I just finishing Psalm for the Wild-Built. Such a beautiful, sweet, hopeful, and funny bit of sci-fi from the amazing Becky Chambers. Another one of her books where basically nothing happens. And yet I couldn’t stop reading it, except when I had to put it own to laugh or think about stuff brought up by the book.
A couple of quotes I will need to think about more and unpack.
And that’s what I learned in that shrine. I thought, wow, y’know, a cup of tea may not be the most important thing in the world — or a steam bath, or a pretty garden. They’re so superfluous in the grand scheme of things. But the people who did actually important work — building , feeding, teaching, healing — they all came to the shrine. It was the little nudge that helped important things get done.Chapter 8, The Summer Bear
“Then how,” Dex said, “how does the idea of maybe being meaningless sit well with you?”
Mosscap considered. “Because I know that no matter what, I’m wonderful,” it said. There was nothing arrogant about the statement, nothing flippant or brash. It was merely an acknowledgement, a simple truth shared.Chapter 8, The Summer Bear