The Aphorisms of Kherishdar

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For the Ai-Naidar, caste and tradition are not the shackles that imprison the spirit but the silences that make sense of the music of their lives. The Aphorisms of Kherishdar collects 25 short tales about what it is to have an Ai-Naidari soul: to find comfort in tradition, law and structure; to revere interdependence over individualism; to know one's place... to always have one. Illustrated.

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Words: 13,800
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452346953
About M.C.A. Hogarth

Daughter of two Cuban political exiles, M.C.A. Hogarth was born a foreigner in the American melting pot and has had a fascination for the gaps in cultures and the bridges that span them ever since. She has been many things—-web database architect, product manager, technical writer and massage therapist—-but is currently a full-time parent, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens, both human and otherwise.

Her fiction has variously been recommended for a Nebula, a finalist for the Spectrum, placed on the secondary Tiptree reading list and chosen for two best-of anthologies; her art has appeared in RPGs, magazines and on book covers.

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Review by: C.R. Chapman on Feb. 25, 2012 :
This was my first exposure to the Ai-Naidari, and I was immediately hooked. The Calligrapher is a character I find positively fascinating, and the little bits of his life written down in these Incense Stories only found me hungering for more. For the most part light-hearted and uplifting, these stories are nonetheless thought-provoking, and a book I find myself coming back to re-read again and again.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Eric Hinkle on Dec. 05, 2010 :
Truly one of M.C.A. Hogarth's stranger and greater books, the Aphorisms are essentially wisdom stories or parables from a very alien culture and species. It was an experimental work by her, written with input from people on the author's LiveJournal, and it was very successful. The Ai-Naidar are simultaneously very alien and very understandable. Make no mistake, this is not a book that would get far through mainstream SF publishers; but if you want to see an alien culture through its own eyes in quick and enlightening stories, then you WILL want to read this.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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