Well, welcome anyway. I'm glad to see people are starting to post again after the spam invasion.
Haven't seen this publicised many places yet, but David Gemmell died on Friday aged 57 from (I think) complications from a heart bypass operation. Most sad: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/5224868.stm
Jo, I believe Master of Whitestorm is long out of print, at least in North America. Suggest you try a web search, at places like Alibris. I actually managed to get my hands on not one, but two copies by frequenting used bookstores. (I gave one away when I got a slightly better copy...sorry!) If I still had it, I'd send it to you.
Okay, a quick search on Amazon pulled up 55 copies for sale from different sellers, some in 'like new' condition!
Sorry to hear of the death of David Gemmell.
his book 'Legend' was one of the first fantasy novels I read and is still one of my favourites.
It has everything, lost causes, excellent heroes,
love story, it's triffic!
Thanks for your help Jay, amazon say they are sending me master of whitestorm but I am not convinced as it is a new one. Will wait a few more weeks then try the second hand books.
I too was sad to hear of the death of David Gemmell as I have only just discovered him. I'll try and find his other books as I always like a lost cause and a good sword fight.
I just came back from a long trip and I find out David Gemmell has passed. I'm so sorry to hear this. I think he comes to WFC also. I had hoped to meet him this year. I'm sorry to hear this but have never read his books yet. I think I'll have to sometime. I'm always intrigued with them but never buy one to read it. That is sad of the complications of the operation. Glad the spam is gone now Trys. I missed that I think too.
A challenge for the Sci Fi fans out there.
I have always been more a Fantasy reader than sci fi but have decided to spread my wings and try some. Now, what do you recommend? I don't want to start a series straight off, just some stand alone novels. Something character driven please. nothing too overtly preachy eg. "the computers have taken over the world, aaargggh". I did try a couple I'd picked up from the library but wasn't impressed - maybe the genre just isn't for me - but I'd like to read some recommended by people whose taste in fantasy I share before I give up completely.
Anyone care to summarise the state of the genre these days? some broad sub-categories to look out for?
I'm not much of a SF reader myself these days, but The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell is excellent, character-driven, and not part of a series. Although, if you like it as much as I did, there is a sequel called Children of God which I also enjoyed very much.
If/when you're ready to venture into multiple volumes, I love the Jaran series by Kate Elliott (who also writes fantastic fantasy, if you haven't read her yet)
(another ) Anna
My personal SF favorites, lately, for good solid stories, great characters - (in no particular order)
Julie Czerneda's In The Company of Others
Kristine Smith's series which starts with Code of Conduct (if you try this one, it takes about three chapters to orient yourself, but it's truly wonderful and worth it)
Anything at all by Sarah Zettel
Warchild by Lowachee
Anything by Carolyn Cherryh
Anything by R.M. Meluch - The Myriad is likely to be easily found.
All of these are beautifully written, have sparkling characters, the sort of plot that has depth enough you can't predict, and well drawn worldbuilding. I'd challenge, that any of my fantasy readers would like them.
Thank you Janny!! I will definitely follow this up! Honestly, I am so new to reading SF I haven't heard of any of those names. An opinion I can trust is like gold!
Thanks to "the other Anna" too! I know you've been a lot more active on the forum than me for quite a while now so maybe I am the Other one and you are the Official Anna ;-) I browse and lurk here regularly but only post about every 6months or so ... or when a new book comes out :-)
the Other Anna