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Ancillary reading progress

I finished Ancillary Justice this morning, and then of course I promptly went and got Ancillary Sword from the library. (It amuses me that there are 40 holds on 15 copies of Justice, but 6 holds on 17 copies of Sword. The first-in-the-series effect is a powerful one.)

I've heard rumblings of people not liking the sequels as much as the first, and I will say Sword so far has 100% less trekking through the snow, which is one of my weak spots. However, so far if anything I'm enjoying it even more than the first one, because Leckie just keeps digging deeper into the ramifications of her worldbuilding.

Specifically, Leckie seems bent on poking at as many science fictional identity questions as possible, and I LOVE those.
* Many bodies, one mind - both Anaander Minaai and Breq herself, used to functioning with across many, many discrete parts. I am a huge sucker for this, from that one Vinge novel with the dog aliens on down, and I love that Leckie sets up this parallel. Between them

* AI/alien/other consciousness suddenly limited by human constraints - Breq, very obviously, but also this new iteration of Minaai who was masquerading as Tisarwat. That development is making me very, very happy from a narrative perspective.

* Consciousnesses living in borrowed bodies - basically, the body horror aspect of ancillaries. AKA the Jimmy Novak problem.

* Maintaining identity across deep time - Minaai seems to have changed more than Breq, but either way, this is something I'm always interested in.

These books are just geared straight at my id. And then there's also gender fun and spaceships and tea. :D

Just a note, please no spoilers for either Sword or Mercy, even "you'll see more of that." I want to be surprised. :)

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Dec. 9th, 2015 12:50 am (UTC)
The multiple-bodies-one-mind thing was one of my favorite parts of Ancillary Justice. I really liked the almost omniscient, but still very close and intimate POV from the flashbacks to when Breq was still Justice of Toren and had ancillaries occupying the planet.
Dec. 10th, 2015 10:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think the books do a really good job of balancing all of Breq's various perspectives in a way that makes sense to the reader but still gives some sense of what it's like to be her.
Dec. 9th, 2015 12:17 pm (UTC)
No spoilers from me, but see icon.
Dec. 10th, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC)
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