Or actually in my case, reading Lymond, as although I've read the Niccolo series, I don't warm to him in the same way as I do to Francis. Partly I think because he reminds me of a friend (the sarcasm, the music). I have now read TLC three times, and am due for a re-read, but have such a huge to read pile that I'm not going to do it this side of Christmas. Perhaps in '08? I think Lymond has a hard shell, but a very soft centre, and the first indication of this is his relationship with Christian, who I really like. Better not give away anymore!
Aww, I love Niccolo too, but I can understand what you mean about him reminding you of a friend. I've had characters like that too, where they were fine in themselves, but they kept reminding me of the irritating characteristics of real people I knew.Welcome to the group! Well done dodging the spoilers. ;D
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I feel exactly the same way. I read the LC first, then the Niccolo books as they came out. Though Nicholas intrigued me, and I enjoyed the novels, I never felt- still don't- quite the same way, as I do about Francis Crawford. Dunnett is an obsession I am almost afraid to reignite with each re-read, such is the impact these books have. No other fictional character has exercised such power over me as Lymond. Perhaps because I first encountered Francis as an impressionable adolescent?Anyway, I adore Christian Stewart, and Lymond's regard for her shows his true measure at a stage in his career when the verdict is out for new readers. Their scene together at Flaw Valleys in GoK is one of the most powerful I have ever read, anywhere.