Archive through July 28, 2006

Janny Wurts Chat Area: Book Nook: Archive through July 28, 2006
   By Murmur on Saturday, June 24, 2006 - 08:50 am: Edit Post

Hiya all…

I beg forgiveness if any of these have been mentioned in the past! I have not read through all the previous posts, so I plead ignorance (laziness??)

Here goes:

Poetry/Prose:
Tennyson (All his works!)
Edgar Allen Poe (WOW...)
Mary (Yes, she wrote poetry as well as Frankenstein…) & Percy Bryshe (Spelling??) Shelly
Lord George Gordon Byron (My personal favourite, and my cat’s very apt name…the little poser…)
Edmund Spencer’s Fairie Queene (Quite a mind/eye tickler this! Is it even English?)

Philosophy:
Sun Tzu - The Art of War
Lao Tze
Nietzsche (For sheer bloody-minded complexity. All of his works are absolutely brilliant and, although it took me quite some time to read them all not to mention that I had a headache halfway through each one; his thoughts are very, very interesting!)
Kahlil Gibran (This must have been a beautiful man!!!)
The Works of Marcus Aurelius
Miyamoto Musashi’s Go Rin No Sho (Apparently quite a prolific number of businessmen use this book for inspiration)
The Consolation of Philosophy by ?

Fiction:
Jean M. Auel’s Earth’s Children Series - Go Anya… (Very below the belt in some places though. Speaking of which; anyone read De Sade??? Sick fellow that…)
Marcel Pagnol (The Time of Secrets & The Time of Love – BEAUTIFUL!!!)
Rafael Sabatini (Scaramouche, one of my favourite books of all time! For pure swashbuckling action; The Captain Blood novels. The Tavern Kight etc. Lovely ‘old-school’ English…)
Pc. Wren’s ‘Beau’ series (Beau Marche, Beau Sabreur, Beau Ideal)
The Works of Alexander Dumas & Victor Hugo
Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac (Also an exquisite movie with Gerard Depardieu. This could fall under poetry for the sheer beauty of the poems in this book!!!)

Comedy:
Not a huge fan of the comic read, so I’m at a slight loss…
Raoul Dahl (Spelling?) Nice dark humour – Revolting Rhymes…

Historical Novels:
Caesar’s War Commentaries (I’m quite certain Goscinny – the author of Asterix – was a fanatical reader of this book)
Cicero’s Orations


Fantasy:
Marion Zimmer Bradley (The Mists of Avalon is magnificent! Still have to read the rest of the series, as well as The Firebrand, all of which have been gathering dust in my bookshelf)
Stephen Donaldson (ALL of his work. Amazing writer!!!)
Terry Brooks (The Shannara series, and the Landover novels)
Clive Barker’s Weaveworld
Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus Trilogy (Still need the third and final book. Has it been published yet?)
Raymond E. Feist (One of the very first fantasy authors I got my hands on)
Margaret Weiss & Tracy Hickman’s Death Gate Cycle
Elizabeth Scarborough (Song of Sorcery & Bronwyn’s Bane – Very humorous!! Did she write any other books??)
Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Series. (Has anyone read The Salmon of Doubt, if so, how does it compare to his other books?)

Gothic??

Poppy Z. Brite (If you’re a fan of the dark and gloomy, these are the books for you!!! Lost Souls, Drawing Blood and last but not least, Exquisite Corpse)
Anne Rice (Isn’t she the popular lass these days…!)

Scientific/Physics:
Gary Zukav (All his works especially The Dancing Wu Li Masters) – This could fall under philosophy??
Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time (Lots of mind-blowing facts, although I struggled with this one...my foundation for complete understanding of these concepts is somewhat poor.)


Ok, mind’s a buzzin’ right about now…will continue posting some more as they come to me…


   By Trys on Saturday, June 24, 2006 - 05:11 pm: Edit Post

Hi Murmur,

I like Jean Auel's books save for the last one. I didn't think it moved the characters forward and frankly if she described his attributes and how well they fit her attributes one more time... :-)

I agree regarding MZB... she is missed. You might try Diana Paxson, one of her "proteges".

