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The Summer Tree
The Summer Tree | Guy Gavriel Kay
18 posts | 25 read | 20 to read
In the first volume of Guy Gavriel Kay's classic trilogy The Fionavar Tapestry, five Toronto university students encounter a man who will change their lives, taking them from our world to discover their roles in an epic war looming in the first of all the worlds: Fionavar.
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ontheBL
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Bailedbailed

I did not like it at all. Kay's repetitive, which can be a great literary device, but it came across like he was suffering from short term memory loss. I hated Kay's inability to write compelling, round women; I question if he‘s ever talked to a woman. The sexual violence was unrealistic; Fantasy or not, sexual violence should make sense and be done in a way that mimics reality. https://onthebl.org/2019/11/07/the-summer-tree-by-guy-gavriel-kay/

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heikemarie
The Summer Tree | Guy Gavriel Kay
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Bailedbailed

I couldn‘t do it. The writing style is so self-indulgently lofty without adding any beauty to the work. It‘s cringe-worthy. I didn‘t even make it past the part where some Canadian college students don‘t blink twice before traveling with some strangers to Narnia.

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xicanti
The Summer Tree | Guy Gavriel Kay
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Mehso-so

Early on, I fell so in love with THE SUMMER TREE that I couldn't believe 11-Years-Ago Me hadn't felt the same. It was a perfect blend of Robertson Davies and Robin McKinley, and it was also uniquely Guy Gavriel Kay.

As I read on, though, the balance between the personal and the mythic skewed to the latter. There were still flashes of that early beauty, but I needed more on an emotional level. I often struggled to connect with the story. ⬇️

xicanti Hell. I couldn't even begin to fit everything I feel about this book into Litsy's character limit. When it was on, I LOVED IT. When it wasn't, it took me ages to read each page. And I could see all the ways it was me, not the book, even as I thought about why others love it so much and how FUCKING AWESOME Kay is at balancing the personal and the mythic in his later books. 2y
xicanti And I HATE that marking it as So-So has reduced its Litsy percentage so much, because I really did love the loveable scenes with all my soul. I trot out So-So when a book lost me more often than it delighted me, though, so here we are. 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Some day in my life I will read this. 2y
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xicanti @TobeyTheScavengerMonk you'll probably love it. Every single Guy Gavriel Kay fan adores the Fionavar Tapestry, except me. 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk To my chagrin I have never read any Kay, but I bought pretty hardcovers of the Tapestry trilogy at a used bookstore once. Time will tell. 2y
Chrissyreadit I read as a teen and it broke my heart. Maybe I would react differently as an adult. 2y
xicanti @TobeyTheScavengerMonk he's one of my absolute favourite authors, my response to this trilogy aside. 2y
xicanti @Chrissyreadit I'm pretty sure you'll love it even more as an adult. I know many people to whom this trilogy means the world, and I really thought I was gonna become one of them when I started my reread. 2y
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xicanti
The Summer Tree | Guy Gavriel Kay
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I'm ready to make my final push through THE SUMMER TREE, with help from Loreena McKennitt.

I have no idea how I'm gonna review this book in 451 characters. Sometimes I'm so hard into it I can't believe I didn't love it the first time, but sometimes it loses me and I completely understand Past Me's lack of enthusiasm. I have a ton of thoughts on why that is and how my experience differs from other readers'.

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xicanti
The Summer Tree | Guy Gavriel Kay
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I listened to a goodly chunk of READY PLAYER ONE while I shopped for reading snacks. Now I hope I can finish THE SUMMER TREE while I chow down on part of this tasty, tasty Kit Kat.

QuietlyLaura That Kit Kat looks so good! 2y
xicanti @QuietlyLaura it's delicious! I think I liked the Tiramisu kind a little better, but it's not like I'll suffer while I finish Cookies & Cream. 2y
QuietlyLaura Tiramisu, too! Where are all these yummy variations?! I swear we never get anything tasty in Indiana! 2y
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xicanti @QuietlyLaura a bunch of the ones at my grocery store have those NEW! badges on the packages, so I think they've just started to roll more flavours out in Canada. We only ever used to get the regular ones. Hopefully they'll make it to Indiana, too! I also looked at Kit Kat tablets with caramel, mint, or espresso creme on top of the wafers, and they sounded delish. 2y
xicanti @QuietlyLaura oh, and I highly recommend the regular sized New York Cheesecake Kit Kat Chunky if you ever come across it. It's my new favourite. I sort of forgot Kit Kats existed until all the stores had Green Tea ones before Lunar New Year, but now I want to try them all! 2y
QuietlyLaura I need to start stalking the candy aisles! Thanks for sharing this info. I think it's always nice to have a small treat. ☺️ 2y
CouronneDhiver No way - that sounds like my kind of chocolate treat... I‘ll have to look for it at the store! 2y
xicanti @QuietlyLaura I'm always happy to promote chocolate! 2y
xicanti @CouronneDhiver the creme between the wafers is darker than in the regular bars, too! It's so good! 2y
sloanghost I'm. So hungry. 2y
xicanti @sloanghost you should totally have a Kit Kat or the equivalent. 2y
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xicanti
The Summer Tree | Guy Gavriel Kay
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It feels like every time I tell someone how much I love Guy Gavriel Kay's work, they start gushing about the Fionavar Tapestry. It's their FAVOURITE. They've read it FOUR TIMES. It's the BEST.

