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11 January 2009 @ 12:02 pm
I Love Tina's Work  

I finally bought my copy of GUD #3, and I've just read tinaconnolly's wonderful "Facts of Bone."

Nowadays all the SFF mags say they want "character-driven" stories, or stories with "compelling characters," but it's disappointing how many published stories are, in essence, permutations of clever ideas; or else the character problem is tacked on as an afterthought. What I love about Tina's work is that human pain or longing is at the core of every story, and that it's inseparably linked to the particular weird place her imagination happens to have gone that day. I finish one of her stories both with the wonder and "gee whiz" that good SF inspires, but also with the sense that I've learned something about my own humanity.

She's my kind of writer, and I can't wait to read the next one.
Current Location: Snow
Current Music: Humidifiers
amamamaamamama on January 11th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
I love the name of that mag/book. Gud means God in Norwegian... *g* And that's just lovely, when literature inspires you and give you that sense of learning something about your own human nature. Way cool.

*hugs* Because it's been a while. ;-)
Kenken_schneyer on January 12th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
Hi, Berte. I knew that about "Gud" in Norwegian, but of course the name is an acronym, standing for Greatest Uncommon Denominator," a mouthful if I ever heard one.

*hugs back*
tina connolly: glassestinaconnolly on January 12th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
Thank you Ken! I'm glad to know you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for the lovely writeup - made my evening!
Kenken_schneyer on January 12th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! Did you do research on eiders and that particular bone ailment, or did you already know stuff like that?

I liked the "God-Death of Halla" too. Forgive me for asking, but did you intend it to sound as if someone with a lisp were trying to say "Goddess?"

tina connolly: hattinaconnolly on January 14th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
I read an article about the real version of the bone disease (pretty similar, but much slower progression) and that inspired the story. I researched eiders and some other birds later on to contribute to the eiddars of the story.

No, I didn't intend that on God-Death, but that's an interesting observation! Cool.
ex_camillea on January 18th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
No doubt about it: Tina Connolly rocks.