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  • Diane Joy Baker
    OK, Alexei, you ve persuaded me. Will take a look. ---djb ... From: To: Sent: Saturday, September 23, 2006 6:12
    Message 1 of 8 , Sep 27, 2006
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      OK, Alexei, you've persuaded me. Will take a look. ---djb
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: <alexeik@...>
      To: <mythsoc@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Saturday, September 23, 2006 6:12 PM
      Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Paul Park


      >
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: emerdavid@...
      > To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Fri, 22 Sep 2006 7:10 PM
      > Subject: [mythsoc] Paul Park
      >
      > I've been slogging through A PRINCESS OF ROUMANIA by Paul Park -- has
      anybody
      > here read it? I found it interesting in places, although I felt it
      dragged
      > badly. Then when I was about 2/3 of the way through I found out it's not
      a
      > self-contained novel. Apparently the complete story is going to take 3 or
      4
      > books to tell. I gave up.
      >
      > If anyone on this list has any positive opinions about it, I'd be glad to
      hear
      > them.
      >
      > emerdavid
      >
      > <<
      >
      >
      >
      > I found it brilliant. I understand that the whole story is to be a
      trilogy: the second book, _The Tourmaline_,
      >
      > has been out for a while now, and the third book will be called _The White
      Tyger_.
      >
      > It's not a fast-paced read, but it's meticulously written (Park, while
      not very prolific, is one of the
      >
      > foremost stylists in sf & fantasy to emerge in the last decade or so). It
      begins rather like a typical y/a
      >
      > novel (American teenager discovers she's secretly someone important from
      another world, and goes on an
      >
      > adventurous quest to that world, accompanied by some sidekicks), but it
      soon becomes obvious that Park is
      >
      > only playing with this trope, and he quickly takes it into uncharted
      territory. I thought the world-building
      >
      > was superior (an alternate-history leading to a world much like ours on
      the surface, yet startingly
      >
      > different in some unexpected ways).I also liked the fascinatingly complex
      villains, who have weaknesses with
      >
      > which one can almost sympathise.
      >
      > Alexei
      >
      >
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