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Kushiel’s Dart Plus Plus

May 9th, 2010
Kushiel's Dart book cover

I read all through the night to finish “Kushiel’s Dart” last night. I’m not even sure it is that good of book, but I’ve really altered my sleep pattern, so I forced myself to finish it. The wikipedia has a more than ample plot summary, but it is a long book. It starts with a map, very fantasy, then a list of characters, very Russian or other long family saga. I pushed on, having not read a fantasy novel in many years.

I have my fantasy cred having read the first three Dragonlance series and countless others from Xanth to Discworld. I’m not sure I realized there were eight other books when I bought this one. I’m well aware of that fact now. I still have a pile of unread material and may salvage another novel from the pile rather than deal with my unfinished non-fiction.

Kuskiel’s Dart wasn’t a great book. I knew who would win and who would die and who would escape. I kept trying to place the time frame. It started as more of a historical fantasy, but after 600 pages of writing about gods, I guess it was time for one to show up in the form of the Master of the Straights. I thought him some pirate until then despite the voodoo and descended from angels nature of the Terre D’Angeline.

I don’t know when or if I’ll read more of this series, I’m unemployed so will be reading the books I own for a while longer. I’m kinda anti never ending stories, preferring novels with a beginning, middle, and an end. I guess it is just more profitable and easier to return to the known.

In other news Shogun proved he should have been champ all along and several other fighters came up short in Montreal. My Chicago/Pittsburgh final has resulted in a 700 place improvement, though Detroit’s loss will cost me a few more players. The night is still young and I’m not sure what I’ll do after updating my blog. Whatever I do, I’ll do it with alacrity, which apparently is en vogue as it appeared at least five times in Kushiel’s Dart.

Some research, maybe even considerable research was undertaken, but the description of the Picts and Norseman seems to be Dark or Middle Ages while the descriptions of the French seems to be Medieval. It is obvious the book is written by a woman, which is maybe why I bought it, too many elaborate descriptions of clothing and color. The Dalridians fight in chariots, but I doubt one man/woman chariots, traditionally there is a driver and rider who fights with javelin or on foot. The novels seem to inspire a tattoo fad of sorts.

I’m also not sure so many people take pleasure in inflicting pain and suffering upon others, but I do know it is possible to love someone and be afraid of them at the same time.

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  • Apparently all my reading has some purpose, I updated the Wikipedia page for Kushiel's Dart as I now believe the villianess is named after Queen Melisende of Jersalem. Maybe I should write my own historical fantasy…

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