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November 11th, 2010
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So. I just finished reading "Pegasus" by Robin McKinley. I have kind of gotten used to her making facinating worlds, then just dropping them, so I kind of expect this is a stand-alone book.


BUT. So much is left unanswered. :( I spent most of the book wondering about the motivation of one particular character, then got to the end and have to wonder about the motivations of lots and lots of (historical) characters. Seriously, a cautionary tale would make so much more sense than what seems to have happened.

AND, the book ends with all sorts of stuff still hanging. In fact, I would go on a limb to say NOTHING has actually been decided. If it's the start of something, fine. But as a standalone, it leaves a great deal to be desired.



WHY did the sword recognize her? Why bother, unless it was important to the story?

WHAT is going to happen with the war? Will any of her brother survive it? If none do, that makes the first point more important - but not in this book.

WHY was there mention of it being okay for the leaders to communicate, but not for others, if the leaders can't? Unless, of course, Sylvi and Ebon END UP the leaders. Then, suddenly, that little conversation will make sense. But, again, that didn't happen in this book.

The king declares that the information revealed at the end will be studied. Fine. But we don't see the results in THIS book. If there's another book, this will, again, make more sense.


SO MUCH that requires another book, but past history tells me there won't be one. Robin McKinley doesn't write introductory books. :(

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From:affreca
Date:November 11th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
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Sequel is coming in 2012.
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From:solan_t
Date:November 11th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
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Ah, then much makes more sense. But it's so unlike her previous writing.
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From:solan_t
Date:November 11th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
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That does explain much. Thanks.


Of course, I still don't know why Fthoom seems hell bent on getting kicked out his ear.
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From:rowangolightly
Date:November 11th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
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*chuckle* And it looks as though she's fairly cranky about people calling it a sequel. She doesn't DO sequels!
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From:solan_t
Date:November 11th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
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See? See?! I know that down in my bones, which is why I just couldn't make heads or tails of this book.

I wonder who the hell talked her into this. The book's not THAT thick - I don't see why it was chopped in two like this.
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From:rowangolightly
Date:November 11th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
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I'd guess a publicist, but I'm betting she won't do that again!
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From:kd0r
Date:November 12th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
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Hope we see you at CONTRA this weekend.
David
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From:solan_t
Date:November 12th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
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If I do go, it won't be until Saturday.
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From:kd0r
Date:November 12th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
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Better just Saturday than not at all. Hope to see you there.
David
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