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neat word of the moment: horripilation 
21st-Jun-2005 10:07 am
Lexi in the woods
I'm currently reading Lois McMaster Bujold's latest book, The Hallowed Hunt, and enjoying it very much. (Bujold is one of my favorite writers, along with Sheri S. Tepper.) At one point, she uses the word "horripilating", and I realized that I've never actually looked it up. Dictionary.com to the rescue:
Pronunciation Key (hô-rp-lshn, h-)
The bristling of the body hair, as from fear or cold; goose bumps.

[Late Latin horripilti, horripiltin-, from Latin horripiltus, past participle of horripilre, to bristle with hairs  : horrre, to tremble + pilre, to grow hair (from pilus, hair).]
hor·ripi·late v.

In context from the book (no spoilers, unless you consider knowing the names of two characters a spoiler... in which case, you're far more spoiler-sensitive than I am, and you probably won't be happy reading my LJ):
[Ingrey said] "I thought the Bastard was the god of poetry."

"Oh, Him, too, aye, for drinking songs and such. And for those great songs of when the walls come crashing down and all is burning, aye, that make your hairs all stand up, those are fine!" Jokol waved his arms to mime horripilating tragedies suitable for epic verse.
I'm about 2/3 of the way through the book and would definitely recommend it. Although you don't absolutely need to have read The Curse of Chalion or Paladin of Souls (so far, no characters from those books have appeared, and I think it's not even set at the same time), you'd probably enjoy it more if you have, as she's not going into nearly as much detail about the theology of the five gods in this one as she did in the previous two.
21st-Jun-2005 06:52 pm (UTC)
I don't know that I've ever read any Bujold. I'll have to give her a try next time I get to a large enough town to have a book store.
21st-Jun-2005 10:40 pm (UTC)
She is SO good... the books are full of character, funny, Cypher does not like them as much as I, he prefers his SF more like Bruce Sterling.
I love the Miles books, altho towards the end they get a bit formulaic (sp?)
and Lex, Great word! I love words....
I will look for The Hallowed Hunt...
21st-Jun-2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
Ah, Miles Vorkosigan. Gotta love him - if you don't feel the need to run the other direction to avoid getting roped into a scheme, that is.

I wasn't so impressed with Diplomatic Immunity, but I thought the chunk of the saga from Memory to Komarr to A Civil Campaign was wonderful. (Although Campaign gets the award for worst! most inaccurate! cover interpretation EVAR. But that's a rant for another day.)

My impression was that she's mostly wrapped up what she wanted to do with Miles, which is why Diplomatic Immunity was less satisfying than the earlier books. But at the same time, she seemed to be opening up possibilities with some of the other characters. Ivan, now. I want to see a book about Ivan. As do most of her readers - apparently "when are you going to do a book about Ivan?" is one of the most frequent questions she gets these days.
22nd-Jun-2005 05:12 pm (UTC)
No laughing... I once told the vet when Lewis went for a check that his name was Lewis Vorburdwood... (Vorporter now??!)
I agree, Miles is wrapped up, but there are a few other folks I'd like to see, and frankly, I was disappointed when Mom and Dad Didn't get another book...
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