An unspoiled perspective on _Agyar_

Sun Jan 26 12:49:28 PST 2003

At 11:00 AM 1/26/2003 -0800, lazarus 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.
>I think it could also be due to the subtlety of Steve's writing.

This is all very flattering (and it is, really...and I do not mind in the 
least being flattered) but misses my point.

When I said I couldn't see what the hardcover dustjacket might have given 
away, I meant just that.  It seems to me that that jacket copy was a really 
lovely piece of work, that gave the tone and feel of the book, but didn't 
give away anything at all.  Certainly the "V" word was never used, and I 
don't think the hints from the jacket are any broader or clearer than the 
hints in the first chapter or two of the book.