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The Star-Touched Queen

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

In a series, but a complete stand-alone story.

Maya, because of her terrifying horoscope, is fated to never marry and be cursed by all her father's wives for any bad luck. Though her sister Gauri does love her and the tales she tells, of wonders like the Night Bazaar.
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God of our fathers, whose almighty hand

God of our fathers, whose almighty hand
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band
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decisions and subplots

So, should I put Kari and Pierre's scenes in the foreground as actual scenes?  From one of their points of view?  Or both?  (Or possibly from the villain's?)

On one hand, they do kill one of the villains. And there aren't that many.

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chief thing

The chief thing is to begin, after all -- after which the chief thing is to finish.

-- Gene Wolfe


super subplot

Was plugging along on a superpowers story, and I decided to put in  a subplot about someone who thinks the stories about random powers are just stories, it's a conspiracy.

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The Golden Peaches of Samarkand

The Golden Peaches of Samarkand: A Study of T'ang Exotics by Edward H. Schafer

A discussion of foreign things brought to T'ang as tribute and in trade, and attitudes toward them.

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serendipity and decision

So the writer is working on a world with plentiful bird-maidens (swan, dove, peahen, etc.) who can turn from woman to bird and back as long as they have their feather cloak.

And she reads -- for utterly unrelated reasons, because it's about the exotic wonders brought to China during the T'ang dynasty -- a book that makes mention of the Chinese "Roving Women Who Go By Night" also known as the "Daughters of the God-King of Heaven" or the "Star Anglers" who can take off feathers and put them to shift from woman to bird.
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Summer in full bloom

Pink flower all ablossom on the median, and too tall to be vetch -- but on a walk, there is a pink flower in bloom, with ragged thin and multitudinous petals about its heart.

How green is the valley -- subtle shadings as the trees of different species -- with here and there a building towering -- and it looks all the more lovely framed in green as I look down between gaps in greens. (And how gawky my garden still. If I planted enough to prevent bare spots, it would be overcrowded in summer, I will just have to let it grow.)

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Aru Shah and the Song of Death

Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi

Pandava Quartet book 2

Spoilers ahead for the first, especially as it picks up after the cliff-hanger.

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