Cherryh's Atevi books, in my opinion, are very intricately woven political science fiction that puts Frank Herbert's best to the challenge.
You should try Cherryh's science fiction, it's really good. Hopefully not all her stuff is out of print.
Certainly not all of her stuff is OP, and a lot of it is being reissued. For example the three novels that make up The Sword of Knowledge trilogy (Cherry co-authored one of them) is being re-released as a 3-in-1 edition.
Thanks Hunter. Was Jaran her first book? I've seen it and been tempted to buy it many times but never did with too many other books to read first. Thanks
I forgot to mention I ordered Techniques of A Selling Writer since Janny seemed to think so highly of it. It's very informative already opened me up to write better. Thanks for the recommendation Janny. At least now I've gotten rid of my fourth grade writing I use to have. I'm proud of that much.
One thing I have discovered recently, since November [and Traitor's Knot] does not seem to be getting here fast enough for me, is to go through and re-read things I have not read in a long, long time. One is Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. I have not read that since gradeschool, and it is amazing how much of it I had forgotten!
Though written for "young adults", and perhaps not as sophisticated as some literary snobs might want, it is still a grand, world class escapist story filled with unforgettable characters, especially Long John Silver, a man with an agenda all his own.
<bg> It might be interesting, to see Arithon pitting wits against Long John Silver. Perhaps a stage production on Athera, with Arithon playing Jim Hawkins?
Maybe Janny will keep that in mind for future scenes. I never did tell you Blue I liked your Arithon dream entering your story.
I liked your Arithon dream too. I have never dreamed of the characters of WOLS but I think I have dreamed of being on Athera, Either that or I was watching Young's Bay from a cliff area, it looks alot like the cover of the 'Warhost of Vastmark'. But I often dream of strange landscapes and I know where I am in my dream, but not when I wake. Sorry folks I have had a little too much coffee tonight and my fingers are jittering all over the board. I meant to say I have been reading all the stories I could find by Ursula Leguin. They are awesome stories!!! I recommend them to anyone who likes character driven stories as I think most of us on this message board do. WOLS has great characterization but is more plot and action driven as well and hence the longer stories. Which we all adore, right?? the only objection I have to UKL stories is that they are not long enough!! She does say alot in the shorter stories but some of those worlds I could explore forever. IDIC!! [infinite differences in infinite combinations. it's from Star Trek I think?!]
Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations, and it's a Vulcan belief
Thanks for the kind words, folks. Alione is not as wimpy as he was portrayed, but Seka usually catches him flat footed when she gets riled. Seka is a combination of just about every truly petite woman I have ever known, based most strongly on my great grandmother. Though Mama was a teeny sweetheart of a woman, my grandmother, her sisters, and my mom and her siblings all walked around her on eggshells. The mental image I have for Dame Dawr, in fact, is a slightly more robust version of my great granny.
I think it is the vividness of the character of Arithon [in words] that sparked the dream, not mentioning the truly gorgeous pictures of the scrumptious little green eyed devil that Janny produces for the US versions of the books.
Though like Littlecat I am one of Traithe's Babes, I would probably throw Arithon, protesting loudly, over my shoulder, and drag him off to my lair and ravish him. ;^)