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Amy
Subject: September--what fantasy are you reading this month?
Date Posted: 9/1/2009 11:07 AM ET
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I finished Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey in the wee hours this morning. Magnificent story. Took me longer to finish than I expected, though.

I'll start reading Kushiel's Justice by the same author this evening.

Anyone who hasn't read this series: please do so! They're wonderful books.



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Date Posted: 9/1/2009 12:23 PM ET
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I'm reading The House of Gaian by Anne Bishop.  It's the third book in the Tir Alainn series.  I just love this author.  Her Black Jewels books

are wonderful too! 

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 2:12 PM ET
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Well, last month I read: The Dark Mirror, by Juliet Marillier, which was only okay; Swordspoint, by Ellen Kushner, which was great but depressing; Wizards: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy, which was a pretty strong collection; Sword-Dancer, by Jennifer Roberson, which was very disappointing, even going in with low expectations; Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, which was kind of mediocre; and The Stormcaller, by Tom Lloyd, which showed some promise for a first novel but had quite a few things that bugged me. I actually wrote the longest review I think I ever have about The Stormcaller, because there were just so many kind of small things that could have been improved to make a pretty strong book.

Currently on my TBR stack: Across the Nightingale Floor, by Lian Hearn; Auralia's Colors, by Jeffrey Overstreet; The Dragon King Trilogy, by Stephen R. Lawhead; The Fox Woman, by Kij Johnson; Fudoki, by Kij Johnson; Ilario: The Stone Golem, by Mary Gentle; Moon-Flash, by Patricia McKIllip; Ombria in Shadow, by Patricia McKillip; The Privilege of the Sword, by Ellen Kushner; The Ropemaker, by Peter Dickinson; Song for the Basilisk, by Patricia McKillip; Three Hearts and Three Lions, by Poul Anderson; Whiskey and Water, by Elizabeth Bear; and Wild Seed, by Octavia E. Butler.

Sadly, some of those books have been languishing on my TBR stack for a couple months now. I really should make more of an effort to get to them, but I've been trying to read the stuff that I'm not excited about first so if I don't enjoy it I can get rid of it on Paperback Swap. As a result, all the stuff I am excited about (like the three Patricia McKillip novels, the Elizabeth Bear novel, and the Octavia E. Butler novel) has been taking a backseat.

 

Amy: Why are you reading Kushiel's Justice after Kushiel's Scion? Did you start with the Imriel trilogy before the Phedre trilogy, or are you just rereading the Phedre trilogy (as I have many times)? It never would have occurred to me that the books could be read out of order; even though each is complete unto itelsef (with beginning, middle and end, something few authors seem able to do these days) the books build on each other so beautifully I would have thought you'd be missing a great deal reading them out of order. The new one (Naamah's Kiss) would probably be fine without the other six, but it kind of boggles my mind to imagine any order other than chronological for the first six. I do very much agree with your recommendation of them however; they are quite simply some of the best fantasy being written today.



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Date Posted: 9/1/2009 2:19 PM ET
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I finished Elantris by Brandon Sanderson and enjoyed it.  Wasn't the best book I've ever read but it was good, especially considering it is his first.  Have some paranormals I have to read and send out, then I'm going to either give Mistborn 1 another try or read Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erickson.  Not sure I want to get into that one just yet, since if I like it then I've got a long series to collect and read, lol.

Amy
Date Posted: 9/1/2009 2:25 PM ET
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PhoenixFalls - Kushiel's Justice is the next in the series, or so I thought. It's book five.

I've read the first three - Phedre's story. Now, I'm reading about Imriel.

I actually just bought Naamah's Kiss the other day (it's on its way in the mail to me, hopefully!!) I also saw somewhere online the possible title of the next book: Naamah's Curse. I don't see the title on Carey's website, so I'm skeptical. But, hopeful too.



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Date Posted: 9/1/2009 3:28 PM ET
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Amy: Oh, whoops! I'm thinking of Kushiel's Chosen. *sheepish grin* I don't know why I always mix up those two titles. . .

