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03:36 pm: Lifelode by Jo Walton
This is Jo's NESFA book from Boskone this year and it's sufficiently different to need a FAQ on the book at the end. I recommend reading the FAQ first, although once I was through the first chapter, I was reading without problems.

The book is set in a series of lands where the East has a lot of yeya (essentially magic) and the West has almost none with the Marches in the middle having some. The book is set in the Applekirk Manor in the Marches and our protagonist can see different-aged selves of the people around her as well as has a lot of household yeya. The household is her lifelode -- the work that is right for her, for her life.

The household gets guests from the West and the East near-simultaneously and they both have large effects on the Manor and the village, including the current polyamorous relationships. There's an interesting version of gods that show up, and people we like, die. I enjoyed this a lot, but I suspect we can't get Jo to write more about it.

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From:skylarker
Date:June 22nd, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
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This book was mentioned at 4th Street, often, and positively, and by people like Sharyn November and Lois Bujold.
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From:mjlayman
Date:June 22nd, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
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I've shelved it, but Sharyn wrote the Introduction or Foreword, I don't remember which.
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From:heleninwales
Date:June 22nd, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's next on my To Read pile when I've finished what I'm reading at the moment.
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From:mjlayman
Date:June 22nd, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
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I've started Ash, which I've had since Mary and I were both on rasfc!
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From:sciamanna
Date:June 24th, 2009 09:23 am (UTC)
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Watch your wrists reading Ash! ;-)

(Unless of course you have the edition that's split into several books...)
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From:mjlayman
Date:June 24th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
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I have the four US parts, but I still have trouble with them because they're MMPB and it's hard for me to hold that small a book. I really prefer hardcovers.
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