Friday, February 10, 2012

Blog Hopping 2/10/2012

Welcome, fellow bloghoppers! You're looking at my personal blog, home to the rants and ramblings of an aspiring author. This week, I posted a somewhat-overdue progress report for my novel, Bonds of Fenris. I also do reviews of werewolf books, which are here. The review blog is currently on hiatus while I work on my own book, but feel free to browse the archived reviews. Have fun hopping!

This week's ice-breaker for TGIF @ GReads:

"What are some of your favorite fictional love stories?"

Well, I've enthused before about Kitty and Ben, who defy the usual stereotypes of lycanthropic romance. But I think I'm going to go a little more obscure today, and talk about Jinto and Lafiel:

That's a DVD of the anime, but it was originally a series of books.

Like the Kitty and Ben pairing, it's based on mutual support, but it goes deeper. Crest of the Stars, along with its sequel Banner of the Stars, is very hard science fiction. Jinto and Lafiel are both technically human, but when humans moved out into space they evolved into many different cultures. Jinto is a lander: born and raised on a surface world, and his particular circumstances are very unusual. Lafiel is an Abh, living in the spaceways. Their initial attraction is based on how different they are from each other, and their love is representative of two disparate cultures growing together. It's very sweet and thought-provoking. And the animated adaptation failed because the public didn't get it. Le sigh, but at least I still have those DVDs.

That's all for this week. Have a good weekend!

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