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So who's read Cythera? Any thoughts?



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Nov. 21st, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
Well, you already know what I think. ;D But to reiterate... it's an amazing blend of eroticism and true scifi, the kind that's so hard to get right, and the combination works perfectly. The world and their characters are so well-drawn that it feels like we're just seeing the edge of a very large object that's floating under the surface. It's a slice-of-life in a world that just exists rather than something that was created. It's quite a feat, and I'm very impressed with how it all comes together. I look forward to more in this universe!
Nov. 26th, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad! I was hoping it would have that large object kind of feel. Yeah. Like an iceberg. That was my goal!
Nov. 21st, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
Nov. 26th, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I really appreciate that.
Dec. 9th, 2013 03:28 am (UTC)
I just finished it last night and quite enjoyed it. It's very different than what I usually read. I loved the peek we received into this world and hope we see others set in it. I liked how matter of fact people were about their sexuality for the most part -- and how it wasn't so easy to define either Cythera or Athain by it. I do believe I called it "Phedre in space" -- not quite but very much the same lush quality to it.
Dec. 9th, 2013 07:39 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked Cythera! The worldbuilding was so much fun, and it's such a lush and rich universe to write in. I could definitely do several other books. I've started a sequel focusing on Serai, and I hope that will turn out well.

You're right that neither Cythera or Athain are easy to define by our definitions -- which is part of the point, of course! Our definitions are just made up. They're no more real or true or valid than any other. They're made up. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't, but they're no intrinsically better than, for example, the definitions of the Hellenistic world. My inspiration for Cythera is very much the Hellenistic world and its politics and culture, expanded to a spacefaring canvas.

I'm very curious as to what you thought of Cythera and Athain, both together and separately?
Mar. 8th, 2014 04:44 am (UTC)
Cythera was a very pleasant surprise. It may actually be my favorite... Well, second to Hand of Isis. :)
Mar. 11th, 2014 02:10 pm (UTC)
Oh good! I'm so glad you liked it! Cythera was a lot of fun to write.
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