Saturday, November 26, 2011

Saturday Snapshot - Remnant Population

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Trinity & I - shadows on the beach

Remnant Population
Remnant Population 
by Elizabeth Moon
Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel in 1997

Premise: Ganked from Goodreads:
For forty years, Colony 3245.12 has been Ofelia’s home. On this planet far away in space and time from the world of her youth, she has lived and loved, weathered the death of her husband, raised her one surviving child, lovingly tended her garden, and grown placidly old. And it is here that she fully expects to finish out her days–until the shifting corporate fortunes...  
My Rating: 3.5 Worth the Time

Elizabeth Moon really dove into the depths of age in the character of Ofelia.  I enjoyed her depth of experience and wisdom.  I love the way Ofelia grew & adapted to accept herself and fulfill her own wishes and dreams.  Ofelia is a great person.  Someone I could look up to, honor.  Moon changes age from being something horrible or fearful into something satisfying.

The planet is amazing.  The difference between Terra-forming ground the colonists cultivated and the local vegetation is defined and specific.  When the indigenes show up on the scene, they are so completely un-human and intelligent.  I really enjoyed the different language and communication and culture.  The People humming and drumming was just delightful as was the significance of left hand, right hand. 

For me, it started very slowly and I tired of the repetitiveness of Ofelia figuring out what she wanted to wear.  I accept the concept that the clothing question was a piece of a larger whole, but I would have enjoyed different aspects to convey the idea, personally.  It might not have made as big of a difference for me, except I was at the beach and between the slow beginning and the rhythmic waves, I got more resting than reading done.

I really liked the idea of respecting all people and not assuming one is better at something based on schooling or classification.