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Re: Other Suggested Reads

PostPosted: November 10th, 2009, 12:28 pm
by OnceBittenTwiceShy
oh, You guys have to read the brokenheart Oklahoma series michelle bardsley

Re: Other Suggested Reads

PostPosted: January 23rd, 2010, 2:33 am
by Denise
And she just happens to be in "Bitten By Cupid" with Lynsay!

Re: Other Suggested Reads

PostPosted: January 23rd, 2010, 11:38 pm
by wren
Duo-chan wrote:
Denise wrote:And she just happens to be in "Bitten By Cupid" with Lynsay!


Yeah! I need that book! Unfortunately I won't be in the states any time soon. Ah well guess I'll just have to wait a little longer ^^



I had not read anything by Pamela Palmer until "Bitten By Cupid" so I look forward to trying some of her books. Also, by the other author that was in the anthology with Lynsay, Jaime Rush. I guess anthologies are a good way to try different authors and find out about the books they write. :)

Re: Other Suggested Reads

PostPosted: January 24th, 2010, 1:33 pm
by susan60625
wren wrote:I guess anthologies are a good way to try different authors and find out about the books they write. :)

Yeah, Wren. That's how I found Lynsay in the first place. I had gotten the anthology Holidays are Hell for the Kim Harrison novella. I just fell in love with her shape shifter characters and went looking for more. For the heck of it I decided to try her Argeneau series. I ordered AQB. I was about 1/3 of the way into it, when I got back on line and ordered the rest of the series! And the rest is history.....

Re: Other Suggested Reads

PostPosted: January 26th, 2010, 3:02 pm
by MysticFan
When I was searching for what books I could get, in the Argeneau series, at the book store I was speaking with a lady that worked there. She suggested a few books to me, but I really don't wanna start reading anything else until I'm finished with the series I'm on. But if anyone has any information on them that would be great :D

J.R. Ward- Dark Lover
Jeaniene Frost- Halway 2 the grave
Rachel Vincent- Stray

Re: Other Suggested Reads

PostPosted: January 29th, 2010, 11:00 pm
by Denise
MysticFan, it depends on your comfort level. The J. R. Ward books are considerable more "dark and heavy", nothing like Lynsay's. I read the first three and quit. But there are others on the board that like them. It's your call.

The Rachel Vincent book I liked okay, but didn't continue the series simply because I like an H/H HEA in one book, not following the same person through several "episode" books. It was a pretty good book, though.

Don't know about Jeanine Frost.

Re: Other Suggested Reads

PostPosted: December 18th, 2010, 6:01 pm
by TomEC
This thread is a great idea. What could be more appropriate for a forum full of readers.

If you haven’t read Patricia Briggs’ stuff yet check it out. I would especially recommend the Mercy Thompson series. Here is a description:

“In a world where ‘witches, vampires, werewolves, and shape-shifters live beside ordinary people’ (Booklist), it takes a very unusual woman to call it home. By day, she is a car mechanic in Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shape-shifter with some unusual talents, Mercy's found herself maintaining a tenuous harmony between the human and the not-so-human on more than one occasion.”

I think many of the readers of this forum would enjoy the ongoing romance between Mercy and Adam, the alpha of the local werewolf pack.

I’ve also enjoyed: MaryJanice Davidson’s Queen Betsy series, Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville books, and Seanan McGuire’s October Daye novels are turning out to be quite entertaining as are Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin books.

For a real tough-as-nails, no nonsense heroine look no further than Torin Kerr in Tanya Huff’s Valor series.

It’s not lost on me that I seem have chosen mostly books be female over the last few years. And me having cut my teeth on Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jack L. Chalker, Poul Anderson and Lawrence Watt-Evans. I still love those guys and their book’s have special place in my library. But then at the same time I was reading plenty of Andre Norton, Patricia C Wrede and Mercedes Lackey; so I guess I’m fairly gender neutral when it come to my literary tastes though not as much lately. I guess I’m just a fellow who really likes women. Go figure.

If I was going to recommend one book to the readers of this forum and if you take nothing else from this post it this: Please take a look at Ingathering: The Complete People Stories of Zenna Henderson. It only seems to be available in hardcover on Amazon, which is fine with me because my copy is one of my most cherished possessions. This is a series of short stories about human looking aliens who are forced to emigrate to (among other places) Earth when their home world is destroyed in a natural disaster. When their landing goes wrong, they are scattered mostly throughout the American Southwest before 1900. They are set apart their unusual abilities. The stories describe groups of The People, as well as lonely isolated individuals, some of whom are second or third generation on earth, as they attempt to find each other and keep their differences hidden in a world that does not understand them. In these stories Zenna Henderson’s portrayal of children rings true like in no fiction I have ever read. She was a school teacher for decades and it shows.
I’m not sure this description can do justice these stories. If you have a heart in your chest, its hard to imagine how you could fail to be moved by them.

