Archive through June 11, 2006

Janny Wurts Chat Area: Book Nook: Archive through June 11, 2006
   By Neil on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 03:12 am: Edit Post

Nice one!

People with talent should, in an ideal world, get to use it and if you can get paid for it so much the better!

You'll have your own chat area one of these days ;-)

   By Lekx on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 11:38 am: Edit Post

Hi Iris,
I don't often de-lurk, but your story compelled me. This is not a fantasy suggestion, but as a young person, from age 9 even thru highschool I loved Gordon Korman's books. They are absolutely hilarious, and would be great to read to a young person, provided she appreciates good clean humour. Start with the Bruno and Boots books (which he wrote while still in high school here in Toronto - my personal favourite is 'Beware the Fish' though the first one is "This Can't Be Happening at MacDonald Hall") and other good ones are "I want to Go Home," "Who is Bugs Potter" and a longer one is "Son of Interflux" I still reread these tattered books occasionally and often have to pause to catch my breath from laughing! In fact, I read "Beware the Fish" to my wife on one of our first dates, and apparantly it was one of the things that got great reviews...
- Dave

PS - I recently saw a couple of newer books of his in the bookstore. From my quick flip-thru they didn't seem to be in the same humourous vein so I can't say I would recommend them for the same reasons, though they were in the youth section.

   By Janny Wurts on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 03:36 pm: Edit Post

Congratulations and applause, Jana! What alot you've had to celebrate, lately!! :-)

I really loved The Witches of Karres - was it by Schultz or Schmitz or somebody?? at that's not well known but it really should be.

   By Trys on Thursday, June 08, 2006 - 04:19 am: Edit Post

James Schmitz is the author ot The Witches of Karres, a book I enjoyed as well and still have in my collection.


   By Cheryl Detmer on Saturday, June 10, 2006 - 11:40 am: Edit Post

Maybe we should start a chat board for Jana. I hope my story gets published one day but I enjoy just thinking it might happen. It's fun all the same to have your own stories going on in your head. I applaud right along with Janny to Jana. That is great. I knew she'd make it way back when. grin Boy does Jana write beautifully too. I'm not just saying that either. I mean it.

   By Janny Wurts on Sunday, June 11, 2006 - 09:58 am: Edit Post

Hi Peter - Welcome here!

Wow, you read M John Harrison? He has an amazing twist and a refreshing outlook - makes me shout with surprise, sometimes. Nice to see a fellow reader of that one's astonishing mind.

Discuss what you like. Nobody's done it like you, before this.

And thanks for the note of appreciation.

   By Trys on Sunday, June 11, 2006 - 12:18 pm: Edit Post

Welcome to the board Peter. Nice eclectic list of authors. I've read most of 'em though a few are new names.


   By GOLLUM on Sunday, June 11, 2006 - 08:16 pm: Edit Post

Hi actually I'm turning into a GOLLUM now. Trys I sent an email about a point of concern I had to Jeff but as yet no reply/action. Don't know if you can also view that paravian email inbox of yours or not or still address the issue easily? BTW Trys what authors haven't you covered yet in the list I provided?

Thanks for the welcome Janny, so you're a big fan of Harrison hey? I think both the scope of his imagination and wonderful prose is what does it for me. If you've not read Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities you might want to give it a try.

Here's a post from another forum I made on 2 of Calvino's works:

Invisible Cities is a set of descriptions of imaginary cities, told as a series of narratives made to Kublai Khan by Marco Polo. Fabulous prose, but thereís a lot more to this somewhat surreal effort than just the prose with some truly great invention cleverly used as a vehicle to investigate multiple themes. It's a little abstract but highly imaginative and intelligently drawn IMHO.

The Baron In The Trees. Another somewhat surreal effort about an 18th Century Baron who decides to live the remainder of his existence in a tree. I enjoyed this almost as much as Invisible cities although the latter still remains the standout.

Now I neglected to mention in the previous post a couple more authors.:

Rodger Zelazny's Chronicles Of Amber is something of a flagship of the Genre for me, although his SF novel Lord Of Light, for which he won a Hugo, may be argued to be the superior read.

