Dragonsword (Dragonsword, #1)
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Dragonsword (Dragonsword #1)

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When a pretty, quiet grad student discovers a door into another world, little does she realize that she is about to set out on the greatest adventure of her life! For the door is the mystical portal to the land of Gryylth, and Suzanne holds the fate of a world in her hands!
Paperback, 451 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by Lynx Books (first published 1988)
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This was, I think, the second fantasy book I ever read. I remember starting it, and then looking at all of the pages I had left to read and thinking, Wow, this will take some work.

It did, and looking back now, I'm surprised I finished this book. I didn't like it as much as the first fantasy I'd read - a Dragonlance book - and I was surprised by some of the sexuality in the book. Little did I know that Gael Baudino is much more adult than your average Dragonlance book.

Still, this book has a speci...more
Lots of cool ideas, not the best execution in the world. I'm a sucker for a good portal fantasy, but the main characters mostly came off as self-involved jerks, especially the rapey male protag, who was the worst kind of caricature. He had his redemptive moment, but it felt like it came out of nowhere. And for a book espousing the ways of peace, the battle scenes sure do take forever. I won't be revisiting this one.
Aug 11, 2007 Rob rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, maybe
If I recall correctly, my mom picked this one up for me from a bargain basket somewhere. As I was working through the Weis/Hickman DragonLance books at the time, I think the connection was made there. This was ... well, an average fantasy effort that seems (in retrospect) like the author's attempt at dissecting the genre's popularity through its own narrative. (Or some such pretentious thing.)

While it wasn't all together bad, it was also not particularly memorable.
K.l. Tremaine
A solid fantasy story with a modern sensibility and much-needed deconstruction of the genre. Unfortunately, other authors did not take the invitation Baudino extended to examine the fundamentals of the genre.

In general I recommend the series for strong transgender themes & characters.
I enjoyed the depth given to the characters more than the actual story. This really is an up-close-and-personal look at the psyche of the main characters.
Managed to get through it.....just.
I was hoping the sequel would be better, but that's not proving to be the case so far.
Very 80's post feminist Scifi
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