 

That, of course, is the problem with using that sort of pattern for your titles. It immediately marks the novels as a series, but it can lead to some confusion!



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Amy
Date Posted: 9/1/2009 4:33 PM ET
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No worries!! I've been a little confused with the titles, myself. For a long time, I was thinking Kushiel's Mercy came before Kushiel's Justice, simply because justice would seem (to me) a fitting end to a series. But I suppose mercy works, too. Maybe mercy works best of all.

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 6:34 PM ET
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It really does work best; you'll see when you get there, but Kushiel's Mercy is excellent. I have to say it's not quite as perfect as Kushiel's Avatar, but it nicely wraps up the Imriel trilogy.

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 8:48 PM ET
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I'm reading the Delver Trilogy by Jeff Inlo. First one is called Sanctum's Breach. I have no idea what to expect :-)

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 1:01 AM ET
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@PaulaS: I highly recommend Steven Ericson, the nice thing with his books is that each book is fairly self-contained, and though characters might come back in different books, it is not exactly a continueing storyline throughout the series. So far I have read the first two books and I love them to death. I am eagerly eyeing the third ready and waiting on the to-read-soon bookshelf.

Currently I am reading "The Burning Stone" by Kate Elliott. I really like this series, even if it has strong religious overtones. I feel like so far i've only seen glimpses of the entire story line, and I can't wait for it to get into the thick of things.

 

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 11:24 AM ET
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Thanks Peter, I will give it a try soon then.  I've read Kate Elliott Crown of Stars books through #5 I think several years ago.  I have all the books now in my tbr.  Its been so long I will need to re-read them before finishing the series.  Just not up to a series that large yet.

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Date Posted: 9/3/2009 11:46 AM ET
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I just started Jim Butcher's Death Masks.  I love Harry!!

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 1:26 PM ET
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Half-way through Donaldson's "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant".  I tried reading this back in Jr. High and couldn't get through the first book for two reasons - one, I had just finished reading "The Lord of the Rings" and expected a similar kind of story and two, I just found it boring.  What a diference 20 years makes!  Now I can hardly put it down.  The depth of the world Donaldson created and the inner turmoil Covenant goes through are really fascinating.  While not the most likeable of heroes I've read about, Covenant has to be one of the most interesting.  It makes me wonder how I would act in his situation.  I guess kids just don't appreciate stuff like that.

Date Posted: 9/5/2009 11:55 PM ET
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Donald, I remember starting reading the first two Thomas Covenant series in 1981!  I remember distinctly because I was reading them when I first started college and had lots of free time between classes.  (I was a commuter student without a car and classes scheduled at the beginning and end of the day and nothing in the middle). I still remember the giants lore/singing, somewhere in my college papers I have a song I wrote using their cadence and wording, maybe to the greensleeves melody (lol, I was an English major and at the time a total anglophile).  The word 'loam' always evokes the stories to me, too.  Wow, these really made an impact on me, considering how much other literature I would have been reading at the same time and how much I have read since that time.  I loved that series: at 18 I think I was too young at the time to 'get' the whole angst he was feeling, but in the second series I certainly began to understand the turmoil and the poignancy of the world having changed so much.  I never reread these, and I never read the third set.  Maybe I should take another look at them through my 'more mature' eyes!



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Date Posted: 9/7/2009 10:55 PM ET
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Earlier in the month, I finished Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern by Anne McCaffrey in audio and now am listening to Harry Dresden #8 (Proven Guilty) in audio as well. Very well done and enjoying it a lot! I seem to be getting a lot of my fantasy in audiobooks lately for some reason.

Other than that, I'm reading my usual mix of historical fiction and mystery so far this month.

Cheryl

Amy
Date Posted: 9/9/2009 10:59 AM ET
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Finished Kushiel's Justice last night. Onto Kushiel's Mercy this evening. I'm sad because I don't want to stop reading this series.