A more modern author is Paul Kearney. He's similar to Glenn Cook and Steven Erikson in that they write military fantasy but his prose is pretty good and it's definitely his most polished book to date. Don't know if military-style fantasy is you're cup of tea, although you certainly have some element of that in your current series of course.

OK, time to sign off but I'ld be interested if you have read Gene Wolfe's work at all? For me he's something of a literary hero and IMO one of the best US authors going around independent of Genre.

PS I'll post the Masterwork list shortly.

   By GOLLUM on Sunday, June 11, 2006 - 08:52 pm: Edit Post

As promised here's the Masterwork List by imprint Victor Gollancz. There's some really excellent works here and I can recommend them to anyone interested in reading fantasy novels both pre and post Tolkien that have made a significant contribution.

VG is apparently up to title 50, so this is an earlier list of the bluk of the series. My SFF shop here in OZ stocks up to 46.

BTW Janny, Calvino's "If On a Winter Nights and Travel", which I'm still to read, comes highly recommended by several other people I know.

Fantasy Masterwork series. Please note an equivalent SF series also exists. I've read over 3/4's of this list and can't recommend it for it's overall excellence highly enough.

1. Shadow And Claw Gene Wolfe
2. Time And Gods Lord Dunsany
3. The Worm Ouroboros E R Eddison
4. Tales of the Dying Earth Jack Vance
5. Little Big John Crowley
6. The Chronicles Of Amber Roger Zelazney
7. Virconium M John Harrison
8. The People of the Black Circle Robert E Howard
9. The Land Of Laughs Johnathan Carroll
10. The Compleat Enchanter L Sprague de Camp & Fletcher Pratt
11. Lud-in-the-mist Hope Mirlees
12. Sword And Citadel Gene Wolfe
13. Fevre Dream George R R Martin
14. Beauty Sheri S Tepper
15. The King of Elflandís Daughter Lord Dunsany
16. The Hour Of The Dragon Robert E Howard
17. Elric Michael Moorcock
18. The First Book Of Lankhmar Fritz Leiber
19. Riddle-Master Patricia A McKillip
20. Time And Again Jack Finney
21. Mistress of Mistresses E R Eddison
22. Gloriana or The Unfulfilled Queen Michael Moorcock
23. The Well Of The Unicorn Fletcher Pratt
24. The Second Book Of Lankhmar Fritz Leiber
25. Voice Of Our Shadow Johnathan Carroll
26. The Emperor Of Dreams Clark Ashton Smith
27. Lyoness: Suldrunís Garden Jack Vance
28. Peace Gene Wolfe
29. The Dragon Waiting John M Ford
30. The Chronicles Of Corum Michael Moorcock
31. Black Gods And Scarlet Dreams C L Moore
32. The Broken Sword Poul Anderson
33. The House On The Borderland & Other Novels William Hope Hodgson
34. The Drawing Of The Dark Tim Powers
35. Lyoness II: The Green Pearl and Madouc Jack Vance
36. The History of the Runestaff Michael Moorcock
37. A Voyage To Arcturus David Lindsay
38. Darker Than You Think & Other Novels Jack Williamson
39. The Mabinogion Evangeline Walton
40. Three Hearts And Three Lions Poul Anderson
41. The Call Of The Cthulhu & Other Eldritch Horrors H P Lovecraft
42. Grendel John Gardner
43. Replay Ken Grimwood
44. The Iron Dragonís Daughter Michael Swanwick

   By GOLLUM on Sunday, June 11, 2006 - 09:10 pm: Edit Post

OOPS! By way of a footnote to the Masterwork list, a number of these titles are actually collected works from the author rather than necessarily names of individual books. It's one of the aspects I really like in that VG brings together in several cases the collected works of an author, in some cases for the frist time witness Clark Ashton Smith, that would otherwise require you to trawl though the myriad of second hand/used bookshops to find some of these gems. Not that spending hours in dusty second hand shops isn't a treat for this particular member.