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Lyonesse av Jack Vance
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Lyonesse (urspr publ 1983; utgåvan 1994)

av Jack Vance (Författare)

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Lyonesse is one of the ten kingdoms of the Edler Isles and Casmir, its ruthless and ambitious king, is at the centre of intrigue as their rulers contend for control. Casmir¿s beautiful but other-worldly daughter, Suldrun, is a key element in his plans: he intends to cement alliances by arranging a marriage. But Suldrun defies him. She is confined to her beloved garden, where she meets her love, and her tragedy unfolds. Lyonesse is a spellbinding fantasy masterpiece of eerie beauty, mystery and enchantment as intrigue, war, magic, adventure and romance are interwoven in a rich and sweeping tale set in a fabled land.… (mer)
Medlem:Pezski
Titel:Lyonesse
Författare:Jack Vance (Författare)
Info:HarperCollins Publishers (1994), Edition: paperback / softback
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:read-in-2016, fantasy, high-fantasy, myth, mythic, mythology, fairy-tale, male-author

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Lyonesse: Suldrun's Garden av Jack Vance (1983)

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Let's be clear: it's not perfect, and it's not for everybody. But (for me) it's imperfections seem deliberate and charming. It was apparently written in the 1980s, but has the air of something written in the 1940s crossed with something written in the 1600s.

If you're familiar with the "romance" genre--not the Harlequin or Mills & Boone kind of romance, but the antecedent of the novel, exemplified in Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia, you will have a sense of what to expect: a dazzling array of characters, whose character is little delved into, points-of-view that skip all over the place, an uneven sense of scale and description (there is no guarantee that the more that is written, the more important it is. At one point he lists, in list form, the characteristics of a dozen or-so individual fairies, none of whom enter into the story), and other such flaws.

And yet, it felt like a masterwork to me, and criticizing it would be like criticizing The Odyssey or Grimms' Fairy Tales. I loved it. It was odd, but lovely, and very much itself throughout.

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s). I feel a lot of readers automatically render any book they enjoy 5, but I grade on a curve!
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  ashleytylerjohn | Oct 13, 2020 |
Wow. What a wonderful surprise!

For an early eighties fantasy, it reads rather fantastically easy, with a near perfect blend of adventure, spry heroes and heroines, and an almost mythical command of myth, history, and magic in a hugely creative blend. We're not even bogged down in any such weird concepts like "historical accuracy", either.

And actually, I loved the whole idea of slap-dashing a whole continent next to Gaul and throwing in Merlin (Murgen), Mithra, evil christians, the fae, chivalry, high Celts, and so much more.

None of it overwhelmed the taste of adventure, where three kingdoms vied, played, made alliances, and started wars during a span of 30 years, and the characterizations were pure fantasy boilerplate, but lest you get turned off by that idea, just know that they all go through tons of changes... heck, they went through nearly as many as what happen to the plot, itself.

Is that a problem? Hell no. Not for me. I was actually rather amazed at the sheer scope of where we started, from a princess's childhood (Suldrun), her setup as a fairytale, then the betrayal of her wonderful prince (Aillas), their love, and their tragedy merely sets the stage, even if it takes up a sizable portion of the book. The rest of the tale happens to be one of the best written and most imaginative, quickly paced, and thoroughly satisfying traditional fantasy novels I've ever read, staying firmly on the road of adventure, adventure, adventure.

Aillas's tragedy is only the starting point, after all, and making a ladder out of bones is just the beginning, especially after he learns that his lost Suldrun had a child.

Tons of trigger points for me, and I've never gotten tired of such tales. I just can't believe how awesome the adventure was, or just how much was accomplished all the way to a mostly happy ending.

And now that I've finished the first book in the trilogy and loved it, I have absolutely no reason not to enthusiastically dive into The Green Pearl. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
I decided to borrow this, as it was available on Libby, and I had nothing to read with me. I recognized the title as it was on my Goodreads "to-read" shelf (I added it after finding it on a list of best fantasy books or best fantasy series somewhere a while back.)

This has only served to exacerbate my boredom; even if it does get better I doubt it's worth the slog. ( )
  yvonnekins | May 18, 2020 |
Weet niet goed wat ik hier over neer moet schrijven. Op zich een leuk verhaal, dat zich afspeelt in een ver verleden op Aarde.

Misschien later. ( )
  EdwinKort | Oct 18, 2019 |
Una bellissima e lunghissima fiaba fantasy. Vance rimarrà sempre un grande. ( )
  Angela.Me | Jun 10, 2017 |
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Lyonesse is one of the ten kingdoms of the Edler Isles and Casmir, its ruthless and ambitious king, is at the centre of intrigue as their rulers contend for control. Casmir¿s beautiful but other-worldly daughter, Suldrun, is a key element in his plans: he intends to cement alliances by arranging a marriage. But Suldrun defies him. She is confined to her beloved garden, where she meets her love, and her tragedy unfolds. Lyonesse is a spellbinding fantasy masterpiece of eerie beauty, mystery and enchantment as intrigue, war, magic, adventure and romance are interwoven in a rich and sweeping tale set in a fabled land.

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