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14 January 2014 @ 05:42 pm
GGK Book Club: THE SUMMER TREE, ch 5-8  

The Summer Tree, Guy Gavriel Kay
The Summer Tree, Guy Gavriel Kay

The Summer Tree, Guy Gavriel Kay

Guys, I have totally not re-read the next four chapters. #embarrassed to death

However, just because I haven’t re-read them lately is no reason for other people to have to wait on discussing them, so I’m going to open up the comments (ideally on the mizkit.com site) for discussion for those of you who ARE keeping up. Spoil away, since I have, after all, *read* them, if not for some time. :)

I should, I hope, be back on track next week, but I’m doing revisions on a book that’s due tomorrow and my editor just asked me to have the copy edits for SHAMAN RISES in by Monday so realistically I’m not going to be reading anything for the next few days.

Ready steady go! :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

connaticconnatic on January 14th, 2014 06:46 pm (UTC)
These chapters displeased me by the stereotyping. Evil is ugly (e.g. the Seer's assistant), good is beautiful, light is good and "svart" (Nordic for black) is bad. Women are fruit to be plucked, and good writers must be noble.

The plot moves forward; Paul makes a noble sacrifice and Jennifer gets kidnapped. It all feels - quaint. It hasn't aged well.
Herefoxherefox on January 14th, 2014 07:35 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of that is related to the Tolkien influence...GGK flatly admitted a time or two that after working on Tolkein's stuff he wanted to do a bit of a homage on this trilogy.

I have to admit I forgot that Diamord (sp? I don't have my book) was kind of an ass this early in the book with his attitudes.
Herefoxherefox on January 14th, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
It was difficult to stop at chapter 8 actually because there are so many things that I want to read the bits of that I remember and they're not...quite...here yet.

I'd forgotten Galadan appeared so early and that Jennifer got snatched in the first book.

It's been kind of fun revisiting this because it's been several years since I read it and I've been doing a lot of "wait, doesn't this happen?" Or "I don't remember how this fits in"

I don't really have much commentary on the story itself at the moment though. The Tolkien influence still sort of has a death grip on the story though I remember that loosening by the end of the trilogy.