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Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
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bookshelves: queer, science-fiction
Read in August, 2009

I couldn't finish it... I just didn't really care about the characters enough. But I can see why other people like it so much.
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Wealhtheow You're a failure as a human being, but I intellectually understand why you might not like it. It's a work that has a very specific appeal to it--those who like intense, often dysfunctional emotional connections and Byzantine plots in lush, European-style fantasy worlds.


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le-trombone Wealhtheow wrote: "You're a failure as a human being, but I intellectually understand why you might not like it. It's a work that has a very specific appeal to it--those who like intense, often dysfunctional emotion..."

Ouch! I liked it a lot also (it's been about fifteen years, I probably should re-read), but let's face it, a self-destructive protagonist is not for everyone.




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Shinynickel Hm. Now I have to go read it immediately.


Julian I was told that even though I didn't like this one I might like the sequel. True? Please choose y/n


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le-trombone Julian wrote: "I was told that even though I didn't like this one I might like the sequel. True? Please choose y/n"

Abstain. I haven't read it yet.




Wealhtheow Oh god, you will LOVE it. The protag is a female bisexual girl who Alex forces to learn to swordfight (both to give her power and freedom beyond what a genteel girl has in their society, and to annoy her mother). She is as far from Alex's personality as you can get. She's a fantastic, mature twist on the Alanna of Treborn trope.


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