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17 August 2008 @ 06:09 pm
*happy sigh*  

I have finally, after what, nearly two years? read Guy Gavriel Kay’s YSABEL. It’s not my favorite of his books, nor my least favorite, but it was a GGK work, and I am happy. It heartily makes me want to re-read the Fionavar Tapestry, which is inconvenient because I don’t have them here, and it reminds me I should someday re-read A SONG FOR ARBONNE, which I didn’t especially like. It’d be interesting to see if I just wasn’t paying enough attention.

Hrm. That wasn’t especially fascinating, but it seems to be the sum total of brain I’ve got for posting. :)

miles to Isengard: 187.7
ytd miles swum: 6

(x-posted from the essential kit)
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wednesday childewedschilde on August 17th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
very cool. my to be read shelf is beginning to pile up.
ex_kaz_maho on August 17th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
The Fionavar Tapestry... *sighs* Love, LOVE those books. I have them all. Um... now I want to reread them! ;)
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on August 17th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
We have the cover art for the Fionavar Tapestry up our staircase.
Turning the Schmaltz up to 11: holy mosespullthestars on August 17th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
Kat had to point out the connection between Ysabel and the Fionavar Tapestry, for I am clueless like that :)
kitmizkit on August 17th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
*laughs* I, OTOH, went SQUEE! :) 'course, I knew there was a connection there, I'd been told, so I was waiting for it. :)
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kitmizkit on August 18th, 2008 09:48 am (UTC)
TIGANA is hands down my favorite, too. :) And yeah, exactly, about YSABEL. Actually, I kind of felt that way about LAST LIGHT, too.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on August 17th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, you're a GCK fan?

I so should not have compared TQB to GCK, should I?
kit: tqbmizkit on August 18th, 2008 09:51 am (UTC)
You couldn't have made me happier than to compare TQB to GGK. :)
Childlightchildlight on August 17th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
Tigana was my favorite of his novels.

Have you every heard of Jacqueline Carey and her Kushiel novels? If you like GGK I think you would like her as well.
kitmizkit on August 18th, 2008 09:53 am (UTC)
I've heard of them, but I haven't read them. I literally couldn't get past the first sentence of the first Kushiel book. I was later given to understand had been deliberately crafted after another writer's first line, so perhaps I should try starting with line two. :)
Childlightchildlight on August 18th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
I have read them several times and to be honest I can not remember what the first line was...I will have to go home and look now :-)
It's a Deensedeensey on August 18th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Ysabel was young adult and as such I found didn't have the same feel. Honestly, it took me til Dave appeared to realise that it was even CONNECTED to the tapestry series.

Heh. Lions and Song are still my faves by him, though Last Light of the Sun if up there.
kitmizkit on August 18th, 2008 09:56 am (UTC)
*laughs* I knew it was going into the read, so the moment Kim showed up I was all YAY! :)

*laughs more* We live on opposite ends of the Kay spectrum, I guess. I *loved* Lions up to the last chapter, but I think the wrong man died, so I never read it again.
It's a Deensedeensey on August 18th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
Oh the wrong man completely died. IT was what made it kinda awesome?

hee, I picked up Ysabel without knowing ANYTHING about it, so I think I've liked it most out of everyone I know.

What did you think of the sarantine mosaic?
kitmizkit on August 18th, 2008 10:07 am (UTC)
...wow. *stares* Wow. I never...thought about it like that. *stares more* I...wow. *boggles* See, my perspective has always been, my reading of it was always, that the wrong man died, that Kay *knew* he was killing the wrong man but he thought it was ... fair, or right, or the way it should be, and I felt like he spent the last chapter trying to hide which one *had* died, like he was trying to fake the readers out because he knew he'd killed the wrong man. I felt like he was being dishonest with me, and that's what I couldn't forgive.

I might have to re-read it now, though, with your perspective in mind, and ... see if that makes a difference. Huh!

I *loved* the Mosaic. OMG. That *race*. I held my breath through it. My *God*. *laughs* I thought it was just one book, and I kept getting closer and closer to the end and kept wondering how the *hell* he was going to wrap it up by the end, and then about forty pages from the end I realized that he WASN'T GOING TO. I nearly died. :)
It's a Deensedeensey on August 18th, 2008 10:11 am (UTC)

I can't say I liked SM much, but I keep intending to re-read it. It's in the pile. It's just a VERY BIG PILE.
irishkateirishkate on August 18th, 2008 11:51 am (UTC)
I have it here somewhere if you want to borrow..