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27 December 2007 @ 12:59 pm
The Curse of Chalion Discussion #1: First Impressions  
Hello and welcome to booklog_sff's first discussion! I hope everyone had a wonderful time reading (or in some cases rereading) Lois McMaster Bujold's The Curse of Chalion.

Let's begin with some basics.

What were your first impressions of the book?

Were there things that you liked immediately? Disliked?

Did the main character, Lupe dy Cazaril, interest you from the start?


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Stasiastasia on December 27th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I didn't find the beginning at all slow - but I liked that I could get to know Lupe before we got into the meat of the story. Plus, I think that if we don't know who Iselle is, and understand how her personality differs from Teidez's, we won't really see how she grows into the role she has later.

I like Caz, and I'd like to know him. I found him likeable on first read, and on every single re-reading; I appreciate a man who can *think* rather than just waggle his sword at things.

I think the part I like the most, though, is the religion. The way it's both distant from people and yet a quiet part of their lives - it was/is a refreshing change from the demands of blind faith so often required by other religions.

Stasia
an absolute word tart!schemingreader on December 27th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
Well, of course the religion doesn't demand blind faith, because she's created a set of circumstances in which there is personal and collective revelation. It's cheating! IRL, most people don't get to have those kinds of experiences. You don't have to make a law in the United States punishing attempts to pray someone to death. (Which in this universe are only punishable as crimes if they do not work, because if they do work it proves that they were the will of the god.)
Sakanagi: Utena shadow girlssakanagi on December 28th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
but I liked that I could get to know Lupe before we got into the meat of the story

That's a good point. I think that Cazaril's interesting characterisation more or less carried the book along its way, so even though the beginning might seem slow to some (myself included, to a certain extent) it really was necessary.