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Interlude April 19, 2011

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You may be relieved to know that this will be a short post. I thought you should know of the great sacrifice I am making for this site, for you, gentle reader.

I had already started reading the books on my list before I got the idea for this project. So I felt like I had to start again and re-read the first few books just so I could comment on them intelligently, without having to rely on memory.

This does not count the books I serendipitously already had in my collection. Of those I should have no problem re-reading, since I saw fit to buy them before I thought of The Hugo List – even though some of them I have (re-) read recently.

I’ve mentioned that I read voraciously. Perhaps that’s putting it mildly. Sometimes I’ll have more than one book going at the same time, and I’ve even been known to have three going at the same time. I go through books at an alarming rate. As a result, I once found myself disgruntled at my too-frequent trips to replenish my reading stock, and I bought a book for no other reason than it was the thickest book I could find, thinking that it might keep me occupied for more than a few days. The book was Maia by Richard Adams, of Watership Down fame. It tipped the scales at over 1,200 pages, and you know what? It was one of the best damn books I’ve ever read, made even more delightful because of the sheer randomness of its selection. It’s the story of a young girl; from peasant, to slave-girl, to folk-hero, to royalty, to legend. It’s the length that allows the author to present such a richly detailed world and characters, immersing one in the experience. It’s set in a decadent society, reminiscent of Rome in its waning days, full of political intrigue and, um, eccentric and jaded behaviors. So be warned, some of the imagery can be disturbing for some.

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