Marion Zimmer Bradley

in The United States
June 03, 1930

September 25, 1999




Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook.

Bradley's first published novel-length work was Falcons of Narabedla, first published in the May 1957 issue of Other Worlds. When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Hamilton, and Leigh Brackett, especially when they wrote about "the glint of strange suns on worlds that never were and never would be." Her first novel and much of her subsequent work show their influence strongly.

Early in her career, writing as Morgan Ives, Miriam Gardner, John Dexter, and Lee Chapman, Marion Zimmer Bradley produced several works ou

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The Mists of Avalon (Avalon...

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Priestess of Avalon (Avalon...

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The Forest House (Avalon, #2)

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Lady of Avalon (Avalon, #3)

3.90 avg rating — 16,059 ratings — published 1982 — 3 editions
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The Firebrand

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Darkover Landfall

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The High Queen (The Mists o...

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The Fall of Atlantis (The F...

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More books by Marion Zimmer Bradley…
The Mists of Avalon The Forest House Lady of Avalon Priestess of Avalon
(7 books)
4.07 avg rating — 265,373 ratings

Les Dames du lac The Mists of Avalon Lady of Avalon Priestess of Avalon
(4 books)
4.10 avg rating — 219,554 ratings

A Senhora da Magia The High Queen The King Stag The Prisoner in the Oak
(4 books)
4.14 avg rating — 16,291 ratings

The Shattered Chain Thendara House City of Sorcery The Saga of the Renunciates
(4 books)
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Heritage and Exile The Ages of Chaos The Saga of the Renunciates The Forbidden Circle A World Divided Darkover: First Contact To Save a World
(7 books)
4.05 avg rating — 5,678 ratings

More series by Marion Zimmer Bradley…
“Remain true to yourself, child. If you know your own heart, you will always have one friend who does not lie.”
Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Forest House

“I know all about endings. It is beginnings that elude me.”
Marion Zimmer Bradley, Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ancestors of Avalon

“The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.”
Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Fall of Atlantis


February 2016The book for February will be from our 2015 Holiday Book Swap! There will be more books than the typical poll for this one.

Due to the abnormally long length of time between meetings... and since there is no discussion on which books will be added for this poll, it will run immediately. I will announce the winner on Sunday 1/10/15 after the poll ends.

This poll will be open for voting from Monday 12/21/15 thru Saturday 1/9/15.

ReadMe: Remember.... Please try to vote for a book that you didn't gift. It's not a rule, it's just a suggestion so that everyone isn't voting for a book they have already read - and thus causing a 7 way tie.

by Patrick Lynch:
Gifted by Jonetta to Stephanie.
A pandemic story full of suspense and thrill!
  3 votes, 37.5%

The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho:
Gifted by Linda to Celeste.
An amazing book about hope, and realized dreams.
Very positive.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  2 votes, 25.0%

The Firebrand
by Marion Zimmer Bradley:
Gifted by Celeste to Linda.
Story of the Trojan war as told from the perspective of a warrior princess.
The Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  2 votes, 25.0%

Different Seasons
by Stephen King:
Gifted by Stephanie to Amy.
Book of short stories including Shawshank Redemption, The Body, & Apt Pupil.
Different Seasons by Stephen King
  1 vote, 12.5%

by Alex Flinn:
Gifted by Taja to Jonetta.
An amazing & semi-realistic highschool retelling of the classic story of Beauty and the Beast.
Beastly by Alex Flinn
  0 votes, 0.0%

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed:
Gifted by Amy to Christina.
The inspiration for the Reece Witherspoon movie Wild.
Wild From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  0 votes, 0.0%

Trouble in Spades
by Heather Webber:
Gifted by Christina to Taja.
A fun and easy read in the mystery genre. It is the 2nd in a series but easily stands on its own.
Trouble in Spades (A Nina Quinn Mystery #2) by Heather Webber
  0 votes, 0.0%

I don't care.
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