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10 May 2016 @ 10:22 am
Starred review for Arabella!  
I had a colonoscopy yesterday. The prep was pretty miserable, but the procedure itself was nothing (literally -- I slept through it). Four small polyps were found and removed. I'm awaiting lab results on those, but the doctor said they were of no concern whatsoever.

The other piece of good news I received when I got out of the recovery room was this: Publishers Weekly gave a starred review to Arabella of Mars!

Arabella, a human teenager born on Mars, is catapulted into adventure in a tale that cleverly combines some of the most intriguing elements of steampunk and classic science fiction. In an alternate 1812, Arabellas mother moves her three daughters to Earth and away from the wild influences of the Martian colony. When the family gets news that Arabellas father has died on Mars, the headstrong 17-year-old girl disguises herself as a boy and hires on with one of the great ships that sail the solar winds between the planets, planning to protect her brother, whos still on Mars, from treachery. Along the way, she faces privateers and mutiny, but Arabella is resourceful and courageous, gamely enduring hardship to accomplish her mission. Arabella is a fully realized character, daring and willing to risk everything to protect the brother she loves and the legacy that her father has left them. Her wits and cleverness save the ship and crew more than once in this rousing swashbuckler.

I don't know what percentage of books get a starred review, but it's not very large -- this was the only one for a Tor book this week.

Timapparentparadox on May 10th, 2016 05:47 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to getting the book when it comes out!
Geri Sullivangerisullivan on May 10th, 2016 06:01 pm (UTC)
Fabulous news about Arabella! I so look forward to reading it.

Yeah, prep has been the worst part of the two routine colonoscopies that I've had, even though I stayed awake through both of them. The first time, that was interesting 'cause I could see the monitor. The first time, I asked "Wow, is that as healthy as it looks?" It looked so shiny and firm and new that it was hard to believe it was part of the rest of my 50-year-old body.

At this point, I'd happily sleep through any future colonoscopies.

Here's hoping all of the polyps prove as concern-free as the doctor thinks they are. Seems likely!

deborahjross on May 10th, 2016 06:18 pm (UTC)
Wonderful news about the book! I'm looking forward to it.

Like gerisullivan, I was awake for both my colonoscopies. I intensely dislike sedation, so we did it without. Unfortunately, I have hideous adhesions from a childhood appendectomy, so this last time, they had to give me tons of Fentanyl. The good news -- the great news -- is that I apparently have a healthy "young" colon and I am now DONE with routine colonoscopies (I'm 69, so in a decade, I'd be over the age for screening colonoscopies anyway.)

One of the best things about getting older is not having to do obnoxious screening tests!
Sue Burkemount_oregano on May 10th, 2016 08:51 pm (UTC)
By coincidence, I had a colonoscopy today, after no doubt equally miserable prep, although the procedure was a pleasant nap. (I've had them awake, too: serious gas pains, but that's all.) And today's results were as good as yours. A colonoscopy in 2005 took out a pre-cancerous tumor just in time, so for me it's especially good news.

As for Arabella of Mars, I bet my nieces would love it!
Allanallanh on May 11th, 2016 05:21 am (UTC)
There will be more such reviews, and I look forward to hearing about every single one of them.