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Topic: The First of Ishanaxade

From: Stephen Kagan
Location: Victoria, BC
Date: 09/25/2009

Thank you for writing The First of Ishanaxade. It was beautiful and poetic. Maybe the most vivid and dramatic part of the novel so far. I will have to reread this part again since it paints such a nice scene in my mind. It will haunt me for a wile yet. Ishtar, Izanami?

When you conceived the story of The City or when it was conceived in your imagination where was this scene in the process?

This story of The City as a whole reminds me of a simmering mixture of Stapledon's Star Maker and Zelazny's Amber with a nice dash of Borges. A tasty and rich soup or gumbo to beat eaten slowly in the beginning. Thanks. I'll keep reading hoping for more of Ishanaxade. Almost peaked to the end just to see if she was there. I'll wait.

Shalom,
Stephen

Re: The First of Ishanaxade

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/26/2009

With a name like Ishanaxade, she has to be in the story from the very start, no? The core of the story had to be a metaphysical romance.

Re: The First of Ishanaxade

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego - Normal Heights
Date: 09/27/2009

Have I missed something (again)?

Re: The First of Ishanaxade

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/14/2009

Sheharazade, Mike.

Re: The First of Ishanaxade

From: Stephen Kagan
Location: Victoria, BC
Date: 10/19/2009

Ok. I can see shades of Scheherazade but also Penel´┐│p and Odysseus. Maybe even more so. What do you think?

Re: The First of Ishanaxade

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/05/2009

Only if there are suitors in the wings! Which might be scary.

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