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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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Oryoscriva on December 28th, 2007 08:25 am (UTC)
What were your first impressions of the book?

I thought it had a somewhat similar set-up as Carol Berg's Transformation, even though Cazaril is already out of the worst situations compared to Carol Berg's hero who is a slave. I had problems to picture the setting, though. It felt "generic medieval" while the names suggest a Spanish setting. However, I could not combine both in my mind.

Were there things you liked immediately? Disliked?

I disliked and still dislike that you knew right from the start that Betriz' would be the hero's love interest. I hated that the bad guy was sweaty and slobbery; a bad character reflected in physical weaknesses always annoys me.

I liked that all female characters had distinctive personalities. I liked Ista, even before we know that she is not mad. (well, I never really thought her mad, just traumatised.)

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

I liked him better at the beginning than later on, because even though, a vulnerable hero is appealing. It was a bit overkill. As the story went on, I found him more boring than other characters (Iselle, Ista, Umegat, Orico, The Fox of Ibra).
Oryoscriva on December 28th, 2007 08:39 am (UTC)
I had to think about that last comment. It's not really that the hero is boring, I think he is pretty well-developped, but the second part of the book (after the ritual) felt not as well-written as the first part. It was as if Bujold presented much potential, but it was not actually fulfilled. In fact, this is true, for the other characters I mentioned as well.)

I also thought that the climax suffered a lot from the evil character being so bland.
Anne-Elisaetrangere on December 28th, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)
It felt "generic medieval" while the names suggest a Spanish setting.
I've heard it's supposed to be a bit close to Portugal's History... I'm not sure how, though.