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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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After Nightfall: scribbling seriously by emmavescenceafter_nightfall on December 27th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
I'll post this without reading anyone else's comments because I don't want to deny myself the inevitable facepalming. :-)

My first impression of the book was of the writing style, which I liked. It gave a comfortable impression that the narrative was going to flow well. Unlike some other books, we're not dumped in the middle of the action, but Bujold also fortunately managed to avoid infodumping in the first chapter (I was thinking: I swear, if she infodumps, I'm throwing the book at a wall!).

Not sure that there was anything I disliked immediately... Oh, yeah. You stupid bathhouse man, stop being mean to poor Cazaril! :-p What I really, really liked right at first was the main character not being a teenager, or even in his twenties. I'm quite tired of all the coming-of-age stories... sometimes it's nice to see an already formed person, and how they got to be the way they are.

I certainly didn't dislike Lupe, but I was wondering what in the world could have happened to him to have made him so tired, inside and out, without pretensions and without expectations.
an absolute word tart!schemingreader on December 27th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
are you still in the middle of reading the book? I don't want to spoil you.
After Nightfallafter_nightfall on December 28th, 2007 10:42 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm done with the book - I just concentrated, in my comment, about what I liked and disliked at the beginning. A false impression. :-)
an absolute word tart!schemingreader on December 28th, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, okay--I feel slow that I didn't understand that!

You're right that Cazaril comes off very damaged for a long time before we find out what happened to him.
Diana Moondizilla on December 28th, 2007 07:16 am (UTC)
Yes, it was certainly a comfortable way to begin, that way we wouldn't get confused by all the political intrigue that's constantly going on in such kingdoms.

I too liked moving away from the cliched coming-of-age protagonist, and coming upon someone slightly older and having experienced too much for his own good.