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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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Transcendancingtranscendancing on December 27th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed CoC, I found it a page turner and that almost before I realised it, I'd almost finished the book.

I appreciate Bujold's writing style, though in this I didn't find her overall characterisation as strong as in her Vorkosigan world. This is a shame as I love her richly coloured characters - even the minor ones.

I also loved that Caz was an older man, and one that has been broken of his nobility - I love the way he re-examines the world he's come from now that he's no longer a slave, and yet has been one in the past.

I loved that religion in this world is both distant and personal - I like that they're not expected to believe without any evidence of omnipresence... I don't like things that are set up as blind faith, it twitches my (otherwise rather formidable) suspension of disbelief.

In this book I was initially more intrigued by Ista and the Provincara, there was a potential there and I didn't find that fulfilled... not even later in Paladin of Souls with Ista as the forefront - far far clunkier than CoC.
Diana Moon: Diana Moondizilla on December 28th, 2007 07:26 am (UTC)
The first few times I sat down to read, I would notice that many hours had gone by the time I took a break. XD Books like that are fantastic, when you're just so immersed, everything else is just a blur.

It was nice not having to deal with antagonists who were acting on blind faith of the religion/practice, and how everyone could technically manipulate the religion to their likings.