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I looked back over my novels read for last year and I'm disappointed with myself, so I've made firm goals for this year. So far, I've read three books this month, which is considerably better than most months last year.

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle: Finally! I've loved the movie ever since I first saw it on HBO back in the 80's but I never read the book. I loved it and Beagle's writing style is so beautiful. I found this to be bittersweet and while I loved it, I felt a bit melancholy in the end. I have A Fine and Private Place in my TBR and put Tamsin on my PBS wishlist and it already got posted, so it's on its way.

Foundation by Mercedes Lackey: I love reading Lackey's books in the winter because they are such amazing comfort reads. Mags seemed a bit too important for such a young character and only a trainee, but whatever. My favorite sequence was the Midwinter Festival. I'm looking forward to the rest of this trilogy (?).

Stormqueen! by Marion Zimmer Bradley: Well, I finally got back to Darkover. I read Darkover Landfall over 10 years ago and was less than impressed so I never got back to the series, even though I kept collecting it. I liked this one a lot better, even though the end was so tragic. I particularly liked that this book addressed a lot of my misgivings from the first book (chronologically) about the breeding program and forced pregnancy. I was intrigued by the Towers and the matrix stones and can't wait to read more. (And yes, I can see the MZB influence on Lackey's writing).

Date: 2010-01-21 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] phoenixfalls.livejournal.com
Are you trying to read the Darkover books in series chronological order? Because that is the one series I actually DON'T recommend people read in series chronological order, because Darkover Landfall is one of the weakest of the books in it. As you noticed, Stormqueen! is much better (I also very much enjoyed Hawkmistress!) but the best ones (IMO) are the ones after the rediscovery by the Terrans -- especially the Forbidden Circle duology and the three books about the Renunciates. And any book featuring Regis Hastur. And actually, even though Bradley didn't write them entirely on her own, the three featuring Marguerida Alton. :)

Date: 2010-01-22 05:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sausconys-books.livejournal.com
Not exactly. When I read Darkover Landfall, it was the only book I had in the series and I didn't know much about Darkover at that time. I wanted to read Stormqueen and Hawkmistress next since I keep hearing such great things about them both, but I never got around to Stormqueen until this year- finally. And I want to read the Renunciates this year too, but according to this site http://darkover.apiacoa.org/guide/books/subcycles.en.html it's problematic to read those before reading The Spell Sword and The Forbidden Tower. So I'm reading Hawkmistress next month, then probably Rediscovery and The Spell Sword in March, The Forbidden Tower in April, then the Renunciates for the three months after that. Then I'm not sure what order I'll read the others in.

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