I'm definitely still going to WFC, I didn't find out I was going to be in Denver till yesterday morning, an emergency presentation for a client. SO I'm not paying for the hotel i'm at and am done with work for today, other than an hour to go over monday's business. SO I'm heading over to the con at 2 to get registered and everything, should be fun.
Halfway through Runes of the Earth by Donaldson and am having a good time with it. Milehicon was fun I got to hear to DeLint play twice and like the last time I heard him, I think I should check out Fred eaglesmith which he mentioned a few times. An example of how nice Delint is he presented a fan with a piece of art, with the excuse he couldn't fit it into his luggage, it was maybe 4X6 so he easily could have. Bought an art book by Eggleton my compromise with Myself istead of bidding on art, and Delint's latest book. When he signed my copy he told me this was the 1st copy of the book he signed, which I thought was awesome. I enjoyed Carol Berg's reading it was of "guardians of the Keep", apparentley I had a big grin on my face during her reading, because she remarked upon it when signing my books, so that was kind of fun, I had a good time at the con. Also Connie Willis reading was very entertaining, I should probably check her stuff out.
That's great Bruce. Carol will think I have a big grin then. I get nervous I think and just smile and smile and they probably wonder what's wrong with me. lol I got an autograph from Wen Spencer through our Jana and Wen Spencer wrote in it this is my first authograph as a John Campbell winner. I thought that was cool too. I hope all's alright with Wen Spencer. She seems to not travel to the conventions like she was doing. I'd hoped to meet her at this con this year. Maybe next year.
I just finished Jana's story and it's awesome. I just loved it Jana. The hero Shen is so wonderful and I love to read about dragons. You write beautifully and I wish this was a full length novel. Any chance of that happening? You might have already answered that but this story was wonderful. Thanks so much for the autographs too. Hope you liked your chocolates too.
Thanks for the lovely compliments. I am glad you liked it.
And I loved my chocolates. ::Yum!!!:: Thank you so much - and I have my little vampire bear sitting on my desk. It's wonderful. So CUTE!!!
As for the story, there is definately more in the world - it's not the one I am currently working on, because the short story threw the novel set in the same world off track, but there is most definately more to come at some point.
I've had approx 6 weeks in which I've done essentially nothing but read Fantasy and watch some TV, mostly movies and sports. I tore the medial meniscus cartilage of my left knee in late September while helping wife build new flower beds on recently aquired lot on Toledo Bend Reservoir in Louisiana. (I love to fish and we love to garden). Had to have arthroscopic surgery on Oct 18. This is the 3rd time that I've had arthroscopic surgery on this knee. Still having some pain but am well on the way to recovery, I hope. Other two surgeries were in '91 and '93 and I don't recall recovery taking this long. Of course I was 11 years younger then. Maybe at 62 the ole bod takes longer to recuperate.
During my downtime I read some excellent Fantasy novels that I would like to share with you folks. Started off reading some that are on the very dark side as I was feeling some significant pain during this period: Anne Bishop's "The Black Jewels Triology" and CS Friedman's "The Coldfire Triology". The triologies are very different and I enjoyed each very much. I'd have to put Bishop's in the very unique category. Was able to purchase the Bishop triology in one paperback book.
I'd very much appreciate any comments on other publications by Bishop. I'd also appreciate any comments on any of Friedman's works, specifically: "The Madness Season", "In Conquest Born" or "The Alien Shore". I was tempted to purchase these based on Amazon commenst but decided to get your feedback.
As the pain subsided I read the following that are more on the lightter side: Guy Kay's "Fionavar Tapestry" (a triology), Mickey Zucker Reichert's "The Return of Nightfall" and Carol Berg's "Guardians of the Keep." All are also very, very good. I'm really looking forward to reading book three of Carol's "The Bridge of D'Arnath" triology which is targeted to publish in early Feb '05. Carol is an author that I truly enjoy.
Have just started reading Carol's "Song of the Beast". I purchased it based primarily on feedback from you folks. Thanks, by the way.
I note that Guy Kay has written several other Fantasy novels and I'd apprfeciate any comments. In addition to the above mentioned triology, I have read already "Sailing to Sarantian" and its sequel "Lord of Emperors". Though I enjoyed both, the latter was a bit of a disappointment as a sequel as it didn't really close all the loop holes from book one. I;d still buy it though.
I've ordered Janny's TK via Amazon.com. They indicated a delivery around 18 Nov. I certainly hope so. Just in case delivery is delayed, I have Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" book seven to tide me over.
Has anyone read Michelle West? Comments please. I've not yet read any of her works.
When I ordered TK I also ordered Phillip Pullman's "The Subtle Knife" and "The Amber Spyglass". I had read his "The Golden Compass" earlier this year but forgot to order books 2 & 3 of the triology.
FYI, Janny and Don did the cover art for Kay's trilogy noted above. It is very, very good.
My favorite by Kay is the Lions of Al Rassan, and I also thought his newest one was quite thought provoking - not one whit run of the mill. Everything he's done has merit.
Thanks Janny. If delivery of TK is delayed any, I'll definitely go for some of his additional work now. Otherwise, I'll go for it after TK while waiting for SF. By the way, what is projected publication date(s) for SF? No pressure intended mind you as you are definitely due a wonderfully relaxing vacation away from all the tedium. Horse back riding should fit in nicely.Me, I plan to continue going bass fishing at least daily, wife permitting. I try to go at least for an hour; so relaxing from worries about world peace and the economy and getting a new boat house and new house designed and built.
I have much payback due that very special person in my life as she handled our move from house of 25 years while I was laid up. For partial payment we're planning a trip to Machu Pechu (sp?) and the upper Amazon in March '05. Preceeding this will be trips to Houston and El Paso to visit kids/grandkids and north Ala/Ga to visit our relatives.
I second The Lions of Al-Rassan. Kay does a very deft handling of three characters from three different cultures, two which are clashing a third caught in the middle. In many books the good and the bad are clearly delineated and it's easy to cheer for one character over the other. Not the case in Lions.
Everyone sure does love Kay I didn't get into him but so many recommend him maybe I DO need to try him again for sure. I think at the time I read him I didn't understand what was going on. I hadn't read fantasy very long and I thought he was slow at the beginning but I've been told he gets very interesting very soon. I might look for him in my library.