Thread: Fantasy/Sci fi for Dummies
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Wraethru, sounded like a good read, but flattered to deceive, i was wondering if folks had a different view is all Vee.
Val: I think it was you who recommended Katherine Kerr to me. I managed to find 3 KK books in a charity shop today = Darkspell, Daggerspell and Dawnspell. Any good?
Also picked up a Terry Brooks, Wishsong of Shannara and a book on Paganism which I had to buy because is twas by VIVIANNE (spelt the same!) Crowley (whoever she is).
I also picked up a copy of Douglas Adams 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. I already have a copy so if anyone hasn't read it and wants to I will be happy to give it to them. Any takers?
Douglas Adams is superb,(Hitchhikers guide my personal fave) Dirk Gently series is pretty good too, the mad n stoopid Thor, and Zen navigation. Been awhile since i read em.
Shannara trilogy is alright - nothing special IMHO.
Elizabeth Moon - The Deed of Paksenarrion (Moon's first and best work(s), it's really too bad she discovered that she could write crap and get paid just as well.)
Anne McCaffery - Pern Series (Anne is like 80 now and has more ideas than she has time. look for Todd McCaffery to be picking up where she leaves off.)
Mercedes Lackey - Magic's pawn, magic's promise, magic's price. (if it hooks you theres plenty of other stories in that world.)
Robert Anson Heinlein - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Green Hills of Earth, Starship Troopers (We STILL proceed down a path marked by this man's ideas. Don't confuse Starship Troopers with the movie of the same name - it's based on Heinlein's book minus all the fairly excellent political and sociological discourse)
Roger Zelazny - The Amber Chronicles.
Roger Zelazny - Lord of Light
Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere
Piers Anthony - Incarnations of Immortality
Piers Anthony - the first THREE books in the STUPIDLY LONG Xanth series. Please god/gods/goddesses make it end.
Christopher Stasheff - The Warlock books
Douglas Adams - The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. (R.I.P. Douglas, you left the planet earlier than anyone expected.
Vivianne Crowley, is probably a relation of the infamous Warlock, Occultist - Alastair Crowley.
All it says about her in the book is that she
is the author of the bestselling Wicca: The Old Religion in the New Millennium. She is a priestess, a teacher of the Pagan way and a leading figure in western Paganism. She has a doctorate in psychology and has trained in transpersonal therapy.
I used to work with a descendant of 'Cunning Murrell' , a famous Essex white warlock.
From the BBC website
From 1812 to 1860 Hadleigh was the home of James Murrell, the last and most famous witch-doctor in Essex.
Born the seventh son of a seventh son, he was known as 'Cunning Murrell', and enjoyed a lucrative career as a white magician.
A secretive man, Murrell travelled only at night, and always carried an umbrella with him regardless of the weather. On December 15, 1860, the day before he died, Murrell accurately predicted the time of his death to the minute. He is buried in an unmarked grave in Hadleigh churchyard.