Naamah's Kiss came in the mail yesterday, so I'll still have that to read.

Date Posted: 9/9/2009 12:28 PM ET
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I'm excited to hear you love the series, I have the first Kushiel book in my TBR.  I am reading the Temeraire books by Naomi Novik, which I am really loving.  At least, I loved the first one, His Majesty's Dragon - I have just barely started the second. 

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 4:00 PM ET
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Ah the Kushiel's series are just fantastic!  The first trilogy is still my favorite.  The third series, Namaah's Kiss has a very different spin just to warn you, but I still liked it quite a lot.

Just finished up Brent Weeks Beyond the Shadows.  It was an ok series, I felt like the plot/writting was a little sloppy.  Good concept, execution was just ok.  A lot of lose ends and things that never get explained.  Unecessary characters...  The difference between a good and a excellent fantasy is how everything flows and ties back together.  Just doesn't seem to happen in this book.  Ending was pretty blah and anticlimactic.


Starting the last book of the Liveship Traders from Robin Hobb, Ship of Destiny.  The series has been pretty good so far, not normally into the sailing seafaring stuff.  I loved The Farseer Trilogy and Tawny Man Trilogy so I decided to give Liveship Traders a try.  I do have to say the latest from Robin Hobb in the Soldier Son Trilogy just really doesn't do it for me.  Very bland and drawn out.  I'm hoping The Dragon Keeper is a lot better!

 

My TBR list is huge, don't know how I'll get through all of these!

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 6:34 PM ET
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I'm now in the midst of a light fantasy, The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines. I enjoyed his "Jig the Goblin" trilogy so thought I'd give this a try. It's sort of a fairy-tale related series (another trilogy I guess) with Cinderella (Danielle), Sleeping Beauty (Talia) and Snow White ("Snow")going off to Fairy land to rescue Cinderella's husband, Prince Charming (Armand), who's been stolen by Cinderella's evil step-sisters. So far, I'm surprisingly liking it--I wasn't too sure when I saw the cover as it looks like "chick lit" but it isn't really. Light and rather humorous, sort of like the Jig series. I'm liking it a lot so far!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 9/15/2009 3:04 PM ET
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I'm reading Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. I've wanted to read it since it came out nine years ago, but never got around to it until now. I love it even though it's breaking my heart.;(

Date Posted: 9/15/2009 11:12 PM ET
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I just received Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder in the mail.  I hope I have a chance to start it soon!  I enjoyed the first one (Poison Study), but it's been a while since I've read it.

Amy
Date Posted: 9/16/2009 12:23 PM ET
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Finished Kushiel's Mercy last night. I cried about four or five different times near the end. What a wonderful end to a wonderful series.



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Date Posted: 9/16/2009 8:24 PM ET
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I just finished reading Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman.  It's a great book and I'd recommend it to anyone that reads.  It's so full of humor and soul.

I'm awash in books in various stages of being read.  I'm about halfway through The Broken Kings by Robert Holdstock.  He's a fantastic writer that I really wish more people were aware of.  I'd be further along with the book, but I really don't want to finish it, because then it will be over, and I waited years for it to finally come out.

I'm also working on The Terror by Dan Simmons.  I liked his Hyperion novels a lot.  It's interesting to see an author who is so prolific in so many genres.

I got a bunch of books for my birthday, so I took a ppek inside and read the first few pages of Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher...  I really enjoyed the Dresden novels that I've read and hope I enjoy this series as much.

Date Posted: 9/17/2009 8:00 AM ET
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love the Kushiel books!:-) Especially the first three. Reading the  UF series: Marked by S.J.Day... eve of darkness, eve of chaos , eve of destruction.  Good stuff so far!!! :-)

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 8:27 AM ET
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I just started listening to Jim Butcher's first Codex Alera series book, Furies of Calderon. Quite different from his Harry Dresden series, but so far I'm liking it...it's more traditional fantasy and seem well written and the reader is good. It's fairly long, so will likely take me awhile.

Cheryl

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