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Check out Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's Liadon books which "begin" with Agent of Change. (This is not the beginning chronologically, but is a good entry point)
Definitely try Carolyn Cherryh or CJ Cherryh as fans know her. Julie Czerneda's Company of Others I also recommend. Great book and her Survival Speciies series is pretty good. I haven't read the others to know though. I am more a fantasy reader also. I saw that Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's books at B&N last time I was there so now I can buy them when I'm ready for them. I always regretted not buying them there at Dragon Con that day at the counter. Beautiful covers. Now I can buy them at the store. I never knew CJ Cherryh's first name was Carolyn until I talked with Jane Fancher once. lol I thought Cherryh was a man for a long time.
I'll second the Miller and Lee nomination. Fabulous books. I haven't read Crystal Dragon yet, but I am looking forward to it immensely. I love their work.
And CJ Cherryh too - Her Foreigner series has a special place in my heart.
And needless to say, Julie Czerneda's books are terrific. I've known Julie for a fair while, and her work in my mind just keeps getting better. I thought Regeneration - the last of the Species Imperative books was one of those perfect endings that you don't get enough of in trilogies.
I don't tend to read huge amounts of SF - usually I read it when it is recommended to me. (Haven't tried The Myriad books yet, for instance, though they are on my list.)
Miller and Lee are a good entry point in that their stories can be read almost as one-offs, though they also fit together as a whole. I also liked Balance of Trade which was a bit different from the rest of them.
For pure fun, I recommend Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan books - Memory is my personal favourite - the best balance of character in the series, but all the books are wonderful stories.
Gosh!! It is really great to get back into the Fantasy genre. For the past six months, I've been reading mysteries since this is my wife's favorite genre and she has many many in our library that I had not read yet. Plus when I found an author that I liked like, Lisa Scottoline, Dick Francis, JA Jance, etc; she ordered the ones she didn't have yet. So, during the past 6 months while I have awaited the one we're all waiting for (I keep tabs Janny and I know you're working as fast as you're able to get it done and in our hands for which I am truly thankful) I read at least 6o mysteries.
Well, I decided enough is enough so I picked up my first fantasy read and read it again. It was the three books involving the Murry family: Meg, Charles Walace and the twins and friend Calvin. The three are "A Wrinkle in Time", "A Wind in the Door" and "A Swiftly Tilting Planet" by Madeleine L'Engle. These were as good as I had remembered and very very easy to read as were written for young people. I also read her "The Arm of the Star Fish" which was pretty good. Anyone who has youngsters interested in reading should encourage them to pick up books from the Yearling series of books.
After whetting my appetite for Fantasy, I ordered Carol Berg's latest and the three latest by Robert Newcomb. I had read his "THe Fifth Sorceress" in 10-05 and liked it. I have just finished Carol's "Daughter of Ancients", book four of her Bridge of D'Arnath series, and really enjoyed it. I believe it is the best of the four. Have just started Newcomb's "The Gates of Dawn".
By the way, I have saved your Book Nook notes that provide recommendations and have a long way to go to get caught up. Thanks for your input.
Did some checking on the availibility of JV Jones latest and it appears that she's following the standard set by George Martin. I had thought her latest would have been out already and found that it has been delayed until late 2007.
Gotta close and go work on flower beds for my sweetheart. Am modifying recently installed sprinkler system to provide water to newly erected bed. It appears that we have about 5 years of outside work for our new house which we built and moved into this past March.
I do love those three L'Engle books. I re-read A Wrinkle in Time when the TV film version of it came out a while back. The book did not fail to entertain or engage the same feelings it did the first time I read it. The film version... not so much.
I understand that she has now written one involving mainly the twins? Comments please.
It's been a while since I read Many Waters but it didn't have the magic for me. I think this is because I found the characters of Meg and Charles Wallace to be so captivating that the twins just didn't spark for me. Probably worth a read when you don't have anything else pressing that you want to read.
I have just finished Well of Shades from Juliet Marillier, book 3 of the Bridie Chronicles and I have really enjoyed this series so far. Starting off with The Dari Mirror and then Blade of Fortriu. The story is set in ancient Scotland at the time of the picts.
Good series, yes, but please for us US readers - don't post spoilers. We have only the Dark Mirror available now - Blade of Fortriu comes out in a few weeks, but the last one isn't due for over a year.
I may cut and run for the Down Under edition - it depends how she finishes the second one...but the first was truly gorgeous. I definitely cried through the defining moment.
But then I have always loved Marillier's work.
Love Marillier too, but recently (when not re-reading WoLaS, of course!) have discovered "Chronicles of the Raven" and "Legends of the Raven", two trilogies by James Barclay. Wonderful fantasy, but I hate the way he occassionally kills off one of his main characters just as you have come to love them so much! Robin Hobb is also a favourite and I have recently finished her new novel "Forest Mage", the second in the Soldier Son trilogy