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Subject: Curse of Chalion
Date Posted: 2/26/2008 4:24 PM ET
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Will I like these books?? I had never heard of this author before joining PBS but she is mentioned quite a lot in the forums.

I'm usually really picky about fantasy books. I really like some, really hate others. They have to be well written. I read a lot of fantasy from the library, though my keeper list is really small (Robin Hobb, Robert Jordan - the first ones were great, then they got totally out of hand with far too many characters and never got anything done, but you still gotta have 'em anyway). I've read George RR Martin (liked it), the Sword of Truth series (gave up on book 5) and some David Eddings but none of these made it to my keeper shelf. I read some real stinkers last year though appear to have blocked the titles out of my mind (probably a good thing!)

So, will I like these books? Are they worth trying? Help me out, please!

 

ETA: Fantasy is my 'comfort' reading... where I go for a break when I'm tired of other stuff.

 

 

 



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Date Posted: 2/26/2008 5:23 PM ET
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I think Curse is better written than anything by Robert Jordan, though I enjoyed Hobb's books more.  I didn't care much for Martin or Edding, so perhaps that gives you an idea of how close our tastes are (though perhaps not!).

Honestly, I think Bujold's Vorkosigan science fiction series is a bit better than Curse and those I think you might really enjoy.  But I thought Curse was very good and definitely worth a read.

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 2:19 PM ET
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Thanks! I added it to my wish list. I didn't know she was an SF author... I grew up on SF (my Dad's bookshelf)  but have not really read much for a few years now. Maybe I'll try that one too!

Thanks for your reply!

alex

Subject: Curse of Chalion
Date Posted: 2/28/2008 6:46 PM ET
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Bujold is an excellent writer and one of my keepers, both in science fiction and in fantasy. I enjoyed Chalion, but actually like the sequel, Paladin of Souls, even better. Her books are definitely well-written with good characterizatin. My fantasy tastes run to Steven Brust (Jhereg series), Terry Pratchett (DIscworld series), Patricia Wrede (both the Lyra series and the Dealing with dragons series), Elizabeth Moon's Paksenarrion series (love her science fiction even more), Jasper Fforde, P.G. Hodgell. Margaret Ball and Emma Bull. Susan Dexter's Callandra books. Diane Duane's Door into... series. Barry Hughart's Bridge of Birds. Jane Lindskold. Robin McKinley and Patricia McKillip.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 3:07 PM ET
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I just finished reading Curse & Paladin of Souls on recommendation on another forum here on who are the great authors; different reading style bet excellent reading & i enjoyed the Paladin of Souls even better as well but perhaps that was just cuz I read it last! I also just spent most of the night up reading Matthew Reilly's 6 sacred stones; he is a great read! and not to well known from Australia. Everything that man writes is well worth reading!

Date Posted: 3/15/2008 7:54 PM ET
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Lois McMaster Bujold is one of my favorite writers, both in SF and fantasy (although her first fantasy from awhile back, "The Spirit Ring," isn't up to her more recent level - it's fine, but not mindblowing). I'm an editor by trade and I never find her writing clunky; her sensibility and voice aren't really high fantasy - she leans toward a little humor and also just toward the daily detail of her characters' lives - but I really like that. She has a third book in the same universe as Curse and Paladin - The Hallowed Hunt - that is also good, though maybe not quite as much. And then recently she's been working on what looks like it will be a tetralogy (it's really two double-length novels each of which had to be split in two) called "The Sharing Knife," which has a strong streak of romance in it (she did the same thing with a couple of her Vorkosigan fantasy novels). I feel like I basically will read anything she writes because even if it's not something I would have guessed I'd like, it's worth the ride if she wrote itQ!

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 9:20 PM ET
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So, this was a great book!! I logged on here and orded the sequel after about six chapters. I really enjoyed this book! And one of the best things about it was that she finished the story in one book!!!  How refreshing. I'm a bit 'wheel of time'd out' at the moment - very leery of books that don't finish. Trilogies I can cope with, but anything longer than that I'm not convinced by right now. So this was a great find, and a great author. I'm eagerly awaiting my copy of Paladin of Souls now!

