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Re: General Lesbian Fiction Suggestions?

Postby FranW » 16 Nov 2012, 06:40

I've never read anything of Carey's. When her first book came out, I looked at it and read the first line and was so appalled, because it was blatantly plagiarised from the first line of a famous Renault book, that I slammed it shut and put it back on the shelf and never looked at her stuff again. I read somewhere later that she claimed she re used that first line as "homage" to Renault, but, I dunno, it left a bad taste in my mouth. But the books are, according to all reviews, very good.
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Re: General Lesbian Fiction Suggestions?

Postby PaulaO » 16 Nov 2012, 09:36

LOL

Um, sorry?
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Re: General Lesbian Fiction Suggestions?

Postby FranW » 17 Nov 2012, 06:46

Jacqueline Carey: I'm a lifelong voracious reader and every author I admire has probably influenced my work, whether I realize it on a conscious level or not. The one I cite the most is Mary Renault, who wrote historical fiction set in ancient Greece. When I was ten years old, I read The Persian Boy. It was the first 'grown-up' work of fiction I read and I loved it . . . in fact, the first sentence of Kushiel's Dart is a deliberate homage.

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2004/200 ... arey.shtml

Here's the first sentence of The Persian Boy: "Lest anyone should suppose I am a son of nobody, sold off by some peasant father in a drought year, I may say our line is an old one, though it ends with me."

Here's the first sentence of Kushiel's Dart: "Lest anyone should suppose that I am a cuckoo's child, got on the wrong side of the blanket by lusty peasant stock and sold into indenture in a shortfallen season, I may say that I am House-born and reared in the Night Court proper, for all the good it did me."
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