For 'gothic' try Barbra Hambly's {Those Who Hunt the Night} for a different twist on vampires.

Trys


   By GOLLUM on Saturday, June 24, 2006 - 07:02 pm: Edit Post

If you want to read arguably the best Vampire novel ever written then check out George RR Martin's "Fevre Dream"! I'm still making my way through this but it's very fine indeed!!

For Poetry don't forget to check out pre war pulp fiction writer Clark Ashton Smith.

For a thinking person's fantasy and SF you can't really do better than Gene Wolfe, Ted Chiang, M. John Harrison, Italo Calvino, R Scott Bakker, Ricardo Pinto, Edward Whitemore, Jeff Vandemeer and the list goes on...

For horror as you did mention Poe, check out Thomas Ligotti and HP Lovecraft. Three masters of their craft.

I agree Donaldson is a wonderful writer but wait until you check out my favaourite fantasy author of all time Streven Erikson and his Malazan series. For EPIC fnatasy also try R Scott Bakker and George RR Martin.

For great prose look no further than Italo Calvino, M John Harrison, Kellly Link, Jeff Vandemeer, China Mieville and our own Janny Wurts....:-)

There's so many more I could talk about but time beckons...


   By Cheryl Detmer on Saturday, July 15, 2006 - 08:51 am: Edit Post

Just thought I'd share that on my recommendation of Janny, a friend I met online just bought Curse of the Mistwraith. I talked her into it so I hope she enjoys it. I told her it was one of those special books that don't come around very often. Hope she enjoys it. I'm reading several books now. LOL I'm in book heaven again. Has anyone read Nightlife by Rob Thurman? It really is a good book. It's about two brothers and one of them is half-monster and half-human but his human half is very handsome, lol and these grendals are hunting for him. I enjoy the style of writing on this book. I've never read one quite like this. The humor is there with the scary stuff too. A good blend of both. Makes you get so involved with it. I think this is the author's first book. He or she did a great job. I'm assuming a he since the name is Rob. Just thought I'd recommend this book here. It's one of a kind. lol It reminds me of that tv show Supernatural. I love that show. grin


   By Cheryl Detmer on Saturday, July 15, 2006 - 08:53 am: Edit Post

Oh by the way, had anyone heard of Margarite Weis writing a new novel of the Companions? I was so shocked to see this in the stores. I was so happy to see Dragonlance and Margarite Weis return to the Companions. I don't know how I missed this news but it's great to see a new one out by them. If you like these books, I recommend this one too. This should be big news all over the net but I hadn't heard of it but was so happy about it. Had to share that too.


   By Jo on Saturday, July 15, 2006 - 03:07 pm: Edit Post

I read my first David Gemmel books the other day (sorry if spelt incorrectly) The White Wolf and Swords of Night and Day and quite enjoyed them. Still have to say I still haven't found any books that compare to the WOLS.

Also does anyone know if you can still get Master of Whitestorm? I have tried so many books shops, internet and libaries to no avail.


   By GOLLUM on Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 09:55 pm: Edit Post

Yes Cheryl, I've seen the latest Weiss and Hickmann novel, part of a new series. It was at my local bookstore but yet to revisit to purchase.


   By Bruce Passey on Friday, July 28, 2006 - 09:04 am: Edit Post

Just finished Glasshouse by Charles Stross which was an interesting take on gender and what identity theft could be way in the future.

Currently I'm reading The Novels of Tiger & Del Vol1, which collects the first two books of Jennifer Roberson sword dancer series. This is my first time reading Roberson other than the Golden Key and I'm enjoying it a lot.


   By Trys on Friday, July 28, 2006 - 11:07 am: Edit Post

Welcome to Chat Area Bruce.


   By Bruce Passey on Friday, July 28, 2006 - 11:36 am: Edit Post

Trys,

Thanks, but I've posted before, but they were unregistered posts.