Ah yes, I had forgotten that about Sam.
As for heros and happy endings, what I look for is a hopeful ending. If the main character dies for a reason that leaves the rest of the world better, I can deal with it - I don't *like* that particular ending, but sometimes it's all that works. I will admit though, I don't re-read books where the main character dies.
I like Fantasy for the wonder element - the hopeful element that people can rise about whatever the world throws at them. I am not saying there doesn't have to be ramifications, but I want at least an ending that has more happy threads than upsetting ones.
As for Books and reading material...I picked up Cherryh's DESTROYER yesterday. I am quite excited about it - been waiting a while for that one.
has anyone read sara ash's "lord of snow and shadows" I saw it on the book shelf and it sounded intersting any comments?
I've just got it out of the library, although I'm on some other books at the moment. I'll let you know when I've read it I liked her 'The Lost Child', so I think this should be good.
Has anyone here read "Possession" by A.S. Byatt? What I thought was fascinating about this book is that the two poets (both with distinctive voices in the poems and letters that are cited within the work) that the two main characters are researching do not exist. I actually had to look up Randolph Ashe and Charlotte Lamotte on the Internet before I was convinced. It's absolutely extraordinary, how the author not only creates the tale of the researchers, but the entire world surrounding the two fictional poets.
"Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell" by Susanna Clarke does the same thing, citing imaginary essays on the history of English magic, and is really quite fun.
I am the type who is fascinated by the world of footnotes, researching decaying books in libraries, and trying to figure out why a certain poet said this in such-and-such poem, so many may be shaking their heads at my exclamations.
I really like this part of the JW site as it provides significant info on the Fantasy/and other writings of other authors.
Sandtiger, thanks for the heads up re CJ Cherryh's "Destroyer". She is one of my favorites and I will definitely add Destroyer to my Amazon wish list. I typically let it grow large enough to get free shipping.
Am currently reading book 6 of Jennifer Roberson's Sword series and while reading your most recent note to this thread, it suddenly dawned on me that your handle might have some connection with Sandtiger, the series's hero character. Is there a connection?
I'm currently reading two books (a rare occurance for me these days). The first is Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson. I'm finding the book to be extremely well written and the story and characterizations to be superbly crafted. More in a minute.
The second book is Julie Czerneda's Survival (Species Imperative 1). I really like this book. From the style of the writing to the handling of the characters and the slow unveiling of information about what is actually going in shown through the "Portent" sections. Wonderful book with some superlative prose. I'm at work but will try to remember to post a particular paragraph that just lit up my mind when I read it.
Now as to why I'm reading two books. I simply can't read the Erickson for an length of time. So far, in spite of being excellent in all other regards, the story has been unremittingly bleak. The characters don't seem to find any moments of joy along their paths, and while this case be life in these kinds of situations (war) I need a break after reading about a chapter. So that's when I picked up Julie's book. A very refreshing change.
I will finish GotM, but if it doesn't 'lighten up' by the end, I doubt that I'll be continuing with the series.
LOL Frank I would say you are right on the money there but I'll let Sandtiger explain it herself lol You were found out Sandtiger. snicker lol I'm in book heaven right now. I got Soul Weaver by Carol Berg last night and by the way to Carol's fans here, don't read the back of the book. She says it gives away too much information and to not read it. It was a lot of hard work to keep me from reading the back of it, let me tell you. LOL I also got Destroyer last night. I'm very excited about this book too Sandtiger and I know, we did have to wait awhile for it this time didn't we? I was disappointed with the length of the book though. Only 342 pages. Usually Bren's books are very thick and I expected over 400 but I'm happy to have the book just expected more than average length to it. Thank goodness we don't have that problem with Janny's books. And does anyone know when Traitor's Knot comes to shelves this month? Is it still due in the US in Feb? I hope so I want the American version even though I have the UK I'll feel better with the US version and the artwork but I don't mind owning both the cover is beautiful for the UK book. PS Trys thanks for that review on Survival I plan to get the paperback as soon as it's out if it isn't already. I do want to read that one. I'm loaded down right now though I'm buried in books lol
Are either of these books Fantasy or are they Science Fiction?
Thanks very much for recommending Jennifer Roberson's Sword series. Hoolies, I'm just about done with book six, but they have been extremely enjoyable reads. It will be truly nice if she comes out with additional books,
Cheryl, "Soul Weaver" is Fantasy? I'm pretty certain that "Destroyer" is Science Fiction.
You caught me. When I first signed onto the internet in 1997, I was reading Sword Dancer. At the time, my parents were leary of the internet and didn't want me putting my real name anywhere...so, I borrowed Sandtiger's. I may be female, but I liked Santiger's character best and it was very distinctive.
Turns out I loved the rest of the books ~ which is good, and I recommend them whenever people ask about about where the Sandtiger comes from.
Ah yes, Survival was wonderful. The portents are decidedly creepy though, as I've told her. You should drop her a line - she'd love to hear that you are enjoying it.
Migration - book 2 of the trilogy is coming out in May.
I'll be getting Soul Weaver just as soon as I am done Destroyer, I am sure it will be excellent too.
Survival is science fiction. Gardens of the Moon is fantasy.
You are welcome regarding Roberson's work. Don't stop with the Sword Dancer books. Her Cheysuli books are very good and so is Golden Key which is co-authored with Kate Elliott and Melanie Rawn (I liked Jennifer's part best).
You're welcome on the review.
I've been thinking I should either drop her a note or pop into her newsgroup and post something.
Yes the portents are on the creepy side, especially consider that she delivers them in one page.