Swordspoint (The World of Riverside #1)
The classic forerunner to The Fall of the Kings now with three bonus stories.
Hailed by critics as “a bravura performance” (Locus) and “witty, sharp-eyed, [and] full of interesting people” (Newsday), this classic melodrama of manners, filled with remarkable plot twists and unexpected humor, takes fantasy to an unprecedented level of elegant writing and scintillating wit. Aw
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Please enjoy it if it's to your taste as fiction.. It ...more
by the time I started worrying that the twisty subterfuge would drain the story of momentum I looked up and realized I'd practically inhaled this badboy to the 70 percent mark.
and then some shit went down and my heart was pounding in my throat.
meanwhile, this edition has a trio of follow-up stories at the end, so 70 percent turned out to be 90 percent.
a lush, layered, ingeniously taut melange of gripping skullduggery, sword fights, bisexual escapades, and ev ...more
Richard St. Vier is as dashing and gallant as Basil Rathbo ...more
Well, quite a lot, as it turns out. If the blurb by ...more
Esta es la historia de Richard de Vier, una suerte de mercenario que trabaja de batirse a duelo con espadas en nombre de la persona que lo contrata. No tiene escrúpulos en matar a su contrincante si la situación lo amerita, y suele ser contratado por los nobles que viven en la Colina, la parte de la ciudad donde la ley aún existe... bastante.
El libro irá alternando la historia de Richard con las historias de varios nobles, en una c ...more
I have no idea how this became considered a "new classic" nor even how it managed to become identified as "fantasy." It's more like an a ...more
What did it for me was that this book was not about the things one usually thinks of upon hearing the word "fantasy." There was no magic or mythical crea ...more
Seduced by Canty's gorgeous cover or
Reviews in Locus, honestly, I don't
Recall or think it matters at this point.
The point is: You should buy and read this book.
St Vier and Alec, star-crossed lovers, if
The stars were feeling just a bit perverse:
St Vier the swordsman, best in Riverside
And Alec, clad in ragged student's robes
(but is his past mysterious? of course)
Are caught in nobles' intrigues labyrinthine
(for swordsmen are to nobles but a tool,
used as honor di ...more
Set in a fictional Georgian-era-type society, Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners is a "fantasy of manners" or "mannerpunk" novel. In contrast to epic fantasy, where the characters are fighting with swords and the fate of the universe is often at stake, mannerpunk novels are usually set in a hierarchical class-based society where the characters battle with words and wit. There may or may not be magic or sorcery involved and, in ...more
There's not really a plot, per se. It's more like the author took her vision of a fantasy world where nobles hire swordsmen to fight duels for posterity and just wrote about daily life there. All of the action takes place via dialogue.
It's also worth noting that the back section of the book is given over to short stories about the main couple, so the novel itself is fairly short.
Try it if you liked Shades of Milk and Honey ...more
On one level, ...more
And I so enjoyed the writing, very very beatifully done.
I highly recommend this book to everybody who loves politics and intrigue. I must warn you though - two ...more
The novel's subtitle is "A Melodrama of Manners" and aside from the more overtly melodramatic events like kidnapping and revenge, and duels to the death, there are battles of words with dramatic, high stakes; the moving of political chess pieces on the board; and a trial with a ...more
The main character of the book is such a swordsmen: Richard St Vier. He is extraordinarily talented: th ...more
The writing was quite good, and I enjoyed the romance - every scene with Alec and St ...more
I did not get into this story until about 80% in. I just did not like the world Kushner built Perhaps I am a bit of a prude, but the fact that all but one of the men were bisexual and that the whole society is built on killing everyone you simply don't like just bothered me.
I also wasn't a huge fan of Alec ...more
Este breve resumen es jugoso, pero no nos engañemos, solo el principio engancha con un par de peleas ...more
Getting past that? I was really intrigued by the relationship between St.Vire and Alec. They're both psychop ...more
And the characters are all mean, in a compl ...more
It's supposed to be a retelling of a fairy tale, though I never did figure out which one. Or, to be honest, care. The writing's overwrought and the characters shallow.
In this world, the men all seem to be bisexual, but no one's having good sex. It's all implied and bizarrely metaphoric, like Hemingway slammed face-first into the Victorians and suddenly everything's splendid and mysterious, ...more
The writing is wonderful, really evocative of a place and time that is part Regency England, part fantasy. Allegedly young adult, but great for adults as well. Both books dealt with gay relationships matter-of-factly and without comment.
Not going to be a favorite I come back to, but highly recommende ...more
A graduate of Barnard College, she also attended Bryn Mawr College, and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She began her career in publishing as a fiction editor in New York City, but left to write her first novel Swordspoint, which has become a cult classic, hailed as the progenitor of the “mann ...more