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I ve read bits and pieces of Lythande over the years and was happy to have them all in one place Enjoyed them, of course, and hold an admiration for Marion Zimmerman Bradley. A little way in I was finding it a tad disjointed, which is only understandable for a book that began life as a series of short stories, but at the end it all ties up fairly decently.Overall very enjoyable, but I couldn t give it a higher rating because of the inconsistencies It seems to be set in about 3 different worlds, and some stories are light hearted and others very dark and serious Lythande seems to vacillate pretty wildly between heroic and cynically callous. Let me start by saying that these stories are classic, well crafted MZB and well worth reading So why three stars Because they should never have been compiled into a collection of their own The character Lythande has many special aspects that have to be explained in each story, and not only does that become terribly repetitious when you re reading them back to back, but it also consumes way too much of the time you re spending reading So buy the book and put it somewhere you pick up only once in a while Enjoy a story then put the book aside for another month or year.
Quarto livro a contar para o bookbingo 2019, correspondente a 6 Um livro de um autor que gostavas de conhecerQuem conhece este blog e n o caiu aqui de para quedas, sabe da minha paix o pelas Brumas de Avalon E mesmo sabendo que, eventualmente, a autora n o era a pessoa mais s do mundo considerando as acusa es p stumas que lhe foram feitas a realidade que separo muito bem, na minha cabe a, a pessoa da sua arte E sem d vida que Marion Zimmer Bradley tinha um toque especial para a escrita.Lythande um conjunto de v rios contos que encontrei, por acaso, quando procurava por alguns ebooks Nem toda a gente acha grande piada a contos, mas eu n o me importo de os ler, at porque permite que se v intercalando com outros livros A nica coisa que gostei menos mas que percebo a inten o a repeti o, em cada um dos contos, das regras que Lythande est obrigado por ser um adepto da estrela azul Percebo porque, inicialmente, estes contos foram publicados em separado ao longo de quase 20 anos e porque podem ser lidos por uma qualquer ordem.A escrita , sem d vida, maravilhosa Lythande mais juvenil que todos os outros livros que li desta escritora mas n o perde qualidades por isso Valeu a pena por ter regressado escrita de Marion Zimmer Bradley e deixou me com vontade de repetir a leitura das Brumas I received this book as part of an Early Reviewers Edition That being said I m very glad this book was compiled and published This is a posthumous anthology of stories of the wandering Magician and Musician Lythande who is a woman compelled by her society and associations to live secretly as a man MZB was well known in her life as a writer with a very keen sense of Women s issues and brought that to her writing These stories carry on that tradition in an interesting way Lythande actually isn t that most powerful magician In many of the stories, Lythande is overwhelmed by other magics or other powers and must use her brain and luck to get out of a sticky situation Also interestingly, the stories aren t always a confrontation, but ratherdomestic The final story, the only one unpublished up until now, tells of Lythande helping return a young girl to her family and then helping them come to the understanding that they must send her to school for magic in order to protect her and themselves Bradley started writing in the fifties and this kind of story would have been much less likely to have been written without the impact of MZB and other writers continuing to push the envelope of fantasy as it relates to women That being said, each story stands on its own and was published on its own so each story has to weave into it that Lythande is a woman pretending to be a man because of her training as a magician that she can t eat or drink in front of men, etc There are various world building elements of the narrative that have to be addressed in every story so that the reader knows what s going on Makes sense when there is only one story but when there are 21 of them it does eat up a fair amount of reading space. Despite being a fan of MZB s works, I had actually never heard of these short stories until I was approved of a copy through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers programme This book is a collection of short stories featuring the mercenary magician Lythande With each story, the reader learns a littleabout Lythande and the secrets that she carries The stories themselves were interesting, a mix of light tales andserious quests One title, The Footsteps of Retribution , was especially chilling The