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review 2016-10-24 15:03
The Implausibility of Happenstance: "Children of Earth and Sky" by Guy Gavriel Kay
Children of Earth and Sky - Guy Gavriel Kay

Rick in Casablanca notices the vast implausibility of happenstance: “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” Is serendipity a good thing in fiction ever? For me, one of the precepts of good writing has always been that coincidences are only permissible when the writer is setting up the narrative. Indeed, they’re often necessary: Circumstances have to come together in some way to launch an extended action. A sudden hailstorm brings man and woman together under the same awning, creating the necessary meet, and things can build from there, as it happened with Rick and Ilse. But, in my Tomus Primus of Good Writing wisdom says: “don’t use a coincidence to develop or resolve the plot.” It seems Kay forgot this cardinal rule.

 

 

If you're into SF, read on.

 

SF = Speculative Fiction.

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review 2016-07-25 04:42
#24in48 Wrap-up
Children of Earth and Sky - Guy Gavriel Kay

I had a good, productive weekend even though I didn't squeeze in as much #24in48 as I had hoped. 

 

I did finish Children of Earth and Sky (300 pages or so read, about 6 or 7 hours).   It was OK, but didn't have the magic of Tigana or The Lions of El Rassan.  

 

I started Words in the Dust (listened to about 2.5 hours), but it was surprisingly difficult to listen while carrying on with the rest of my weekend (I don't like headphones or ear-buds and the Kindle Fire was hard to hear over background noise).

 

So approximately 9 hours read/listened out of my target of 12.  2 batches of blueberry jam made, and life lived.  

 

Good night sweet Readathon. 

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text 2016-07-24 04:35
#24in48 Update 2
Children of Earth and Sky - Guy Gavriel Kay

Read about 200 pages in Children of Earth and Sky after dinner.  There's about 100 pages left and I'm heading for bed.

 

Good reading to all those in different time zones, or who are spending the night with books instead of pillows.

 

 

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review 2016-07-23 14:55
Not New But Fun
The Ark: Children of a Dead Earth Book One - Patrick S Tomlinson,Larry Rostant

The detective, his tough female lover & fellow cop, his sidekick, an art historian, and a waif by & large try to solve the mystery of a missing technician. The clues & misfires lead us through a maze of eye-opening truths about The Ark, a spaceship extraordinaire that they and all of humanity live on. Overall, the Ark had nothing new to offer as a story concerning the end of the human race that's trying to find a new home since Earth, was destroyed but it was fun. Yup, if you kick logic to the curb and get on board it's an entertaining romp watching our detective, a retired athlete realize law & order is something you have to fight and stand up for.

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review 2016-07-18 03:56
Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay - My Thoughts
Children of Earth and Sky - Guy Gavriel Kay

This man writes the most beautiful books.  I can totally immerse myself in the worlds he creates, worlds that are almost ours but just a step to the left.  :)  He does things with words and sentences that should be so completely wrong, but they work!  THEY WORK!  

 

Along with amazingly real worlds, GGK creates the most real and intriguing characters, be they rulers or workers, priests or artists, they're all so complete and authentic.  If I stop to think about it, it boggles my mind.  In a good way of course!

 

I wish I was clever enough to write coherently about how I feel about this book, but I just want to stand up and shake my hands while jumping up and down.  *LOL*  

 

Here's a link to a review by someone who says things far more eloquently than I ever could.

 

http://fantasyhotlist.blogspot.ca/2016/04/children-of-earth-and-sky.html

 

 

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