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“My shining dishonesty will be the salvation of me”

Subtitled: Confessions of a Megan Whalen Turner Fan

book coverIt’s true, I love Megan Whalen Turner’s books, specifically the series beginning with The Thief. Trouble is, I’d love to be able to tell you all about it, but that’s very difficult, since there’s a rather large twist in The Thief which the other two build on, so I just have to say: you should read it! Trust me!

book coverA summary (without giving anything away) – it’s notable for its really clever writing; vivid narrator with a keen sense of irony; fantasy world based on Ancient Greece (although set in more Byzantine times (with guns and stuff)); swords!; and of course a great twist that will make you want to read it again so you can see all the obvious hints you missed the first time around because you didn’t know any better. It really is very clever. Whatever you do, you have have have to read them in order: The Thief; The Queen…; The King… and you have have have to read them, so reserve them now.

Plus a piece of trivia:

Being a woman of good taste, MWT is a fan of Diana Wynne Jones* , and she has inserted a Howl’s Moving Castle quote into The Thief and The King…, if you see below –

The Thief:

“My youngest is down in the prison” says the landlady…

“Oh,” I said, not surprised. They probably hadn’t bribed the tax collector enough. “Don’t worry too much,” I said as the magus dragged my horse away. “It’s not so bad.” …

“What a lie that was,” I added under my breath as we left the inn behind.

Howl’s Moving Castle:

“Go to bed, you fool,” Calcifer said sleepily. “You’re drunk.”

“Who, me?” said Howl. “I assure you, my friends, I am cone sold stober.” He got up and stalked upstairs, feeling for the wall as if he thought it might escape him unless he kept in touch with it. His bedroom door did escape him. “What a lie that was!” Howl remarked as he walked into the wall. “My shining dishonesty will be the salvation of me.”

I quite like that.

For fans: check out the community (beware spoilers!), plus there’s another book coming out next year apparently.

* My copy of The King of Attolia has *extras*, including a list of books she recommends (she recommends The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff, for example).


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  1. kym

    You have been indoctrinated.

  2. Grimm

    Happily! (Translation: Kym recommended the books.)

  3. Te Aroha

    Hey there!
    I have just one thing to say.

    Also, how did you find the Sounis site? Is it not awesome? Are there actual Sounis *members* hanging around Wellington??

    And again: If you look carefully, you’ll find that the ‘What a lie THAT was’ tribute line is actually repeated again in The King of Attolia. Without giving too much away, all I can say is that Eugenides says it, on page 307, near the top of the page.

    That was three things. Hmm.

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