Where are you in Fantastyland: June 2012
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After taking a break in the real world (read some non-fiction), I'm back in the Malazan Empire with Memories of Ice.
Just finished The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by Jemisin. Really liked it. Interesting world premise and characters; a couple of the gods are fascinatingly dark/light ambiguous. I drove all the way to the next town to buy the second volume so I could start it right away, only to find the bookstore had just vol.s 1 & 3. :-(
Still working on My Favorite Fantasy Story. Not been in much of a reading mode.
Finished Railsea a few days ago. A bit weird, even for Mieville. I like the imagination it took, but maybe it's a little too much.
In Westeros with A Storm of Swords. I'm starting to get a little fatigued, I'm over halfway through and it just doesn't seem like anything interesting is happening. I was pretty riveted all through the first two books, so I don't think it's just my attention span :-|
Hang on a bit longer. If you're half way through hell's about to start poppin'.
Reading the classic Weirdstone of Brisingamen and not feeling very impressed.
First, I was in Rhiminee with Alec and Seregil (Casket of souls), and I loved it. After that, I went back in time to the founding of Rhiminee in The oracle's queen. That was fun, too. I like her world and her characters.
Then, very, very reluctantly, I travelled to Legacy of kings, which had been waiting faaaar too long. I didn't really like it there. Too dark and no nice people at all. Glad it's over!
Now I don't know where to go. So many wonderful destinations are available. O_O
I'm exploring the prehistoric world of the Children of the Earth series. I count it as pseudo fantasy.
>24 I just got Casket of Souls in the mail & am looking forward to an Alec & Seregil re-read soon
I've just finished Old Nathan by David Drake. A very different book from David. It was written as a homage to Manly Wade Wellman and his character Silver John/ John the Balladeer. David Drake was friends with Wellman and it shows in the care he took with the book. I've read a great deal of David Drake, and I would almost say it is his finest work.
Folklore and Magic in the post revolutionary war American South. Astonishing. Not something that would normally grab me. I immediately ordered a copy of the collection John the Balladeer and Old Gods Waken the first of the Silver John novels by Wellman, since if the Homage is this good the original books must be fantastic.
Jim Baen published 'Old Nathan' for David with no hope of it ever making great commercial money. A lovely book.
I'll keep an eye out for Old Nathan; thanks for the tip. The Silver John books are very good! I can't quite put my finger on what it is, but the overall tone, the somewhat dark magical features, and the character of Silver John, join into something unique & engaging. Oddly, for me, I like the short stories best.
I'd heard that the Silver John short stories are better than the novels. 'Old Nathan' is still in print as part of the Mountain Magic anthology of stories from Baen, which also has a number of other stories set in the same region by Henry Kuttner and Eric Flint. Oddly the e-book version of Mountain Magic actually replaces the Kuttner with all the Silver John stories because the Kuttner estate didn't want to do any e-books.
'Old Nathan' is comprised of 5 interlinked short stories so it should work pretty well for you.
I'm in a magic school on the border of a kingdom and the nearby desert, with the very bullied single female student, in Sisters of the Raven.
Was thoroughly wowed by The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson. I hadn't read book one in a while, but I'm diving right into the third.
The Book of the Long Sun series by Gene Wolfe. So far on book 2 of 4. An outstanding series so far. Not once have I become bored with it. Really great stuff.
At Brakebills in The Magicians. A magic school quite a bit removed from Hogwarts.
In Whitby with Ben, Jennet, and Aunt Alice in A Warlock in Whitby.
I'm in Skelleth - reading Lure of the Basilisk by Lawrence Watt-Evans
Thanks again, Cosmic. I don't know when I'll get hold of it, but I'll be quite happy having the printed book (I don't read e-books), since I like Henry Kuttner also.
I am just starting The High Crusade by Poul Anderson. The paperback 50th anniversary edition caught my eye at my LBS.
In Tokyo, some other not-quite-real Tokyo, with Aomame and Tengo. It's 1Q84.
Still in Westeros with Storm of Swords. i'd like it better if the characters didn't keep making stupid decisions just so Martin could add another volume to the series.
Back at the Ren Faire with Keelie in the latest installment, The Goblin's Curse.
Spent today in Oklahoma with Harry Dresden in "Bigfoot on Campus" from Hex Appeal.
Back in London with Sir Richard Burton in the Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder. I love the adventures in this series, the nutty characters and even nuttier dialog, and the filthy parakeets!
^ I do love that series and I envy you if you're reading it for the first time.
I'm visiting a lot of places in Spell Bound, but at the moment I'm in Arizona.
I was just in London in Whispers Under Ground, another great Peter Grant book.
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