• Title: Swordspoint
  • Author: Ellen Kushner Dion Graham Katherine Kellgren Robert Fass NickSullivan SimonJones
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Audible Audio
  • Swordspoint Author Ellen Kushner is also a popular performer and National Public Radio host Sound Spirit For years fans have been asking her to record her own audiobook of Swordspoint To mark the th anniversar
    Author Ellen Kushner is also a popular performer and National Public Radio host Sound Spirit For years, fans have been asking her to record her own audiobook of Swordspoint To mark the 25th anniversary of the book s publication, Ellen teamed up with Sue Zizza of SueMedia Productions, known for her signature touches of soundscapes and sound effects, multi voiced dAuthor Ellen Kushner is also a popular performer and National Public Radio host Sound Spirit For years, fans have been asking her to record her own audiobook of Swordspoint To mark the 25th anniversary of the book s publication, Ellen teamed up with Sue Zizza of SueMedia Productions, known for her signature touches of soundscapes and sound effects, multi voiced dramatizations, and all the techniques of illuminated production Together they have made Swordspoint a brand new audio experience, in which the full supporting cast dramatizes and illuminates key scenes from Ellen s compelling narration.In the highly stratified world of Kushner s nameless old city, the aristocrats living in fine mansions on the Hill settle their differences by sending to the thieves den of Riverside for swordsmen who will fight to the death for a point of someone else s honor.Young Lord Michael Godwin is so taken by these romantic figures that he studies the art himself until challenged by the best of them.Master of the Sword, Richard St Vier is picky in his contracts and precise in his killing but he nevertheless becomes embroiled in the nobility s political, social and sexual intrigues When his lover Alec is kidnapped by Lord Horn, St Vier must take drastic action.

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    1. I read very little of this book. While it is well written (I say this in respect to those who like it greatly) it is not a book I care to get involved in. The world while well crafted is one that creeps toward debauchery and cynicism on an almost monumental scale. There are actually (so far as I can see) no "heroes" here, very little that is redeeming. It's claim to fame is a drama in a world of those who see themselves as sly sophisticates. Please enjoy it if it's to your taste as fiction It is [...]

    2. First, I should point out that the audiobook of this novel is a fantastic treat, including multiple voices including the author, herself, but also ambient sounds such as background conversations and even a cat! Music, too! But don't let that dissuade you, either, because it's all low-key enough to let us focus mainly on the tale at hand.So what is this? Is it really fantasy?Honestly, I don't think there's much fantasy at all, but if you like swords and high 18th century culture on a slight stero [...]

    3. my goodness, but this was fun the time I started worrying that the twisty subterfuge would drain the story of momentum I looked up and realized I'd practically inhaled this badboy to the 70 percent mark. and then some shit went down and my heart was pounding in my throatanwhile, this edition has a trio of follow-up stories at the end, so 70 percent turned out to be 90 percent. bravo!a lush, layered, ingeniously taut melange of gripping skullduggery, sword fights, bisexual escapades, and even a p [...]

    4. I picked this up for a couple of euro in one of my favourite second-hand bookshops because I'd heard it recommended numerous times on my flist. Cheesy fantasy novel cover aside (as a side note, exactly why must the covers of 99% of fantasy books be so fantastically appalling?), the descriptions I'd heard of it made it seem as if the book was tailor-made to appeal to me. A well-written, slashy, historical fantasy-of-manners - what's not to like?Well, quite a lot, as it turns out. If the blurb by [...]

    5. Ellen Kushner's first novel sets the standard for what a polite fantasy of manners and romance should be. Like Jane Austen, Ms. Kushner's language sparkles with wit and verve. She creates a world both familiar and yet not like anyplace we've ever been and inhabits it with characters who cease to be imaginary. Like Rafael Sabatini, the swordfight scenes keep one on the edge of their seat, though are elegantly restrained yet sharply honed. Richard St. Vier is as dashing and gallant as Basil Rathbo [...]

    6. Hahahahaha wow. Man I don't even know what to say about this. Okay basic run down: this book's got two primary narrators: Richard St. Vier and Michael Godwin. Everyone wants a piece of St. Vier because he's the most badass swordsman ever to exist and apparently stabbing people is an acceptable way to resolve conflicts in this world so long as you outsource the job. Michael Godwin is a doof with a talent for ruining his own life. Lucky for him he is rich good looking doof who catches the eye of o [...]

