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I am reading 'Kraken' by China Mieville. Have not read very much by him over the years. But I am enjoying this book. It has a particular richness like a heavy mousse cake. Deep flavor, if that makes sense. It is a story that makes you do quite a lot of work for the reward of the plot.

And I am meeting words that I do not know. That almost never happens to me. I don't just mean words that tickle because I am not sure of all the tastes of meaning, I mean words I have never seen before.

I feel ashamed of not knowing them. I am quite sure that the author is not deploying all the words I don't know. This man has better tools than me, and he is using them with skill that I don't have.

Here is a list. Maybe you guys are friends with these words.

Apatheosed

Benthos

Vorago

Plangurgy

Teloi

Haruspex

Asymtote

Ruction

Ruction and Haruspex gave me a tingle of recognition. I would not have used either word with confidence though. Husband knew Asymtote, because of his studies. I can guess that some of the others are Greek derived. i made a note of the words, and let the story whisk me onward. It is a good story. I won't spoil it, but there is a giant squid who is preserved in a jar, and he is a God. And it is a story that has a place-flavor. I like it. I am sure it will make a little more sense the second time through.

I am writing today too-- should have something up about something, tonight.

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soon_lee
Aug. 10th, 2013 06:10 am (UTC)
I knew just two words with any confidence: haruspex (from reading comics as it turns out) & asymptote (a math thing).

My guess for ruction was about right, and my guesses for the other would be just that (though some would have been in the ballpark).

And "Kraken"? A kitchen-sink* of a bloody great read.

*Mieville threw everything in it & it works.
soon_lee
Aug. 10th, 2013 06:11 am (UTC)
P.S. Do you ever play http://freerice.com/?
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