In the Books Section:
Tremontaine Season One
Discussed January 2019
By Ellen Kushner, et al.
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- Rafe Fenton
- The Doctors/Professors/Masters
- Kaab (Ixkaab)
- Aunt Saabim (Ixsaabim)/Uncle Chuleb (Ahchuleb)
- Ixmoe (deceased)
- Other trading families
- Diane, Duchess Tremontaine
- William, Duke Tremontaine
- Various Lords of the Council
- Various Ladies and Hangers On
- Tess the Hand
- Ben Hawke (deceased)
- Vincent Applethorpe
- Various Personages
- Did you read/finish the book? Did you like it? Why or why not?
- Tremontaine was originally serialized, with chapters being released weekly. How did you “read” the book? Serialized/Book/EBook/Audio? Do you think that the format had a significant impact on whether the book worked for you?
- The book was written by a number of authors – different authors for each chapter – yet told as a distinct story whole. Did the authorial voices mesh well? Did you feel the authors were all “on the same page” regarding the story? Were there authors that stood out?
- Is Tremontaine “genre” (fantasy for instance)? What elements make it a speculative work or what elements is it missing so that it is NOT a speculative work?
- There is an abundance of queer content in Tremontaine. Indeed the world of the “Riverside” books runs rampant with queerness. Can you point out any places where a same sex coupling was looked down upon because it was specifically a same-sex coupling?
- Sex itself is used in many ways in the book – as a tool, as a weapon, as a profession, as a comfort, as pleasure. Is this a representation of a sex-positive culture?
- Despite the liberal approach to sexuality and sex, gender roles seem strongly defined in the world of Riverside. Did that make sense? Did it surprise you at all?
- Riverside also seems to have fairly significant class borders. How do those play out against the more “open” stances on sexuality and the uses of sex?
- Micah definitely is portrayed as “on the spectrum”... do you think a person like Micah could truly survive and thrive in a world like Riverside? Was her story handled well?
- Did the issue of the chocolate trade work as the thread that the stories were woven around?
- How do you think *you* would fare in a world like Riverside?
- Had you read any of the previous Riverside works (Swordspoint, Privilege of the Sword, The Fall of Kings)? Do you think someone unfamiliar with those works would have a harder time reading Tremontaine? Are there things the author assumes you already know about this world?
- Would you read further seasons of Tremontaine and/or read the other books set in the world of Riverside? Why or why not?