January 4th, 2004 | Published in Uncategorized
Just wrapped up a reading of George R.R. Martin’s “A Storm of Swords,”
the third book in his “Song of Ice and Fire” series. Looking down the
reading list, it’s pretty easy to tell the release of “Return of the
King” in the theaters has my fantasy interest up again. I’ll be
starting “The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian” this evening at bedtime
(hat-tip to Jim Henley for
href=”http://www.highclearing.com/archivesuo/week_2003_12_28.html#004861″>recommending this one
this one). After that it’ll probably be Marion Zimmer Bradley’s
“The Mists of Avalon,” and then there are a few coin tosses involved.
I’ve got a sense that my interest in Arthurian stuff will be running
high, so I might give Parke Godwin’s “Firelord” a spin (it’d be new to
me) or maybe T.H. White’s collection.
After that, I could stand to re-read Godwin’s “Beowulf” retelling
if the Tolkien estate doesn’t get around to releasing
One series I dropped a long time ago is Katherine Kurtz’s Deryni
books. I picked up “King Kelson’s Bride” in a bookstore, didn’t get a
good vibe from it (after waiting for years for the series to pick back
up again), and put it back down. I see a new book is out (“In the
King’s Service”), but I’m not sure whether it’s worth the time.
Anyone know anything about Kurtz’s later Deryni efforts?
I’m sorry to note that the first three Black Company books in my
collection seem to have gone out on permanent loan somewhere. That’s
another bit of light fantasy I wouldn’t mind having on hand in the
next few months.
Decent fantasy recommendations are welcome, too. I’m pretty much
going over previously explored territory with all this. I’ve put my
hand on some of Robert Jordan’s stuff, but haven’t bothered to bring
any home. People tell me Stephen R. Donaldson is a quality read (I
did a few of the Thomas Covenant books in junior high, but they never
grabbed me), and I’ve got one very fervent recommendation for
Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” books as The Smarter Harry Potter.