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Old 07-19-2010, 03:55 PM   #1
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Discussion: Sheepfarmer's Daughter by Elizabeth Moon (spoilers)

Wow... time flies. Time to discuss Book 1 of The Deed of Paksenarrion titled Sheepfarmer's Daughter.

I am still working on reading this... so I will check in as soon as I have finished. But, I have enjoyed it thus far and expect to read the full trilogy.

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Old 07-20-2010, 06:40 AM   #2
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I enjoyed it very much, although as some has stated the first book is a bit slow. Book 2 and 3 gets better.
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:00 AM   #3
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I recently read these as well, and they unfolded nicely, and often in directions I didn't expect.
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Old 07-20-2010, 08:45 AM   #4
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I loved it. I read the full trilogy.
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:13 AM   #5
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I would definitely buy book 4 if she was ever to come out with one.
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:21 AM   #6
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I went to Elisabeth Moons space online. The Paksenarrion series originally was written as one long story, it was broken into three for practical reasons when first published. This makes a lot of sense. Just reading book 1 feels a bit slow and incomplete obviously the series wasn't ment to be read as 3 separate books.

There's apparently two books covering the story of Gird:
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Gird, the patron saint of warriors in The Deed of Paksenarrion, was once a man around whom legends grew. Poverty, hunger, fear, and anger shaped this future leader, whose weakness for drink almost ended his cause--and his life. But his love for "his" people and his innate hunger for justice make him worthy of the legends.
The two books are:
Surrender none and Liar's Oath available from Baen.

Apparently the two books above have been merged into one: The Legacy of Gird:
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Publisher's Note: The Legacy of Gird was previously published in parts as Surrender None and Liar's Oath. Now we are able to offer both in a single trade edition which, because of its size, will probably never be offered in a mass market edition.

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Old 07-20-2010, 10:34 AM   #7
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Read it and enjoyed it. I'll put the remaining books on my TBR list, but won'y get to them for quite a while.

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.. The Paksenarrion series originally was written as one long story, it was broken into three for practical reasons when first published. This makes a lot of sense. ...
The change of perspective (or person, or whatever you call it) seemed a little strange to me. The majority of the book is written from Paks view, and then there is one chapter from the tortured captain's point of view. A little strange, but maybe it makes more sense in latter books.
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:42 AM   #8
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I've not yet finished book 1. But, I do plan to finish it. It's not all that bad. Just slow in places.
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:47 AM   #9
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I went to Elisabeth Moons space online. The Paksenarrion series originally was written as one long story, it was broken into three for practical reasons when first published. This makes a lot of sense. Just reading book 1 feels a bit slow and incomplete obviously the series wasn't ment to be read as 3 separate books.
Which is why the whole thing is what was nominated. It's been sold as one book for over a decade and I figured it was similar to Lord of the Rings which folks agreed was one book, but others decided that Deed was three and that Sheepfarmer's Daughter was what would be voted on.
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Which is why the whole thing is what was nominated. It's been sold as one book for over a decade and I figured it was similar to Lord of the Rings which folks agreed was one book, but others decided that Deed was three and that Sheepfarmer's Daughter was what would be voted on.
I do think given how slow book 1 or the first part is, we may have had a lot more people not finishing it ever.
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I find the world in this book to be full and well developed built slowly with small details. Paks as a character is great, engaging and well developed with many layers and depths.
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I do think given how slow book 1 or the first part is, we may have had a lot more people not finishing it ever.
Maybe, I don't know. The first time I read the whole thing it took 4 or 5 days, but I know I read faster than some folks.
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Compared to the Mysterious Island (June month book club read) I found it went by in turbo speed , so I guess it's all relative.
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I find the world in this book to be full and well developed built slowly with small details. Paks as a character is great, engaging and well developed with many layers and depths.

I agree. The tale of Gird is a 2 part sequel which explains a few things that occur in the later time frame.
The "story" continues with a new book .... "Oath of Fealty" which is the story of Kieri Phelan as king....
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Maybe, I don't know. The first time I read the whole thing it took 4 or 5 days, but I know I read faster than some folks.
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Compared to the Mysterious Island (June month book club read) I found it went by in turbo speed , so I guess it's all relative.
Why are we all in such a hurry? Internet time that most people are on these days drives me crazy. If i don't respond to an email at work within a few minutes I am getting an IM about it. We are so used to the 1 hour TV show which is really 42 minutes of content and every problem gets wrapped up nice an neat when expected.

I think people that read for pleasure probably have more patience than most though.

So, take your time, enjoy the book and don't be in such a hurry for it to move or end. I have never been board reading this book so far.

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