It's awkward, is what it is, because the trilogy's my least favourite Kay.

Or it was. Yesterday I got this weird craving, so I pulled THE SUMMER TREE off the shelf and tucked in. Now I might be in love.

I sure hope this keeps up.

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lycomayflower
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It's a good thing I'm content to stay put, I think

#catsoflitsy
#dogsoflitsy

rubyslippersreads ❤️😸🐶❤️ 2y
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Vinjii
The Summer Tree | Guy Gavriel Kay
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I'm in love with Guy Gavriel Kay's writing. This is a portal fantasy where a group of normal Canadians from the modern day (well, 1980s) get transported into a magical world. 31% in and enjoying it a lot.

Leniverse I read that trilogy 20 years ago. I found it an epic and mesmerising retelling of British myths. Parts of it are still quite vivid in my mind. 2y
coffeenebula Oooh. Stacked! 2y
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Foragingfantasy
The Summer Tree | Guy Gavriel Kay
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I am not in the mood for the YA or middle grade fantasy that usually perks me right up... I want something heavier with more meat on its bones. I was thinking how much I wish I could read LOTR again for the first time. Those books captivated me, I think I was 18 when I read them. The Kay is compared to LOTR on the cover... But the Zafon is calling me too... #whattoread

BethM Ive never read Kay but heard great things! 2y
heikemarie Zafon is amazing! 2y
BookswithTea Shadow of the Wind is one of my all-time favorite books! 2y
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Chessa
The Summer Tree | Guy Gavriel Kay
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Apparently my seasonal collection is summer only! 😂 ☀️ 🏖

I have yet to read any of these - and I've owned The Summer Tree for probably a decade. 😬 #MarchIntoReading #ASeasonInTheTitle

BarbaraJean Oooh, The Summer Tree! I loved that trilogy--read it as additional "suggested reading" for a class on Arthurian legends. It was so much fun to recognize references to the texts we were reading in class. 3y
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Midnightyell
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Guy Gavriel Kay wrote the Fionavar Tapestry as if it was a prime World that echos or causes echos of myth and Lore in similar worlds.
Thus his world is strongly similar to Tolkien's First Age & Poul Andersen & Tailesen & Arthurian Legend.

That said, he has a beautiful writing style of High Fantasy reminiscent of Tolkien (and since GGK was a editor on the Lost Tales it's no surprise.)

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Midnightyell
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This series has been on my to-read since @BrandSanderson recommended it at a signing at @murderbooks! Excited to start it!

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Seonjoon
The Summer Tree | Guy Gavriel Kay
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Pickpick

Jae and I are kicking around Natick--our new home in two weeks--and found a vintage shop with this *beautiful* edition of The Summer Tree, one of my all time fav fantasy novels/series! (We will be decorating almost exclusively with books in our new apartment, naturally.)

LeahBergen Nice!! 3y
BookHermit Love that cover. Keep meaning to read this series but it's on my TBR for the year so fingers crossed! 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Excellent! 3y
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GatheringBooks have fun building book cases in your new apartment!! 3y
Seonjoon @BookHermit Definrely try to read this if you can! In re-reading it I've often felt the style is a bit dated (like some of LeGuin's early Hainish cycle stuff) but the characters and story remains compelling for me. I also really liked his Sailing to Sarantium duology. 3y
Seonjoon @GatheringBooks Definitely will! 🤓 3y
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Chrys
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Due to technical difficulties posting my #secretsantagoespostal a day late. Thank you so much to kspenmoll my gifts. I haven't read this series yet, and the coloring book is absolutely gorgeous. 😍 @kspenmoll

BookishMarginalia 💝💝💝💝💝💝💝 3y
kspenmoll 💚❤️🎄🎁 3y
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Booksbooksbooks
The Summer Tree | Guy Gavriel Kay
Bailedbailed

No one read this. I could not force myself to read this. The characters go on an unpredictable adventure and their reactions aren't realistic. When you would expect shock or awe they complained and whined. It was obviously written by someone who doesn't understand people....

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LittleBowBook
The Summer Tree | Guy Gavriel Kay
Bailedbailed

This was the worst book I have ever attempted to read. I hear this guy's other books are good, but this one made no sense. There were so many "main" characters that you couldn't keep track of them, their personalities didn't exist and what ever happened to their sense of wonder when entering a completely new world?! Hard bail.

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Foragingfantasy
The Summer Tree | Guy Gavriel Kay
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I got all of these for $1!! I had a really great book day yesterday. I've been wanting to read Kay. Also finished my Earthsea set!

RealLifeReading I love GGK and Le Guin! 3y
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HannahJ
The Summer Tree | Guy Gavriel Kay
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Time for a new old book.

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