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Reply #20 on: April 07, 2010, 03:28:47 PM
Came late to this one - built up a bit of a podcastle backlog over the past few weeks - but I did rather enjoy this one. It's not one of Podcastle's stronger offerings (or, for that matter, one of Elizabeth Bear's stronger offerings) - it felt to me that the story's style and the story's plot, while each on their own something I would really enjoy, just didn't really gel together all that well. This was most felt 2/3s into the story when the princess returns from her nighttime tryst with the bandit, suddenly sure of facts she had no way of knowing. It's not that moment in itself - it's rather that when I heard that moment, it felt like it had taken the story that long to decide what sort of story it wanted to be.


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Reply #21 on: April 12, 2010, 09:23:35 PM
Full disclosure: I usually listen to audio stories while doing something else, like commuting or doing yard work.  That generally has not been a problem.

I started listening to this story three times.  Each time, at some point I realized that the words were still coming into my ears but I had no idea what I had just been listening to.  My attention had been wandering. I could have backed up and listened again, but didn't feel the motivation.  I have a bit of a backlog that I'm catching up on, why spend my time pushing myself once more on this one?

I can't really say whether it was the writing, or the narration, or that I'm just not so into stories of plucky princesses.  But, as some others have said, it just didn't grab me.


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Reply #22 on: April 19, 2010, 04:35:43 AM
The part I enjoyed most in this story were the central Asian/Turkish setting. Yes that was the reason some of you found the names confusing. I've actually never read/heard a science fiction story that the main character had a Turkish name and some of the structure of the world and titles were pulled from ancient Turkish traditions. Keep it up!


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Reply #23 on: April 21, 2010, 04:44:52 PM
I'm going to have to read this one, I'm afraid. Listening to it didn't really catch my attention, and like Farseeker said, my attention wandered. I also felt like the Talus were completely arbitrary, though in reading some of the comments, I may have missed more than I thought.

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Reply #24 on: April 27, 2010, 02:16:29 AM
The Talus are excellent and reminded me of Terry Pratchett's trolls. :)

However, the story confused me - like others in this thread, I got lost in the names and filial associations. This was a world I could really warm to otherwise, and I wanted to more about how they used magic. One of the best scenes in recent memory: when she stood naked in front of the bandit and refused to shake; elegant, bold and titillating. :)

Am really looking forward to checking out Shadow Unit too..



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Reply #25 on: April 27, 2010, 11:10:06 PM
Getting ready to do the feedback for this one and noticed several people saying they'd enjoy reading more stories set in this world. To which Bear says: it's set in the same place as her forthcoming novellas Bone and Jewel Creatures and The Steles of the Sky, forthcoming from Subterranean Press in 2010 and 2011. So, keep an eye out.  :)


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Reply #26 on: May 18, 2010, 09:00:40 PM
The story wasn't all that engaging, but I did enjoy the world-building.  The Taluses were interesting creatures, although (as others have said) their relevancy with the storyline was vague at best.  I can only guess that they are symbolic of the princess's life, as she decides to either be lead by others and (like the domesticated Talus) be the wife and trophy of someone else's political climb, or decide her own fate (as the wild Talus).  I'd definitely interested in hearing/reading more about this world. 

I'm a little surprised, though, that the royal incest didn't raise any eyebrows in the forums.  It sounded like she knew that Tamil was her brother and did it anyway.  Whoa!


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Reply #27 on: May 09, 2012, 06:38:54 PM
For anyone who enjoyed this, or perhaps even for some of you who didn't, Elizabeth Bear has just released a full novel set in this universe: Range of Ghosts. Mostly it's a different set of characters, but Nilafur has a small role. I'm finding it quite excellent! I didn't experience any difficulty keeping track of familial connections, which was one of the primary complaints with this one, so it may be worth checking out even if you had issues with this story.

I didn't make the connection until I was about 80% done with the books and the Taluses made an appearance. I was like "wait.. giant, ground-eating living rocks.. that sounds awfully familiar."

I'm pretty sure it's going to be the first in a series (not quite done yet, but there's way too much still hanging for it to be wrapped up in the few pages I have left).

Anyway, its good. Check it out.