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Guy Gavriel Kay/Jacqueline Carey

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Post by annis » Sat April 23rd, 2011, 7:24 pm

GGK is a longtime favourite of mine. I still don't know quite how you'd categorize his novels which are not quite either fantasy or alternate history. He takes quite recognizable historical periods and subtly reworks them - I guess this gives him more flexibility. Many of his novels have a haunting quality, like Song for Arbonne and Lions of Al-Rassan, and he has the ability to capture the essence of particular period's sensibility. I enjoyed Last Light of the Sun, too, though I think its sales suffered because it was coincidentally released at the same time as Bernard Cornwell's Last Kingdom, also about Alfred the Great and the Vikings.

The only one I didn't take to was Ysabel, which follows a different format, being a time-slip. Funnily enough it's apparently been his most successful novel, profit-wise.

GGK has an excellent website, worth exploring if you enjoy his work

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Post by Ash » Sun April 24th, 2011, 12:01 am

I still don't know quite how you'd categorize his novels which are not quite either fantasy or alternate history.
One of the easiest ways to get me to read a particular book is to tell me its difficult to categorize. Usually they are complex and well written and become my favorites! Certainly the case here. Thanks for the recs.

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Post by Greg » Wed April 27th, 2011, 8:38 am

[quote=""Ash""]Hee, funny you should mention him now; I just finished the Mosaic books and loved them. They were recommended here by someone who knew I was interested in the Byzanntium time period. I was going to come on and ask what other books by him were good. I think you just answered my question :) [/quote]

My pleasure, after the usual unfortunate dross that was very ho hum, this work really gave me a buzz. The settings are so well done and the stories, well I did get very tired off the old hack and slash and a dragon stuff. But Kay's work is scintilating the characters are alive.

Anyway that's my humble opinon


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Post by cw gortner » Thu May 12th, 2011, 9:05 pm

I met Kay when he came through SF on tour for his most recent novel, Under Heaven. He was lovely, fascinating to meet, actually. I love his novels, especially The Sarantine Mosaic duo and The Lions of Al-Rassan. I think he's a masterful writer. I was quite in awe of him. I met Cecelia Holland at his event as well, completely by coincidence; apparently she and Kay are friends. I had the chance to chat with her for a bit and of course gushed like a school boy :)

Interesting to hear about Ysabel; it's my least favorite of his, too.
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Post by Manda Scott » Wed June 29th, 2011, 3:59 pm

Hey... GGK is one of my all time favourite authors. I remember waiting for each book of the Fionavar Tapestry to come out and read Under Heaven in two nights, staying up till the wee small hours to finish it. IMO, it's one of his best, and a huge, huge improvement on 'Ysabel' which wasn't really worth the paper it was printed on. His writing has such huge scope and power and the depth of his characterisation is a lesson to us all.


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