    7. Nunca más le hago caso a una recomendación de George R.R. Martin.Esta es la historia de Richard de Vier, una suerte de mercenario que trabaja de batirse a duelo con espadas en nombre de la persona que lo contrata. No tiene escrúpulos en matar a su contrincante si la situación lo amerita, y suele ser contratado por los nobles que viven en la Colina, la parte de la ciudad donde la ley aún existe bastante.El libro irá alternando la historia de Richard con las historias de varios nobles, en un [...]

    8. Tiresome. Tedious. Repetitive. Populated with interchangeable, unlikable cardboard cut-out characters. The dialogue is endlessly crammed with discussions of fashion and parties and clothes and status-seeking. The action sequences either occur off-stage or crawl by at a snail's pace, and despite its name there's next to no sword-fighting in the actual narrative. I have no idea how this became considered a "new classic" nor even how it managed to become identified as "fantasy." It's more like an a [...]

    9. Gorgeous and memorable book. There's not a lot that I can add that hasn't been said. I read it about the time I was discovering LGBTQ characters in spec fiction, and I remember wishing that everything could be like this.

    10. I read this book years ago when I was an impressionable Mormon closet case, and I remember being intrigued and disturbed at the time by Kushner's depiction of lust, bisexuality and homosexual relationships. When I reread it today I rediscovered its brilliance, intricacy and poignancy. The relationship between the swordsman St Vier and "his young gentleman, the University student" had a glittering, frenzied, self-destructive beauty I associate with Matt Damon's Mr. Ripley, while finding an eventu [...]

    11. 4.5 Stars. This book was a whole lot of fun! Humor and swordplay and romance all rolled into one. I'm usually not a big fan of the Fantasy of Manners subgenre but this one was very close to absolute perfection.I listened to the multi-cast audio with the "illuminated" bits, which were basically sound effects every now and then. If people were running you would hear footsteps, there was sound for sword play, the babble of voices in a crowded area, doors creaking open, and a few other things. It re [...]

    12. I read this book first many years agoSeduced by Canty's gorgeous cover orReviews in Locus, honestly, I don'tRecall or think it matters at this point.The point is: You should buy and read this book.St Vier and Alec, star-crossed lovers, ifThe stars were feeling just a bit perverse:St Vier the swordsman, best in RiversideAnd Alec, clad in ragged student's robes(but is his past mysterious? of course)Are caught in nobles' intrigues labyrinthine(for swordsmen are to nobles but a tool,used as honor di [...]

    13. It's hard to be happy about the fact you spent a day vomiting your guts up. But, when, a couple of days later, being too ill still to leave the house allows you to stay home and listen to the audiobook instead of going to see a show, it certainly makes you a little more grateful for sickness. That's how much I enjoyed this.I can only describe this book as being a total delight. For someone who isn't a fan of Austen, a fantasy of manners is often hit-and-miss for me. This was all hits. The charac [...]

    14. I do not like fantasy books at all--particularly those that deal with magic and monsters and the like. I was initially skeptical of how well I would like this book since it is in the fantasy genre, but very quickly I found that I could not put this book down. I have recently re-read it and found it to still be high on my list of favorite books. What did it for me was that this book was not about the things one usually thinks of upon hearing the word "fantasy." There was no magic or mythical crea [...]

    15. i started reading this because the description reminded me of Captive Prince and promised high fantasy lgbt diversity and at least in that point i have not been alltogether disappointedthe thing is, this book isn´t BAD or anything, and i did enjoy reading it, and i´m deffinitley going to read the sequels too, but did it really impress me? nope sadly notbut you still gotta give this book some credit, it was published in 1987, and it has more diversity than most books written these days?THINGS I [...]

    16. Originally posted at FanLit. fantasyliterature/reviSet in a fictional Georgian-era-type society, Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners is a "fantasy of manners" or "mannerpunk" novel. In contrast to epic fantasy, where the characters are fighting with swords and the fate of the universe is often at stake, mannerpunk novels are usually set in a hierarchical class-based society where the characters battle with words and wit. There may or may not be magic or sorcery involved and, in many ways, this s [...]

    17. Politics, class, sword fighting, and an intense, subtle M/M romance. This book just made me happy. It's clever but not baroque, emotionally resonant, sweet and bitter and tense. I get the impression this was Kushner's first published novel, and there are a few missteps -- most notably a belief that the reader will be as interested in secondary characters as in the protagonists. But what protagonists they are -- subversive, unfitting, sympathetic. It's also complex and nuanced, and I suspect when [...]

