Literary pet peeves

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at
Wed Mar 19 06:03:12 EST 2003

--- Paul Andinach <pandinac at> wrote:

> Guy Gavriel Kay's "signature tune" is that every
> world he writes
> about, with one exception, has a legend about some
> distant unreachable
> paradise with a name like "Fionavar" or "Fionvarre"
> or whatever;
> I find this horribly irritating not so much because
> of the repetition
> as because of the significance of the one exception:
> Fionavar is the
> world in which his first novel was set.
I just took that as a little in-joke, iirc ER Eddison
did something similar.

> But my favourite literary pet peeve, which I can't
> believe nobody's
> mentioned, is the one in Tanith Lee's _The Black
> Unicorn_.
which is? ..... 

Jon (not a Tanith Lee reader)

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