I quite liked Neal Stephenson's 2004 interview on Slashdot, especially his answer to the second question, about the difference between Beowulf and Dante writers. Something I'd been aware of but hadn't really realised until he pithily summed it up.
Well worth reading.
You can find it here: http://slashdot.org/story/04/10/20/
[And while you are there, read Question
Diane Duane and Peter Morwood's bank account got flat-lined by thieves yesterday, and there are bills on the way. So in the interim they are offering their ebooks at a 20% discount (if you use the coupon DDGOTSKIMMED), although there is no requirement that you accept the discount.
Diane Duane has written some quite popular fantasy books (although many are aimed more at the young adult market). Peter Morwood is probably less well-known, although I do highly reccomend his Widowmaker / Gray Lady series and I liked his Russian series quite a lot. [Although with name changes between US and UK editions, plus the collection of the books into anthologies leaves me wondering if I have read everything already or not. So I'll just have to buy them to see.]
Anyway, go take a look and buy a book.
For those interested in role-playing and board games they might be interested in a new start-up called Loot, which offers "games of the day" discounts on the same. So far most of the really good deals have been restricted to the US only (if only by the freight costs), but there are the possibility of some interesting games.
For example, today's game, Fox Magic, looks quite interesting.
Speaking of sales, apparently there is an offer of 10% off from The Book Depository if you invoke the coupon code FACE3104 (valid until Monday).
Time to use the remaining Book Depository voucher.
Has there been any interesting SF or fantasy (or any other genre I might like) books out over the last year which people would like to recommend. I know of most of the major author's efforts, and my favourite author's efforts, it's the interesting mid-list authors I'm interested in hearing about.
For some reason I'm in the mood to indulge once again in the adventures of Jason din Alt and The Weasel Clan, but I'm afraid that my copy of Deathworld 3 is in cubic, rather than linear, storage in my "library." <sigh>
Incidentally, whilst watching Avatar I kept thinking it would have been nice, plotwise, if it had actually been set on the planet Pyruss...
I really like Simon R Green's fiction. Not only are the various series interesting, well-written, and thought-provoking in and of themselves, but, with two notable exceptions (both of which end up connected to each other), all of the series draw from a single overall cosmology, which considering the subject nature of the books, make it an incredibly interesting and convoluted cosmology.
Although the cosmology seems to have gotten quite a bit more convoluted, when a town destroyed in Daemons Are Forever [Drood #2] makes it's reappearance in The Spy Who Haunted Me [Drood #3]. I suspect it's a plot by (a) Merlin Satanspawn; (b) Lilith; (c) The Many-Angled Ones, or; (d) The Furies. Did I mention it's the sort of cosmology that makes Cthulhu feel rather inadequate?
That aside, it's quite a fun read. With added elves!
Some of my favourite "traditional fantasy" authors are Peter s Beagle, Ian McDowell, Steven Brust, Dan Crawford, John Moore, Esther Friesner, Louise Cooper, Dave Duncan, John M Ford, Gardner F Fox, Nina Kiriki Hoffmann, Barry Hughart, Peter Morwood, Dennis Schmidr, Carol Severance, Will Shetterly, Wm Mark Simmons, Jane Lindskold, Steven Erikson, Mike Stackpole, Lawrence Watt-Evans, and Roger Zelazny, amongst lots of others. As you can tell, I do tend to favour the lighter side of fantasy, whilst detesting the more formulaic fantasy. <grin>
Just a quick note for a couple of people that might be interested in knowing this. The short story collection Mean Streets (ROC) contains a Simon Green Nightside short story. And for the Harry Dresden fans, a Jim Butcher Dresden short story too. [Oh yes, and there is another Dresden short in Many Bloody Returns (Ace).]
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see.
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
63% read. Pathetic, but I really detest Regency romances.
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