18 October 2006
Just Like Rhinebeck (Except for the Blood Feud)
Some of you may remember me writing about finally meeting up and knitting with Melissa and having found a couple of her novels at a used book place. I had started reading the novel above right away, but as has seemed to happen with my reading of late, I got waylaid a short ways into the book and hadn't picked it up in over a month.
Today I couldn't sleep, though, and was still too tired to do anything else, so I picked the book up and read right through the remaining 300 or so pages. It really is a fun read, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys both sci-fi and fiber. Melissa told me she decided to set the story on a cold planet just so she could have fun writing about a place where knitwear features heavily and pretty much everyone knits, sews, or engages in some sort of fibery pursuit. Indeed, it was one of the first things that struck me about the book. That and the central role of the queer folk in the story, and the treatment of gender. I won't tell any more about it, but if you should happen to find a copy, you should definitely pick it up.