So far in 2014
Old Man's War - quite fun
King Hereafter - very good
I really liked King Hereafter (read in Jan/Feb)...Hmm yes. Dorothy Dunnett did her research :-)
Failed to get into wasteland of flint, also could not get into some Jonathan Carroll books (saw a reference on sfsite.com) or Comac McCarthy...nor speaker for the dead.
I did finally read "among others". Interesting read.
I started "Game of Kings" this week. I wonder what other gems are out there, truly, what other good "older" books have I missed? These were written in 1960 & 1970s. I wonder how I missed these as a teenager when my local library would not have have had a huge selection of fantasy/historical fiction...and I played chess so would have remember the references in the titles if I ever saw them..."The Sunne in Splendour" I still recall even if I never open its pages....
I suppose lymond books may have been too hard to read if I had tried at the time anyway?
I think these books might keep me going until Destiny's conflict comes out :-)
I guess I may need a break from a long series now and again? Possibily time to reread "to ride hell'ss chasm" which someone else we know used as a break from a series ;-)
Neil, if you liked those titles, take a look at The Heaven Tree trilogy by Edith Pargeter; also two of my favorite books, ever, were Summer of the Red Wolf by Morris L. West, and also, The Horsemen by Joseph Kessel (book! not movie!!!)
Fantasies with mature angles of view and adult perspective, check Carol Berg, Barbara Hambly, Guy Kay, and in SF, R. M. Meluch's Merrimack series (very fun and wry humor); also her Jerusalem Fire was extremely deep and well done (more serious).
Katie Waitman's The Merro Tree (SF) was awesome and went totally under the radar, and also, Sarah Zettel's SF is stellar.
All of Barbara Hambly's stuff is available on Kindle so you don't have to go lurking in old book stores to try and find copies. I love the way she describes scenes and frequently cite the first chapter in The Time of the Dark for my friends as an example of the proper way to suck in a reader so they don't escape your book ;)
Other fantasy stuff I remember from the good ole days would include Jo Clayton, Louise Cooper, Sydney Van Scyoc, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, Mickey Zucker Reichert, Anne McCaffrey, and Mercedes Lackey to name a few. Unfortunately most of these would require rummaging old book stores since I didn't see most available in ebook form, sadly.
The new Dresden Files book just came out and I enjoyed it, so if you haven't gotten into this series yet that's 15 books of awesome to occupy time while you wait for a certain book to get done ;)
Oh I should also mention Roger Zelazny since I'd put the Amber series in the fantasy section and he rocks as an author.
The Broken Eye, by Brent Weeks, comes out Aug 26.
I mention this since during my habitual obsessing about the release, I ran across Brent's Ask Me Anything and one of the posters mentioned 'Janmy' Wurts (yep her first name now has an 'm' in it).
According to the poster, Janny was bribed to kill off a character called Ardbeg in return for some fine scotch (or libation of choice) and artisan BBQ sauce. I'm definitely curious about how/where Ardbeg fits in. lol.
If you want to check out the Q&A out just hit the Reddit AMA link on Brent's page: http://www.brentweeks.com//
Oh there's also a link to chapters 1-9 if you absolutely can't wait a few more days and NEED a fix to tide you over.
Just discovering heaps of reread blogs at Tor
but there is a name of the wind also
And... lord of the rings (well 5 years ago there was...)
Disregard if you don't want to hear about me reading something that has been around for several years already.
My latest reading project started when I was in the public library and stumbled across The Burning Stone, a single volume of Kate Elliott -- by "single" I mean that the library had absolutely no other books by this author. Just that title, which is no. 3 in a series of seven.
This is precisely how I became acquainted with Janny Wurts. In a different branch/location of the same library network, I encountered a single volume, not saying which one [except that it was not the first, opening volume] of The Wars of Light and Shadow. I went to the rest of the series after reading that volume.
So, I started Kate Elliott's "Crown of Stars" series with book no. 3, The Burning Stone. Have not read all seven books yet, nevertheless I now know how the whole thing ends.
One of the most striking things about the big arc of the story line, for me, is the arc through the volumes of the half-human, half-divine character named Liathano. It is in book no. 4, Child of Flame, that she penetrates the dimensional level from which her inhuman mother descended, a level of fire attainable only by "walking the spheres." Of course, in a series of seven books, number four is the middle, and so the character Liathano ascends from the first book, where her human father is murdered, to the zenith, which she cannot contact without discipline, practice, and innate ability, and where she can only stay for so long before she must descend from fire to aether and, finally, to earth.
Then, in the final book in the series of seven, she is released from a relationship attachment on the earthly level, and leaves the earth in a conflagration that consumes her earthly self, and liberates her divine self to return, for good, to the sphere from which her mother came.
The "Crown of Stars" series will stick in the craw of people who have no taste for religious institutions, for histories of dogmas and heresies. Many pages of paper and ink are devoted to the questioning, dissension, and conflict amongst believers. This does not bother me, as the early Church history fascinates me, and Kate Elliott clearly researched same before building the world in these books.
"we are all completely beside ourselves" - a good read on siblings
"The girl with all the gifts" - also fun and surprising :-)
Has anyone got a kindle voyager? my kindle keyboard has finally decided to stop working...
How is it that I am the first person (according to search feature) to mention James Treadwell here? He has just completed one trilogy, and it is so good that words fail me.
In fact, I am including a link to an online review, by someone who puts into words what I found beyond me to say.
Treadwell has admitted to the influence of Susan Cooper and her books about England/Wales. In Treadwell's books, the setting is largely Cornwall, although there is an eventful digression to Vancouver Island.
Let me know what the rest of you think.
The three books, in order, are: Advent Anarchy Arcadia
I just finished Guy Kay's latest, River of Stars.
My goodness, but that man can write!
I'll have to look up this Treadwell fellow, though...