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  1. Finished The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers. A fun romp, and while some of the twists were a bit predictable, it was fun to see how all the various puzzle pieces fit nicely together.
  2. Finished Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis, a retelling of the Eros and Psyche myth. Good book, probably his best. Of course, since this is Lewis, you have the Christian apologia at the end but it certainly works much better in the context of this book then in Narnia. Before that I read Thunderer by Felix Gilman. I appreciated the craft put in it, but it left me a bit cold, if that makes sense. I wonder if it was on influence on City of Stairs. Now going to give The Dispossessed another shot. Hoping that the first time I just wasn't in the mood, because I love Le Guin and I really want to like what's considers one of her best books. We shall see.
  3. Crawls out of lurkdom. I alas don't have the books with me at the moment but this thread is very neat, so I hope it's okay if I occasionally contribute with what I remember? Apparently, and I would have never gotten this on my own because I know nothing of American history, the other pun is that the Minotaur got confused with the USS Monitor. Which would make the Land of the Virgins both a nod to the original myth but also Virginia. That's essentially how Severian himself sees the situation when reminiscing about it in Urth of the New Sun. He's candid enough to call it rape but partially exculpates himself by believing she was not completely unwilling.