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Apr 04, 2018 08:03AM

16548 Jim wrote: "Binary Storm by Christopher Hinz is a SF adventure, a prequel to his Paratwa trilogy that was written & should be read afterward. It fills in some gaps & I really li..."

Wow, Jim, I didn't know that title existed.
16548 This book totally, absolutely, start to finish gave me the creeps. CS Friedman is a master at this - I think it took me four tries to get into her Coldfire Trilogy. The amazing thing - despite the twisted premise that gives her characters power, the books are compelling reads. I finished them all.
Jan 23, 2018 07:05PM

16548 Gutted. The light of a true human being and brilliant advocate of the imagination, and of humanity itself, gone. We are collectively dimmed.
Oct 18, 2017 06:40AM

16548 Matt wrote: "I've never nominated before so I hope this is right. I would like to put forward Scourge of the Betrayer by Jeff Salyards for the fantasy category. It was one of th..."

Great pick - both my husband and I enjoyed this book and its sequels tremendously.
16548 I was halfway through this title when my Kindle died. Argh!
16548 Nick wrote: "Janny wrote: "I have totally enjoyed everything Sarah Zettel has written - always, dependably, she brings us new angles of thought. The alien contact in this book, I felt, was done particularly wel..."

Did you count how many times I've nominated her titles? FINALLY! grin.
16548 I have totally enjoyed everything Sarah Zettel has written - always, dependably, she brings us new angles of thought. The alien contact in this book, I felt, was done particularly well, I hope this discussion brings new awareness to her work.
Dec 22, 2016 09:56AM

16548 I'd like to nominate The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer for fantasy. It's fantasy with an adventure slant, superb characters, an interesting take on the magic, by an author with a superb grasp of narrative tension and suspense. I read this adjacent to Anthony Ryan's Blood Song, and found the narrative pace to be every bit as solid. Though it's the start of a trilogy, it reads quite well by itself, and if you enjoy it and want to go on, Schafer sticks the ending.

For SF, I'll try again with The Quiet Invasion by Sarah Zettel. This author writes seriously well done SF and it's criminally overlooked. This story involves an alien invasion of Venus - by a species that looks like nothing mankind ever imagined to encounter. Highly recommended, it's stuck with me for years.
Sep 14, 2016 08:45AM

16548 Ken wrote: "Gene Wilder's Memoir was pretty good

Started something I stumbled upon last week.
Tour of the Merrimack: Volume One

Not sure what I think yet, has some glimmers of good but also bad"


Tours of the Merrimack - great fun. I've been a fan of R M Meluch for a very long time. This series is laugh out loud funny and great entertainment.
Aug 17, 2016 10:24AM

16548 I'll second Thomas the Rhymer.
May 22, 2016 03:22PM

16548 Viv wrote: "I finished Kingdom of Cages - I thought it was a really interesting, intelligent and thought provoking read, without ever being at all preachy. I would definitely read more by this au..."

Sarah Zettel's SF books are brilliant; if you liked this one, you have the best of them, upcoming. She's far, far too underrated for the quality of her work.
Mar 10, 2016 10:01AM

16548 Kathi wrote: "I finished Kingdom of Cages by Sarah Zettel last night (well, early this morning). 4/5 stars. A unique and engaging story. It really made me think about ecological con..."

Sarah's Zettel's work is admirably fine. Huge pity she isn't more widely read, and for no reason I can fathom.
Dec 01, 2015 07:44AM

16548 I have a little pile going slow burn, for those moments snatched while under deadline, Vellum, a rather unusual title by Hal Duncan, also Without Bloodshed by an author brand new to me, and The Killing Moon on kindle, my first toe in the waters with N.K. Jemisin.

Dreading the hot moment of temptation when Ash and Silver and The Labyrinth of Flame arrive, Berg and Schafer being firmly established on my toplist of favorite authors.
May 12, 2015 09:19AM

16548 Congrats, Shel!!!
Apr 15, 2015 02:23PM

16548 Helen wrote: "Janny wrote: "Finished The Goblin Emperor, and now finishing The Element of Fire, two very different approaches to a court intrigue. Wells is in her element, here - th..."

Wells had my vote, every time. Loved her work for years.
Apr 15, 2015 09:17AM

16548 Finished The Goblin Emperor, and now finishing The Element of Fire, two very different approaches to a court intrigue. Wells is in her element, here - the settings of both books are splendid.
16548 Aussie500 wrote: "Janny could you please clarify something I usually seem to get confused about when re-reading. The carven serpentine jade dais in Hanshire, it is made of serpentine jade, or serpent shaped? I usual..."

The reference would be to the mineral, not the shape. Though your interpretation is certainly intriguing...
16548 Enjoyed this book tremendously - nobody does poetic allegory better than McKillip!
Jan 14, 2015 07:22AM

16548 Alissa wrote: "I see, thank you Janny!!! I was also wondering, about the High Kings, I take it the former ruling house of Melhalla has no heir apparent, but the Dukes of Alestron, are they subjected to the caithd..."

In the absence of a High King, yes, the voice of crown justice would be the caithdein. There is an appendix section in one of the later volumes (at ending of Arc III) that goes into this subject in depth, also, how the lines of inheritance and descent work - it's not how you think. I believe also that section was set up as a reference on the Paravia website for reader access. The information is general and would not hold spoilers as nothing mentioned is story specific.
Jan 13, 2015 07:47AM

16548 Alissa wrote: "Two moments of reckoning (Dakar's and Lysaer's), I wonder what is brewing. I'm really intrigued by the developing bard gifts of Arithon, I guess the loss (temporary?) of his mage-sight and skills m..."

Hi Alissa, great to see you enjoying the nuance of the storyline so much, a lot was packed into each scene. Yes, if a secondary character was developed in the storyline (as in Tharrick and Jinesse) they will come to play a role in the story as it moves on. Sometimes that role will be large or small - but either way, they will not overwhelm or diverge the storyline, but will integrate with the actions of the major players.
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