Book slut

Oct. 31st, 2008 09:51 am
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I was a voracious reader when I was younger. The downside to this is that while I had read nearly all the sf and fantasy books in the Milnerton Library until 1998, I don't really remember the authors, or the names of the books. When you're reading a book a week there's not much time to take notes, I guess. So I'm sure there are lots of times when someone has asked "have you read this?" and I've answered "no, I don't think so" when I really should have said "I don't remember, I might have". It's terrible when you can't remember the names of the books with which you've fallen asleep :P.

Anyway, the point of this post is: I read a book (I think it was meant as YA, the characters were all teenagers) where there are multiple dimensions, and some of them are fractal (there were definitely Julia sets involved). The lead character was suicidal (I remember a scene where she plans her suicide with a bucket to catch the blood so she doesn't leave a mess). There's some bad dude trying to take over all the dimensions and only she can stop him. I think it was a trilogy.

Now, searching for "young adult science fiction suicide julia sets" gets you lots of maths sites, emo suicide sites and some random science fiction authors' sites, but nothing useful.

I'm hoping you readers can help me because it's really bothering me that I can't remember the name or the author of these books that I'm pretty sure I thought were really awesome at the time.

I also just got Endless Forms Most Beautiful by Sean B. Carroll. I'm hoping it will be as cool as it looks and as good as the reviews I've read say. I'll comment on it when I've read it, still finishing that Pohl anthology. Hee, 50's sf, so quaint!! I need to post about it, actually.

Date: 2008-10-31 08:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kadekraan.livejournal.com
Can't help with the book title, sorry. Which Pohl anthology are you reading?

Pohl-dancing

Date: 2008-10-31 08:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] first-fallen.livejournal.com
This one: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/p/frederik-pohl/best-of-frederik-pohl.htm

I need to write a rant about how he could've ended "The Day the Icicle Works Closed" better. Some of them I really like, others are annoying. I love how he has these huuuuge ideas but they are constrained by the current technology.

Date: 2008-10-31 01:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] extemporanea.livejournal.com
I felt inspired to try Google term-refining, a pastime to which I am somewhat addicted. Could it have been Piers Anthony's Fractal Mode? Julia sets are explicitly mentioned in the review from that rather cool Maths SF site.

Ah hah!

Date: 2008-11-01 01:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] first-fallen.livejournal.com
Yes, that sounds about right. I knew you'd probably know it :P. I could've saved myself a blog entry and just asked you last night.

I should've guess it was Piers Anthony, I think there's some teenage sex in there somewhere.

Re: Ah hah!

Date: 2008-11-01 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] extemporanea.livejournal.com
I fear I cannot claim encyclopedic YA-sf knowledge here, I've never actually read it - that was google-fu. I like fiddling with search terms :>. If you'd asked me last night, I would simply have looked blank.

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