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Lady in Gil (Gil Trilogy #1)

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All the dreams of the barbarously occupied kingdom of Gil depend on its greatest hero. Too bad only his brother is available....
Paperback, 277 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Ace (first published 1996)
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Jean Tatro
One of my old favorite and a book I've had so long that I can't recall how I got it.

The early parts of the story are slowed down by more information then plot, but the world is vivid(if grim) and the narrations dry, dark humor makes things move at a quick pace. The first chapter drops you right into the story without any build up and expects you to catch up, which is how the worldbuilding is unfolded as well. Probably the first story I encountered that had a smart, bookish protagonist, I like h
Lady in Gil sucked me in right from the opening line. Like all good writers can, Rebecca Bradley brought Tigrallef to life - actually made him real. Tigrallef's personality - no, most chracters in this book are beautifully portrayed and rounded out rather well. I do wish Angel was filled out more, and so was Shree, but they were just side-characters, I suppose.

The prose was lively, entertaining full of good, chuckle-worthy punch lines and amusing conversations. Reading Tigrallef's train of thou
It is a good world that has been built up in the story. There were even a few good twists and turns that came unexpectedly and I appreciate that. There are a few drawbacks for this book that are maybe explained in the two sequels but I am not certain if I will ever read them. The entire experience left me a bit meh about it all.

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with the addition of carol berg's books i was hoping that amazon was finally reccommending stuff for me that i would like, but lady of gil turned out to be a real disappointment. it is extremely plot driven, whereas i prefer character driven work. in addition, the characters are unbelievable and the plot cheesy. the author seems entranced with her own cleverness, and i didn't think she was very clever. figures with authority have titles like "primate". there is no reason to feel fear or care abo ...more
I liked that the characters were nuanced. The ending wasn't too pat.

I'm surprised there's a trilogy here, since the ending felt nicely final. Not sure I'll pick up the next ones, even tho I found no fault in the writing. (I'm currently burnt on out series - blame GRRM)
Not incredibly literary, but a great read for a fantasy novel. What I thought was really wonderful about it was how it tied the past to the present. The hero was a dusty bookworm who had memorized old maps of the conquered land and thus he was able to prevail... Let's hear it for the archivists and map memorizers! The history buffs!
J.S. Collyer
Another fantasy series that I found quite by chance in teh days when I used to scour the Fantasy/Scifi section of the public library. Easily the most fun books I ahve ever ready. Witty, funny, dry and yet with solid plot and original characters. You can't go wrong with Rebecca Bradley's Gil Trilogy.
I really liked this book. It keeps you anticipating the next page. And it has some different turns that I never saw coming. Which is s bonus to me as I can lose interest when the whole story is pretty much known by the 5th chapter.
I remember really enjoying this series, and devoured it in about a week. Remember it being fairly fast-paced and full of an interesting cast of characters. I'd like to re-read the series again since it's been quite a few years.
I think I was most intrigued by the epilogue--how the world reacted and how it rebuilt itself. Which, all in all, I think is kind of a bad reflection on the book?
Pleasnat entertainment, but nothing memorable.
Nothing special
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Rebecca Bradley was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1952. She received a Ph.D. from Cambridge in archeology, and spent eighteen years living in England, Ulster, Kuwait and Hong Kong before returning to live in Calgary with her husband and children. She teaches archaeology part-time at Mount Royal College.
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