Actually Garth Nix now (was Re: tad williams (was Re: : fantasy
rohina at shaw.ca
Sat Feb 8 20:51:23 EST 2003
>I think you're right. I do love _Lirael_, but it's a lot looser in the
>narrative and lacks some of the tension that made _Sabriel_ so good.
>Granted that some of that is the difference in the plots; Sabriel gets
>thrown into danger immediately, but Lirael takes a while to seek out danger
>and throw herself at it. :) I didn't realize Nix was being pushed as
>anything other than a YA writer; it's certainly where all his books are
>shelved in our library.
Ours too. I often don't understand what makes one fantasy novel YA and
another one "adult"; Nix's books are a lot more adult in writing and
concepts than, say Mercedes Lackey, who seems to be classed as "adult".
Lackey's books often have very young protagonists, so that can't be the
>Have I ever mentioned that I chose _Sabriel_ for my reading group and NONE
>OF THEM LIKED IT?!?! You can see they have some major flaws that I am
>trying to correct.
Try correcting them with a sword. One of the reasons my book group
disintegrated was that my best pal and I agonised for ages and then spent a
good deal of energy getting copies of Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin.
We love this book; although it has flaws, it also has some great concepts
in it. Anyway, the rest of them hated it, and couldn't discuss it on a
decent intellectual level. It was really the beginning of the end. We never
dared suggest DWJ for fear of what might happen.
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