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Jan 31, 2011 10:54AM
You crack me up! I loved Crystal Singer and Killashandra, but these were just too weird. I wish authors wouldn't agree to co-writing. It is rarely a success (at least for the reader). I did enjoy some of Scarborough's books, although my husband said that he'd kill someone if another bowl of savory stew was served.
Feb 01, 2011 06:54PM
I'm not a big fan of the co-writing thing either - every once in a while it works (though I can't pinpoint an example) but overall you end up with choppy, annoying books. I haven't tried Scarsborough; this was not a good intro.
I did like many (though not all) of the brain/brawn books McCaffrey wrote with partners. I generally like her stuff, but there are weird half-remembered books that I know are under her name but felt wildly different: there's one brain/brawn that involves some sort of wizard culture that zoom about on thrones, and then there's some other one that involves some sort of pirate organization and the very, very graphic rape of an entire female crew - "The City Who Fought", possibly. So beware that one, it was not what I expected.
Feb 02, 2011 02:55AM
I re-read some of the Brain/Brawn books a few years ago and they didn't hold up to the time test. The Ship who Sang was so different and new when I read it the first time. It was still ok, but the others felt stale and 70's-ish. I like her books better when they lead us through training of a job and then the character becomes so much better than average. (Dragonsinger, Crystal Singer, all of Mercedes Lackey). If you've read one like that, please recommend. It scratches some kind of psychological itch fir me.
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