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05 November 2013 @ 04:50 pm
next year’s reading: a GGK project  

So I’ve noticed that RIVER OF STARS, which I haven’t yet gotten around to reading, is Guy Gavriel Kay’s 12th book. I’m thinking of doing a GGK retrospective next year and read a GGK book a month, in order of publication, so I thought I’d mention it in case anybody else wants to read along too.

Of course, realistically this means I’ll read the Fionavar Tapestry all at once and the, uh, whicherfligger Mosaic all at once too, so it’s more like 9 months of books rather than 12, but still, close enough.

I think it’ll be kind of interesting. I’ve read the Fionavar Tapestry at least three times, but not for years-unto-decades, and I’ve read TIGANA more often than I can count, but I’m not sure I’ve re-read any of the others. Some of them I loved hugely, some I liked all right, some (okay, one) the last chapter pissed me off so much I’ve never re-read it despite it possibly being my favorite up to the last pages, and one or two I actually didn’t like and wonder now if it was me or the book. So: a retrospective shall happen. Or whatever one properly calls this kind of thing. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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Herefoxherefox on November 5th, 2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
Now I'm interested in which ones were which for you ;-) I've found with his stuff, as much as I love it, if I'm in the wrong mood I can NOT get into it. Took me about four times for Song of Arbonne before I finally hit the right mood.

Haven't picked up River of Stars yet (in fact I may be one other book behind, I don't remember) but I definitely need to soon.
kitmizkit on November 5th, 2013 01:58 pm (UTC)
Arbonne was one of the ones I didn't like, in fact!
Lillian Wheelerll_wheeler on November 5th, 2013 12:51 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I might read along too. I have all his books except River of Stars, but I haven't yet read Fionavar Tapestry, Ysabel, or Song for Arbonne. And I don't think I've re-read any of them...

(I'm going to guess the favourite until the last chapter was Lions of Al-Rassan... or maybe I just think that because it's my favourite and the ending staggered me.)
kitmizkit on November 5th, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was indeed Lions, and I wasn't staggered, I was infuriated. But yes. :)
Lillian Wheelerll_wheeler on November 6th, 2013 12:09 pm (UTC)
I think my reaction to that ending was heavily influenced by the fact that I read it at 15ish, right around the time I was deciding to take this whole writing idea seriously. It was one of the first books that I read where I was able to consciously go "damn, I see how you did that!" without yet having any real idea of how I could take those lessons and use them in my own writing. I have no idea if I would respond to it differently now.

Also I really geek out at the Homeric parallel and the whole literary motif of opposing forces being the same. Yeah, I probably have a blog post to write about this, once I re-read... :)
kitmizkit on November 6th, 2013 12:35 pm (UTC)
My actual problem with it is that I feel strongly that he killed the wrong man, and that furthermore, he knew it, and tried to obfuscate which one had died because of that.

This is, I have learned over the years, a death match topic, and I will be mildly curious to see if I feel the same way when I re-read the book. That said, guest blog posts (if you're interested!) will be welcome! :)
Lillian Wheelerll_wheeler on November 7th, 2013 11:39 am (UTC)
I never thought of it like that. Re-reading will be interesting, for sure. And perhaps I would be interested in doing a guest post, I'll have to see after re-reading it. :)
kitmizkit on November 7th, 2013 12:54 pm (UTC)
I read the last chapter _so many times_ because the first about I don't know FIVE TIMES I honestly didn't know which man had died. And then when I was sure I still couldn't really believe it and just kept re-reading it to see if, I don't even know what, that there was some kind of story in there that would make me believe he'd killed the right man and I just never, ever saw it, and I felt so strongly that he'd tried to disguise which one he'd killed and while there might be reasons for that, honestly the only one that carried any weight with me is that he'd fucked up and knew it.

*pant pant pant* :)
S. L. Grayshadowhwk on November 5th, 2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
I'm going to guess Lions for the book that pissed you off, too. This may be because we discussed it and I remember this, subconsciously.

'tany rate, I might read along. I...never made it to the end of Arbonne, but I can give it another try. And I haven't read any of the Chinese stuff.
kitmizkit on November 5th, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
Okay, at least it's not just me with Arbonne!
angharaanghara on November 6th, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
I've read and re-read them all (except the newest one, which I haven't got yet) and I've loved almost all of them. I... have opinions about Ysabel. All of which is to say is, if you want a guest post during your restrospective I"m a Kay girl from way back...
kitmizkit on November 6th, 2013 04:17 am (UTC)
Ysabel is one of the ones I'm eh about, and I shall be delighted to call upon you when we do this thing! :)