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(no subject) [Dec. 10th, 2009|07:39 pm]
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Hi, guys! I'm basically a pretty new fan of Marillier's work, which means that I'm also quite new to this community. It is also my first time posting here, and since I just finished reading Heir to Sevenwaters, I figured I should share my thoughts of the book with you guys.

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(no subject) [Dec. 9th, 2009|02:04 am]
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FYI, Juliet Marillier updated her newsfeed with the following:

New Title
The new and official title for my next novel is SEER OF SEVENWATERS.
This is the book formerly known as SONG OF THE ISLAND. The seer in the title is Sibeal.
Published: Sat Dec 5 2009 9:16 AM

Previously, on Sat Nov 21, she wrote about her future projects:

I'm consolidating all the info about future projects here, in the hope that people will read it rather than keep asking me the same questions:

Current Project: a Sevenwaters book to follow Heir to Sevenwaters. Publication date, December 2010. I have a contract to write another Sevenwaters novel to follow this one. 
Wildwood series: it is very likely I will write a third book in the series. The  earliest it could be published would be late 2011.
Bridei series: currently on hold, though I have hopes of writing at least one more in the series at some point.

Having Sibeal as the protagonist will be interesting. I notice that her characters in the Sevenwaters trilogy tend to be cut from a similar cloth, though Clodagh seems to be a more successful character than Fainne in trying to break away from Marillier's typical heroine. Anyhow, can't wait for another Sevenwaters trilogy! Your thoughts?
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Sevenwaters Friending Meme! [Nov. 15th, 2009|11:12 pm]
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Heart's Blood [Oct. 12th, 2009|07:09 pm]
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Hi guys, in case you didn't know Heart's Blood will be released in Australia and the US on the 4th of November. It's already out now in the UK in hardcover.
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Otherling [Sep. 13th, 2009|06:34 pm]
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If you haven't found it already, Juliet's novella "Otherling" can be downloaded from her website. You can find it under "short fiction" in the books section.
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My problems with Juliet Marillier's books [May. 20th, 2009|06:31 pm]
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I've been meaning to write this post for quite a while, but got distracted by my dissertation and forgot about it. advancedcookie's latest post (with spoilers for Foxmask), reminded me, however.

I love Juliet Marillier's books, but I also have a lot of problems with them. Just a warning, this post may be pretty spoiler-heavy, and I'll probably be referring to all of Marillier's books, so if you don't want to be spoiled, consider yourselves warned.

My problems with Marillier's books, let me show them to youCollapse )

Whoa, that turned out much longer than I imagined. The tl;dr version is: Marillier makes judgments about what is, and isn't, true love, and punishes characters who don't fit in with these judgments. That being said, I do love Marillier's books. I wouldn't be a member of this community if I didn't, but I feel that I can only love things that provoke some kind of discussion and/or criticism.
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A wild fanfic appears! [May. 8th, 2009|12:05 am]
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I know fanfics are generally discouraged in this fandom, but this is just a humorous little piece about Johnny's *cough* 'coming out' in the fourth book. Hope you guys enjoy it ;D

Title: A piece of us
Author: narcolepticnemu
Pairing: None really mentioned Johnny/Gareth?
Rating: G
Genre: Crack, humour
Disclaimer: All rights to this world and its characters belong to Juliet Marillier . . . I'm just borrowing ;D
Warnings: Spoilers for the fourth book, slightly OOC Bran, artistic liberties with an undeveloped character, Liadan being Liadan.
Summary: Bran’s reaction to finding out something unexpected about his son. Set at Harrowfield and featuring a cameo appearance by one of Sean’s daughters ;D
Comments: I couldn’t resist after that amusing little revelation in ‘The Heir to Sevenwaters’.

(Read here!)

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Liadan [Mar. 4th, 2009|06:18 pm]
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Is Liadan a Mary Sue? I think I saw this come up in a previous post, but I thought it was a really interesting topic that deserves its own separate discussion. Liadan is probably my favorite Sevenwaters heroine, but reading that made me sort of reexamine her role in the books.

I can definitely see the argument: she does get preferential treatment, to a sometimes ridiculous degree (her treatment as opposed to Niamh's is impossible to ignore, when she's actually pregnant), she's extremely gifted at healing in addition to her connection with Sean, and her relationship with Bran, arguably, adds somewhat to this belief.

On the other hand? I think she does act like a normal human being. She definitely has flaws (being judgmental, especially of Niamh, slight arrogance, stubbornness). Really, I would say that any Mary Sue-like tendencies don't result from her own behavior but rather result from those of the people surrounding her. However, this is something that I would say applies equally to Sorcha, and I've never heard her criticized for being a Mary Sue, so there might be a double standard. And there are consequences to her actions - Niamh's fate is definitely one of them.

So what do you think? 
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Video help? [Mar. 2nd, 2009|11:05 pm]
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I've made fanvideos for Niamh, Sorcha, and Liadan, but I've yet to make one for Fainne. I have a song choice ("Burn" by Three Days Grace) but I need to find an actress/movie to use. Unfortunately, there's a disparity of movies set in the Dark Ages with redheaded heroines around Fainne's age. Any suggestions?
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Niamh's treatment? [Feb. 1st, 2009|09:27 pm]
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When I was reading Heir to Sevenwaters, I noticed a small reference to a tapestry that Niamh wove "filled from corner to corner with birds and butterflies, and I could not look at it without my spirits lifting. When she was young, Aunt Niamh must have been a very happy person." I was touched by the sentiment (and glad that Sean wasn't telling his daughters stories about His Sister, The Flighty Tramp) and then I realized that this is the only instance in any of the Sevenwaters books when someone says something unequivocably nice about Niamh. Whenever Liadan, or Sean, or Red talked about her, they always made sure to tack on something like "but she had a quick temper" or "but she was oblivious to everything going on around her" or "but she didn't really understand magic." There always seems to be an undercurrent of condecension running through everyone's opinion of her- like she's the village idiot who they just put up with because she's related to them. There's also the way Liadan reacts to her abuse- she snits that "I wanted to take her by the shoulders and give her a good shake and say 'Why didn't you stand up for yourself? Why didn't you spit in his arrogant face and give him a well-placed kick for good measure? Or if you couldn't manage that, why not just walk away?' For I knew that, had I been in her place, I never would have stood for such treatment. I would sooner be a beggar woman scavenging by the roadway than allow myself to be debased thus." which is a.) an awful thing to think about an abuse victim, especially if she's your SISTER, and b.) pretty damn hypocritical of her, considering that she's surrounded by people who think she's the Virgin Mary while Niamh's on her own.

(Yeah, I'm not a Liadan fan. Could you guess?)

Not only is there the condecension and the complete lack of support, there's also a disparity of treatment between her and her sister. For sleeping with someone outside of marriage, she gets married off to a man her parents don't know anything about, whilst Liadan actually GETS PREGNANT and gets to stay home, and be seen as the mother of the half-fey Child of the Prophecy, which really isn't fair. Niamh couldn't know who Ciaran was. Everyone pays a lot of lip service to how much they miss her after she's gone, but no one seemed to care much about her while she was around. I kind of think it has something to do with prejudice against the non-fey members of the family, and that she was somehow being "punished" for wanting a life of adventure. (Liadan actually does warn her of this at some point).

Thoughts? Comments? Flames?
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