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Date: 2016-11-02 03:35 (UTC)
thistleingrey: (0)

I've read Sayers quite out of order because I began with Gaudy Night on the recommendation of my employer (a librarian) while in college. :P I did go through each of them and the shorts within a year or two total, but it was as I could find copies. Anyway, I agree that they're worth having in toto.

Mileage always varies, but I found Lymond both fascinating and kind of repulsively modern at the same time (despite being hard to squick generally), such that I skipped stonily through #5 and needed some effort to finish #6. The books and the whole endeavor are brilliant, no question, but they are oddly selective in their emphases, in kind of the way that Wordsworth was at times a Romantic medievalist, or at least a romanticizing one, to the material's detriment. Though I read them during the trough between undergrad and grad (without benefit of quals prep--because subsequently I read a fair amount of Middle Scots), I could never quite get past the selectiveness. I dunno. I've bounced twice off the Niccolò books and not looked back, and fumbled my way through King Hereafter, which doesn't try to monumentalize its male hero in nearly the way the Lymond books do and thus didn't cause me the same trouble.
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