February 25th, 2009

Cats - Sora and Nefer

Mad Kestrel

I recently read Mad Kestrel by Misty Massey (Amazon associates link), which actually hit a lot of the requirements in my post of last week: relatively unsophisticated protagonist, one viewpoint character, a bit of travel, not in our world. There's a girl dressing as a boy, but not technically disguised as one. :D

Kestrel is quartermaster on a pirate ship in a world at roughly 17th-century level technology. Her captain is arrested and she sets out to rescue him. Complicating things is the matter of her having a bit of magical talent - she can call up winds (quite useful for a sailor, that) - and in this world all children with magical talent are given over to the Danisoban mages who control all magic, so she needs to keep herself hidden from them.

Massey seems to slightly whitewash the brutality of pirate life, but doesn't flinch from having Kestrel make a particular hard, necessary, decision and follow through with it, which for me makes up for eliding it earlier. The only real false note struck is the trickster character who is meant to be the male romantic interest for Kestrel, who drives me up the wall, so much that I've actually forgotten his name. There's a little too much mysterious attraction happening, and not enough reason for it other than that he's about the only male who washes nearby.

But recommended anyway.
Cats - Sora and Nefer

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The mysterious "132/86" I texted earlier to LJ happens to be my blood pressure. :D I never remember to ask while in the doctor's office, and they never volunteer it, so when I spied it on my chart I needed a place to write it down and remember. :)

Looking up online, and assuming I don't have white-coat hypertension, which my mom has and which can send your BP soaring in the doctor's office, it looks like that's officially pre-hypertension. As my mom and her dad both had high blood pressure, and as I recently ran across studies that show migraineurs tend to suffer disproportionately from stroke, you can probably figure out how I'm eyeing that number.

At any rate, if I get my butt out of the two-or-so-days-a-week biking that it's fallen into and back into the 6 or 7 days a week habit that I used to have, that ought to help it a bit.