Just started Transformation by Carol Berg. Incredible book. The mystery of the story has captivated me within the first few chapters. Thanks to Janny for the recommendation.
Best use of first person I have ever read, at least so far, except Huckleberry Finn, which is one of my all-time favourites.
Just started Steven Erikson's Malazan series. Now, about half way through Book 1.
I started due to recommendations on the series from TONS of people, authors included.
So far, have to say I'm intriged. The world is interesting, the characters are interesting and have depth, and there is quite a lot of intrigue. All of which I love.
Only critique so far -- I don't really "care" about any of the characters. Maybe too early in the series... but generally by the time I get this far into a book there are some people I don't want killed. As of now, I'm pretty much OK with whoever dies.
Maybe I'm just getting too cynical in my old age... or maybe Janny and GRRM have taught me never to care too much about "book 1" characters cuz that's when they kill'em :-)
Janny, is Conspirator SF or Fantasy? I have read and enjoyed very much her five fantasy novels and would dearly like to read more of her fantasy.
Am reading the second volume of The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny now, and loving every minute of it. First was great fun ("For a Breath I Tarry" was spectacular). Have always loved Zelazny, but hadn't read many of his short stories. And with 4 more volumes to go after this one scheduled for release thru the rest of the year, why, we should be getting close to Initiate's Trial by the time I finish! ;-)
This is NOT to say that a certain Talespinner is off the hook where snippets are concerned.....
Frank T. Davis - Conspirator is SF, but the series is excellent nonetheless.
I finally managed to get ahold of Conspirator -- excellent stuff, as always. Also finally into the second book of the Malazan series (nearly finished, actually), and having far less trouble with this one. So I recommend that all you other folks having troubles stick it out at least till the end of book 2.
Clansman, Berg is amazing and the Rai-Kirah trilogy is my favorite work of hers. You're in for some good reading.
Just finished reading the 4th of Celia Friedman's SF novels and was I ever glad that I have given up my desire to stick with fantasy only. Each of her SF books are outstanding. as good as her fantasy novels. They are stand alone so you can enjoy the tale without the intermittent waits. The 4th one, "The Wilding" is a sequel to the first one, "In Conquest Born". THey are separated by roughly 200 years. Very, very good. I believe she has left some wriggle room so she can write a 3rd in this sequence.
Am now awaiting the 3rd novel in the Magister Trilogy. Since the 2nd, "Wings of Wrath" was published Feb of this year, I expect it will not be available until early 2011.
Maybe I'll follow your suggestion Janny and try CJ Cherryh's SF. I note that she has published several. Suggestions on sequence would be appreciated.
By the way Janny, in which year can we expect your next book in the WOLS saga?
Malazan update: the whispers I'd heard that Gardens of the Moon is the weakest in the series seem to be true. I'm pretty hooked now, so everyone who wad having trouble like me, just soldier on! It becomes totally worth it!
I came home today to find a nice little surprise that Konran left me. It turns out that there is another author who writes in the world of Malaz. I'm currently obsessing over book 7 of Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen with book 8 on order. Has anyone read Night of Knives by Ian Esslemont? Is it as strong as Erikson's work?
I know you asked Janny but I'll toss in my two cents.
If you want to try a series I'd suggest Foreigner. If a standalone, maybe Downbelow Station. But... I've never read a bad book by her.