Guy Gavriel Kay

Ian W. Riddell iwr77 at
Wed Mar 6 13:19:21 EST 2002

Hi! This is my first posting to this group.

Other than "Dogsbody" which I read years ago, I'm a relative newbie to DWJ's 
books and was introduced to them when I got a job running the children's/YA 
section of the local B&N. I loved (loved loved) Fire and Hemlock and have 
just started on the Chrestomanci books.

On Kay:

I adore Kay. I will admit to feeling some national pride because he's a 
Canuck like me. I really loved the Fionavar Tapestry and Lions of al-Rassan. 
I have enjoyed all of his books that I've read. I will admit to not reading 
them very critically.

I do sometimes find his foreshadowing a little heavy handed. But I find the 
worlds he creates fascinating and I love his marriage of social/religious 
history (from our world) with his own take on relationships and the spirit 

Just my humble opinion.  There are too many things I hate (the "Series of 
unfortuante events" books, for example) that others love and too many things 
I love (the Anita Blake books) that others scoff at for me to assume that my 
tastes will be everyone else's.



>From: "Ding, Kylie (KAM.RIC)" <Kylie.Ding at>
>Reply-To: dwj at
>To: dwj at
>Subject: RE: Guy Gavriel Kay
>Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002 09:15:23 -0500
>Is there anyone else out there who dislikes the Fionavarr Tapestry books,
>but really likes the rest of Guy Gavriel Kays books?  I started out with 
>Fionavarr books and didn't finish the trilogy because I just didn't find it
>very interesting.  I did finish it later, and it I wasn't very impressed.  
>read A Song for Arbonne and really liked it.  Less impressed with The Lions
>of Al-Rassan, but I liked Tigiana (must reread that soon).  But I 
>loved The Sarantine Mosaic.  I loved the characters, the world he created
>and the plot.  It was such a differenct reading experience that it's hard 
>believe that they are produced by the same writer.
> >
> > To return briefly to the subject line of this message, I
> > tried a couple of books
> > of GGK's Fionnavar (?sp) Tapestry, and I'm afraid I'm in the
> > "didn't like them"
> > camp.  Not that they weren't an enjoyable read, but GGK's
> > attitude to sex (among
> > other things) bugged me.  As a Christian who reads novels
> > that have come out of
> > our modern society, I expect to disagree about sex with a lot
> > of authors; but it
> > is seldom that it bugs me the way it did in these books.  The
> > books' good points
> > were not enough to overcome this, for me anyway.
> >
> > Philip.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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