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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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Sakanagi: Fakirsakanagi on December 28th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
My first impression was neutral. I thought it might have potential, but from the blurb on the book jacket and the first few pages, there seemed to be a risk of it having a dull, unoriginal plot. It wasn't clear at first if it would be any good. It was necessary to wait a while before judging the book, since the start didn't give much away.

The writing style didn't seem to flow particularly smoothly at first, in my opinion, and I don't think the style changed even later on. That's not necessarily to say that it was bad, but more that it wasn't absorbing on its own account. It really needed plot activity in order to sustain it.

But one thing I did like was how quickly it was made clear that no matter what else, Cazaril wasn't a walking stereotype. An unattractive, beaten up hero, woohoo! Not a golden-locked blue eyed prince in shining armour. I was glad that he appeared to have a decent personality. So yes, I was interested in the main character. He lacked the spunk and self esteem that a usual main character might have, but he clearly wasn't stupid, and it was obvious that there was a story behind his situation.

Now that I've written out my opinion, I'll be interested to see what the previous commenters thought...