Re: Other Suggested Reads

PostPosted: December 19th, 2010, 1:32 am
by TomEC
Just thought I would add some points to my previous post. Zenna Henderson, the author of Ingathering: The Complete People Stories, died of cancer in 1983. I never had the chance to tell her how much her stories meant to me. I don’t intend to let that happen with Lynsay, which is one of the reasons I’m here.

Also, I would like to note, in case someone else points this out, that the Disney movies "Escape to Witch Mountain" and "Return from Witch Mountain" contain characters and situations that seem very similar to Zenna Henderson’s People stories. They are, in my humble opinion, pale imitations.

So there you go. Just some extra tihings I thought I’d throw in. Not that I would divide my posts into smaller bits just to get my handle to turn blue that much faster. Heh, Heh perish the thought... do you think that would work?

Re: Other Suggested Reads

PostPosted: December 22nd, 2010, 6:39 am
by wren
Tom, when was Zenna Henderson's Ingathering: The Complete People Stories written? You & I are the same age...Could the original Disney Escape To Witch Mountain movie & it's sequels have been loosely based on her stories?

As well as this thread for other suggested reads, we have a thread on the General Discussion called "What We're Reading." It gives us a place to share what we are currently reading (between new releases & rereads of Lynsay's books Image) & give feedback on new authors or books we have discovered. Image

Re: Other Suggested Reads

PostPosted: December 22nd, 2010, 4:43 pm
by TomEC
wren wrote:Tom, when was Zenna Henderson's Ingathering: The Complete People Stories written? You & I are the same age...Could the original Disney Escape To Witch Mountain movie & it's sequels have been loosely based on her stories? [/img]


The answer is a little complicated but here goes:

Zenna Henderson’s People stories appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from the early 50s to the mid-70s. The first six stories, tied together by a connecting narrative, were publish by Doubleday as Pilgrimage: The Book of the People in 1961. Six more stories were similarly tied together in The People: No Different Flesh which Doubleday published in 1967.

The material from those two books along with five more stories, an introduction by Priscilla Olson, a summary of The People Series and her life by Zenna Henderson and a Chronology of the People by Mark and Priscilla Olson were all lovingly bound together on acid free paper by the NESFA Press in 1995 as Ingathering: The Complete People Stories.

It annoys me that this book is not easy to find and is only available in hardcover. It can, however, be easily gotten from Amazon or directly from www.nesfa.org/press. NESFA, by the way stands for New England Science Fiction Association.

I don’t think many who buy this book will regret that they paid a little extra for the hardcover. This book will inevitably become a treasured possession.

As for the link with Escape to Witch Mountain, I find it hard to believe they didn’t draw some inspiration from the People stories but, as far as I know, the folks at Disney never acknowledged it nor, to my knowledge, did Zenna Henderson ever weigh in on the subject. All I know is if you ever enjoyed that movie, even a little, your cheating yourself if you don’t read the People stories. They take the concept and raise it up a couple dozen notches.

I’ll leave you with the words from a review of Ingathering back in 2000:

“Zenna Henderson's People stories will not transport you to intriguing alien vistas or startling futures. They do not predict the outcome of the latest scientific discoveries or technological advances. They are really about a place not so far away, a time not so long ago, and a people not so different from our own. The world of the People is close to our own, yet going there was an undeniably enjoyable experience. Perhaps this was because of the beauty of the prose, or the emotional power of the stories. Or perhaps I enjoyed Henderson's world because while there I could glimpse myself, and my people, not as we are, but as we could be.
I can write about what I consider to be the strengths of these stories, and I can list intellectual reasons I think others should read them. But all the analysis and description and praise in the world cannot convey the singular, ineffable way these stories make me feel. I remember how I felt, and that is why I recommend these stories.”


wren wrote:As well as this thread for other suggested reads, we have a thread on the General Discussion called "What We're Reading." It gives us a place to share what we are currently reading (between new releases & rereads of Lynsay's books Image) & give feedback on new authors or books we have discovered. Image


I have a post there too.