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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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an absolute word tart!schemingreader on December 27th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
(dizilla! You are the single most prolific commenter on Snupin Santa and my hero.)

I think I haven't answered the right question in my comments below. You want first impressions of the book, and I gave my impressions of the novel as a whole.

The hero interested me from the start because he was broken and cynical and dealing with disgrace. Now, it's true that Bujold starts a lot of her stories this way--but I still like it. It took me a few scenes to understand just how far he had fallen.

I think there are certain things that Bujold likes in a hero. Below I mentioned his leadership-fostering relationships, especially with women (especially with potential lovers.) I think she has a thing for older men with scars (physical ones, she has a real kink for that!) She made this guy just a little too good, just a little too archtypical--but I did not care.

I also knew, immediately, that he was going to fall in love with the girl on the fast horse.
Diana Moon: Diana Moondizilla on December 28th, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
(XD *blushes* Thanks! I'm woefully behind... Hopefully I'll catch up. =3)

Yeah I have a soft spot for broken heroes, hoping they'll find the way to mend themselves. This is my first time reading Bujold, so now I know I can happily expect that type of character if I get the chance to read more of hers. ^_^

He did seem a bit too good, but I think after all that befell on him, he simply didn't have it in him to be anything but.

I also knew, immediately, that he was going to fall in love with the girl on the fast horse.

LOL! It seems I've lost my touch in figuring out the future love-interests. Personally, I'm not big on big age difference romances. I thought it would have been interesting to see him with Ista, as they were closer in age and she seemed very interesting and mysterious.

Lady Betriz wasn't a bad catch, and it was lovely how they got to fall in love with each other...
an absolute word tart!schemingreader on December 28th, 2007 07:52 am (UTC)
Sorry about the coding there.
Diana Moon: Gryffindor Pridedizilla on December 28th, 2007 08:05 am (UTC)
(Well then, check in a few hours to see where i'm at! mwahah Don't forget you can edit comments now.. =P)

I think if the age difference is more than 6 or 7 years, it's a little off putting for me. Also depends on how old they both are. But if done well, I think I can read it.

It's also understandable for this kind of era to have the man be more wise in falling in love with a young woman who is as bold and smart as he is. Even in this day and age it's hard to find a guy like that within your own age. XD
an absolute word tart!schemingreader on December 28th, 2007 08:11 am (UTC)
I think you can only edit comments if you have a paid account. :( I'm just happy to be in the top ten.

In this book, the boy is 15 years older than the girl.

stasia and I were discussing this the other day, the equality of unequal relationships. Like, the younger woman can be as powerful as she is, because her partner isn't going to be intimidated. It's an interesting social dynamic, but I don't think it always works! Sometimes EVEN an older man is intimidated. Or the woman is an intellectual trophy instead of just a physical one.

Clearly, there is something sexy to Bujold about an older man with scars, though.