Archive through June 15, 2006

Janny Wurts Chat Area: Book Nook: Archive through June 15, 2006
   By Janny Wurts on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 12:01 pm: Edit Post

Happy to share the 3 authors I've got waiting for the finish of Stormed Fortress:

The newest releases by Juliet Marillier, Julie Czerneda, and Jennifer Roberson.

I am well familiar with Teresa Edgerton's work. For the most part, we are a friendly peer group. I have seldom met any author of imaginative works I did not like or admire as a person. Got alot of their signed books on my shelf, too!

   By HJ on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 12:36 pm: Edit Post

Wow, Trys, I'll keep an eye out for some more Sherri S Tepper books. It's so nice to know there are other people out there who've read some of the stuff I've enjoyed.

Yes, I'm really sorry I've never managed a Michael Moorcock book but it's on the list.

I think the first sf/f book I read after C S Lewis was "The Prince in Waiting" trilogy by John Christopher which I remember completely enthralled me. Other half has always told me how good another of his books is - "Death of Grass" - anyone familiar? It's another one on my list!


   By Laurence J Johnson on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 01:06 pm: Edit Post

Hello one and all, I have recently started to read Katharine Kerr's latest book,(THE GOLD FALCON), it's fine so far, I will keep you posted.

Skol from Laurence.

   By GOLLUM on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 10:20 pm: Edit Post

Now you've confused me Trys LOL!

I have several detailed bios of Silverberg both online and offline and they all report him starting the Majipoor novels from around 1979/80 onwards. Valentine's Castle was published in 1980 and given a Hugo Nommination in 1981. Now that's on the recrod so perhaps what you read was a precursor to this????? BTW I can also suggest the story Dying Inside by Silverberg. Briliant stuff!

Janny have you read Teresa's latest book Hidden Stars"? A fine example of quality storytelling IMO. Reminds me a bit of a cross between Tolkien, LeGuin and Patricia McKillip's Riddlemaster of Hed trilogy. As I speak German as a second language she was kind enough to offer to post me a duology of hers, one of the titles being The Gnome's Engine/Machine I think? When I find the time to read these it will be interesting to see how it transfers to a language other than the native source. I believe you have several of your books translated into other languages, so are you really at the mercy or discretion of the translator or do you have some significant input into the process?

Juliet Marillier, Julie Czerneda, and Jennifer Roberson. Well, I know Marillier's work reasonably well having read Sevenwaters trilogy, Foxmask and Wolfskin. I have to be honest here and say whilst I quite liked the storylines involved, the prose and the historical research it never really rose to any great heights for me. At least w.r.t. Foxmask and Wolfskin in particluar.

Jennifer Robinson's books I see a lot of in the shops over here but I'm yet to read her work. She seems to receive a number of recomendations on other boards. Can you recommend a starting point for me or is it literally as obvious as starting from her first book?

Julie Czerneda I've never heard of. Please enlighten...:-)

   By Trys on Wednesday, June 14, 2006 - 04:15 am: Edit Post


I don't think I indicated that the first Silverberg book I read (Revolt on Alpha C was a prequel to the Majipoor books. Only that I read it in 1963... 17 years prior to the first Majipoor book being published in 1980. Ahhh, maybe this is the root of the confusion: "I read that first book in 1963." This line refers to {Revolt} not Majipoor.

As to Jennifer Roberson, you can start with any of her books. However, she has a couple of series so be sure to start with the first in these. Her Cheysuli series begins with Shapechangers. I also highly recommend {Golden Key} which was co-authored by Roberson, Rawn, and Elliot. I may be prejudiced in saying this, but Roberson's part was the standout section for me.

As to Julie Czerneda, she is one of the finest creators of believable alien races in her science fiction. The only other author that I might say does a better job, and only slightly better, is C. J. Cherryh. I've yet to be disappointed in anything by Czerneda.


   By Janny Wurts on Wednesday, June 14, 2006 - 02:06 pm: Edit Post

I really loved Roberson's Sword Dancer books...I think, for me, she hit her stride there. And her Golden Key segment, brilliant.

What I liked about Marillier's Foxmask was the turnabout in the plot - who was the enemy, who was not the enemy, and how that pattern changed repeatedly throughout. Depended entirely which angle of view....and that flipover was well done, IMO. Her latest title release starts an entirely new series.

Julie's books are fun. My favorite remains In The Company of Others, but I have yet to read her last in the latest (yup, they do these in SF) Trilogy.

I have not read Edgerton's Hidden Stars - didn't know of it. Thanks! Gome's Engine was fun.

On input in translation: the contracts for overseas translation rights always include a clause for "author approval" of the text - but - unless you have a native speaker to check for you, or speak the language yourself, it can't be effectively invoked. I went so far as to Ask for the German translation for Curse of the Mistwraith so I could have it checked....but it was never sent, despite my contractual request. I did hear from a reader on this board who read the translation that it was done pretty well...I hope for the sake of the German readers who were left hanging that one day the rest of the series gets translated.

   By GOLLUM on Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 08:01 am: Edit Post

Thanks Trys, I never knew there was a Majipoor prequel, time to chase it down GRRR!!

I agree about C. J. Cherryh being the best author I've seen at describing alien races, so if Juile is similar then I'll check it out.

Thanks all for the information on Jennifer.

Janny, Hidden Stars is Book 1 of the Runes Of Unmaking trilogy. I understand Book 2 won't be too long in arriving. Teresa is using the name Madeline Howard for this series.

That's a bit of a pain isn't it for the German readers following your series? Lucky thing I know English then...

Must rush, sleep beckons, all the best to everyone!

   By Trys on Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 11:07 am: Edit Post


Wait a sec... where did I say there was a Majipoor prequel?

I don't believe I did. Let me be very explicitly clear - Revolt on Alpha C, the first Silverberg book that I read in 1963 is NOT a Majipoor prequel. Revolt on Alpha C is a thin book intended for a young audience, which I was at the time. If memory serves, (egads, 43 years ago) the story takes place on an Alpha Centauri world.


   By Janny Wurts on Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 12:07 pm: Edit Post

Ah, Edgerton took another pen wonder I didn't find this one. Thanks for the clue.

   By GOLLUM on Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 05:47 pm: Edit Post

OK thanks for clearing that up. Check your previuos post though and you'll see the words prequel in them. Your words were "Revolt on Alpha C was a prequel to the Majipoor books". I assume you meant a precursor or before the Majipoor books rather than a prequel unless I'm confusing that word.

Bye all.