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I started writing this as a comment on a G'lake thread, but it got long and off topic, so I'm making it a journal entry instead.

I've mentioned before that I absolutely love this quote, from The Blue Place by Nicola Griffith: "Pain is only a message." This, combined with the way self-defense and general awareness figure in the Aud books, has literally changed my life.

On NOT being unduly afraid. )
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Has anybody ready The King of Attolia and/or A Conspiracy of Kings?

How are they?

I adore The Thief and The Queen of Attolia SO MUCH. To me, they're perfection in literature. They're on the short list of books, and Turner is on the short list of authors, that I love so much I will never look for or read or attempt to write fanfic for them -- because the books are complete, in and of themselves, and any fic that's even slightly less-perfect would be such a huge step down from the canon itself that it would break my heart in half.

So I have shiny new copies of The King of Attolia and A Conspiracy of Kings sitting on my bedroom floor (er. I might need to clean my room.), and I'm trying to decide if I'm brave enough to read them.

What if they're not as good as the first two?

Any thoughts?

No spoilers, please. Just tell me if, loving the first two so much, I'm likely to be disappointed by the next two.


The rest of that short list? Ellen Emerson White's Vietnam-era books, Edith Pattou's East, and everything by Nicola Griffith (though I'd make an exception on that if [livejournal.com profile] kitty_ryan  was the one writing). Diana Wynne Jones would be on the list, but she's written so very many widely divergent and wonderously creative things, it feels less profane to fic her work, even if you make a bosh of it.

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