An unspoiled perspective on _Agyar_

Sun Jan 26 11:00:26 PST 2003

On Sun, 26 Jan 2003 08:51:42 -0600, you wrote:

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: lazarus [mailto:lazarus33pjf at cox.net] 
>> Sent: Saturday, January 25, 2003 10:13 PM
>> To: Steven Brust
>> Cc: David Goldfarb; dragaera at dragaera.info
>> Subject: Re: An unspoiled perspective on _Agyar_
>> On Sat, 25 Jan 2003 17:49:22 -0800, you wrote:
>> >At 04:44 PM 1/25/2003 -0800, David Goldfarb wrote:
>> >>not to risk damaging them.  So, he read _Agyar_ without 
>> being spoiled 
>> >>by the blurb.  He reports that he got about halfway through 
>> the book 
>> >>before the penny dropped -- he'd had clues before then, but it took 
>> >>the hero taking a shotgun blast before he was sure what was 
>> going on.
>> >
>> >Interesting.  But...I can't figure out how that dust jacket 
>> blurb could
>> >have given anything away that wasn't evident by about page 6.
>> >
>> I didn't get it until halfway through, either, but then, I went into
>> knowing exactly one thing, it was a Steve Brust novel.  That's it.  
>Never underestimate readers' obtuseness. (Mine included.) Maybe we get
>so accustomed to being told outright, so when someone doesn't hide it,
>but doesn't say it outright, we don't know what to do. If we believe
>everything we read, then it follows that we do not believe something we
>don't read!

I think it could also be due to the subtlety of Steve's writing.  Most
novelists would be very ham-handed about it, if nothing else pounding
you over the head with the fact that there might be a surprise, or a

Steve's writing is so damned subtle and smooth you find yourself
halfway through it before you get a chance to step back and evaluate
where you are from outside the book.



 "Therefore, my Harry, Be it thy course to busy giddy minds with
 foreign quarrels; that action, hence borne out, may waste the memory
 of the former days." -- King Henry IV, Part ii Act 4, Scene 5