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Books commenced this month

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It bears note that if a god were impressive from the perspective of a mortal man, and if mankind is like a god unto a hamster, then a hamster would be REALLY impressed by a god.
1: 'The Three Musketeers', Dumas. I'm an idiot, a jackanape, a scoundrel, a fool, an imbecile, because I never picked this book up before now. It is better than anything. Ever. Terrific fun. Apparently the recent Oxford translation is far superior to a lot of other English language versions: I can say that a lot of the construction of language seemed to be very directly French.
2: 'The Phoenix Guards', Stephen Brust. Brust likes Dumas. Brust is why I finally read 'Three Musketeers'. Brust is not a god amongst hamsters, like Dumas was- but he's definitely fun. He has a slightly more developed sense of the ironic, which gives the narrative a lot of piquancy.
3: 'The Telling', Ursula LeGuin. It's LeGuin. You can't really go wrong with short-novel LeGuin: about the only LeGuin I've less than loved was over 250 pages (this beast's about 225).
4: 'Pelt', Daphne Gottlieb. Daphne's poetry is fun. I'm spoiled; I've heard her read, and I know the meter and scansion of her pronunciations and whatnot, so reading her for me may be very different from someone who doesn't know her voice.
5: 'Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror & the Macabre', HP Lovecraft (anthology, ed. August Derleth). It's a damn shame that all the Del Rey Lovecraft is out of print, and all the Arkham House editions are long past the verge of that territory named 'affordable'. It's interesting re-reading these 15 years down the line- there's a freshness to them that I had forgotten entirely.
6: 'The Paths of the Dead', Stephen Brust (in progress). Brust gets better at the early-1800s picaresque-by-numbers; the sense of the ironic is considerably more developed, and the story flows a lot better.
  • Mmm... books.

    So how were they?
  • Whoa...did you go straight from The Phoenix Guards to Paths of the Dead? There's a book in between those, Five Hundred Years After.
    In case you didn't know, there are 2 more books upcoming in the Paarfi voice (the series is referred to as the Khaavren Romances). IIRC, the next two are Sethra Lavode and The Lord of Castle Black, both in progress.
    If you really get into Brust, there's a mailing list of rather intelligent discussion of his works at http://www.dragaera.info
    Steve hangs around the list himself and often gets drawn into the convos, making it rather fun :)
    • Brustilivrochronology

      Vaguely out of order, sadly. I read 500 Years After first- found it used hardcover for $2 and motleypolitico insisted that I MUST have it it's THAT GOOD if you DON'T get it I will BUY IT FOR YOU AND FORCE YOU TO READ IT.

      He was 100% right.

      So, I read 500 Years After and realized A) Brust CAN actually write and B) I should probably give Dumas another go. Then I read The Three Musketeers and appreciated the hell out of it (shoved this one in out of order so that I could more appreciate Phoenix Guards since it's allegedly a pastiche thereof), then read Phoenix Guards, then started Paths of the Dead.
      You're slightly off on chronology, by the by: Lord of Castle Black is out in hardcover, and is waiting for me to finish Paths of the Dead. Sethra Lavode is scheduled to publish in April.
      • Re: Brustilivrochronology

        Damn...that's what I get for signing off the Dragaera list. The ORIGINAL plan was what I said, but the list got all dedicated to discussion of books I hadn't read because I don't do hardcovers so I quit over a year ago and hadn't heard Steve changed the order. *shrug* Oh well. I only just picked up PotD a month ago and haven't read it yet because I'm determined to finish Otherland first, so I probably won't get to LoCB until after SL is out in paperback *wry g*
        • Re: Brustilivrochronology

          Otherland?
          Gah.

          Tad Williams needs to be restrained by law to writing Standalone Novels. NO trilogies. NO quartets. NO.

          He doesn't bother with new ideas for the second or third books, is the problem.
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