    18. Back when I first read Swordspoint, I wasn’t totally won over. Something about the sting in the romance really didn’t work for me — I wanted Alec and Richard to be a lot easier to categorise, their love to have less sharp edges. But going into it for this reread knowing that’s the way it is, I actually enjoyed it all quite a lot: the back and forth of banter, the trading of barbs, the politicking and, yeah, the bond between Richard and Alec, and what it will drive them both to. Swordspoi [...]

    19. Ellen Kushner's Swordspoint is a very light and easy to read fantasy novel. The book is set in an unnamed city, in a world rather different to ours. The main character, Richard, is a swordsman, who earns his living by killing nobles by contract. This is basically done as a way to get around blood being on a noble's hands. The other main character, Alec, is mysterious and very, very messed up. Despite the fact that the cover doesn't breathe a word of it, Richard and Alec are lovers.On one level, [...]

    20. Swordspoint is a fantasy novel set in an unnamed city that is roughly divided into two parts: the Hill, where the nobility live, and Riverside, home to the less fortunate inhabitants of the town. The city is governed by a council of nobles, and those nobles have a tendency to fight among themselves; however, they don't pick up swords themselves but hire swordsmen to fight their fights for them.The main character of the book is such a swordsmen: Richard St Vier. He is extraordinarily talented: th [...]

    21. If I could give this book ten stars, I would have. It is a rare book that will make me care for the society that promotes values so different from my own. I could not believe that I actually sympathized with the society that makes murders for hire part of their everyday life. Um, they call them swordsmen, but to me, really potato - patato.And I so enjoyed the writing, very very beatifully done.I highly recommend this book to everybody who loves politics and intrigue. I must warn you though - two [...]

    22. Swordspoint is something I’ve thought about rereading now and then, but never did – till I found its sequel, The Privilege of the Sword, at Books & Co happily, and ordered the third book, written with Delia Sherman: The Fall of the Kings. This first book tells the tale of Richard St. Vier, who is a swordsman in a society where the nobles hire swordsmen to fight their duels for them, sometimes to the death. In fact, St. Vier is the pre-eminent swordsman, respected and not a little feared. [...]

    23. People keep talking this up as "a fantasy of manners", but for that to work, you have to have actual wit and snappy dialog and someone to root for. I only made it about half-way through but to that point, Swordspoint is devoid of anything or anyone likable and the conversations are, at best, desultory. The only byplay you get is laboriously highlighted by the narrative voice, all subtlety wiped out by neon-like description and color commentary/analysis.And the characters are all mean, in a compl [...]

    24. Fiction. This is another one of those books beloved of my friends list that I just found impossible to love.It's supposed to be a retelling of a fairy tale, though I never did figure out which one. Or, to be honest, care. The writing's overwrought and the characters shallow.In this world, the men all seem to be bisexual, but no one's having good sex. It's all implied and bizarrely metaphoric, like Hemingway slammed face-first into the Victorians and suddenly everything's splendid and mysterious, [...]

    25. This is an unusual fantasy novel, a "melodrama of manners". It has a medieval setting on an invented world, with preening nobility who hire professional swordsmen to fight duels of honor on their behalf. There's no magic, but there's a lot of casual bisexuality. The focus of the book is an intriguing romance between a renowned swordsman and a caustic, suicidal young man who appears to be a nobleman gone slumming.The writing was quite good, and I enjoyed the romance - every scene with Alec and St [...]

    26. After a vastly annoying start I grew to enjoy this weird and subdued books that claims to be fantasy but sounds like a version of the Three Musketeers with a Vanity Fair feel to it. It lacked the excitement and grandure of fantasy but was witty and pleasant. I loved the romance though I found one and a half characters to be likable;))) The audio adaptation was a bit jarring. I think the author would have done a great job if she wasn't assisted by the overly enthusiastic cast of supporting actors [...]

    27. I don't normally read sword fighting adventures, so when I first picked this up I said "If it's not gay by the end of the first chapter, I'm not going to continue." Lo and behold, by the end of chapter one our (male) hero returns to his room at an inn he shares with his boyfriend.[return][return]This book both bucks genre conventions and plays with them in interesting ways. The society beauties are male, and that gender flip plays out in different ways than it does with women. This book is engag [...]

    28. I first read Swordspoint almost twenty years ago and fell for it hard. It was a revelation, with its high drama and intense romance (between two men!). I'm happy to say that the intervening time has been mostly kind to it.The novel's subtitle is "A Melodrama of Manners" and aside from the more overtly melodramatic events like kidnapping and revenge, and duels to the death, there are battles of words with dramatic, high stakes; the moving of political chess pieces on the board; and a trial with a [...]

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