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review 2017-09-26 00:40
Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey (reread)
Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey

This was a reread for me and I still enjoyed it quite a bit. In fact, I decided to increase my rating because the characters have stayed with me even if I didn't remember all of the details. The writing starts off in a deliberately formal tone that I can see not working for some people, but for me it just sounds like Phèdre's voice. It drops away once we get into some action, but the story starts with Phèdre recounting the circumstances of her birth and childhood. There's also a fair amount of sexuality explicit content and BDSM, which may be another stumbling block for some.


If you want more of a background summary, go check out my original review. Most of my comments stand, although now I just hate Melisande. I think my favourite character is probably Joscelin who I find both adorable and amusing (in the sense that I laugh when he acts ridiculous).

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text 2017-09-25 13:32
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey

I finally finished my 900 page tome!


I probably shouldn't talk about it like that since it's a reread and, if anything, I liked it more the second time around.


Unfortunately, I can't really use it for the Halloween Bingo because the only square it might fit is "Supernatural" and I already used one of the Peter Grant books for that.

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text 2017-08-06 01:13
Reading progress the 25% I committed to ... Nope, No, NO! … DNF
Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey

Phèdre once more hints that if she had only known then what was to come … ya know what?  I don't give a shit what's to come.  DNF.


I realize I let my impression of her childhood as being groomed into child trafficking color my opinion of this.


But, holy cow, what is in this for me to get into?  I'm not bowled over by the writing -- it's decent but hardly immersive or that excellent.  I don't like the society, the characters, the storyline of pandering out these kids even though as promised at the 25% mark she at least is sounding more adult, the so-called politics that are supposed to be such hot shit with this pederast's wet dream and justification of child abuse and slavery.


I usually DNF very quickly.  I held out hope that this one might pick up enough to make me forget the beginning chapters because so well-recommended and because was reading for a booklikes bookclub August read.  I hate to bail on a bookclub read ...




If you do want to join in the bookclub read, it's at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy 

Source: booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy
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text 2017-08-03 18:29
Reading progress: I've read 10%.
Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey

Publisher's current description claims:

"...Not since Dune has there been an epic on the scale of Kushiel's Dart-a massive tale about the violent death of an old age, and the birth of a new."

Wow.  Not at point I've read to.  Neither the story or the writing styles seem comparable.  


That's not a negative or a positive statement, just my surprise that they'd pick that comparison.  Usually SF books get compared to SF bestsellers and fantasy to fantasy bestsellers.  Maybe the religious elements?  Writing styles are wildly different.


Nothing published on as epic a scale as this since Dune? seriously?  No epic scale fantasy between the publication of Dune in 1965 and the 2001 publication of Kushiel's Dart? 


booklikes needs an eye-roll emoticon.  Badly.

Source: us.macmillan.com/books/9780765342980
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text 2017-08-01 23:07
Reading progress: Chapters 1-6
Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey

Well, I have a friend whose reading tastes I normally share who adores this series.  I can already see where it could grow into some very complex, interesting politics/worldbuilding.


Right now, kinda meh on it.  I knew going in the main character would like pain (and nothing squicky like torturing or molesting children is happening although the system is exploiting them and risking such things ).  She has just turned 10 -- not unusual for fantasy genre books to start with someone's childhood -- where I expect it gets more interesting as she gets older.


Just basically right now she's been sold by mother to be raised in a temple(?) that's basically a brothel and then sold into what amounts to slavery from what I'm reading ("indentured servitude" for a decade or so if had been permitted to stay in the whorehouse ... er ... temple).  May say something about my reading tastes, but not that shocking or that interesting yet.  


Again, there are glimpses of a larger story where I can see this being a series I can get into.  Just not that exciting yet, she's not old enough to be that interesting or aware yet, and from her child's viewpoint not much known of this world yet.  


Very early in book.  I can get interested in a series if I can get interested in a character, a plot line, or the worldbuilding -- so, we'll see.  (I am past the days of hearing that book #2 or #5 or whatever in a series will hook me, I do need to remotely like the first book.)


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Reading this in August for bookclub http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy .


Feel free to join in; any edition can be used.


Find more book clubs at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs .

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