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How Kay manages a masterful timeskip

The first chapter of River of Stars‘ fourth part is further proof that this book could’ve be five separate books. As with the previous shifts between parts there’s been a timeskip. After reading about the emperor’s okaying the move to … Continue reading

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Still waiting on a promise’s fulfilment

I understand that Guy Gavriel Kay is working with some heavy Chinese influences in River of Stars. But, so far, one idea that he has made extensive use of has been to the book’s detriment: using a multitude of point … Continue reading

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Who’s telling this tale anyway?

Guy Gavriel Kay’s River of Stars is difficult for me to judge. It’s a fantastic book, as of page 150, but I’m not sure about the book’s narrator. That is, I’m not familiar enough with Kay’s books to say whether … Continue reading

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Further thoughts on Infinite Jest’s central editor

Infinite Jest is a work that heavily relies on characters. One way that Wallace makes these characters stand out is through eye dialect. When a character like Marathe is speaking, his syntax and word choice are what you’d expect from … Continue reading

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Lay away book special: A perspective on Baxter’s world building

I’m really digging The Wheel of Ice. Not only do you have the second Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe, but even the incidental characters have great potential. Characters like Phee, her older brother Sam, younger sister Casey; their mother Jo; and … Continue reading

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Parting after the Dance

Speed reading the last half of A Dance with Dragons made it a much more break-neck experience. Not that the book’s pace is ever that quick, mind. Just that the book’s latter half is mostly scheming and plotting and set-up … Continue reading

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A change of character

N.B.: My copy of A Dance with Dragons is due back at 8 p.m. tonight, and so tomorrow’s entry will be based on the same book. Infinite Jest will return, though. And a new book will find its way into … Continue reading

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