Book of Athyra

Mon May 5 06:39:17 PDT 2003

Thomas FURNITURE ARTIST wondered aloud to the group:
 >Re-reading it (yes, finished already) I believe I can say that though I
 >almost burn with curiousity in regards to what Vlad and Loiosh were
 >thinking, I did rather enjoy it being told from the viewpoint of Savn.

I disliked it intensely.  In my impression, _Athyra_ is about forty pages 
of story stretched out to 200 by the expedient of a POV character who knows 
less than anyone else, *including the reader*.  Ignorant POV characters are 
no crime in storytelling, but their most effective use is to smooth 
exposition--you can tell exposition to an ignorant character to mask 
telling the reader.

But Savn was ignorant of things we already knew.  For me, at least, that 
meant I spent most of the book going, "Yes, that's Vlad. Yes, that's 
Loiosh. Yes, I know why an Easterner acts like a Jhereg and has a 
jhereg.  Yes, this, yes, that, yes, I know this other thing already, too, 
just tell the blasted story."
Plus none of Vlad's usual supporting cast?  Bah.

"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil?  You're
crazy."--Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist in his project to
drill for oil in 1859.
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