As to Norton books to try: for a fantasy series, Witch World, which starts with Witch World. For a standalone novel, Dread Companion. For an SF-Fantasy series, Moonsinger series which starts with Moon of Three Rings. For SF, Time Traders series, which starts with The Time Traders.
But to be honest, I've never read a bad Norton book. Had she been born into an earlier time she would have been a bard or the keeper of tales for her tribe.
awwww thanks Trys I've seen Time Traders and almost bought it several times but their was always too many other things to read. Thanks Traitor's Knot will take me a couple of months to read since I'm slow but I get to enjoy it longer that way.
For me, I was about ten and the book was "Catseye" - Andre Norton was my first venture into SF and subsequently fantasy. I used to go straight to the "N" section of the library to see if the library had miraculously transported any more of her works in!! And in keeping with you Trys, I also never read a disappointing Norton book. Most of the stand-a-lone books I read I used to wish had sequels, as the worlds and societies she created were so fascinating.
I haven't read many Nortons lateley - time to go back and revisit!
That sounds exactly like me. It was the library until sometime after 1965, when I became a paper boy and had disposable income sufficient to buy books, and it became the bookstore.
I managed to maintain a complete collection of everything that she had published until about 10 years or so ago when somehow I lost track. Probably because my allotted time to read had decreased dramatically.
Andre Norton is my all time favorite author based on the quality and the size of the body of work. I do suspect that she will be dethroned at some point in the future... after one more book and two more arcs are finish. ::big smile::
That is nice that you got all of her books then Trys. That must be a precious thing to have. I wasn't interested in reading till I was out of college. Go figure. lol Then when I didn't have a teacher pushing me to read something not interesting to me I got hooked on reading. I'm unusual it seems. lol Glad I got into reading though. Terry Brooks was one of my first fantasy authors to love then Raymond E. Feist. I loved Silverthorn.
Started Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson about 180 pages into it. His writing style is very...interesting. But he is ver discriptive and so far I really like it. Though I can't say I have really gotten into much of the plot. So far it all just seems to be set up.
To keep myself plesantly occupied until TK arrives, I have started reading Michelle West's "Sun Sword" saga which I find to be very, very good. The saga consists of 6 books, each has approx 750 pages and I'm loving every page. It has lots of intrigue, lots of fighting (blood and guts), lots of demons, immortals who enter the fray, etc. It's right up my alley. And it involves the dessert and dessert people which I like very much to read about.
I have just started reading book 5. Gosh, it is so nice to pick up all of the books at the same time and read right through. No waiting between books. And after I finish the sixth book, I plan to pick up and read her earlier two books.
If you haven't read Michelle, try her, I'm sure you will like her work.
In the event TK's arrival to my house continues to be delayed, I also have Carol Berg's "Soul Weaver" and Guy Kay's "A Song for Arbonne" to tide me over. If it comes soon, I will have them to read during the short(tongue in cheek, Janny) interval until SF is published.
By the way, in book 5 Michelle let the reader know, like you did Janny, that the book had grown too large and would have to be split into two books. In her case she indicated that her manuscript had grown to 2100 pages and she wasn't quite to the end.
Another book that has been split into 2 is Kate Elliott's final novel in the Crown Of Stars series. The first part - "In the Ruins" is coming out later this year, with the final part "Crown Of Stars" out early next year.
Frank, I got behind in the Sun Sword Series but I think Michelle West is a great write and I loved several of her books in the series. I've read 4 and need to get busy finishing it but I enjoyed it more in the beginning than later on. I think a lot of series are like that for me. They just lose their appeal after awhile through no fault of the author. I just need a break then get back to it. So many good books to read and I can't read them fast enough. I met Michelle West at WFC this last year and she is the sweetest person. I had fun talking with her about Hunter's Death and Hunter's Oath. I told her they were my top favorites. She was great to meet and I got good autographs from her. I hope to see her again at worldcon in 2006 I hope and Janny too. I have to admire her artwork again.
I have books 5 and 6 of The Sun Sword sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. Highly enjoyable books - I just don't want to read them in bite sized chunks, but rather all at once.
Hmm. Maybe this weekend I can read them on the train ride home and back.