Saturday, July 5, 2014
[Rogues] Daniel Abraham: "The Meaning of Love"
The main character, a rogue female named Asa, could just as well be a Martin character, and the other characters present in the tale too.
I was a bit skeptical at first as the story opens with a long paragraph describing the highly independent city state within a city, but it works really well because Abraham evidently is a master of setting description, making it come alive before the mind's eye so much the setting becomes a character unto itself. The story, too, is pretty solid with, indeed, shades of love but mostly shades of immorality, Martin-style. It is a story that feels like a chapter taken out of a larger epic (maybe it is, what do I know), and I'd like to read more about Asa, the exile prince, Rouse, and the setting (again, maybe the setting is featured in other Abraham works, but it feels like a new invention, the way he goes out of his way to describe it). Come to think of it, I actually have a collection of Abraham stoires - Leviathan Wept and Other Stories - somewhere deep in my to-read pile, and now I want to move it closer to the top. The only other work I've read by him was A Shadow in Summer and I wasn't able to finish it because it just didn't keep me hooked - something The Meaning of Love definitely did.
Posted by R.J. at 3:00 AM