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The new Guy Gavriel Kay novel -- the ARC, at any rate -- arrived yesterday.

Ysabel is a contemporary fantasy set in Provence, and I loved it. I will say nothing more about it then that, except this: I recognized two names, when I had hit page 366, which made me smack the wall -- with my head -- in order to better align the remaining fragments of what might be called intelligence. For me, the book would have read differently* to that point had I actually, you know, caught the obvious when it was introduced. I love it when reading reminds me that I'm stupid.

* in this case, different = better, but betterly is not a word


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Oct. 26th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
-flings self in a pit and kicks feet enviously-! New GGK! Squee! When does the rest of the world get it?
Oct. 26th, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
The pub date listed on the ARC is February 6, 2007, with a tentative (US) price of 24.95. This is for the US edition. There's usuallly a separate Canadian and UK edition as well, but in general they've all been published at the same time (give or take a day or two), so ... soonish.

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Oct. 26th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
What's been your favorite Kay novel, so far?

This one is a hard one, because I liked them all to a greater or lesser degree. I think I would have to go with Song for Arbonne, because I think it's a structurally perfect book. But I also loved Tigana and Lions and the Fionavar Tapestry.

This book takes place in the here-and-now, and for that reason, it starts sooner. By which I mean that there is always a point in a Kay novel at which the narrative suddenly clicks for me, at which the book suddenly wounds me, and from that moment on, I can't put it down. Song for Arbonne didn't click for me until page 125ish, but I tend to read Kay with the certainty that everything I've read so far has meaning, even if it doesn't drag me kicking and screaming into the Story.
Oct. 26th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
I've got to re-read SONG, apparently. It didn't especially work for me, but other people loved it so much that I wonder if I just missed something in it, possibly due to my age when I read it.

TIGANA, OTOH...man. I love that book beyond reason. My husband says it's my favorite book. He might well be right. :)
Oct. 26th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
For some reason Song just didn't work for me - it never fully grabbed me. Lions (especially) and Tigana, on the other hand, will forever be at the top of my favourite fantasy list.
Oct. 27th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
I loved all of GGK's books, but especially the Sarantine Mosaic set - Lord of Emperors is my all-time favorite book.
Oct. 31st, 2006 07:12 am (UTC)
I adored that one as well -- I can't believe I forgot to mention it!
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
*throws envy tantrum*

Ooooh, Kay, sent in Provence. *covets*
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
set in Provence.
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
By coincidence, I started re-reading A Song for Arbonne this morning.

Words cannot contain my envy re Ysabel (although, you know, I'd be just as asquee at the prospect of a preview of House War...*g*).
Oct. 31st, 2006 07:10 am (UTC)
I don't think I've ever seen "asquee" before -- it works for me, though.

I promise a preview of HOUSE WAR when the editor says the revisions don't suck *wry g*. I kind of found the ending of that book very traumatizing, so the objectivity quotient for that one is particularly low.
Nov. 1st, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
Actually, I don't think I've seen "asquee" before, either. But, somehow it works, I think.

A preview of HOUSE WAR will be fantastic and extremely welcome, although if you're traumatised by the ending...Be afraid, be very afraid. *g* Won't stop me devouring it with glee, though.
Jun. 10th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
house war and asquee
asquee does work and am more than willing to be test case for house war(1-10) asquee points?
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