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Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
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Mar 03, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: sf
Read in July, 2009

The book may actually have stolen the "favourite book of the summer" rank (I think it goes: Swordspoint, The Demon's Lexicon, and The Hero and the Crown, if I had to be specific). I loved the imagery, the city of Riverside, and the inhabitants of it. Sometimes conversations and all the insinuations and politics that went with them were so clever it made me wonder, like more than one "drama of manners" (I'm looking at you, Miss Austen) has, "Can anyone really talk like that?"

Of course, it doesn't matter, because that's the difference between real life and fiction, that characters and events must be more interesting, more thrilling, and so on. So, while I sigh and think, "Why can't I dash about getting into swordfights?" it's not with much conviction, which makes Miss Kushner's world, stunning and intelligent as it is, a very attractive world to inhabit for a few hours.
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