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04 January 2013 @ 09:05 am
The Belgariad  
I'm re-reading the Belgariad, which is one of my favorite epic fantasy series ever. The dialog and characterization are wonderful, and hold up even though it's been at least, I don't know, 15, probably 20 years, since I've read them. (And Silk. Oh, Silk. The first love of my life looked like Silk. It's the nose. I have a thing for noses even in book characters.)

The re-read is prompted by having bought the books for my nephew, only when I went to wrap up the last two, it turned out the bookstore had accidentally ordered more copies of 1&2. So I said O WOE GOSH I GUESS I HAVE TO RE-READ THEM and went and bought the rest of the series for myself, too.

I have no idea if my nephew has read them yet (probably not, they got an X-Box for Christmas), but Deirdre re-read them herself (a great surprise, as I hadn't known she'd read them in the first place. Deirdre is turning out to be far more of a geek than I ever suspected.). At Christmas she looked at me thoughtfully and said, "Polgara always reminded me of Catie."

I assume she means beautiful and powerful, not bossy and short-tempered. :)
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Patrick Samphirepsamphire on January 4th, 2013 11:09 am (UTC)
I did love the Belgariad as a teenager, and, to a diminishing degree, the sequels. I must admit, though, as I got older and particularly with some later series, I started to get rather uncomfortable with the way he handled the different races in his worlds. If I could find my copies of the Belgariad in my numerous packing cases of books, I'd definitely re-read them, though.
kitmizkit on January 4th, 2013 01:33 pm (UTC)
His races are done with extremely broad strokes, it's true, and reading them for the first time in 20 years it's more noticeable than I found it as a teen. OTOH, individual characters persist in being so well drawn that I can forgive it. :)