Megan Whalen Turner Message Board
Lady posts on 12/23/2005 5:47:23 PM
i don't think the three countries should be combined. i like them being separate. just because they're allied doesn't mean they have to mesh. (side note: why are you calling them irene and helen? i like eddis and attolia so much better...) one of my favorite things about megan whalen turner is her subtleties. I love books where you could read SO much deeper into what everyone is saying. where the real meaning isn't SAID, it's implied, because, is it just me, or doesn't it seem as though when you SAY someone is, say, courageous, it's more powerful to come up with that yourself? (it's the same way in real life. sure, someone tells you mary is smart, but it means more to you if you SEE it) it's along the same principle as my favorite fiction philosophy. the reader makes the book, not the writer. the writer only prods the imagination and sends it in the right direction. i hate it when the writer GETS IN THE WAY and SAYS everything. megan whalen turner has a dandy way of sidling into the background and letting you float in the story by yourself.
rowana posts on 12/23/2005 9:15:44 AM
Very profound. You're right, MWT does weave in spoilers and comments like that. A lot of her characters' speech has possible double meanings which always have some connection with the events. It's possible, I think, that in order to unite all three countries, Helen's heir (by Sophos) and Irene's heir (by Gen) could eventually be forced into a political marriage. Or just fall in love. Their child would then inherit all three countries, and present a truly united front. I think Nahuseresh would like revenge, but I'm not sure if the Medes will play a large part in the next book – we were told at the end of the QOA that they'd all ‘be busy for several years' trying to accommodate the Emperor's death.
Burrahobbit posts on 12/23/2005 12:13:28 AM
Most definately and I higly doubt that the Nahusarush (forgive me please if the name is wrong) would allow Attolia to go unavenged. We just need to get rid of the present king of Sounus because he's not so sharp --or nice for that matter (Oh yes and I'm nice plotting to "get rid of" people and all...)
Flowerchild posts on 12/23/2005 12:03:37 AM
Wow. You're profound :) I agree that Sophos is in love with Helen & would very much like to see that aspect of the story worked upon.
Profound Me posts on 12/22/2005 2:45:53 PM
I have often considered posting something about the Queen's Thief series, but I found few words to fully convey the magnificence of those books. MWT should have received much more credit than she has in the past. The subtleties are what make the books so extraordinary. There are hints in each book about the outcome of that book, certainly, but there are also hints in each book about the outcome of the entire series. In the Thief, Gen says something to the effect of "No one will start a war because of me." What exactly happens in QOA? And in whose name is that war waged? Also, in the Thief, the magus discusses the problem the Medes will be to Attolia, Sounis, and Eddis, if they don't band together and fight them off. We learn about the Medes in the Thief, meet and loathe them in QOA, and what, may I ask, will we do to them in KOA? Could we possibly fight them? There is already an alliance between Eddis and Attolia upon the marriage of Eugenides and Irene. Isn't Sophos the heir to Sounis and isn't Sophos in love with Helen? Does anyone else think that Eddis will marry Sophos, forming an alliance between all three countries and a fortification against those vile Medes?
I thought the Thief was singular in its magnificence, so imagine my surprise when I saw QOA nestled among "its similar fellows". Imagine, also, my surprise when I learned there were others who shared my love for the charasmatic and lovable Eugenides.
Thank you for listening and to everyone, be blessed in your endeavors.
Rowana posts on 12/6/2005 11:10:27 AM
In case anyone's interested, a lovely person has posted the first few paragraphs of the new book (from an ARC) on the livejournal community (under the spoilers post), as an excerpt of sorts, because Harper Collins haven't sorted out their online chapter excerpt yet. So if anyone wants to read the first few paragraphs of 'The king of Attolia' as a taster, or request more...
Rowana posts on 11/25/2005 4:49:44 PM
*nods* I agree with Caroline. There are some wonderfully insightful, thoughful, epic, respected in their own right fanfics out there. The good ones are usually more AU, more an original story than fanfic, but you do get good ones that stick to the canon. I read lots of fanfic, bad and good. Most are bad but it's worth digging to find the good ones. :)
Caroline posts on 11/25/2005 4:42:24 PM
Im kinda in the middle. I rarely read fanfics of any sorts, but the ones I do read usually show alot of insight inot the characters and storyline. However, I think Lady is right, most fanfic authors rarely put that type of effort into their stories. But I guess there are always the exceptions.
Featherbrain posts on 11/23/2005 4:54:41 PM
But fanfics are so FUN! I like to see the cheesy random things people come up with.
Victoria posts on 11/23/2005 2:08:42 PM
It was EXCELLENT.
I really, really hope there shall be a book after KoA, too. There HAS to be more to the story...
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