stories were also a lot funnier at times than I initially thought it would be, which was a pleasant surprise Lythande comes across some exasperating characters along the way, which adds a splash of colour to her travels My favourite stories from this collection would probably have to be The Incompetent Magician , Someone Else s Magic , The Footsteps of Retribution , The Virgin and the Volcano , Chalice of Tears , North to Northwander and The Gratitude of Kings The world in which these stories take place was also intriguing, mysterious and familiar in some ways and yet in other ways it s not The different schools of magicians were interesting this Final Battle between Law and Chaos that her order speaks of was especially intriguing I initially thought that the various stories would somehow make its way to that battle but then realised it was merely part of the adepts beliefs and end goal destination , as were some of the strange kingdoms that Lythande found herself in It was a bit baffling at times as well.Overall, The Complete Lythande was an interesting and wondrous read I ve always found MZB to be a wonderful storyteller with a unique voice in the fantasy genre and this collection once again reinforces that in my mind I m also quite glad that the publishers decided to collect and re release these stories, I would definitely recommend checking them out, especially for fantasy fans who have enjoyed MZB s previous works The original review of this collection was posted on my blog at This book collects the various short stories MZB wrote about the mage Lythande It s an excellent collection with stories written over the last 20 years of Bradley s life.As might be expected with a collection of thinly connected stories written over such a long time, there are continuity issues The actual world Lythande inhabits fluctuates, from two orsecondary worlds to some version of our world and back It s occasionally jarring, but the stories aren t about world building anyway a minor annoyance.More annoying is the constant re stating of Lythande s backstory situation Of course it s completely understandable and was really unavoidable each story was published somewhere different for a potentially new audience, and Bradley did a fine job of bringing the necessary facts to each story in a different way So, another minor annoyance really.The editing, proofreading, and formatting are truly first rate in the ebook edition I received Much appreciation to Elisabeth Waters, Judith Tarr, and Vonda N McIntyre Overall it s a pleasant collection of mostly short, simple stories centered around a decent character finding interesting situations Definitely recommended.Note I recieved this book free for an honest review. &FREE ☠ The Complete Lythande ↛ It S A Long Wait Until The Final Battle Between Law And Chaos, When All Adepts Of The Blue Star Are Pledged To Fight On The Side Of Law So What Does One Do In The Intervening Centuries Lythande Has To Earn A Living, After All Music And Magic Are Saleable Skills Sometimes Both Together There S A Magic LuteThe Allure Of A Mermaid S Songa Temperamental Music Loving Dragonmagical Artifacts That Will Allow No One To Turn Them From Their Appointed Destinationsan Unexpectedly Dangerous Small Child Lythande S Life Is Full Of Challenges, Of Which The Biggest Is Never Allowing The Secret That Preserves Each Adept S Power To Be Revealed, On Pain Of Total Loss Of Magic Oh, And Death Ho trascinato la lettura per tre mesi sperando di sentirmi maggiormente ispirata ma inutilmente Il libro non scorre, non prende, noioso Peccato perch lo spunto della storia poteva essere interessante ma ci troviamo di fronte ad una collezzione di sorie , piccoli racconti che ci presentano Lithande senza raccontarci nel dettagli la sua storia ma ripetendoci a grandi linee il fatto che un mago donna che deve nascondere la sua identit di genere in quanto ha conquistato la sua magia mentendo e nascondendo il suo esasere donna ed ora deve continuare a nasconderlo se vuole mantenere il suo potere Ogni piccola storia in qualche modo a s e racconta di nuovo cose gi raccontate in precedenza Il personaggio avrebbe giovato di una storia di maggiore respiro, del racconto dettagliato delle circostanze che l hanno porata dov e un approfondimento maggiore del mondo in cui vive piu che queste piccole avventure alla fine assai simili tra di loro. I second the other reviewers opinion that all these stories shouldn t be put in an single volume The character of Lythande takes explanation and as these stories were originally written as stand alone, the explanation appears in each story.It gets tedious A few of them are alsolesser At least once, I suspected someone got ahold of a story from MZB s trash bin.Ah well Overall, it was nice wander through the Lythande world again.