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In case you ever need to talk me into doing something, the magic words are Iain M. Banks.
Kamo over at This Is How She Fight Start is organizing a read along of Banks’ Inversions for later this month. Join Kamo, Two Dudes in an Attic, and myself, as we convince the rest of the universe that Iain M Banks was the best thing to ever happen to said universe. Because you’ll be joining us, tweet Kamo or comment on his announcement and let him know you want the deets. Come on, it’ll be fun!
The first sentence of the Wikipedia for Inversions page states
Banks has said “Inversions was an attempt to write a Culture novel that wasn’t.”
I didn’t scroll down any further, didn’t want spoilers.
I’m only about 50 pages in so far, and at least twice I have already audibly exclaimed “damn I love you Banks” while reading. If I don’t respond to tweets or e-mails for the next 24 hours, this book is why.
Well my friends, this is it. We’ve come to the end of our read along for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Make sure to watch Dab of Darkness for announcements about a continuing read along in N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy.
Will someone please make a time machine for me, so I can go back to 2010 and read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms back when it first came out? Calling this book amazing just doesn’t cut it, because it’s also innovative, ground breaking, gorgeously written, and I could talk for hours and hours about the characters. Ehh, maybe I should actually write a formal review? But before that, I better get to this week’s questions, which were provided by Lauren from Violin in a Void. Head over to her site to see what everyone else said.
btw, let it be known: I’m an idiot. Because many of us had finished the book early, Lauren so kindly sent out questions early so we could write up our responses while it was fresh in our minds. Was it fresh in my mind when I got her e-mail? you bet! is it still fresh in my mind 5 days later? not so much. Lauren = brilliant, me = idiot.
Questions, answers, and buckets and buckets of spoilers (and me rambling) is after the jump!
Hi Everyone, we’re up to week three of our Hundred Thousand Kingdoms read along! The book hit incredible around page ten, so I bet everyone had as tough a time as I did stopping at the end of this week’s section. I’m our host this week, so leave your link in the comments, and everyone can hop around and read everyone’s answers.
What everyone else said:
(I will add more as I find them)
Here’s this week’s discussion questions. . . spoilers abound!
1. T’vril takes Yeine to the servant’s party. What did you think of that party, and of Sieh’s part in it?
Well, we find out a little later how the high nobles amuse themselves, so I’m happy T’vril took her to a more fun type of party. And what a great magic trick by Sieh! It’s sobering that Sieh’s attitude is “we’re all slaves”, but it was neat to see him in a different physical body. I’d like to get more of Sieh’s point of view, he seems so confused by Yeine, he has to constantly remind himself that she’s not Enefa. I think this is the first time Yeine has seen him in anything but his child’s body? I wish Yeine had been able to have more fun at the party.
2. Yeine presents herself as such a nice, compassionate person. Did your feelings about her change after the meeting she and Nahadoth had with Gemd? Read the rest of this entry »
Hi Everyone! We’re getting into the nitty gritty of the holy-shit-WHAT that’s happening in N.K. Jeminin’s incredible The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. This week’s discussion questions were provided by Anya of On Starships and Dragonwings. Head over to her blog to link around to everyone who is participating!
As you’re reading this, I’m enroute to a work thing involving layovers in snowy cities, hotel bars, training sessions, and really long meetings. Internet access and free time will be severely limited, so I’ll catch up with everyone on Thursday morning. Apologies in advance if your comment gets stuck in moderation.
We’re in the spoilerific sections of the book already, so I’ve blotted out the spoilery bits before the jump. and then I just was having way too much fun blotting stuff out. ;)
1) We’ve started to learn about a side of Yeine’s mother that Yeine can barely believe existed. No one in this story seems all that capable of telling the objective truth, however, so who do you think Kinneth really was? A devoted mother? A traitorous schemer? Evil and cruel?
2) Wow major plot reveal Batman! Finding out about Yeine’s second soul was not something I saw coming at all. Did you suspect? Have any other theories? What do you think of this major plot development? What do you think Yeine should do?
3) We’ve gotten to know a lot more about Darr in this section and their traditions have both good and bad sides it seems to me. What do you think of their coming-of-age ritual for the women? What about women soldiers and men being left to protect the children? Any other traditions that struck you?
4) The Walking Death played a pretty big role in the past given none of this would have happened if Yeine’s father hadn’t gotten sick. There was discussion in the previous section about how the Death only infects commoners and those of high-birth aren’t affected. What do you think the Death really is? Any theories on why it infects only certain people?
5) Finally, we’ve learned a lot more about our enslaved gods between getting to know Nahadoth better, finding out what is up with Sieh, and seeing a rather bitter side of Kurue. What do you think of all these revelations? Has your favorite god changed?
Ready for some spoilers? LET’S DO IT.
Welcome to the first part of our read along of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, part 1! This week’s discussion questions were provided by Susan from Dab of Darkness, so head over to her blog for links to everyone who is participating.
This week’s discussion covers chapters 1 through 9. Just joining us? Click here for the schedule, and if you’d like to be added to the discussion e-mail list, let me know in the comments. :D
Let’s get started with our first conversation!
1) We’ve met our narrator, Yeine. What are your first impressions? Do you like the chosen form of story telling so far?
I’m usually a fan of first person POV, so I’m enjoying the way the story is presented. Sometimes I feel like Yeine is whispering to the reader, breaking the fourth wall a little bit, especially when she seems so concerned about her own method of storytelling. This whole thing is a giant flashback, isn’t it? She seems so sad, like this is the last story she’ll ever tell. I know i’m reading way more into her “voice” than I should be, but I like it when authors give me those tendrils of characterization, that i can’t help but follow them, even if I’m going in the wrong direction.
That was a really long winded way of saying I really really like the chosen form of storytelling!
And I like Yeine. This scene gave her some major brownie points:
He stared at me for a moment. “Your mother did not tell you?”
“Tell me what?”
“Of the Enefadeh”
Welcome friends! This is the final post in our Republic of Thieves read along. I hope everyone had a good time? It was one helluva book, wasn’t it? This week’s questions come courtesy of Allie of Tethyan Books. Head on over to her blog for the link list of everyone who is participating, and you’re welcome to leave your link in the comments here as well.
So many, and i do mean SO MANY spoilers abound, so questions and answers are after the jump. I can’t help but tease though. . . .
1. The Republic of Thieves: It’s the first and final performance! What did you think of the play? Were you entertained, or eager to get on with the rest of the story? Also, how do you feel about how the play fits in the novel, in terms of the story and the characters who play the parts?
2. The Other Performance: Of course, the GB and company had another important performance to get through—the one that ensures none of them end up hanged! What was your favorite part of this scheme? Do you agree with their plan for dealing with Moncraine’s treachery?