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{Read E-pub} õ The Complete Ivory Ø The three acclaimed novels from the Ivory trilogy The Gate of Ivory, Two Bit Heroes, and Guilt Edged Ivory chronicle the fantastical adventures of Theodora, an anthropology student whose travels to the planet Ivory unleash her own magical talents, in an omnibus edition somewhere between 3 and 4 stars each of these books are fun and very well written, but with overly leisurely pacing they re probably better if you don t sit down and chew through all 3 of them in a go, give them a little time to breathe in between stories a review by Jo Walton on tor.com got me interested in these I agree with most of what she has to say about them the dialogue is indeed snappy clever delightfully so, and nowhere near obnoxious somewhere between 3 and 4 stars each of these books are fun and very well written, but with overly leisurely pacing they re probably better if you don t sit down and chew through all 3 of them in a go, give them a little time to breathe in between stories a review by Jo Walton on tor.com got me interested in these I agree with most of what she has to say about them the dialogue is indeed snappy clever delightfully so, and nowhere near obnoxious or too smart for its own good , the characterization and voice are really well done but Jo calls these guilty pleasures several times, and I d disagree with that a lot I associate that phrase with being over the top, silly, or a little trashy, and the ivory books are none of that these books read a lot like old bw movies with Kate Hepburn the romance is real but genteel sex is implied rather than described , and there s a lot of situational hijinx to be had I generally have trouble coming up with favorites, even within narrow genres If I had to choose though, The Ivory is my favorite set of fantasy book s Easily The blending of the Science Fiction and Fantasy elements is elegant The protagonist, Theodora, comes from a culture similar enough to our own to allow us to access the fantasy world on Ivory as though we are transported there ourselves, but she also comes from a culture somewhat removed from ours, giving her a compelling biography I generally have trouble coming up with favorites, even within narrow genres If I had to choose though, The Ivory is my favorite set of fantasy book s Easily The blending of the Science Fiction and Fantasy elements is elegant The protagonist, Theodora, comes from a culture similar enough to our own to allow us to access the fantasy world on Ivory as though we are transported there ourselves, but she also comes from a culture somewhat removed from ours, giving her a compelling biography we wish to discover.The fantasy world of Ivory strikes me as remarkably original Amidst a sea of formulaic magical worlds with the same medieval or Renaissance inspired cultures, burdened by variations on feudal systems, the world of Ivory offers welcome relief It seems to live in a transitional cultural and political state, complex and unique to its own situation rather than directly mirroring great cultural shifts in our history One of the best parts of Ivory is how multi cultural it is I have found that in many fantasy novels attempts are made to create different cultures within the fantasy world, but many of them often are shallow in their depiction Egan creates fully formed cultures that subtly suggest how they may have come about in relation to each other while retaining their distinct characteristics Cultural change functions as it does in our world, but the cultures are unique to Ivory rather than being facsimiles of groups on Earth And all of them struggle with alien cultural contact.And it s only fitting that Ivory would be so well developed culturally, as Theodora is a scholar of folklore She looks at this alien world with an anthropologist s eye, and the scholarly world she comes from seems like the natural culmination of our ivory tower Theodora s scholarly lens helps tie everything together.I can t say enough good about The Ivory Read it You ll love it This was a reread for me, after finally remembering enough plot details to sleuth it out in the library s Novelist database It s a blend of futuristic planetary sci fi, fantasy, and mystery, with romantic elements It s about a young folklorist student who gets stranded on another planet, Ivory, while on vacation from university She does tarot card readings in the bustling marketplace to make ends meet gets hired by a young man who is Ivory s version of a minor lord He is a magician who nee This was a reread for me, after finally remembering enough plot details to sleuth it out in the library s Novelist database It s a blend of futuristic planetary sci fi, fantasy, and mystery, with romantic elements It s about a young folklorist student who gets stranded on another planet, Ivory, while on vacation from university She does tarot card readings in the bustling marketplace to make ends meet gets hired by a young man who is Ivory s version of a minor lord He is a magician who needs someone to run his tarot cards for him as part of his magic jobs, preferably someone without family or friends because it s a hazardous job someone appears to be trying to block him from the cards use by killing his readers I enjoyed the charcters, mystery romantic travel journey plot, and the vivid depiction of the planet and its ruthless, but vivid and thriving culture This omnibus has a sequel which was pretty good, another mystery with the same characters as their relationship progresses, and a third, weaker follow up story which leaves relationship plot elements hanging Being a mixture of fantasy and science fiction, Doris Egan s book is mostly a great piece of story telling Her characters, their interaction and adventures, bring the book to life and literally suck you into the world which the author created.Just like all the characters in the book are three dimensional and never bland, the world itself is a wonderful example of the interplay between different cultures Ivorian and barbarian and it s engrossing to see how the characters develop with each Being a mixture of fantasy and science fiction, Doris Egan s book is mostly a great piece of story telling Her characters, their interaction and adventures, bring the book to life and literally suck you into the world which the author created.Just like all the characters in the book are three dimensional and never bland, the world itself is a wonderful example of the interplay between different cultures Ivorian and barbarian and it s engrossing to see how the characters develop with each and every challenge they must face from involuntarily living and fighting with outlaws, straight to the question whether the main protagonists will even be able to have children together.And let s not forget the main character Theodora, with all her flaws and her often amusing struggles in this alien world one of the most likeable characters I ever encountered in a book In short This is one of my all time favorite books and I reread every so often, because I never grow tired of it