Common Knowledge Series Lythande. Series: Lythande Series by cover. Series description. Related series Thieves' World. Heirs to Byzantium.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. In a recent discussion in a Goodreads group about how an author's or narrator's bad behavior — meaning truly bad, as in child abuse and rape and murder, not simply being an utter brat online — impacts one's perception of his work, Marion Zimmer Bradley naturally came up. If you don't know what I'm talking about — well, lucky you.
Go google "MZB daughter" or something like that if you want to know but you don't. Better yet, do a tiny bit to counteract evil and use goodsearch. In the dis In a recent discussion in a Goodreads group about how an author's or narrator's bad behavior — meaning truly bad, as in child abuse and rape and murder, not simply being an utter brat online — impacts one's perception of his work, Marion Zimmer Bradley naturally came up.
In the discussion, I said something about not being comfortable reading her work knowing what her pattern of behavior was. I had requested the book, and was glad that I received it though I then forget about it because it's an old … perhaps not a friend. Acquaintance, I suppose. Say what you will about her writing, Valdemar was perfectly crafted for the teenaged girl I was. I owned a copy of The Complete Lythande , enjoyed it, and loaned it a good friend … and like That's why I requested it, back when, and that's why I read it despite everything.source link
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I was right — the author's back story was ever present in my mind. Other reviewers are quite right as well: these stories should not have been collected in one volume as they are. The backbone of the series is that each mage of the Blue Star has a secret, and if that secret is discovered by another adept then follows a loss of magic and death. Oh, and adepts of the Blue Star can't eat or drink in the presence of other men.
And each of these things gets at least a couple of paragraphs in every single story, with very similar wording. I subsequently listened to a collection of Lord John stories by Diana Gabaldon. The main character is gay. But La Gabaldon never explicitly states this, much less says it in almost the same words over and over. I found myself making the comparison while listening to the third story in the book and waiting for something to nitpick about the character description.
It never came. It relates to the aura of the Thieves' World as a whole, but it's still … sad. I was frankly surprised at how indifferent I was to these stories. I know that once upon a time I devoured them. This time around it took me a long time to plough my way through.
View all 5 comments. Sep 09, Ginny Marie rated it it was amazing Shelves: challenge. Enjoyed them, of course, and hold an admiration for Marion Zimmerman Bradley. Apr 29, Kathy Sebesta rated it liked it. Let me start by saying that these stories are classic, well-crafted MZB and well worth reading.
So why three stars?