Re: RE: [mythsoc] recommendation: Bujold's Curse of Chalion
- In a message dated 4/3/2 5:12:59 PM, Diane wrote:
<<And I'd like to know who put *Ship of the Damned* on list. Not bad, but
seems more like straight action-oriented fiction; of course I only took a
short look; it's in paper, and I may well buy it to give it a more detailed
I was also puzzled by _A Finer End_, which seems like straight detective
fiction, albeit with some neat old lore woven into the plot.
Some of the nominees are really parts of longer multi-volume stories and
shouldn't have been nominated until the story was complete: _The Merlin of
the Oak Wood_ is the second volume of just such an unfinished series, and
(much as I like Sean Russell's writing), _The One Kingdom_ is only the
beginning of a longer work, _The Swans' War_.
- In a message dated 4/4/02 11:16:25 AM Central Standard Time, alexeik@...
> Some of the nominees are really parts of longer multi-volume stories andWell, I read it and felt it was self-contained to a sufficient degree...
> shouldn't have been nominated until the story was complete: _The Merlin of
> the Oak Wood_ is the second volume of just such an unfinished series
I didn't =like= it very much though.
- At 08:06 AM 4/2/02 -0500, you wrote:
>Thank you, and thanks for the recommendation! So far, I'm not doing well
>& thoughtful response, but not the lively multi-voiced discussion I might
>have hoped for), I'd like to draw people's attention to a very exciting
>nominee, Lois McMaster Bujold's _The Curse of Chalion_. This has become, in
>my mind, the book by which all other nominees will be measured. [I will try
>not to include any plot spoilers, for the sake of list members who have not
with the MFA nominees that I hadn't already read; this sounds like a good
possibility. I've read a number of Bujold's other books--I think I must
have skipped this one because I was annoyed with it for not being the next
Vorkosigan novel. Several of her titles have left me with pieces of
self-knowledge, not always welcome ones. For me, Bujold is a writer to
read at least twice: once just to follow the action, and once to see how
she *did* that.
I don't understand quite why _A Finer End_ was nominated, either. I
enjoyed it very much, and have begun reading Crombie's other books, but I
didn't find it mythopoeic. The musical element and the supernatural *were*
I have tried to read _Perdido Street Station_, and I think I'll just give
up. It's certainly powerful writing, but my reading time is too limited to
spend more of it reading something that repels me so thoroughly. These
characters are lost, all right.