 

 

Subject: Curse of Chalion
Date Posted: 3/28/2008 11:20 AM ET
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Glad you are enjoying it, Alex. Consider reading some of Bujold's science fiction as well--she writes entertaining space opera. That means in general also just right for comfort reading. I'd start with Warrior's Apprentice and see if you enjoy the young, callow Miles. If you do, just keep reading. Shards of Honor and Barrayer are about his parents, and give background for his physical condition. If you google Bujold, you can find time frames for the rest of Miles' books. Miles is a character who grows and changes throughout the books. I fell in love with the first book. You will find just as many, if not more, rabid fans of the Vorkosigan series as of Bujold's fantasy. P.S. The stories all end within one book so you can stop at any time. I am going to recommend again, really strongly, that you pick up a used copy of Jhereg by Steven Brust and try it if you have not read any of his work. I suspect you will like it a lot. Rhonda
Date Posted: 4/4/2008 7:16 AM ET
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Just ran into this thread -- I first tried Bujold about a year and a half ago and now she's one of my absolute favorites!  All her books have great characters -- and not just the same 17-y-o starting a journey again and again! --  and I love how she twists the plots around.  Yeah, the books Chalion series each come to a full conclusion.  I'd recommend reading The Curse of Chalion first since it sets up the world the best, but after that it doesn't even matter if you read Paladin of Souls or Hallowed Hunt next 'cos there's no overlap between them at all.  Am I the only one who though Paladin was the weakest of the three?  Loved it, but thought it could have used a liberal hand with the editing knife....

Her 3 main series right now are all great but have their own flavors.  I'm waiting on baited breath for the 3rd book in the Sharing Knife series to come out this month!  Both The Sharing Knife books and the Vorkosigan series need to be read in order though.

And her books are all great as audios, btw.  They always get really nice narrators.

Subject: Paladin of Souls
Date Posted: 4/5/2008 5:28 PM ET
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Alexis wrote, Am I the only one who though Paladin was the weakest of the three? Loved it, but thought it could have used a liberal hand with the editing knife...." Since Paladin is my favorite of the three, I went to reread it to see if I could find aught that I would think could be edited. Especially since so many recent books do seem to be in great need of an editor's hand! Karavans by Roberson, for instance. I could find nothing that I would have done away with. All elements seemed essential to bring the plot together, and more, I really enjoyed living with these people, and especially with Ista's personality. Not only was it wonderful to have a protagonist that was female, on the shady side of forty, and not physically outstanding, not to mention damned unusual, but I LIKE Ista so much, how her mind works, her fears and her hopes. Maybe it comes in part from being a woman on the shady side of forty, in which case you may grow into it over time. It is such an interesting world and theology. I must confess, I was most disappointed in The Hallowed Hunt in comparison to the first two, but perhaps it will grow on me over the years. But I love all the Vorkosigan books, from the light to the deep, beginning to end and back again. Not only did I love Cordelia from the first, but I love watching Miles' mind at work, that crazy little git. Rhonda
Date Posted: 4/5/2008 5:48 PM ET
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Alex said - one of the best things about it was that she finished the story in one book!!!  How refreshing. I'm a bit 'wheel of time'd out' at the moment

I literally lol'd at this.  I know exactly what you mean.  That's one of the things I love about Bujold - even though her books are related, they can all be read independently which is so unusual in fantasy that it's almost revolutionary.  And I'd like to reiterate my recommendation for the Vorkosigan series.  My husband is mostly a non-fiction reader, and he is currently reading and loving the Vorkosigan series.

Subject: One of my favorites
Date Posted: 4/16/2008 9:38 AM ET
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This is one of my favorites! I actually liked Curse better than I liked Paladin of Souls, the sequel which won a lot of awards. I think Bujold is an excellent writer and I look forward to reading more of her work. The  last book of her second fantasy series (The Sharing Knife) is due out this month. She writes a lot of sci/fi, by the way. Here's are a couple of reviews I wrote for Curse and Paladin:
http://www.fantasyliterature.net/bujoldloismcmaster.html