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Jane Lindskold

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Jane Lindskold is the author of more than twenty published novels, including the six volume Firekeeper Saga (beginning with Through Wolf’s Eyes), Child of a Rainless Year (a contemporary fantasy set in Las Vegas, New Mexico), and The Buried Pyramid (an archeological adventure fantasy set in 1880's Egypt).

Lindskold is also the author of the “Breaking the Wall” series, which begins with Thirteen Orphans, then continues in Nine Gates and Five Odd Honors. Her most recent series begins with Artemis Awakening, released in May of 2014. Lindskold has also had published over sixty short stories and numerous works of non-fiction, including a critical biography of Roger Zelazny, and articles on Yeats and Synge.

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Jane Lindskold When I write speaking animals, I try to think about how their different senses would influence the way the way they perceive the world. For example,…moreWhen I write speaking animals, I try to think about how their different senses would influence the way the way they perceive the world. For example, humans are very sight and hand oriented. This is reflected in all sorts of little phrases: "I see your point" (see = understand or comprehend) "Lend me a hand" (meaning "assist me"). With creatures that depend on other senses and don't have hands, I strive to avoid those sort of human perceptions and substitute how they would think.

Writing Sand Shadow in Artemis Awakening presents a different sort of challenge. Her link with Adara is telepathic rather than linguistic. It's a relatively new link, so they're still building a vocabulary. Sometimes, I "shorthand" with words, especially when the communication is something they would have worked out early on. ("I'm on my way!" "Wait!") In other cases, I try to mix in the images they would use, once again keeping mind that Sand Shadow perceives very differently than a human would.

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I like writing about animals because of a lifelong fascination with non-humankind. Actually, I'm more surprised by how many books don't have…more
Hi Chloe!
I like writing about animals because of a lifelong fascination with non-humankind. Actually, I'm more surprised by how many books don't have either animals or children. To me leaving out most of the living creatures -- and a large chuck of humanity as well -- is the distortion of reality, not including them.

As far as animals as companions to humans -- well, that's all a matter of point of view. Blind Seer would see Firekeeper as a human companion to wolves. For that matter, so would she! In Artemis Awakening, I go out of my way to stress that Sand Shadow and Adara are equals, not master and companion. In other words, this isn't Tarzan and his Beasts, where the human is obviously in charge...

Favorite kind! Oh, my... I've never been able to choose! When my sister, Ann, and I were little, we'd sometimes pretend that we were animals. Even then I wanted to be every animal there was. I'd go into great detail describing a creature built like a wolf (though maybe with longer legs, to run faster), but with the spots of a leopard and the antlers of a stag, and the silky mane of a horse... One reason I love writing is that I can finally "be" all of them. (less)
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Hi! A brief introduction to newcomers to this feature… This Friday Fragment is a list of what I’ve read over the past week. It is not meant to be a recommendation list. If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive list, you can look on my website.


This is also also not a book review column. It’s just a list with, maybe, a few opinions tossed in.


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Through Wolf's Eyes Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart The Dragon of Despair Wolf Captured Wolf Hunting Wolf's Blood
Firekeeper Saga (6 books)
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Winner Takes Trouble Endpoint Insurance Here to There Star Messenger
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I think I’ve read every novel she’s written, and while some are more to my taste than others, she’s a great writer.
Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny
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And all the Amber novels and everything else... Here’s a writer who rarely missteps and can do everything from sword and sorcery to far-future adventure. I miss my annual fix more than I can say.
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Space opera with brains as well as explosions, and great politics.
More of Jane's books…
“Is she become a rag doll? Are the wolves become children? It seems quite possible, there on the twilight fringes of dying. With some faint spark of herself, the little girl holds on to the idea. Even a rag doll has more life than does a dying child.”
Jane Lindskold, Through Wolf's Eyes

“Well done, Sister," Blind Seer said. "I look forward to meeting this One above Ones. Now, you must make ready. I, of course, am already perfect.”
Jane Lindskold, Through Wolf's Eyes

“There is no shame in strategic retreat if it lets you remain strong enough to go after the enemy later.”
Jane Lindskold, The Buried Pyramid

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