Archive through June 23, 2006

Janny Wurts Chat Area: Book Nook: Archive through June 23, 2006
   By Trys on Friday, June 16, 2006 - 03:26 am: Edit Post

No, what I said was:


I don't think I indicated that the first Silverberg book I read (Revolt on Alpha C was a prequel to the Majipoor book

The only problem with the sentence is the errant (.

   By GOLLUM on Friday, June 16, 2006 - 09:05 am: Edit Post

Nuff said then....:-)

I'm currently reading a book by newcomer Gary Wassner from NY called The Twins. He's got a background in philosophy and curently works in the fashion industry, an interesting combo. The writing is a little stilted but does improve in latter books accroding to Gary. I'm quite enjoying it to date as it has some fairly original and detailed ideas. He was kind enough to offer to send me a personal copy of the book from NY to check out, which I'm always happy to do.

After that it's on to dipping further into a book a friend gave me, whom I met on another forum and then IRL, covering a series of fantasy short stories that directly influenced Tolkien.

Then off to check out some more of my Masterwork copy of Clark Ashton Smith's wonderful work whilst also turning my attention to Nyomi Novik's His Majesty's Dragon that I've heard very good reports on. Basically ties in the Napoleonic wars on the high sees with airpower in the form of dragons. Books 2 and 3 have also just been released in the US.

After that plenty more to plough through in my groaning 'to read' pile.

Of course I tend to keep my plans fluid so another book or two may sneak into the reading list.

Does anyone know of US author Mickey Zucker Reichert? I've read quite a number of her books including her best known work, the Renshai series. They essentially follow the trials and tribluations of master swordsman Colbey Calistinsson and his ever increasing involvement with the Gods of Valhalla as they attempt to influence the machinations of humankind. A very good series!! Mickey IMO is an underrated author.

Any comments?...

   By Janny Wurts on Friday, June 16, 2006 - 01:04 pm: Edit Post

I've known Mickey from Way Back, when she showed up in my garret apartment with a heap of unpublished manuscript. She has matured into a formidible story teller! Not to mention, she's also an MD and a mother of several. Another Superwoman.

   By GOLLUM on Friday, June 16, 2006 - 11:21 pm: Edit Post

Yep I agree Mickey is indeed a superwoman. I knew she was an MD and had worked with Vietnamn veterans in the past, the basis of one of her other series.

I've not read the book, but her medical drama "A Time To Die" appears to have won her a lot of praise. Anyone read it??

In addition to the Renshai series I really liked her original standalone featuring Nightfall, a loveable thief and rogue. The sequel has been out for a while but I'm yet to read it. Definitely will be tackled in the second half of 2006 though.

   By Cheryl Detmer on Saturday, June 17, 2006 - 01:36 pm: Edit Post

I agree Janny that In The Company of Others is my favorite by Julie Czerneda. Survival is the one I'm reading by her now and I agree with Trys, she is great with her alien races too. Her writing is really wonderful. I think Janny is still my favorite but I like Julie's work as well. CJ Cherryh is one of the best sci fi authors for sure. Mickey Zucker Reichert I love too. I finally got in contact with her through email and she sent me the nicest email. I loved her other books as well as the Renshai Series but haven't finished that whole series yet. I do think she's a great author and also feel she is underrated too. Read her other books out also but you might have to find them at Amazon. She has a couple of other great series going too. Have you heard of Carol Berg? If you love Janny, most of us love Carol too. Glad Mickey's work got published. I've enjoyed her books over the years.

   By Auna on Monday, June 19, 2006 - 02:21 pm: Edit Post

I love the Renshai series, especially the first part. The second part wasn't as fun for me since Colbey wasn't the main player but I'm like that with series that shift main protagonists. She's definitely on my short list of authors that I buy everything of as I see it.

   By Laurence J Johnson on Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 04:41 pm: Edit Post

Hello one and all, I have now finished reading Katharine Kerr's latest book The Gold Falcon.

I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to the next 2 in the series.

Have any of you read her books?

Cheers from Laurence in Shetland, where we are now having 24 hours of daylight each day!

   By Cheryl Detmer on Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 06:53 pm: Edit Post

Auna, I read the second part of Renshai and liked it better than the Colby ones but I haven't read all of those either. I had eye trouble when those books were out and had to pass on them for awhile. It took me awhile to be able to read again and those books were casualties of that time I'm afraid. It was hard to be an avid reader and not be able to read those books then though. Bad time. I keep planning to read them but more books are there I want to read first. I hope I read the Colby books one day. If I don't read them when they first come out, I have trouble getting to them years later. I loved the Children of Renshai and the later parts of the series. Legend of Nightfall is my favorite by Mickey. I thought at first Mickey was a male author and then I thought he wrote a little too feminine like and was confused. I thought it was refreshing though that a man could write with so much sensitivity. lol I was relieved when I found out Mickey was female. It all made perfect sense then. lol grin Please read her Nightfall books if you all haven't read them yet. Great ones.

   By Auna on Friday, June 23, 2006 - 03:30 pm: Edit Post

hahaha I thought Mickey was a male too at first and had a similar feeling!

   By GOLLUM on Friday, June 23, 2006 - 07:59 pm: Edit Post

Hi again....:-)

Been away celebrating the Aussie socceroos entry into the final 16 at the Soccer World Cup. YEH!!! Bad luck for the USA, better fortune next time.

Back to reading, I agree that the Nightfall books are good. They're my No .2 Reichert series behind the Renshai.

Just purchased from the handily placed bookshop near work Jeff Vandermeer's seminal work "Veniss Underground" incl. a novella "Balzac's war" I've not yet read. Anyone who is a fan of M John Harrison should check this guy out. The other major book to date is a collection of stories surrounding a mythical city and is called "City Of Saints and Madmen". Very highly recommended.

I also picked up a copy of Matthew Pearl's "The Poe Shadow" which tackles the enigma that is Edgar Allan Poe's death. The main character is a Balitomre lawyer who employs the services of one C. Augustine Dupin, the first example of the modern detective in literature and Poe's own creation. For those who enjoyed Susanna Clarke's wonderfully English novel "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel" you may like this book for it's apparent quaint use of language. The research is also supposed to be first class. I hope to get to these 2 books by sometime in July.

All for now.....