Date: 2017-04-06 07:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nelc
I've read two of those, Well, I started to read The Riddlemaster of Hed but I got irritated by having to stop and solve the riddles (and not at all by being unable to solve the riddles, no, no, no, no,... yes).

Date: 2017-04-06 07:49 pm (UTC)
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You can't possibly solve the riddles on first reading; the local use of riddle is way closer to "koan about magical history" than it is to "clever word puzzle".

Date: 2017-04-07 01:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nelc
Well, that's even more irritating, and explains why I was unable to solve them.

Date: 2017-04-07 02:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] graydon
Well, yes. But the process by which the protagonists solve them strikes me has having something worthwhile to it.

Date: 2017-04-07 10:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nelc
To be honest, my attempt to read the book was forty years ago (Forty years? Huh, how did that happen?) and my frustration is all I recall. I don't have the book anymore to try again.

Date: 2017-04-07 03:13 pm (UTC)
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Time passes.

Those three books collectively entirely melted my brain when I was twelve or so; McKillip's work went on to be a major formative influence. So I am perhaps not a good person to provide reasons why it's worth obtaining a copy.

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