Archive through February 27, 2008

Janny Wurts Chat Area: Book Nook: Archive through February 27, 2008
   By Clansman on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 02:36 pm: Edit Post


(FYI) The more sales Janny makes of Stormed Fortress in the UK and elsewhere will add to her negotiating power with the U.S. publishers. The primary thing that they look at is sales.

So, your order is directly supporting the movement to have Janny's work published in North America (we denizens of the Great White North (man! is that ever true this winter!!!) suffer the same fate as the Yanks). Well done!

And don't nag. She's doing just fine (recently passed the page 100 mark).

   By Janny Wurts on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 05:32 pm: Edit Post

Hi Frank - Endgame is the last of five books in Kristine's Jani Killian series - there's a really nice two book omnibus out of the whole series, from the SF book club. You shouldn't have a problem finding the paperbacks.

I've already got the Hobb books - they're in the stack.

How would you define the Elliott title as "her best yet?" - steer me in a little more depth?

Some of the others are in the stack - wasn't aware Michelle West changed name???? Is this true? Jeez, it's becoming an epidemic!!!

Never fear, I am hard at work....and there IS a strategy for retaking the territory in North America - very very fine that you chose to support the London edition, thanks.

Clansman - great white North - send us some COLD RAIN!!! Too hot today, and too dry...although the birds are singing for territory and the grass is greening again after that frost.

   By Mark Stephen Kominski on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 11:24 pm: Edit Post

OK, I'm inept. I admit it! For whatever reason, will not ship to my address in the States. I've corrected it, changed it, added the additional zip code numbers, removed them again, tried the suggested (if somewhat unusual) abbreviations, even tried my work address, all to no avail. I tried the Book Club that lists the title in hardback, but they also don't appear to ship to the States (or again, perhaps, to me...). I'm dying for a hardback edition of Stormed Fortress, so I'm throwing myself shamelessly on the tender mercies of this august and all-knowing forum! Anyone (Frank, perhaps?) possessing the arcane knowledge necessary to acquire the book and willing to share said knowledge...well, you can't have my firstborn (or even second!), but I would be grateful. Really, really want the hardcover! Thanks for putting up with me!

   By Frank T Davis on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 11:35 pm: Edit Post

Are you sure SF is available in hardback? News to me! Have already ordered, received and read the trade edition.

Lots of luck in acquiring it.


   By Greebo on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 02:02 am: Edit Post

Any fans of Iain M Banks here? Scifi, British, imaginative speculative fiction, great characterisation, plot twists, always a delight (unless you're looking for brain fluff, in which case avert your eyes). Humour of course - largely character-driven - kinda like Austen in that respect. I am about to shell out for the latest in his far-future "Culture" series and was moved to recommend him to you lot. WOLAS is richly imagined, well characterised and thoughtful, all terms I would apply to the books of Mr Banks. Nowhere near as top heavy in the adjective department as Janny, of course - not many are, lets face it - but still, if you're looking for truly enjoyable scifi that engages on many levels, you can't go past Iain M Banks. Here endeth the recommendation.

Cheers all
Jules from Oz

   By Janny Wurts on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 04:05 pm: Edit Post

Welcome here, Greebo - I liked Iain Banks very much.

Hi Mark Stephen Kominsky - the only hardback "edition" I was aware of, was the book club in Britain, and you wouldn't be able (?) to get that unless you were a member, living there, or else (?) used....anybody a member of the book club in the UK?

I have NO idea why you are encountering troubles with Amazon UK and shipping - can suggest you order from Galaxy Books in Australia, they'd have no problem. (Mark?)

   By Greebo on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 03:22 am: Edit Post

Hey Janny - or G'day should I say - you're my mostest bestest finest wondrousest favouritest adjective overuser in all the world. :-) Love WOLAS, my introduction to your writing was Master of Whitestorm, which remains one of my favourites. Korendir strikes me as a bit of a proto-Arithon in many respects.

Mark - Excellent suggestion from Janny - there's lots of good booksellers online in Oz that stock Janny's books and most of them ship overseas, so if Galaxy Books doesn't have it, a quick google should find it for you.

Another recommendation for those who enjoy fine language and richly imagined worlds: Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin Series, which begins with Master and Commander. Its not a fantasy, its an exceptionally researched fictional history, set in the naval world of the Napoleonic Wars (early 1800's). I love books that transport one almost physically into the world they are describing, and make the characters so real you could almost see them walking down the street - many passages of Janny's books have this quality, and so too O'Brian's magnificent series of naval adventures (and on-shore mishaps). I've never read historical fiction with such a capacity to bring a bygone age, and bygone people, to life. Its a long series, so watch out because addiction can be expensive. Here endeth the recommendation.

Cheers all
Jules from Oz

   By Mark Stephen Kominski on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 05:25 am: Edit Post

Thanks for the "lifelines" Frank, Greebo and especially Janny (after all, who else would know better?!!!).

Re Google, tried that (along with other search engines); unfortunately, no leads yet. Still trying for the hardback (book club edition was indeed what I'd found, but confirmation is appreciated, too!). Galaxy (along with others) definitely does have the paperback. Appealed to's support staff...we'll see!

Now, to return the Book Nook thread to it's originally scheduled purpose (before the Gryphon descends on me... ;) ), I just finished Kristen Britain's Green Rider book, and am on the fence about grabbing the sequels. The reviews of First Rider's Call and High King's Tomb seem to imply that they progress in character development and plot complexity, but I don't know; any thoughts, folks?

   By Clansman on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 06:53 am: Edit Post


BANG ON about Patrick O'Brian! I love that series, and it is easily the best historical fiction that I have ever read. 20 books long, and each one a treat. There is an unfinished 21st. Also deals nicely with espionage in the Napoleonic Wars, which is a rare treat.

   By Susan C on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 10:16 am: Edit Post

I always have the most difficult time finding anything that interests me after finishing one of Janny's books. She is such a great author. I saw The Golden Compass with my daughter, but had never read the books. I bought the Dark Materials trilogy and have just finished reading The Golden Compass. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the other two books. So if anyone needs a good read-I recommend Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials Trilogy.