Literary pet peeves

Paul Andinach pandinac at
Wed Mar 19 09:36:31 EST 2003

On Wed, 19 Mar 2003, Jon Noble wrote:

> --- 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.

So do I, when I'm in a good mood. It even, IIRC, fits with what's said
about Fionavar in the trilogy that there should be legends about it in
other worlds. But for some reason it invariably does a violence to my
suspension of disbelief.

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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