Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

09 Jul 2002, 22:29 p.m.

Yesterday night I stayed up too late reading Philip Pullman's…

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Yesterday night I stayed up too late reading Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke, the first in the Sally Lockhart trilogy of mysteries. Today I finished Vernor Vinge's The Peace War. Early on in the Vinge I noticed superficial similarities in the protagonists of the two novels. They're very smart young people who have trouble adjusting to new homes where everyone treats everyone equally. I liked them both. I think I liked the Pullman better than the Vinge, but that's just because Pullman writes mythic fairy-tale fantasy and Vinge writes far-out, alien sci-fi with premises building on top of premises. One is comfy and the other is cerebral.