Further exploration of the world of the Jokka. In other stories we have not seen brain-damaged females much, so to see Sunife is good, although I'm interested in seeing more of her. Showing us how females have value as people even though their intelligence is sapped is something that has been neglected in other Jokka stories.
Holding back spoilers of The Worth of a Shell, it appears an important location in that book has been discovered by others. Intriguing and I hope we'll see more.
Fire in the Void
on Oct. 18, 2010
Keshul is a very charming character. One of the fun things about the Jokka is how pretty they are--long manes and tails, spiral patterned skin--and there's lots of that in this one. This story is a thoughtful meditation on priesthood and doubt.
This story seriously hit almost everything I love: education, history, transgressive relationships (but not TOO transgressive), medicine, alien culture, science as religion, and FURRIES. And angst and art and music. I love this story. It is awesome. If you don't like any of the above, you should read this story anyway and it might well change your mind.
This is a kind of spec fic that I deeply enjoy, and that there isn't nearly enough of. In a stone-age alien culture, environmental pressures drive a family to take steps towards their own evolution. Of course, they don't see it that way.
The Tsipia culture is not stupid or base, they're merely poor in resources, and I appreciate that a lot. They have a deep understanding of their philosophy (if not their biology), and this understanding comes through clearly to the reader. A complex and rich story in not many pages, which is also something I appreciate.