Archive through January 14, 2005

Janny Wurts Chat Area: Book Nook: Archive through January 14, 2005
   By Frank T Davis on Saturday, January 08, 2005 - 03:18 am: Edit Post

Recently while browsing, I checked out the dawbooks.com website, a site that links to the sites of many of their authors. Further while browsing, I landed on CJ Cherryh's site which I found to be fascinating. I was amazed that she maintains the site herself.

Anyway, she includes a listing of must reads (titles and authors) for the beginner F/SF reader. Boy did I get a rude awakening; of the many, many that she lists, I've read only a relative few. It seems her time period is from the early 70s through early 90s. It appears to be a very good source for excellent reading material and I plan to use it in the future.

By the wy she had some very nice words of praise for our favorite, Ms JWurts.

Janny, have you considered Daw who appear to be a reliable publisher?
Frank


   By Trys on Saturday, January 08, 2005 - 09:01 am: Edit Post

Frank,

I'm curious if, when you read Golden Key you were able to tell who wrote which section.

Update on Jennifer Roberson. She is still working on Karavans, though a short story in that universe has been published in DAW's 30th Anniversary Fantasy Anthology. She has also contracted to write three more Cheysuli books. This info from here website www.cheysuli.com.

Ans yes to her Sword Dancer books. Very good.

Since you mentioned Cherryh had posted an 'Essentials' list I went to check. Quite a nice list and for me it was like a walk down memory lane (or is that a stroll past my bookshelves. ::wink:: ). There are only a couple of things that I have not read but in those cases I've read other things by that author.

If it helps to narrow things down, of the items on the list of books I'd recommend first (I'd recommend all of them by the way) are Andre Norton's Witch World (6 books in the initial series) and Hal Clement's {Mission of Gravity}, and Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light.

Trys


   By Cheryl on Saturday, January 08, 2005 - 02:53 pm: Edit Post

Frank, I've always said Janny should be with Daw books. I don't know why but she would fit right in with them. I don't know why that hasn't happened yet. It's a feeling I've always had and they have great covers. I can just see Arithon on the cover of a Daw book. I'm very anxious for Cherryh's Destroyer next month. It's getting closer. I have quite a bit to read in the meantime though. I never really thought of Song of The Beast as a tragedy though. It is sad at times but not a bad ending. And their might be a sequel someday. I guess I just thought the ending was much happier then some of the book. I enjoyed it all. I look forward to Soul Weaver as well. Carol's third book in her new series. I still think it is so cool that Janny and Carol met at the con and had read each other's books from our recommendations. That is fun to know. They seem to share a lot of the same fans.


   By Cheryl on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 03:16 pm: Edit Post

I began Traitor's Knot today. It is great already. I hope everyone has the book that wants it. If not won't be long till Feb. now. It is worth the money and starting off great. I got hooked in one page. Just like Janny to do that to me.


   By Cheryl on Thursday, January 13, 2005 - 10:19 pm: Edit Post

Terry Goodkind's book Chains of Fire came out. Of course I had to get it and it's good. It seems better then his last two. I was disappointed with Pillars of Creation and Naked Empire wasn't as entertaining as his others but it looks like he's returned to good form or else I just missed the world he created. I hope Janny doesn't mind me reading other books while I read Traitor's Knot. It's the way I read unfortunately. lol I read too slow that's the problem. What will I do when Destroyer is out next month. I have to read every minute of the day to get these read by then but what fun it is.


   By Trys on Friday, January 14, 2005 - 05:12 am: Edit Post

Cheryl,

My sister reads the same way. She will have 4 or more books going at the same time. She reads which ever one is closest to hand. That is, books are in different rooms of the house with one being at work to be read during lunch. It can be maddening waiting for her to finish a book... especially as I recently introduced her to the WoLaS. :-)

Trys


   By Memory on Friday, January 14, 2005 - 05:56 am: Edit Post

I'm just like that too. I don't like having just one book - I'd rather have quite a few which are a bit different, so I can have a choice of what I read when depending on my mood. I think it all stemmed from getting loads of books out from the library (always did that, always will). I couldn't wait to start each one, so I'd start them all at the same time!

Currently waiting for my library to get Traitor's Knot... I've decided to wait until it comes out in hardback before I buy, but I REALLY want to read it now!


   By Cheryl on Friday, January 14, 2005 - 08:36 am: Edit Post

I'm so glad I'm not alone in the way I read. I just find even the greatest books have slow parts and it's hard for me to get through some of them so I like to get to another book with a great scene then get back to the good scene after the slow part. It's just fun for me to do it that way and eventually I do end up with the best one or the one that interests me the most and finish it. When I read To Ride Hell's Chasm, I was reading Fool's Fate with it and Janny's book won out and I finished it in two weeks. That is a record for me. lol I wonder if Traitor's Knot will win out over my others LOL I would like to wait for the american version to read it though. I'm really impressed with Chains of Fire. I think it's Goodkinds best one in quite some time.


   By Frank T Davis on Friday, January 14, 2005 - 12:00 pm: Edit Post

Maybe it's a right brain, (I believe males tend to be right brain dominate?) thing as I must read only one book at a time. I find that if I read more than one, I get lost particularly if they are from the same genre.

Like you Cheryl, I have just received Goodkind's "Chainfire" and am 70 pages into it. Too early to tell if he's gotten back to his good sound story telling style, like in the early books, or not. He does spend quite a bit of effort, so far, for Richard to convince the others that Kahlan is gone when it was obvious to me at the outset that magic had been used to erase her presence physically as well as from the memories of those near Richard. Time will tell.

I also received Feist's new book "King of Foxes", the six books of Jennifer Roberson's
"Sword-Dancer" saga and Michele West's latest. I'm sure these will keep me busy until early next month when TF finally arrives.
Frank


   By Cheryl on Friday, January 14, 2005 - 12:45 pm: Edit Post

LOL Frank, Chain of Fire SPOILER:



I think the same thing. I'm wondering if that magic they used to heal Richard caused something to happen that made Kahlan's existence disappear. I'm just wondering if that's the problem. That would be weird to wake up and not have your wife or husband in the world. I enjoy King of Foxes I'm near the end but of course delayed finishing it to read my new ones. lol I only have a little bit left to go on that one. I'm enjoying Mercedes Lackey's To Light A Candle as well. It's Lackey at her best I think along with a co-author James Mallory. It's great magic and good heroes and heroines. I can just see Janny's eyes popping out at all the stuff we're reading. lol