Philosopher in Arms

Has anyone else read this novel that is being steadily posted? If not, check out Chevenga's life story at: http://www.chevenga.blogspot.com/ I think the tone and content of that story might harmonize with readers' taste here.

I am REALLY enjoying it and would love to be a fan girl and gush about it with other people. Hopefully no one here hates it, lol.

I guess that's the answer to what I am doing over hiatus! I'm exploring new reading. Smile I'm enjoying some good books right now, too!

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

Yes! I've thought about mentioning this serial before m'self. I'm reading it, and the two other related serials, Eclipse Court (same story as the third quarter of P.i.A. told from another character's point of view) and asa kraiya (the continuation of Chevenga's story from where P.i.A. ends).

I definitely recommend them Smile They're a bit hard to quantify in simple genre terms - the author describes asa kraiya loosely as "psychological post-apocalyptic" - but very much worth giving 'em a whirl.

GreenGlass's picture

Supplicant

lol, I haven't read ahead in Eclipse Court and asa kraiya because I don't want to spoil the story. Isn't Chevenga a cool character? His childhood was really great to read about, but his transition into adulthood was just smooth enough for me not to feel resentful about his childhood tales ending. Perfect.

I couldn't stand Minis when I first encountered him in the story, but so far I'm really enjoying their interactions.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

LOL, I'm impatient and addicted to reading, so I can't help but read all three at once. You've probably figured out from the cross-chapter links Karen's been putting at the end of the entries that were in the part of P.i.A. that starts to overlap with the Eclipse Court (told from Minis' POV for anyone who doesn't know). Reading the Eclipse Court at the same time makes me much more sympathetic to Minis Wink

Chevenga is really intersting, partly because of the whole Yeoli culture background. It's sort of a constitutional/parlimentary monarchy, but not? Especially with the whole "the sacred and democratically expressed will of the people IS our religion" twist.

GreenGlass's picture

Supplicant

lol, I don't know what to call it, I must admit. It works, but I'm not sure how. I feel like somehow it shouldn't, because even there, the people in "power" would still be able to exploit the system pretty easily, wouldn't they? I can't tell!

8/3/09: Edited to fix my run on sentence.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

Hmm... reading the most recent chapters in PiA and seeing the interaction between Chevenga and his friend makes me think that some of the glowing idealism of the Yeoli society comes from Chevenga himself. After all, he's their very young leader who was raised to fulfill that position as his sacred duty, and since the story is told (very well!) from his first person perspective...

V's picture

Embodiment

I only really noticed this thread the second time it was bumped. I've been checking the story out and I'm very impressed. Take a rough draft, edit it into a book, wait many years, and edit it again with an older/wiser author into a web serial?

Good stuff, good stuff. I agree it should strike a chord with many readers here. Less kinky sex but a *lot* of "Future leader learns and grows" so far.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

Given that story starts when the main character is *seven*, yes, there is much less sex of any flavor to begin with...!

V's picture

Embodiment

I posted that back on some chapter in the teens. I'm into the 30s now Blum 3 Even if she changes her style, she's off to a much slower start than MeiLin in that department. (Woohoo MeiLin! More classroom scenes!)

Karen Wehrstein's picture

Trying to get rid of the cracker and replace with Chevenga in shades...

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

Looks successful from my end. Also, welcome!!!!!!!!!!

V's picture

Embodiment

And ditto the welcome! This is where all your rowdy commenters seem to come from >.>

V's picture

Embodiment

The story has moved to DN here. If you really hate even tiny spoilers skip the intro text and move right to Ch 1 here.

And Karen forgot one important quote in the banner ad she's currently running on MeiLin's site. Regarding the first portion of the book, one devoted reader dubbed it "a bummer wrapped in a buzzkill wrapped in the still-bloody skin of a puppy".

How's *that* for a hook? }:)

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