eleanor at dreamvine.org.uk
Fri Jul 17 09:34:01 EDT 2009
Jameela Lares wrote:
> I've never heard of Bujold but she does look like a good read. I must say, I'm
> not much of a sci fi reader despite a strong interest in the genre when I was
> growing up. But on Eleanor's recommendation, as it were, I've ordered up
> _The Curse of Charlion_. BTW, the title of her recent series, The Sharing
> Knife, looks particularly oxymoronic. Don't knives *divide*? Or is that the
I never thought of that interpretation of the term "sharing knife"
before. That isn't what it means. To find out what the knife shares
and how, read the books. :-)
Other than _The Sharing Knife_ her works fall into three groups:
_The Curse of Chalion_, sequel _Paladin of Souls_, and _The Hallowed
Hunt_ which is set in the same world but is a separate story from the
first two books.
_Ths Spirit Ring_ is an earlier fantasy set in Renaissance Italy. It's
the book of hers I like least; it isn't bad but it disappointed me
because I had already read _Paladin of Souls_, which recycles some of
the plot and is a much better book.
The rest of the novels form the open-ended "Vorkosigan" space opera
series. They weren't written in internal chronological order and there
are several entry points that make sense. Most of it has now been
collected into 2-novel + 1-novelette omnibus editions. "Cordelia's
Honor" is the first one, but doesn't have the notorious Miles Vorkosigan
in it (it's about his parents). "Miles Errant" was where I got really
hooked on the series.
(I'm rereading _The Dark Lord of Derkholm_, have got to the part where
they're herding the soldiers around, and Scales the dragon is reminding
me rather a lot of Miles -- if Scales was the size of the dragon in
_Charmed Life_ and had somehow picked up all that skill and wisdom by
whatever is the dragon equivalent of age 17.)
_Dreamweaver's Dilemma_ is a NESFA book containing two
Vorkosigan-related stories, some other early short stories, and some
nonfiction. I think of it as the Bujold equivalent of _Everard's Ride_.
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