I went to my local library to pick up a few of the authors that you all kindly suggested and do you know what, not one was there, what sort of library are they running? Anyway I have just ordered Winter Rose from play.com so looking forward to that. I haven't been able to order the cycle of fire trilogy or master of whitestorm are these out of print now?
Thanks again for all your suggestions plenty of reading there to keep me occupied till SF is out.
I've just hit Abebooks and ordered the Isavalta trilogy, plus Pat McKillip's and Juliet Marillier's trilogies and also Fiona McIntosh's Quickening trilogy. It's cost me $93:44 with carriage but as I've ordered more than one book from some sellers I'm hoping that will be reduced.
So I've got something to read while waiting for SF.
I just came home from a convention where I met Sarah Zettel - I came home with two of her Camelot books which I am interested in reading. Not your traditional King Arthur story from what I heard, but rather stories of others going on at the same time.
Sandtiger ::Now just needing time to read::`
I've read the first of Zettel's Camelot books and it was excellent. I have her second but life has been way too hectic to find time to read it.
Zettel's books are all treasures - I've loved everything she's done since her first, which came for quote. At heart, I felt the Camelot one I read was good, but couldn't hold a candle to her Isavalta books. This is quite likely my taste for a complex storyline and characters with deeper layers and unpredictable twists.
I read Steven Harper's books and in an email he returned to me, he told me to read Sarah Zettel and that she was a good friend. I've been thinking of it but haven't done it yet. I love Steven's books so guess I ought to try her too. If Janny says they are good then they are. grin I hope to meet her someday at a con after I've read a few of Sarah's books. I love the covers of them.
I was at the same con as Jana, and got all three of Sarah's books...for free...and had her autograph them!
She also had free tea and scones with jam for those who came to her little party!
I have a friend who lives in Florida who is a huge fan of Guy Kay. Knowing he was going to be at Ad Astra, I e-mailed her husband and asked him which of Kay's books she liked the best. The response was 'Tigana'. I checked with Bakka Books about getting a copy of the hardcover for Tigana, and was told it was long out of print, and I'd probably have to pay top dollar for one.
Within 5 minutes of entering the dealer's room, I'd found a first edition hardcover of Tigana. The pages are so tight, I doubt it's ever been read. It looked almost brand new. I was almost afraid to ask the price! When I did, the bookseller replied "It's $20..." As I started to dig out my wallet, he concluded, "but I'll let you have it for $15."
I'll tell you, that made my night!! :D :D
I also got my first Terry Pratchett book, a hardcover copy of "Wee Free Men" for $5.00. It was my bedtime reading at the con, and I enjoyed it immensely, even if my giggles threatened to keep my room-mate awake!
[Jane, the dealer's room bargoon hunter....]
When I made my weekend selection I gave preference to UK bookstores looking to save time and carriage cost, just going to US for the volumes I couldn't get local. Well the first book arrived this morning and it was from Spokane (Thank you 2nd Look Books). But as it is Firebird's Vengeance I still have to wait for the first of the trilogy which an e-mail informs me will arrive in another 6 days. So much for my calculations.
I've just noticed some Guy Gavriel Kay on my bookshelves but Tigana is not among them. I've also noticed an 'Arthurian set@ by Stephen Lawhead. I also found two of Midori Snyder's books next to them; I recollect at the time I found them I couldn't get the next in the set but that was pre-www so I think it's time I looked again.
My copy of Crystal Dragon, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller just arrived from Meisha Merlin,signed. Now, to keep my hot little hands OFF it while I complete 11 main for Stormed Fortress ---
My all time favorite of Kay's was Lions of Al Rassan. Tigana my least - but "least" when one speaks of Kay means head and shoulders above the crowd! All his works are excellent.
I have finished Marillier's Foxmask, and it was one of her shining ones. Great stuff. She can really weave a spell.
A note in Zettel's Isavalta - the tales interconnect, but the "first" title actually takes place AFTER the "second" so really the order is not sequential. The tales interrelate but I think, could be read in Any order as the aspects are told from such different angles the "spoilers" don't really. If read in order, you'd get the same degree of slant as "out of order" in my opinion.
You see facets of the whole by alternate viewpoint, not by sequence.
The only thing I would suggest is, don't read the last book of the trilogy before reading the first two as it winds things up.