Buried Giant: General thoughts
Hope everyone in North America had a pleasant Labour Day weekend, and a pleasant 1st weekend in September to everyone. This discussion topic is for whatever responses people had to the book in general.
The Grandson : A book?
Grandpa : That's right. When I was your age, television was called books. And this is a special book. It was the book my father used to read to me when I was sick, and I used to read it to your father. And today I'm gonna read it to you.
The Grandson : Has it got any sports in it?
Grandpa : Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...
The Grandson : Doesn't sound too bad. I'll try to stay awake.
Grandpa : Oh, well, thank you very much, very nice of you. Your vote of confidence is overwhelming.
I really enjoyed reading this. I thought it had pretty much everything for OSR: a dungeon crawl, a hex crawl, contradictory quests, battles, monsters, heroes, villains, magic, true love, ... But at the same time it isn't much like any other Arthurian or high fantasy book I've read. There were several vignettes that I thought would make good adventures, but I had a hard time imagining them turning out in play the way they turned out in the book. And the voice and tenor of the book was something something something something. Really liked it.
And it touched on themes e.g. death due to old age, grief and yearning for a past that is poorly remembered, that I have a hard time imagining working in play. I saw some similarities to the seriousness of themes in Cloud Atlas, but Mitchell's book seemed much more in genre, and so (for me) not as touching, though a couple of the stories in Cloud Atlas were amazing.
Another point where I saw similarities and differences with Cloud Atlas was the variety of narrative voices covering the same story. The unreliable narrators here though don't seem the same as unreliable narrators in other books, though I'm not sure why.
Anyway look forward to hearing what other folks thought of the book as a whole, and especially any comparisons with other books we've read, either with the club or elsewhere.