Sat Apr 30th, 2016
Wait- so this Captive Prince trilogy I keep hearing about is actually the quondam !Super Cat gone pro? Lordy lordy. And how long ago all the gackt stuff seems. A decade is sometimes a decade after all.
Library strike looms. I respond by declaring an In House amnesty and picking up a raft of stuff from Lil Smith, the most SFF-likely library in TO (on account of housing the reference-only Judith Merrill Collection, once known as the Spaced-Out Library.) Went for Ballantyne's Dream London, came away with Nalo Hopkinson and Martha Grimes and some chance mystery that isn't even in the system. (ie the system can tell me I have it but not what the title is.) As ever, I intend to spend a day on the sofa with ice packs and beanbags for my random aches and pains. We will see if I do.
Would like a massage tomorrow as well, but local clinic gives seniors' discounts Mon-Thurs. Shall wait for next week.
S-i-l has planted lettuce in my swimming pool. Doubtless someone will eat it eventually. S-i-l herself takes off to the cottage just when the stuff gets big enough to harvest and so it goes to seed.
Yes, and CP is in the same stylistic/tropey vein, so her fic is probably a decent predictor of whether you'll like CP (although read the summaries, of course).
I don't think I ever read any of her fanfic, and Captive Prince sounds suspiciously like Francis Lymond crossed with those late '90s key fics. A bit overheated? Or not?
It's definitely Lymond fanfic, she has said as much. With some Swordspoint thrown in, as I understand it, but I've never read Kushner (which I will remedy). No idea about the 90s key fics ... but I would say it's Lymond set in fantasy ancient Greece. With fantasy slavery.
Oh dear. Angsty McAngstpants, then. I've been saying for almost twenty years that women should get over this sort of thing by the time they're 35, but of course Dunnet herself didn't, nor Kushner neither.
(Swordspoint drove me bonkers. Your suicidal aristocratic angst does *not* excuse getting your lover to challenge and kill other men for your own jaded amusement, it just destroys any sympathy I might have had for you in the first place. Men Behaving Badly isn't hot, it's /adolescent/.)
That was good to know before I dropped any money on Swordspoint. Oi. I still want to read it because people seem to reference it quite often, but I know exactly what you mean by adolescent and I loathe it. >_>;;;;
Dunnett drives me completely insane with rage. Maybe the same kind of bonkers that Swordspoint brought you? -_-;
It's that ever-recurring Byron figure- mad bad and dangerous to know. Oh, and so driven by his interior demons.
Kushner at least doesn't jerk her readers around narratively as Dunnett does (or as I am told she does. WYSIWYG and then you must unravel Francis' deep deep angsty past for yourself.) The Privilege of the Sword is actually quite decent, mostly because Wossname and Alex aren't major characters. It's just that authors should not fall in love with their own animus characters because that's just so-- dweeby.