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Thanks for the link to the first chapter. I'm off to buy the book now. :)

Squeeee! Nadi, I am ever so proud. Also, saw Genevieve Valentine's awesome review at the NPR site, and read the excerpt, and I am SOLD. So so good, right up my alley, do want! :D

OMG thank you, nadi-ma! I am in a constant state of "..." over the review at NPR Books, and the reception generally. (It has not been uniformly well-received, of course, but that only tells me I might not actually be hallucinating, because different strokes and one man's Mede and all that.)

I am hoping very much that you enjoy it!

I'm definitely trying to get my hands on it! :D

I, too, would be overwhelmed at this much attention! It must be amazing and terrifying and somewhat discombobulating at turns. Eee, Big Idea at Scalzi's! Among, you know, lots of bigger famouser places--but that's a metric I actually follow. But from what I can see, entirely deserved, nandi, entirely.

(Interestingly--it does seem to me like something written by a fan of nand'CJ. Not derivative in any sense, but the sort of thing I might say to a friend, "If you like this, you will also like this." Language and interstellar politics and playing with culture and personhood...yes yes good. <3)

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Oh, nadi, the main character's name (or, one of her aliases, or however one wishes to describe it) being one letter off "Bren" is not an accident. Nor are some of the place names, which are meant to be bows visible to other fans. Foreigner's stamp on AJ is really obvious to other Foreigner fans. :D I do hope other fans enjoy it, and have assumed from the beginning that's who's most likely to.

It must be amazing and terrifying and somewhat discombobulating at turns.

Yes. Yes it is.

Oh yes--"Breq"!! I couldn't stop laughing with glee, and hoped that was on purpose. It sounds suitably alien, too. Oh, and finding the stranger who fell from the stars (or however it was worded in the back cover copy, even if clearly the situation turned out to be different from Ian and Manadgi) was awfully familiar too. :D I love callbacks like that.

"--Listen: master get and you've got the irregular indivisibles of shikira, makkiura,, and shis'urna. Any three quarters of any verb in the -irei class: they rhyme iwth the -ra plurals, at least in the past tenses."

--you have that entire exchange memorized, don't you? I had the Ragi for Bren's "Are you a paidhi or not, Jasi-ji?" speech the first time they went up to the station committed to memory at one point, which I then doodled on every available surface using Nepenti's fonts. :)

Not memorized! But I knew exactly where to open the book to find it!

There are some passages that just spring into my memory sometimes, though, or odd sentences. :)

"--Listen: master get and you've got the irregular indivisibles of shikira, makkiura,, and shis'urna. Any three quarters of any verb in the -irei class: they rhyme iwth the -ra plurals, at least in the past tenses."

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