::laugh:: That just made my day, you realise?
And yes - I have yet to meet an Author who wasn't nice. Perhaps because those ones don't go to conventions...
I think I know Marie Brennan too, Jane. I'll have to look for that book. Thanks and sounds good. Now to buy another book after already having a good day at the bookstore. I'm glad my birthday is coming. lol By the way, I just got Raymond E. Feist's new book Flight of the Nighthawks. They didn't mention Jimmy The Hand that I saw in the back description but I'm hoping this is the one about him. Nighthawks makes me think Jimmy the hand though. Can't wait to read this one. I didn't even expect a new one from him yet. It was great surprise.
Switch two letters in the first name and you have the lead singer for Clannad (Maire Brennan). When I first saw this name I thought, 'hug, she's writing SF/F now too!' <grin>
I've now re-read books 1 & 2 of Midori Snyder's Oran trilogy and though I located and ordered book 3, it is yet to arrive. Which means I'm now three quarters through 'A Sorcerer's Treason' which I'm enjoying immensely. Thank you Janny for the recommendation.
Now a thought for all. Can you remember the Author (or book) which first fired your enthusiasm and at what age? I have racked my memory and can remember the first full size books I was given as a child. The first was a leather bound copy of Kipling's Jungle Book which went missing many years ago (probably one of my younger sisters sold it!) and the second was an adventure 'boy's own' type called Petsamo Patrol. (set in Finland during the Russian invasion). But I always remember a large black book of my mother's that I'd sneak from the bookshelf for bedtime reading. It was called the Mammoth book of Horror Stories. However it was years later when I reached my teens that I got hooked on SF and it was Burroughs who was responsible.
LOL Trys, I don't know that group but that's funny. Marie Brennan is a cool name for an author. lol
Tough one there. The first book in the genre I read that hooked me for ever more was Robert Silverberg's Revolt on Alpha C bought through the 'bookclub' in fourth grade. It was definitely a short YA book. I suppose the author who first captured my attention for Fantasy was Andre Norton. I'd been reading her SF for years when Dread Companion came out. It was an SF story with Fantasy elements.
I was also a big reader of mythology in grade school.
Maire Brennan is Enya's sister. Enya used to be the lead singer for Clannad until she went out on her own. Most of the people in Clannad are related to one another. The music has its roots in Celtic music.
The fantasy series I got hooked on was by Tad Williams. I remember seeing the massive "To Green Angel Tower" at my library and immediately picking up the first in the trilogy. I was about 12 or 13 at the time and had a certain obsession with finding extremely long, but interesting books. It was a good read and had complexity without a lot of romance--a good set-up at the time :D.
I went through a Andre Norton phase many decades ago though I can't see any on my bookshelves at present; the Witchworld series is probably hidden away in a box in my attic. I went through so many authors that I can only remember a few (from Aldiss & Asimov to Zimmer Bradley & Zucker Reichert) with breaks at times for Lamour's westerns and Bernard Cornwall's Historical sets. It's probably living in a village that's helped as most of my life has been spent commuting by train and there's nothing like a good book to make each trip enjoyable.
I loved To Green Angel Tower. I wasn't as young as you, Marie when I bought it and read it but I loved it. Simon is a great hero. The books are so thick, I can hardly hold them in my smaller hands. Tad Williams books are the thickest I've ever had to read. His paperbacks are thick too. lol That is a good read. I didn't really get into his virtual reality story. I wanted to but I prefer mostly fantasy over sci fi fantasy blended together. Thanks for telling me who Clannad is Trys. I would probably like Celtic music if I heard it more. I do like it when I do hear it though.
At one point I had every Andre Norton that had been published in, at least, paperback. I've not kept up with everything she co-authored over the last decade or so but have tried to get the ones she wrote by herself. She was my all time favorite author. Of course I've had a new fave author since a few years back. ;)