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23 September 2010 @ 11:18 am
reading meme: day four  

Day 04 – Your favorite book ever

Ted says the answer to this is Guy Gavriel Kay’s TIGANA, and he’s probably right. I’ve read it, I don’t know, a dozen times, and it continues to work for me, which GGK either does or does not, for readers. I love its inevitability of tragedy and the moments of joy that counteract them–though largely they’re so well entwined you don’t get one without the other in that book. The doom is all *perfect*, and I just adore it.

EMILY’S CLIMB, by L.M. Montgomery, is another one for the short list, though. It’s the second of the Emily books and my favorite of the three (the third, sadly, fails on so many levels, particularly the end, which is just a *disaster*, that I stopped re-reading it when I re-read the series, but the first two are splendid.).

BLACK SUN RISING by C.S. Friedman’s another one for the short list. I like the whole trilogy, but there’s a moment in BSR which just makes me shriek with glee, so even if I didn’t really like the book to begin with, that moment puts it way over the top into the realm of my favorites.

You know, going back to day one, msagara/Michele Sagara’s “Cast” series should have gone onto my list of favorite more-than-three-books series. They read like urban fantasy, except they’re totally second-world, with dragons and elves (she said, handwaving wildly to suggest the word is only vaguely accurate but will still give you the right idea) and leonine aliens and tentacled aliens and hawkmen aliens, where “aliens” means “non-human races” rather than “little green men”. Anyway, they’re really good reads, and if you want to try the world out, there’s a Cast novella coming out in a new anthology from Luna, HARVEST MOON, er, next week actually. This is not a paid advertisement. :)

Right then. That’s enough of the reading meme for today!

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Miss May: me aine subrosavalancymay on September 23rd, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
but but but happy ending! I suppose I love Emily's Quest in the same way that I love The Blue Castle - it's about sadness and loneliness and ends with happily ever after.
kitmizkit on September 23rd, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
I always felt like the ending was sort of "oh crap I've run out of space *slaps on predictable ending & stops writing*", even the first time I read it when I was like twelve. Just never worked for me. :)
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on September 23rd, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
Need more information! Michelle Sagara apparently has almost 25 books - which one is the 'Cast' series?
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on September 23rd, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
Never mind, he said, reading a little more closely. That must be the Chronicles of Elantra series, with titles that all begin with 'Cast in'. Shadow, Courtlight, Secret, and so on.
Lady Doomlithera on September 23rd, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
Mine is Lions of Al-Rassan, though Tigana is up there.

The Sun Sword is one of my favorite series. We're like on the opposite sides of these. Heh.
kitmizkit on September 23rd, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
*laughs* I liked the Sun Sword too, though it took me two runs to read it all because wow big books! But Lions is the one GGK book I can't bring myself to re-read because I feel the ending is ALL WRONG, which is a screaming shame because up to the last chapter I think it's his best book. I think we've had that discussion. :)
Lady Doomlithera on September 23rd, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)

I think we have too. I... I think the 'all wrong' is in fact, the beauty of the thing. For me the reason it is so beautiful and so heartbreaking is the fact that you can see so many possible perfections and all of them end up broken in the way that only life can create.

But, y'know, that's a very me thing.