Month: October 2015

The Latest Reviews from My Goodreads Shelf

I’m a huge fan on fantasy and have been for many years. Here are a few more reviews of books I’ve read over the years. If you’ve never read them, some of these set the pace for much of the fantasy that has come since but these are still high on the list of excellent fantasy.

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Midnight Falcon (The Rigante, #2)Midnight Falcon by David Gemmell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this follow-up to Sword in the Storm where Connavar’s bastard son, Bane, travels to distant lands in hopes of winning fame with his sword. The twists and adventure are quite good. It was a highly enjoyable read from David Gemmell that I recommend to fantasy readers.

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The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2)The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series carried the characters on further journeys while the Dark One sought to either entrap or lure Rand. It the continuation of a wondrous adventure begun in The Eye of the World. The Great Hunt is called to find a mythic horn as part of the oft obscure prophecies of the next incarnation of the Dragon and either the end of the world or its salvation. No spoilers here – it’s an incredible read that doesn’t disappoint!
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The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle, #2)The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ged’s adventures continue across Earthsea, seeking a hidden talisman. Told from the point of view of Tenar, a young high-priestess of a land of dangerous foes to Ged. It’s another skillfully woven tale by Ursula K. Le Guin that I’ve enjoyed numerous times over the years. If you’ve never read it, you will find the tale of dark powers, resourcefulness and courage an excellent read. Le Guin’s writing voice won’t disappoint you.
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Dragonflight (Pern, #1)Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read the Pern series many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the whole series. Before Eragon, there was Pern and McCaffrey staked out quite a bit of fantasy territory with this first book of the series. I find that I want to read these again after many years. It’s well-written and very creative in setting as well as plot. That fantasy is well-developed – a story I highly recommend.
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The Rudog Absurdity

Yes, exactly! The reader understands that you are writing about a different culture and that it’s translation. Anything more is unnecessary to the story. What’s relevant and necessary adds to the story. Good post!

From Fan to Pro

rudogResearch. Fascinating, isn’t it? History, biography, geography, language, clothing, I could go on and on. In fact, I do go on and on. Sometimes I use up so much of my time researching that I lose the sense of my story; I follow link after link to site after site and take pages of notes on the cultures of our world that are paralleled in my new one.

It’s funny, I said as much to my husband last night and he smiled and replied, “Don’t forget, you’re not a historian, you’re a story-teller.”

My newly retired husband, my left-brained, linear thinker, brilliant manager, non-writer husband practically knocked me off my feet. Or at least off of my writer high-horse.

After he watched me pick up my jaw from the floor he lifted his latest copy of Medieval History magazine. “There’s an interview in here with Bernard Cornwell, the author of

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Book Reviews from My Goodreads Shelf: Old Favorites

Here are reviews of some old favorites I’ve read repeatedly over the years.

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ArmorArmor by John Steakley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Armor is a well-written space opera by John Steakley and one that I’ve read numerous times over the years. It’s a well-plotted book following the grinding war experiences of main character, Felix, who serves the military as a scout on a distant planet. It’s an often gut-wrenching tale that engrosses the reader. This is a can’t miss read for science fiction readers.

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Sword in the Storm (The Rigante, #1)Sword in the Storm by David Gemmell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sword in the Storm follows the exploits of the young warrior, Connavar of the Rigante people. Vowing to defend his people from an implacable foe that will threaten them in the years to come, Connavar sets out on a journey to learn how he can accomplish his task. The Rigante is perhaps the best series David Gemmell wrote and this first book is hard-hitting fantasy mixed with magic, mythology and adventure. Join Connavar on his epic adventure and you’ll enjoy the journey.

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The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The first book of the Wheel of Time, written by Robert Jordan, draws the reader into a broken world full of magic, mystery, adventure and mythology. It’s a complex tale carrying Rand and his friends away from their seemingly peaceful home on journey of secrets as well as adventure. I enjoyed this book cover to cover and have read it several times. The fantasy world construction is complex as is the plot and characterization. If you’ve never read the Wheel of Time series you’ve missed out on a magnificent tale – and this is a rousing start.

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Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet, #3)Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Orson Scott Card wove a complex tale where Ender must discover secrets of a dead scientist to correctly eulogize him. An unusual approach to a story, Card wrote an amazing book that truly engrosses and surprises the reader with an astounding end. Tightly written, with solid characterization, readers won’t be disappointed with this continuation of Ender’s dramatic journey. If you’ve never read it, pick up a copy and enjoy a fascinating read.
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BOD FinalPlease share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive the forthcoming edition of my newsletter with announcements about upcoming releases and events. You’ll be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. Speaking of which, it is now available on Amazon – Kindle. Additionally, I have FREE book, What Is Needed is available at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks and Smashwords & Amazon.

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