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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?

This post may be edited after some input.
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Diana Moon: World is Blackdizilla on December 27th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
I liked Iselle, more so than either of her brothers. Usually when it comes to female royals, they tend to be either daft or highly intelligent from the start. So it was nice to see her go grow from a typical lady of the court to one that could become a proper leader if given the chance.

I didn't think about the bad guys too much, as for me they were just advancing the story, heh. ^^
After Nightfallafter_nightfall on December 27th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, definitely, the bad guys were a low point for me too. If Martou dy Jironal was somewhat convincing (but only somewhat), I was seriously underwhelmed with Dondo's motivations.

Iselle's high point was when she was listing qualities she expected of her husband: same religion, and healthy. Now there's a sensible fantasy princess! :-)
Anne-Elisaetrangere on December 27th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
True, I do like sensibility in a fantasy princess XD
an absolute word tart!schemingreader on December 27th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
Do you know the book The Practical Princess? It was a picture book for children in the US in the 1970s, so it would be astonishing if you said yes! The princess rescues her prince, and the first thing she does after she has liberated her captive prince is to have him shave his beard and cut his hair.

Isn't that what happens at the end of this novel between Caz and Beatriz? (I think I've misspelled her name, sorry!)
Anne-Elisaetrangere on December 27th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
I tend to have a prejudice agains the rebellious princess archetype in fantasy, I admit, and it's true that Iselle is much better and more real than most of those characters. However she never truely came to life for me, that's what I meant. She serves the story, but she lacks her own dynamic IMHO. Especially compared to the more awesome Ista (I'm influenced by the fact she's on forefront in Paladins of Souls though) and the Provincara.

I didn't think about the bad guys too much, as for me they were just advancing the story, heh. ^^
My point exactly. They were plot devices more than characters in their own right ^^
Diana Moondizilla on December 28th, 2007 07:08 am (UTC)
Oh certainly, her mother Ista seemed more interesting. I was hoping midway we would see her more and glad she showed up near the end. Good to know she gets a book of her own. ^_^

I think for this kind of story, it was fine that the villains were in the back since there really was no room to have them grow or for us to get to feel for them. But I can definitely understand the frustration of them being the way they were.