Archive through February 25, 2008

Janny Wurts Chat Area: Book Nook: Archive through February 25, 2008
   By Frank T Davis on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 12:01 am: Edit Post

Just finished reading "A Sword from Red Ice" by JV Jones and believe it is one of her best. Great fantasy with lots of action and intrigue with some great sex thrown in. Lots of blood and guts and fantastic intrigue among the various clans involved in the saga. The first two books of this saga, "Sword of Shadows", are "A Cavern of Black Ice" and "A Fortress of Grey Ice". The cover indicates that she is currently working on book 4 so hopefully this will be a more lengthly saga; maybe 8 or 9 books. If you haven't already done so, read her first triology "The Book of Words" which was also fantastic. She is one of my favorite authors. Only negative is she is somewhat like GRRMartin, tends to take forever to complete the next book. She currently has out 7 which are all fantastic and should keep you very entertained.

   By Frank T Davis on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 12:11 am: Edit Post

Hallelujah! It has finally come to pass that the author has completed and had published one of the lengthly and very good sagas and I have finished it. After 13 years Terry Goodkind finally completed the "Sword of Truth" saga and it had a very complete ending with most loose ends tied down. The saga has eleven books and he tended to go off the deep end a bit in the middle ones. But I muist say that the last three like the first two were absolutely fantastic.

   By DarthJazy on Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - 10:53 am: Edit Post

Has anyone read or is reading the Legacy of the Force series for starwars or may have read the comics about Lukes decendents. I need someone to springboard off of about this series and I much prefer to company here than trying to find a starwars msg board.

   By Walt on Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - 11:46 am: Edit Post

Me! Your fellow WoW-er. I've been enthralled be the Legacy series and the descent of [SPOILER]...


Interesting how those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it...

   By DarthJazy on Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - 12:26 pm: Edit Post

well not playin WOW anymore thanx to medical problem and god i miss it. whats your email so that i can email ya so we dont ruin the story on the boards for future fans.

   By Clansman on Friday, February 08, 2008 - 04:06 pm: Edit Post

I am in the midst of a book called Acacia by David Anthony Durham, which I mentioned above. This is not a bad read. Durham has done some historical fiction in the past which I have not read but that received good critical reviews.

I'll let you know how I make out, but this book has a bit of a Kay-historical-fantasy feel to it, as it is about an empire that seems somewhat Romanesque. Potential for a deep moral exploration of government, but there may be some obvious straw men here. Too early to tell, but it shows promise. This is not a great descriptive fantasy, but I am getting a feel for the place Durham describes.

Anyone else seen it? I am curious, because I picked it up at a major chain in Charlottetown, PEI Canada (yes, Anne of Green Gables land), but I have not seen it anywhere else.

   By Janny Wurts on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 01:59 pm: Edit Post

Just finished Endgame by Kristine Smith, which completes her Jani Killian series - wonderful finale. Rich characters, and a satisfying read on all counts.

Clansman - haven't seen Acacia, but I will look it up - I have always loved Kay, and there isn't enough available in this quality - so thanks for the tip off!

   By Clansman on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 04:40 pm: Edit Post

I just reviewed Acacia at Again, not a bad read, but the book did not move me, and it should have with the subject matter that it dealt with. There is tremendous potential for dealing with the moral problems of building and maintaining an empire, but Durham did not quite get me to where I think he wanted the reader to be. He is headed in the morally ambiguous way that Erikson and Martin have gone, but not as hard-hitting as those.

There is tremendous potential for the series, though my next purchase will be paperback. I gave it three stars.

   By Janny Wurts on Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 05:52 pm: Edit Post

Just finished:

Kristine Smith's Endgame, which I loved, and also,

Jennifer Roberson's Karavans and Deepwood - wow! I do suggest both be read at once if you don't want to chew off your fingernails.

Next up - Carol Berg's Breath and Bone. I have liked her first trilogy the very best, so far. The book one of this series was quite promising, and I've looked forward to this sequel, to see where she takes it. But it will stay "next up" for a bit, because I've gotta write, first. Lots of fish in the kettle....

Certain authors are Hands Off if I am on a schedule...basically because the stories are too tempting! The ones I read in sips, a few pages at a time while waiting for this or that thingie on the boil do not get mention here. Only those books I feel are truly compelling reach my list on this site.

   By Frank T Davis on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 12:34 pm: Edit Post

Thanks for the insight; will give Kristine Smith's "End Game " a try.

You have a real treat in store when you read Carol Berg's "Breath and Bone". It is by far her best.

Agree, Jenifer Robertson's "Karavans" and "Deepwood" are excellent. Look forward to more from Jenifer.

I realize you're busy but will tempt you anyway:
+ Kate Elliot's "Spirit Gate" is her best yet. Have already preordered book two which is out in April
+ Michele Sagara's (assume this is Michele West) "Cast in Shadows" is very good.
+ Robin Hobb's "Renegade's Magic" is outstanding conclusion to her latest trilogy: "Soldier Son".
+ J.V. Jones's "Sword of Red Ice" is a must read.
+ Katherine Kerr's "The Spirit Stone" is typical of her outstanding work. Can't wait for more.

Just started "Sand Worms of Dune".

On the shelf waiting are: Robert Newcomb's "Rise of the Blood Royal" and "A March into Darkness"; Stephen Donaldson's "Fatal Revenant"; C.S. Friedman's "Feast of Souls"; David Farland's "Worldbinder" and Michele West's "Into the Dark Lands".

FYI, I put off ordering SF as it really teed me off to spend the extra money for shipping from the UK. (Still don't really understand why an author of your talent and renown can't sign a contract with one of the many USA printers.) All the excellent press got the best of me and I ordered it. Boy was I glad" It is by far your best. Really looking forward to next one. So get to work!