Hello Andy, thanks for the response.
I have finished reading books 1 and 2; book 2 is better than book 1, there were so many tedious religious references in book 1.
I wonder if this author went to a convent school?
I concur with your opinion that there are far to many sub characters and plots.
The main theme is enjoyable and I have the first 5 books, so I will continue with this series.
Skol from Laurence.
Those of you who enjoy George R.R. Martin's song of Ice and Fire will be pleased to hear that HBO has obtained the rights to the series and plans to make it a series, each season based on one book in the series. It is being reported that book 5 is near completion, and the series will wrap in 2011, with filming proceeding much earlier! Martin will be writing one episode each season, and will be involved in the creative process.
Very interesting news!! No casting is being announced at this time, the deal only being signed just recently, there is much development left to do...
Hello one and all, I have now finished books 3 and 4 of Kate Elliott's Crown of Stars.
In my opinion the story improves with each volume, so it's now onto book 5. Cheers.
Thought I would throw my latest ventures in the ring. In the last month I have finished Carol Berg's Bridge series, the last of the 15 books of the Thieves World Series (the anthologies, not the one offs), Guy Kay's new book, Ysabel and am currently in the middle of Michael Moorcock's White Wolf's Son and just started Erickson's Gardens of the Moon.
Michael Moorcock?! Triggers ancient memories of books I read many decades ago, though none seem to appear on my bookshelves at present; must do some research. White Wolf reminds me of Jack London and if I go back much farther I'll be immersed in the "Hotspur"!
Moorcock has been around a long time and is a rather prolific writer. His Elric series of the Eternal Champion collection are magnificent..
Elric certainly rings bells; wasn't he an albino? If I have any of his books tucked away somewhere they'll probably be first editions!
He was an albino, the last of the Melnibonean emperors. The last three that Moorcock has written have been, The Dreamthief's Daughter, The Skraeling Tree and The White Wolf's Son. He says that these are the last pure fantasy that he will be writing and the last of the Eternal Champion works.
He has tucked in various other Elric books and stories between the semi-original six novels. It's been so long since I have read any of those that I have kind of forgotten where in time these take place. My memory tells me they are tied in somewhere in either Bane of the Black Sword or Stormbringer.
All of the Eternal Champion stories are interesting in their own right. The Corum stories, the Dorian Hawkmoon, Erekose, John Daker, the Von Bek series, etc. He has written a lot of good stuff over the years, and I think his more recent works have been among his best.
One other follow on note, as I was just reading on his website that Del Rey will be releasing trade paperback collections of a number of the Elric stories later this year. Good chance to get reacquainted or introduced to these as they come out. They will be along the same lines as the Howard collections that have been released to date.
Get the impression that I am a huge Moorcock fan? We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming. :>
Now you've convinced me to try a couple of his later books; after all there's still a few months before I re-read Traitor's Knot. Have you tried Mickey Zucker Reichert?
I read a couple of hers when they first came out. Nothing recent though. Whatever her first series was that she released, something Asgardian in nature as I remember....