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The Ogre in the Looking Glass. (65)

Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal.

Corsican Ogre
fought against the Iron Duke,
who blinked, & was gone.

As I alluded to, I've been bad at reviewing books because I've been meaning to give the ones I've read a more in-depth treatment for, but I've just been too caught up in the Wyrd Sister's hurlyburly to make any headway. I think Glamour in Glass was already covered, however, so I'm free to...well, not give it as much attention as it deserves. This is the sequel to Shades of Milk & Honey, & if you thought to yourself "Shades... is fantastic, but could use a little more action," then boy are you in for a treat. With the romantic plot of the first novel concluded...things evolve into a marriage narrative, which I had an affinity for. I always hate the notion that somehow Spider-Man is made boring by getting married to Mary Jane. There are stories you can tell about single people that you can't tell about married people, but it works vice-versa as well; there are stories about married people that you can't tell about single people. Really, for me, the pleasure of this book lies in the abandonment of the English setting. I mentioned that the laudable thing about the first book was that May Robinette Kowal manages to tell a story of a woman trapped in a socially restrictive context while making sure that the authorial voice & the character's perspective remained divorced. That is-- of course feminism is right, & of course the main character is the equal of her husband, but society constantly pounds into her head the notion of the "weaker sex," & so Jane's internal monologue is kept circumscribed within the plausible bounds of her moment in history. Glamour... is much the same, but by exposing Jane & her husband to the shocking salon behaviors of French culture, it tests those assumptions. There are consequences to that, but there are rewards, too. A thoroughly well considered novel...& well researched, too! She built a special spellcheck file to keep anachronistic language out of the book. That sort of word nerd detail appeals to me.
Tags: books, haiku, kowal

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