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Tatiana (tatiana_g) What did you think of the world-building in “Poison Study”? Did you find Ixia a well realized, logical, and original world? Or was its structure amateur, its mix of swords, staffs, castles, chamber pots, factories (complete with conveyor belts), spray-on clothing starch, disinfectants, and briefcases, inconsistent?


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I kinda wish there was a map of Ixia. This story felt like it should have a map at the beginning of the book.


Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) Angie wrote: "I kinda wish there was a map of Ixia. This story felt like it should have a map at the beginning of the book."

I agree. I always love maps in books.


Tatiana (tatiana_g) I agree, it would have been nice to have a map of Ixia in the book. However Maria has one on her website. Hope it helps:

http://www.mariavsnyder.com/maps.php


Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) Oh. Thanks, Tatiana. Off to check it out!


Lady Salford (salford) Actually, the YA version of Poison Study (published by MIRA books' YA imprint) has that same map before the story. :) (I guess, in this instance, the adult and YA versions of the book are different in that one respect.)

Yes, my version had the map at the beginning of the book. :)


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AH My copy of Poison Study has a map at the front of the book. It is really helpful.


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OH I didn't know there was a YA version of the book? Apparently my library has the adult version. Good to know!


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Thought I would post it here:

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AH By the way, the YA version of the book was $7.00 cheaper. There is a YA version of Magic Study, but not Fire Study. Of course, Chapters was sold out of the YA cheaper version. Need to order online.


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Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) Yes, I wish I'd had the edition with that map!!!


Alethea A (frootjoos) | 46 comments I know, I keep hoping they will make Fire Study in YA so I can have a matched set. I have almost all of her books in US/UK covers plus 1 Italian Poison Study that I can't even read! ^_^

As for Ixia, I love the part where you get a job based on what you're good at--if I lived there I'd be a chef or some kind of advisor by now. I was going to say author, but I have a feeling Commander Ambrose frowns upon fiction and reading in general.

Sitia--now there's a place I'd like to go. A bit Third-world chaotic but I'm from the Philippines, I'm sure I'd adjust. :D


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Jillian wrote: "AH wrote: "By the way, the YA version of the book was $7.00 cheaper. There is a YA version of Magic Study, but not Fire Study. Of course, Chapters was sold out of the YA cheaper version. Need to or..."

Interesting, one of our members sent me a message asking me about the book stating they couldn't find it at borders and now I wonder if it's because it was in the adult section.

I don't know about Ixia giving you a job at what you are good at. Who WANTS to clean the stables? How can you be good at that? Anyone can do that so who decides who gets that assignment. What if you are able to support yourself by other means? It sounded to me through the book that you HAVE to work and what if you don't want/need to?


Alethea A (frootjoos) | 46 comments Well, how about the little girl who was good at math, regardless of how young she was they took her out of class (where she was bored to tears) and just let her do math for a living! That sounds like an awesome system (and via that system I would have been a librarian by now).

For another example, there's Rand with his cooking--he didn't have to apply for that job and all he had to do to keep it was stay alive.

As for stables, there are a few characters who are very good with animals (you'll meet them later if you read the rest of the books) in various ways and they take mucking the stalls as part of their territory. They are *very* territorial. As in, you better take damn good care of your horse/dog/whatever creature and put all the tools back the way it was or there will be hell to pay.

Actually I guess for the record, the mucking happens in Sitia (and there, you muck for your own horse unless you have servants)--they don't assign work there. There are social consequences to that. But that's a discussion for Magic Study.


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What about people who maintains the sewers? (Just guesses there was some type of sewage system). There are always jobs people don't want... who wants to be a garbage man when you could do something that was labor intensive and cleaner? And then there's the question of pay. It wasn't discussed in the book that I can remember? Does everyone get paid the same for every job? Like a socialist society? And who decides what that pay is?


Tatiana (tatiana_g) Angie, you are making great points with your comments. I liked the idea behind Ixia, its quasi-socialist order was definitely fresh to fantasy, but I also thought it was not fully developed. I don't think any of your questions were explored in Study books and that's a shame, because these aspects would have added the depth to Snyder's world.


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This makes me think of Harry Potter. Maybe because this was a first book the author didn't go into as much depth as in later books. Look at the first Potter book's length compared to the future book lengths. I always wish JK Rowling would re-write the first book and make it much longer.


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What does everyone think of the population having to have to wear a uniform everywhere???


Kayzee | 180 comments I didnt really get into the whole world building because it didnt really mean much to me in the story for one I couldnt really visualise it and that means alot tome being able to picture things in my head.

Oh yay uniforms lol boring it would be more decent to have not at work clothes but still have their sector symble or whatever but you could choose what is on it.
sounds like your not aloud to have a personality unless ur a general.


Heather (heatherjoy) I agree with all of your points. None of that is ever explored, for either Sitia or Ixia, in any of the books. But when it all came down to it, I would have preferred to live in Sitia.


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