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An inconclusive conclusion

In the acknowledgements section that follows River of Stars‘ main text, Kay writes that legend-building is one of the novel’s themes (636). He could not have chosen a more engaging way to write about this theme. He points directly at … Continue reading

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Letting the reader fill in the rest

Can a scene that’s intimate, yet not explicit be considered a sex scene? What about an interaction between two characters that’s supremely revealing of both of them as individuals and as members of a couple that merely includes sentences like: … Continue reading

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When a war story turns to peace

Although there are two chapters left in River of Stars (I swear, I’m keeping track because of anticipation, not because I can’t wait to be finished!), it looks like the book will end with a whimper on the level of … Continue reading

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How Kay breaks hearts (spoilers below)

The strangest part of River of Stars is its navel gazing. In these sections, the narrator speaks of things like fate, the causal links of history, and what ifs. This last is particularly striking. At the end of chapter XXVII … Continue reading

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A late timeskip

In my last post about River of Stars, I noted the structure of Kay’s novel. It seems like he may have had to fudge his content a bit to get that structure so aligned. For, in part five, the customary … Continue reading

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Discovering River of Stars’ structure

In an unprecedented move, the shift into part five is virtually nonexistent. In every other move between parts in River of Stars Kay has had us move ahead in time or jump into a radically different perspective. As part five … Continue reading

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A truly omniscient narrator

The end of part four of River of Stars opens a gash in the tale’s chronology. All of the chapter is about the climax of Ren’s plan to help bring Kitai from the brink of destruction, but parts of it … Continue reading

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