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Wind Raker -- World Enough and Time

The other day I was talking with a reader about Gull and Neas' 20th century incarnations appearing in Wind Raker, so I thought I'd share just a little bit for her. This is a Mitch point of view section about halfway through, after a shared working with a lodge in Hawaii. I would so love to hear what you think!



Afterwards, Stasi borrowed a fuzzy white bathrobe to put over her damp dress while everyone ate baked ham and potato salad. Well, Stasi ate the fish instead, but not so anybody would notice. She was beautiful soaking wet, laughing and talking with the other women in a way that seemed unusually relaxed for her. Generally she was tense as a cord in company.

Bea had changed into a bright pink dress, apparently forewarned that she'd be soaking wet. She had a glass in one hand and a plate in the other as Mitch found himself next to her and her husband at the end of the sideboard set up as a self-serve bar. "That was something," he said.

"I'm glad you liked it," she said.

"I just wondered about one thing," he said. "Weren't you worried about sharks feeding at night when you walked into the water like that? I've seen a bunch of shark warnings posted."

"Hardly," Bea said. "Emma — Mrs. Taylor who was leading it — is of the blood of the shark. No shark would bother us with her."

Jerry had come up beside Mitch, also looking relaxed and drained, almost post-coital, not that Mitch would know. "Is that a clan designation?" he asked keenly.

"Something like that," Bea said. "It used to mean literal descent, though most people don’t take it that way today." She smiled. "It's also the title of my book, the one that comes out next year, The Blood of the Shark."

"Congratulations on the book," Mitch said. "Have you started another one?"

"About twelve," her husband said, not looking up from where he was mixing a drink.

"I was working on another book about a very different subject," she said. Her smile faded. "But I've put that away since Ford Maddox Ford's A Little Less Than Gods came out. It was unpublishable."

"Why is that?" Jerry asked.

Her husband straightened up grinning. "It's indecent," he said. "Based on the life of a notorious courtesan."

She gave him a sharp look. "No, because it uses much of the same material that Ford Maddox Ford did, and nobody is going to publish another book based on the same events when his just came out. I'll have to wait until everyone has completely forgotten about A Little Less Than Gods."

Jerry frowned. "But Ford is a bestseller. That could take decades."

Bea's smile returned. "Well," she said. "I've got time."

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ashabardon
Aug. 8th, 2014 02:09 pm (UTC)
Hello Gull, hello Charmian, hello Elza ... I've missed you all.
jo_graham
Aug. 12th, 2014 12:58 pm (UTC)
So have I! It was wonderful to look in on their 20th century selves.
selki
Feb. 9th, 2015 02:47 pm (UTC)
Have now ordered both these books!
jo_graham
Feb. 10th, 2015 11:44 am (UTC)
A Little Less Than Gods is a perfectly terrible book! I promise you will like my version of those events much better when we get to that part of Elza's story!

The Blood of the Shark, however, is fascinating!
selki
Feb. 22nd, 2015 06:04 am (UTC)
Found I had merely put A Little Less Than Gods in my shopping cart, and cancelled that one. Looking forward to The Blood of the Shark.

I hope you like the paperback review on Amazon. It was a little jumbly but I was trying to strike a balance between conveying the fun of it to newcomers and how awesome it is for series readers.
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