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01 January 2014 @ 01:18 pm
The GGK Project: THE SUMMER TREE  

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!

The great Guy Gavriel Kay (Re-)Reading Project begins! We’ll be reading a book a month, in order of publication, throughout the year. Our first book, THE SUMMER TREE, has 16 chapters, so we’ll be breaking that into an expectation of reading 4 chapters a week in January. I’ll be posting a discussion blog every Tuesday so we can talk about the books and to offer a deadline for people to read to.

I’m very much looking forward to this. I’ve only re-read 4 of GGK’s books (but those ones I’ve re-read more times than I can count), and it’ll be really interesting to me to see what stands up, what doesn’t, and whether some of the books I didn’t care for as much have improved with age (either mine or theirs). Yay!

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
 
desperance: lukedesperance on January 1st, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
Hunh. I shall watch this with interest. Dunno if I'll actually, y'know, join in - I am not so much with the discussion gene, generally - but I might read along. The Fionavar books are perhaps my least favourites (I was enjoying them thoroughly, but then bloody Arthur came poling over the lake, and it all fell apart beneath me), and I haven't reread them, but later GGK is my absolute criterion for historical fantasy. Eight or a dozen books of my own would not have happened, probably, if he hadn't beat a path for me to follow.
kitmizkit on January 1st, 2014 04:09 pm (UTC)
Arthur coming poling over the lake is actually one of the reasons I love those books so much. That and Diarmuid, in context of that particular story thread.

I'm not actually especially good at discussion either, but we'll give it a shot! :)
Mary Anne: pixelpers1stence on January 1st, 2014 04:08 pm (UTC)
I am betting the hardest part will be keeping ourselves to the set number of chapters/books per week/month .... :)
kitmizkit on January 1st, 2014 04:10 pm (UTC)
I pretty well expect to read the whole Tapestry this month, but I'll do jump-off discussion posts for the chapter selections per week, and write them weeks ahead of time if necessary, so that people who don't read as fast have time to keep up and read along! :)
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on January 1st, 2014 05:23 pm (UTC)
your have more self discipline than me, I pick a book up and read until I put it down, finished or unfinished, and then pick it up again. Saying 4 chapters a week.. well... thats like going cold turkey on a book..
kitmizkit on January 1st, 2014 06:02 pm (UTC)
See my response to pers1stence :)
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on January 1st, 2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
ahhh, that makes more sense..
Catherinesharpwords on January 2nd, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
I re-read the Tapestry (and a couple of other GGK novels) in the latter part of last year - for the umpteenth time - and they're fresh enough/deep enough in my head that I may jump in.
I nearly wrote one of my GCSE English essays about the narrative necessity of the end of Diarmuid's storyline... Part of me still thinks I should write it anyway.
Childlightchildlight on January 2nd, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
I loved The Summer Tree when I first read it. But now that I am older and have a child I find it too dark to enjoy. There are a few books that I feel that way about now.
Carlton Maxc_maxx on January 3rd, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
Haven't read ANY, but always up for a new author.

Put Under Heaven on order.