Archive through February 14, 2005

Janny Wurts Chat Area: Book Nook: Archive through February 14, 2005
   By Sandtiger on Thursday, February 03, 2005 - 12:49 pm: Edit Post

You should - she'd love it!

And yes, I think the portents are some of her best work yet. Ooooh.


   By Frank T Davis on Thursday, February 03, 2005 - 01:03 pm: Edit Post

I have read them in reverse: read "Golden Key" first (how do you know who wrote which parts?), then read the Cheysuli series. Have really enjoyed all of them.

   By Cheryl on Thursday, February 03, 2005 - 01:07 pm: Edit Post

I wish I could get in that illusive newsgroup for me. It seems like my internet doesn't like me in that newsgroup but maybe now with different service and DSL it will work but I'm worried about trying it. I know CJ is science fiction Frank but very good sci fi and I think it has a little fantasy to it at times when they are on the planet. Yes Carol is all fantasy in her books so far. Thanks again Trys I'm going to read Guardians of the Moon soon. I got the book at the convention free and it's sitting their waiting for me.

   By Trys on Thursday, February 03, 2005 - 03:28 pm: Edit Post



how do you know who wrote which parts?

When I read the book I knew intuitively which part was written by Jennifer Roberson and guessed at the other two parts since I had read some Melanie Rawn a few odd years before. I then got it confirmed from one of the horse's mouths.

But I suspect you want to know how you can tell. Writing style. Which section felt most like one of the Sword Dancer or Cheysuli books. If you want confirmation I'm happy to do so via e-mail (though I'll have to go back and refresh my memory).

Here's the paragraph from Survival that really lit my mind.


But approach the coast and the landscape shot skyward again, as if the ocean waves constantly pushed the rock to heaven and forest anchored cliff to cloud. On clear days, the scale changed again, as the mountain ranges laughed down at forest, cliff, and ocean. Victor and goal in one.

Such imagery in a few terse sentences. Awesome!!

   By Cheryl on Thursday, February 03, 2005 - 09:20 pm: Edit Post

Mercedes Lackey is writing a trilogy with James Mallory, a new author. I can tell the chapters that are Mercedes because she seems to have the more sensitive side with the characters. I've read 40 of her books and can kind of tell when it's her and when it's the new author. Very good books I recommend Outstretched Shadown and To Light A Candle is even better.

   By Neil on Monday, February 07, 2005 - 07:01 am: Edit Post

"Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
", Susanna Clarke - fun 19th century magic story...I feel you could trust the hype on amazon fo this's a big book but (I felt) an easy read. The style of writing is not exactly modern(?) so maybe easier for an english reader?

"Catcher in the rye", J.D. Salinger. I bought this in a moment of madness thinking that it was by the same author as to "kill a mocking bird" (vaguely searching for "older" US novels...I was wrong, that one was Harper Lee!). Kill a mocking bird was a lovely, touching book. "Catcher in the rye" is a *way* more threatening narrative and harder. I guess I can finally say it's worth getting through it :-)

Most Recently "Diary" by Chuck Palahniuk. A bit of a horror story...readable in a sunday afternoon.

Next stop maybe "Shadow in the wind"...Anyone read this?

   By Joy on Sunday, February 13, 2005 - 09:21 am: Edit Post

Yup! I posted a recommendation last month (and apologies to you, Frank, I've just now seen your request for more info on this! I'm sorry for the delay).

I would highly recommend reading it. I confess though, that I really hate trying to review books. I find it really hard to concentrate the content of a book into a short description.... so I'll cheat. This is the 'blurb' on the back of the book:


Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'Cemetary of Forgotten Books', a labyrinthe library of obscure and forgotten titles. To this library, a man brings his ten-year-old son, Daniel, one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book and from the dust shelves pulls 'The Shadow Of The Wind' by Julian Carax. But as Daniel grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind.

There are also quotes on the cover of several excellent reviews.

The book just gripped me from the start. The mere concept of a 'Cemetary of Forgotten Books' was enough to hook me, but then the story unfolding did not dissappoint. The cast of characters, the style of writing, the many differnt elements to the story; all combined to make this one incredible package. It's the authors first publication also which is remarkable to me.

I hope some of you read it and enjoy! (Pardon the pun):-)


   By Bruce on Sunday, February 13, 2005 - 01:27 pm: Edit Post

Just finsihed "A Thread of Grace" by Mary Doria Russell it is set in World War II and is about Jews trying to find shelter In italy. It was very well written and very sad at times, which was to be expected with the subject matter, but there were small bits of humour in it as well. Next I'm going to try Lee and Miller's "partners in Necessity".


   By Sandtiger on Monday, February 14, 2005 - 12:06 pm: Edit Post

Oooh. Partners in Necessity. Great Choice~! Hope you enjoy.

I just finished reading Cherryh's The Faded Sun (Trilogy Omnibus). It's been sitting on my shelf for ages, and I just couldn't get into it... In the midst of packing books this weekend, I opened it, and began reading from the middle (Start of book 2) and got caught up in it. I then went back and read it through from the beginning.

Similar to the Foriegner series, it is about a human caught up in a different culture, at first by accident and then by design. Even with the one or two things that threw me off, I thought it was a good book, with some excellent elements.

It does make me wonder though, whether this led into the writing of the Foriegner books. It's a question I'll have to ask if I ever bump into her again.

Sandtiger (Now wondering about some of the other unread books on her shelf that need packing)

   By Trys on Monday, February 14, 2005 - 03:02 pm: Edit Post


The Faded Sun series is quite old in comparison with the Atevi series so it is possible that Cherryh honed her craft with it. If memory serves it's the first of her books that I remember reading that really delivered on an alien species that was truly alien, not just anthropomorphized. The next series that really stood out in that department is her Chanur books.