Conscience required that I return, if only for today, to report that
I have finally finished Elizabeth Moon's The Deed of Paksennarion
(however it's spelt) and must weigh in with those who thought it well
worth reading. Some of the beginning and middle parts were a bit
heavier on the military aspects of things than I usually read, and in
general it did not have the sentimental color and whatever that we
think of for high fantasy. But the ending, and the comparisons that
can be drawn here and there, I think make it really worth the
effort. And, honestly, it was good going throughout. Else I could
never have spent so long at it; I have given up on books before, and
gone on to the next thing in the pile. It will be a day or two
before I stop thinking about all the threads and stuff, and can go on
to the next project, which is review of something cowritten for fun
with a friend. Then from there to a book called Extinct Languages.
So I'll be offtopic for the foreseeable future, myself.
Subtlety is not my forte, so I can't say more about Paksenarrion
without fear of spoiling.
I'll be here for the day, probably not much more. ttfn