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review 2014-12-20 22:44
The Lions of Al-Rassan
Лъвовете на Ал-Расан - Guy Gavriel Kay

I feel kind of cheated because of the skipped year but in the same time I'm grateful I was spared from the trainwreck in  slo-mo it apparently was. Still, it annoyed me and this is the reason I'm reducing half a star. Pffft, whatever.

 

 

It was a rich book, showing the cultural and religious clash between three countries and faiths marvellously. Not sure why it's being marketed as sci-fi in my country since it's obviously high-fantasy but hey, at least it's translated and more people have the opportunity to get to it (and feel my pain). i'll recommend it endlessly, I'm generous like that (especially with pain).

 

I really liked the characters.

Strong, self-assured women.

Clever, proficient men.

I'm especially fond of Ammar and Miranda. ^^

 

[spoiler]

In my headcanon AU everyone (important) lives and Jehane, Ammar, Rodrigo, and Miranda form a happy menage a quatre.

(spoiler show)
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-03-20 17:47
‘And if we are going to be metaphysical, I have no sea card, or compass, or star.’
The Ringed Castle - Dorothy Dunnett
No ordered thoughts or anything even resembling a proper review.

The Russia parts turned out the most boring ones in the book. Although I did find some of Philippa's page time in the first part not so intriguing as well.

I can't see Lymond surviving a few more blows to the head, both physical and emotional. He's tough, but really, is that necessary? The poor sod. 

Favourite moments:
- Philippa reading Lymond's books.
- Diccon Chancellor and Lymond's friendship.
- Philippa tapping all Lymond's quotes.
- The "L" play, Languish Locked in L!!!
[spoiler] And deep within him, missing its accustomed tread, his heart paused, and gave one single stroke, as if on an anvil. ‘We’re there, sir,’ Nicholas said.
The air hurt his skin. His nerves, unsheathed, left him over-sensitized and defenceless, as sometimes happened: exposed raw to the touch of his clothes, as if his flesh had been stripped off with acid. He remained perfectly still. [/spoiler]

- Lymond's "duel" with Austin Gray. Hilarious.
- Every word out of Danny Hislop's mouth.

 

It annoys me occasionally how Philippa sees it as perfctly acceptable to intervene in every aspect of Lymond's life without being invited to do so. Like that knife in TDK or the child-searching in PiF. Or like how she gave John Dee Lymond's date of birth. Not. Her. Business, damn it. 

It's a big part of who she is and I like her but this sometimes drives me up the wall.

 

"There is cilantro you cannot already guess. You know now what you want. You are about to learn how to give. But the hardest lesson of all is accepting."

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