one at a used book sale for $3, but had to de-mold it. I am a bit of a completist!
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From:hairmonger
Date:April 26th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
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Unfortunately my dust and mold (and perfume) allergies have reached the point that I don't even go into used book stores anymore. As well as a lot of other public places. :(

Mary Anne in Kentucky
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From:mjlayman
Date:April 26th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
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Oh, me too, these days. I've had this for several years and did the freeze de-mold when I first got it. I plan to read the first Darkover book soon to see 1) if I still want to keep the series (I haven't bought the newer books) and 2) if they're too dusty to keep.
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