Janny, I agree about Tigana, and I'm going to hazard a guess it was the main female character that you had problems with. It was Stockholm syndrome carried to an extreme, and I just couldn't buy it. I originally had a hardcover copy of Tigana, and after reading it once or twice, I gave it away.
Started Sarah's books last night, and so far, so good, but I was so tired I conked out after reading the prologue and the first chapter.
Well, at least I'm reading again, after a very, very long drought!
Actually, it wasn't the main female character in Tigana - but the fact that a book that began with a quote from Dante's inferno failed quite to prepare me for the unrelenting nature of the story itself... should have, but I was blindsided. A tribute to Kay that I havent forgotten, though I read the tome years and years ago.
Lions is my favorite for the incredible way he pitched the two main characters and built the conflict - a masterful handling of cultural clashes and friendships that crossed over boundaries - that, too, was unrelenting, but the ending left me breathless with wonder.
Tigana, as intended, left me sorrowful and sad. I had not expected to be haunted.
Thanks for the input on Isavalta but to stop myself peeping into Firebird's I started to re-read Snyder's New Moon. I calculate I first read it about 14 years ago and though my funny memory means I can re-read it as a fresh book I can still remember the frustration I felt when I couldn't get the third of the trilogy from any of my local shops. Well yesterday I found it on Amazon so I have plenty of reading for the moment. Mind you I'm brimming with anticipation after reading Janny's latest Status Report!
Great books, both of them. I loved the ending for Arbonne. I love the way Kay brings some closure for Duke Bertran (trying not to be spoilerish here!). Somehow I never really came to love the characters in Tigana the way I did those in Lions and Arbonne. They were SO real that I felt a genuine sense of loss when the stories ended.
A very strange thing happened with his latest, the Last Light of the Sun. It took me forever to finish it. I will have to reread it sometime, when I've distanced myself a bit from the pain of it being my husband's last gift to me. At this point, I don't know if it was the story, or my own state of mind that prevented it from sweeping me away, and finishing it as fast as possible, as I did with previous books of his.
Funny, I thought I posted last night but I don't see the message anywhere. Hopefully it's my browser and not the brain trauma playing tricks on me!
Arbonne was my least favourite, I love Tigana but also consider Lions of Al-Rassan the best. Lions is one of those rare books that makes me cry every time I re-read it, even though I know what happens. A friend of mine told me Guy Gavriel Kay is actually a professer at one of the southern Ontario universities (can't recall which one one) and she took a course on Fantasy by him. I think that would be one course I wouldn't groan at seeing the Professer put his own books on the required reading!
Jay Jay, I know you're in Toronto since you mention Bakka, which is indeed a great bookstore. But if you're as impoverished as I am and are interested in reading Kay's Last Light of the Sun, I saw the hardcover in Chapters for $7. I'm a little bitter since bought it for five times the price when it came out, but it's a steal if you haven't gotten it yet.
Has anybody read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell? It was recommended to me but couldn't really get into it.
It's important to remember than when you pay full price for a book the author is making money. If you buy remainders, it's likely the author will see nothing. I understand the circumstances of tight money but when possible try to support your favorite authors, especially if you want them to keep writing.
I'm a little bitter since bought it for five times the price when it came out, but it's a steal if you haven't gotten it yet.
Worse, remainders and used book sales do NOT count toward an author's "numbers" or sales figures..even a used book gotten thru Amazon..a sorrowful shortfall, that plays against a career....no offense to those who deal that way under the straps of financial constraint - just a hard fact of life, little known.
alot more than price tag matters, in this game of publications reaching a reader.
Winter, I got Last Light of the Sun shortly after it came out in hardcover. Indigo was selling it at a 30% discount, as part of a special promotion of Canadian authors, but I would have bought it discount or no discount! And then, Roger insisted on paying for it, as my 'birthday present'!
For years in the UK many bookshops have been limited in the variety of authors offered.In 1974 I bought Aker's "Transit to Scorpio" an Orbit book published by Futura and I was able to buy the next three of the series but then no more were apparently published here. Then about ten years later I came across a couple of Daw's books which were 7 & 9 of the series. But it was not until this century that I was able to complete the set. (All 37!)
Still I'm having no trouble with Janny's books, though I'm buying them in Hardback because I don't want to wait for the paperback version.
Yesterday and today has brought me Patricia McKillip's trilogy.
Those discount books don't count towards sales numbers? And you don't see any money? Geez, I work in the music industry and thought things would work the same in book publishing as well.
Used book sales or those clearance book stores I understand as not counting towards sales numbers or getting money back to the writer, but sale items at major retailers? I guess in all arts industries the artist always seems to get the short end of the stick.
Out of curiosity, does the popularity of a book in public library systems count at all? Not as sales obviously, but as an indicator of the size of an author's fanbase (aka potential future sales)?