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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)

kitmizkit on November 5th, 2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was indeed Lions, and I wasn't staggered, I was infuriated. But yes. :)
Lillian Wheelerll_wheeler on November 6th, 2013 04:09 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 04:35 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 03:39 pm (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 04:54 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* :)