Thursday Tea is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. To play along, all you need is some tea, a book, and the answers to these questions: what tea are you drinking (and do you like it)? What book are you reading (and do you like it)? Tell us a little about your tea and your book, and whether or not the two go together.
The book: I’m currently about one-thirds into Changer by Jane Lindskold. She’s a local sci-fi/fantasy author, and I’ve read another of her books before (and got her autograph last summer!). This one’s set in Albuquerque/Santa Fe, with King Arthur and other mythological creatures/people. And wolves (JL loves her some wolves).
It’s pretty good, and I’m enjoying it. The only thing is that I dislike a main component of the story: how the various religions and their pantheons are being handled. I’m not even halfway through the book so I can’t make a completely informed opinion yet, but I definitely feel uneasy about what I think was done. Basically, I think JL is trying to combine different corresponding gods of various pantheons together to make them trace back to one person– like Athena is Minerva is Sophia is Menrva. For the Greek/Roman pantheons that makes sense, but to combine nearly everything else INTO the Greek/Roman/Scandinavian pantheons?
It just makes me uncomfortable, almost like it’s saying those religions don’t have value on their own because they have a few of the same sorts of deities as this Western religion does. You know? I don’t know if that’s what JL is intending to say, but that’s how it comes off to me, a bit. I suppose I just think that there’s not reason NOT to have a buttload of different gods running around. Combining them doesn’t do anything except lighten the character listing, I think.
What’s the best way you’ve seen multiple gods/pantheons handled in a story? I think for me it was Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Everyone was there, separate but equal (kinda), and I don’t think it got overwhelmed with too many characters. Although it was a little lacking in anything other than Greek/Roman/Scandinavian/Egyptian/African pantheons.
The tea: I’ve been exploring Satellite‘s tea range lately– they have a few specialty tea drinks I can’t really afford (dirty chai, I’m looking at you), but they’ve also got relatively cheapo fancy tea blends I can afford. So far I’ve tried Moroccan Mint, a sort of green mint-y tea that I hated, and White Pomegranate, a white fruit-y tea that I loved. Today I tried Spicy Darjeeling, which lived up to its name for sure.
It was horrible! I don’t know if I let it steep too long or what, but even after adding sugar and milk it was horrible. Never trying that again, no way.
Do they go together? It’d be awesome if I could link my distaste for the tea to my distaste for certain plot elements in Changer, but I don’t think even I could make that work. But I didn’t have enough of the tea to make a proper judgment, either, so I’m going to forgo this question until later.
What are you drinking/reading this Thursday?