i love tad williams he is one of the few that can create a truely creative fanatasy and sci-fi enviroment 9janny being another). had no idea Shadowmarch and Runes of the earth are out going to get it right now
I really loved Williams Dragonbone Chair Trilogy but I haven't liked his later work. I don't like those virtual reality fantasy type books but that's just me. Shadowmarch does look good. I'm thinking of trying it and love the cover. Someone said it was written in present tense and that stopped me from getting it. Story looks great though.
Actually, I'm not a huge SF fan (I much prefer the Fantasy genre), but Tad Williams' "Otherworld" series really grabbed me: it's very accessible, even to only casual SF readers, like me.
Also, I would like to recommend two other great reads, though these are in the "comic book" format:
"A Distant Soil"
"Thieves and Kings"
Both are defintiely worth checking out, if you can find them in your area!
I just bought Shadowmarch and I was talking to the girl at the counter that read Fantasy. She said she loved his Dragonbone Chair trilogy but didn't like Otherland and said her friends didn't either. She said this book is more like Dragonbone Chair and it's a great read. Now I'm excited about it. It was fun to chat with her about it though.
I have all three of the 'Otherland' books by Tad Williams (through a book club deal), but to my shame I only got about 3/4 of the way through the first, and haven't read the rest. It's funny how some people really get into things, and others don't, isn't it, Kitsune (by the by, have you read Mary Gentle's '1610'? Your name made me think of it)
I usually devour books, but this one was so slow going, and I never got into the story. I should try again sometime, but there are so many great books coming out at the moment that I don't think I will for a long while.
A Distant Soil is magnificent. My first contact with that was years ago, when Donning-Starblaze was issuing graphic novels of it--there are two in existance (CURSE them for going belly up! They were also doing a lovely graphic version of C.J. Cherryh's Gate of Ivrel--the two of those that exist can still be had from CJ and Jane Fancher, who was the artist). Found the comic of Distant Soil later on... truly wonderful stuff. Got to meet Colleen Doran once at a convention, which was nice.
Just finished reading Stephen King's "Dark Tower" book VII and next to book IV it was the best. I really enjoyed all seven of the books in the series. My only complaint is the hardbacks are so heavy that it is difficult to read them while laying in bed, though I have been ablle to manage it.
Iy you need some very goo reading to fill your time until Feb when TK is destined to arrive, suggest you read all seven of the books. THe approx 5000 pages will definitely keep you occupied. Though I'm not a Stephen King fan per se, I'd recommend this series.
I keep hearing TK is not due till February? Where is it not due till then? Not here in the US I hope!!
Hi Theresa I'll have to look into A Distant Soul sounds good.
I'm responding to Franks mention of Jane Fancher. I found out on her site she lost both her parents recently and it hit her hard but she's working on the fourth book again. I'm hopeful it will be out in the next year or two and she's got another book in the Uplink world that I hope someone publishes it soon. I've been waiting for Ring of Change too and hope it gets out sometime soon. I've been reading great books in the meantime. Her and CJ Cherryh's site is great to go too.