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April 20th, 2004

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03:51 pm - Indecisions, Indecisions
So I have all these books to read. And I can't decide where to start. So I thought I'd throw the floor open for opinions or suggestions. I don't want anything too in-depth... but if you have any opinions on the matter, tell me which of these to read first, if any.

S.M. Stirling: Dies The Fire (modern-day companion to his Island in the Sea of Time trilogy)
Kate Constable: The Singer of All Songs (YA Australian fantasy)
Caroline Stevermer: A Scholar of Magics (YA turn-of-the-century fantasy, sequel of sorts to
College of Magics)
Flavia Bujor: The Prophecy of the Stones (Fraench YA fantasy)
Ian Graham: Monument (gritty adult fantasy, British)
Isabel Glass: Daughter of Exile (Fantasy_
L.G. Bass: Sign of the Qin (Chinese-inspired YA fantasy)
G.P. Taylor: Shadowmancer (British YA fantasy)

This is a rare opportunity to influence me. Use it wisely. I'll likely pick one at random on my way out the door, but that still leaves a big ol' stack to place in order. Sigh. I hate being indecisive.

(edited to provide a little more info on the books)
Current Mood: Waffling

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Date:April 20th, 2004 01:02 pm (UTC)
The only one of those I've read as yet (and am due to review imminently) is Stevermer's A Scholar of Magics, which I recommend highly. After that, being pretty much unfamiliar with most of the other authors, I'd likely take a look at the Stirling.
Date:April 20th, 2004 01:06 pm (UTC)
I've heard good things about Caroline Stevermer. That's the one I'd pick first from this particular list...haven't read any of them, mind you, but it grabs me the most.

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Date:April 20th, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)
I'm going to go against the grain:

Vote 1: Graham's Monument (Gritty is good, unless by 'adult' you mean a text version of funky 70's music... in which case, skip it)

Vote 2: Bass's Qin -- the concept of chinese-inspred fantasy sounds cool.

Lemme know what you decide. :)
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Date:April 20th, 2004 04:15 pm (UTC)
Sign of the Qin is actually quite good, and worth the time. Throw the Bujor on the nearest fire...truly, truly bad. And Shadowmancer is mere Christian propoganda.

What, me opinonated? Naaah!
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Date:April 20th, 2004 07:21 pm (UTC)
I appreciate the input. :> It turns out, as an additional wrinkle, that I have to read Shadowmancer and report back on it for work. The hype has filtered down to the bookstore, so three of us are reading it before the official release date. I'm a little dubious, especially given the tagline of "Hotter than Potter." It's my job not to be fooled by these things.

Sorry to hear that about the Bujor. It looked promising, especially since it was apparently written by a 15 year old (good gravy, what is it with them trying to find fantasy written by teenagers? No, don't answer that...) I wonder if the dissatisfaction you felt stems from a bad translation? Or if the book itself is just poor. I'll be sure to read it and let you know if you were right. :>

For what it's worth, I started on Daughter of Exile. No opinion yet, though seems good.

Part of the problem is that I've been reading Simon R. Green again, and he's addictive, and spoils me for all other writing styles for a while afterwards. :>
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Date:May 26th, 2004 11:16 am (UTC)
You were right on the first two. I liked Sign of the Qin.
I tried reading Prophecy of the Stones last night. I was whimpering within fifteen pages, twitching within thirty, and sobbing after fifty. How on Earth is that a bestseller in any country? I really have to wonder if it's the book itself, or if it's a bad translation from French into English that makes it such a poor read.
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Date:May 26th, 2004 03:15 pm (UTC)
I think it's all about the 15-year-old author hype. It sure isn't because of the brilliant writing.
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Date:April 21st, 2004 02:22 am (UTC)
Oooh, Stevermer, She makes me very happy. Or at least College of Magics and The Enchanted Chocolatepot both made me very happy.

I'd be interested in knowing more about Sign of the Qin and The Singer of All Songs. Ok, really I'd be interested in knowing more about all these books, but other than Stevermer those two sound most interesting to me going pretty much by title alone.
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Date:July 11th, 2004 10:23 am (UTC)
Stevermer! Stevermer!


She and Wrede have a new collaboration (THE GRAND TOUR) coming out soon from Harcourt, too (sequel to SORCERY AND CECILIA, OR THE ENCHANTED CHOCOLATE POT).
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Date:July 11th, 2004 05:17 pm (UTC)
I know, and I greatly desire it when it comes out. I have informed Harcourt of this. In the meantime, my next YA review column has reviews of the Stevermer, as well as Shadowmancer, Prophecy of the Stones, Sign of the Qin, and the Singer of all Songs. :>

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