So I finished Corambis last night (or rather, in the wee hours of the morning since it was technically sometime after 4 AM) and finally headed over to check out the Q&A Sarah Monette has running on her blog. I'd been waiting to finish the book first in case there were spoilers, but it seems I did not need to worry since she hid any question containing anything that could be considered a spoiler, even if it was a minor event or something that happened on page 2. Of course, it's more fun to be able to read all the questions and answers without fear of spoiling the story, but if you're curious about it don't avoid it entirely for fear of spoilers. (Questions pertaining to The Mirador are also hidden unless you decide to click the link and read it.)
Not all the questions pertain to The Doctrine of Labyrinth series although the vast majority of them do. I found it very interesting and am amazed by the amount of thought and detail Monette put into this series. It's very unfortunate that her writing contract was not picked up again since she is a very talented author.
Question for anyone familiar with the Cat series by Joan Vinge: Does each book in the series work as a stand alone? Quite a while ago, John picked up Dreamfall at a bargain book sale but that is the only one we have and happens to be the last book in the trilogy. After learning that the main character from that series was part of the inspiration for Mildmay, I really want to read it, though.
Another question (for anyone who has read The Bone Key): How is it? This is now the only book I have not read by Monette, including A Companion to Wolves which she cowrote with Elizabeth Bear, and I'm a little hesitant to pick it up since I'm not a huge fan of short stories. But it's by Sarah Monette and it does sound rather intriguing so I'm torn but leaning toward "It's by Sarah Monette, just read it already!"
Sometime over the next week or so, I'll be working on a review of Corambis. For now, I still need to think about it some more because, honestly, I didn't LOVE it the same way I did the first three books and I can't figure out why. It was still good; I just didn't have the same emotional connection with it as I did the other books in the series. The quality of writing and characterization is still very high so I'm not completely sure why other than that it must be an issue with my personal taste. Maybe it's just because it wasn't as dark (which isn't to say it was not at all dark but it didn't seem as dark as the other books in the series). I'll have to think about that one a little more...