Seanan McGuire has become a go-to author for me, writing smart, fun, and compulsively readable books. Once Broken Faith is the latest October Daye novel. Part of me just wishes that Toby could have a nice, relaxing vacation... but let's be honest, its when things go wrong that they get all sorts of interesting. Toby is due for that break, and she almost gets it, the story opening to an amazing scene of domestic "normalcy" (or as normal as one can get with fae teenagers running around) that rarely shows up in her life.
But as they say, no good deed goes unpunished, and returning with a cure for elf-shot certainly counts.
Now her brief interlude of peace at home with her built family is interrupted as she's pulled into the dangerous world of pure-blood faerie politics as the only changeling at the conclave... and then the first dead body shows up.
As part of the release of Once Broken Faith, and with the help of Penguin RandomHouse, I was able to snag some of Seanan …
So fuck it. I'll talk about my orientation, my gender, and my "coming out."
I literally cannot remember a time when I was not attracted to both men and women. The first crushes I can remember having were on Princess Leia, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Dr. Beverly Crusher. I was maybe five years old. Did I understand it as a nascent sexual attraction? No, I didn't have the concepts for that to even occur to me then. I knew I wanted to be Han or Luke because they got Princess Leia (in my defense, the whole sibling thing didn't register for some time, even if Return of the Jedi was my favorite of the three). Of course, Leia had her pick of those two as well as both rocking that bikini and kicking butt.
Lexicon is a book about words, about using them to manipulate and control the world around you. About power, balances, and relationships.
In some ways Lexicon is a light thriller with a unique premise. In other ways it is a very complex and multilayered story. Part of my reason for picking it as a book club read was that I knew I would be able to read this quickly, something I generally need in July, and it delivered.
My discussion questions are limited, but ones that are tied deeply to the narrative itself, and questions that are not necessarily insubstantial on their own.
Discussion Fodder What issues does Lexicon bring up in regards to privacy and personal data? "But what bothers me is how HARD they're all working for that data, how much money they're spending, and how they never admit that's what they want."Words have power, what are the different ways this story explores it? What ways do they have power in your life and the world at la…