Re: [mythsoc] Brust
- Ernest S. Tomlinson writes:
>That's hardly what I am accusing Brust of (and, by the way, picking onSo was I -- LeGuin's point was that most junk fantasy characters speak
>"Poughkeepsie" is a little cheap; I was using LeGuin's famous words for
>effect, not so much for accuracy.)
like modern people, with no "voice" whatsoever. I can understand not
liking Brust's voice in the Jhereg books...but isn't his own, and
tarrign him with the same brush as Xanthony, Evans, Eddings, etc seems
a bit cheap.
>I don't agree that the Taltos books are very much like Dashiell (noteEh...possibly.
>spelling) Hammett's work, which despite their colloquial, pulpy style
>are still not anything as crudely contemporary as _Jhereg_ or
>_Yendi_. (Mario Puzo might be a closer comparison.)
>I think that Brust can carry a voice quite well.[*] I just don't likeThat's fair enough.
>the voice any more.
>[*] I thought of one definite counterexample. In Orca, there's a sceneHmm. This isn't really nearly as much of a failure of voice as you
>where Kiera is trying to break into someone's office, disabling magical
>protections as she goes.
thought at the time, I think. [IIRC, we find out what this is on
about in Issola or Dragon or some such].
>describing magic, especially the "witchcraft" which Vlad practices; hisVlad's voice does change into a very faerie tale [I wouldn't say
>passages recounting Vlad's spells read like the ludicrously earnest
>descriptions of "magick rituals" from New Age spell books,
they're much like, say, _Spiral Dance_, myself]-ish magic description
when he's doing witchcraft...but IMO, this is intentional; witchcraft
is as much about setting a mood as anything else, and is meant to be
in contrast to the sorcery descriptions, which are like opening the
>> ...while _The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars_ is one partI disagree, and liked it even better on a more recent second reading
>> [Hungarian] Elfland, and one part modern artistic parable, with each
>> in its own carefully labeled box)
>I thought _The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars_ (the only non-Adrilankhan
>Brust I've read, BTW, except for the collaborative _Freedom and
>Necessity_) was an interesting failure.
than a first -- I thought the narrator being a bit too full of himself
earlier in the narrative was one of the things that made it work.
But this is a matter of taste, really.
>"I Don't Care What Happens to These People." Once you find yourselfNot -always-, though it's hard to get you back once it's come up.
>uttering them while reading a story, the author has forever lost you.
Joshua Kronengold (mneme@...) "I've been teaching |\ _,,,--,,_ ,)
--^--him...to live, to breathe, to walk, to sample the /,`.-'`' -, ;-;;'
/\\joy on each road, and the sorrow at each turning. |,4- ) )-,_ ) /\
/-\\\I'm sorry if I kept him out too late"--Vlad Taltos '---''(_/--' (_/-'