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  1. Because the book is in large part about artifice and differing views/interpretations/presentations of reality, and the fact that none of them are really "real". You're welcome.
  2. Yeah, I've read these. Most of em, anyway. They aren't bad, but to me they were pretty crudely written. They do have a devoted following, however. If you want some good fantasy with gay MCs, try Carole Cummings. I love the way she writes. She does have a very strong voice, though, and her style will probably not be for everyone.
  3. Well, duh. After all, she's taking her inspiration from the Enlightenment -- which was quintessentially Western.
  4. I wanted to get back to this comment for just a second -- Yes, of course the book is full of stereotypes. Because that's part of the point of the book. Stereotypes are a type of artifice -- and a big theme of the book is the contrast between artifice and reality, and what stereotypes we choose to impose upon ourselves. These people CHOOSE to live those stereotypes -- the stereotypical Japanese CEO, the stereotypical celebrity, the stereotypical French Madame, the stereotypical overly devoted nun, and so on. Those stereotypes aren't a bug -- they're a feature of the book.
  5. Well, kinda. I certainly don't see why it deserved to be nominated or to win -- but I can accept that I may simply be missing or misunderstanding qualities that others saw in it.
  6. Hey -- to each their own. You're allowed to be wrong just as much as anyone else.
  7. LOL. I'm afraid I'm going to let Richard down here -- not feeling too articulate at the moment! I do love TLTL to death. It's a book of ideas, and style, and complications. It's about so many things not being what they seem, and the implications thereof. It is original, and striking, and put a smile on my face both times I've read it (listened to it) so far. But I can understand why some folks wouldn't like it -- because it does have a very strong narrative voice, and it is very complex and multilayered, and it does involve a lot of artifice. And that's just not what some people are looking for. Here's what I've said about it previously: This is multi-layered -- many many things going on in plot and character and theme. It makes your brain cells start popping and fizzing with all the ideas and references and complications and interactions. It's talking about transformation in so many ways, and artifice, and science, and miracle, and pretense vs. reality, and cult of personality vs. meritocracy, and the one thing you would do anything to protect, and what that "anything" might actually entail, and it will sound like an entirely different novel depending on who you talk to about it. And it's a loving and sardonic homage to the age of Voltaire and de Sade in both style and substance. And I've got tons of love for all of the fireworks going off in all directions. Nothing about it is truly straightforward.
  8. In this case, the title makes perfect sense if you read the book. :-)
  9. Well, he specifically says that they come from her knuckles -- "Her flaw-blades, six inches long and spiking from her knuckles". But your additional quotes do make it seem that Lawrence wavers from one to the other. Either he couldn't make up his mind, or the blades act differently depending on her will or circumstance.
  10. I don't think they ever really "come from her fingers". But correct about the fists.. Because they're coming out of her knuckle area. Just like Wolverine's. They're energy-Wolverine blades, more or less.
  11. "She flexed her fists and felt the flaw-blades form." "Nona flew, arms extended, and hit the man in the face with both fists. Her flaw-blades, six inches long and spiking from her knuckles" But also -- "Nona made a fist and extended one finger from it, sheathed in a single flaw-blade." -- which creates a slightly different picture.
  12. No, I remember the fisted hand part. That's what really made me start ranting -- the blades came out of the backs of her hands when she made a fist.
  13. I don't know Psylocke, but they came out of her knuckles, she made a fist when she used them, she had three per hand (I think), they'd cut through just about anything.... Color me rolling my eyes.
  14. Heh. Guilty as charged, and proud of it!
  15. Nonono, no disappointment! Keep the faith!