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Prince Nuada petition and book recs wanted

Posted on 2009.03.05 at 16:18
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Prince Nuada petition
If  you are a fan of Prince Nuada from Hellboy II (see my earlier post), there is a petition to G. del Toro to make another movie featuring that character here.   Have no idea what effect, if any, it might have.  *shrugs*  Btw, I discovered that Nuada is an ancient Celtic god with an interesting history and that Tolkien speculated on the origins of his name.  Obviously, I have nothing better to do than surf the web looking at such things.  (So not true.)

Need book recs:
On another note, my good friend capella_fic  gave me a birthday gift certificate to Amazon and I've been trying to decide how to spend it.  I am ordering Alex Beecroft's upcoming book, False Colors and trying to decide on one of Josh Lanyon's books.  Which one would you rec?  Also any other recs?  They don't have to be slashy, but that's always nice.  *g* 



erfan_starled at 2009-03-05 23:59 (UTC) (Link)
Brotherhood of the Wolf, by hear-say only.

Josh Lanyon? The four are a progressive build. Each book charts another phase of his (Adrien's) relationships. If you can only buy one, buy the first one, Fatal Shadows.

Read them all; I have kept going back to them and when the last one came out sat back and even looked at how he did what he did.

His character, Adrien, leaps from the page with humour, strength, warmth, wisdom, common sense, and feeling, and the protagonist, seen through Adrien's eyes is so well visualized - and to me attractive - that although the plots are good, the progress of the relationship is just not to be missed.

Edited at 2009-03-06 12:08 am (UTC)
morethmusing at 2009-03-06 00:25 (UTC) (Link)
Well - I must buy J.L.'s books after all the recs from you guys :D

If you want something totally off-the-wall try either Joe Abercrombie's The Blade Itself or any Richard Morgan (S.F. author - don't let that put you off). Warning for black humour... but well worth the read :D

"Say one thing for Logan Nine-fingers. Say he doesn't make me bored..." :P

Edited at 2009-03-06 12:26 am (UTC)
erfan_starled at 2009-03-06 00:37 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the suggestions - especially with dark humour.

I've seen Josh mentioned on lj and derived great pleasure in meeting people who were willing to give them a go and then talk about them :)

My reading of them pre-dates my slash reading and writing days and I am very fond of them. They are true mystery stories, and the opposite of long-winded never-ending fantasy series so beloved of publishers in recent years, which I think have done the art of story-telling no favours whatever :|

Edited at 2009-03-06 12:44 am (UTC)
elfscribe5 at 2009-03-06 02:52 (UTC) (Link)
Hi Moreth - Richard Morgan you say? I adore sci fi, so no it doesn't put him off -- well depending.
elfscribe5 at 2009-03-06 02:44 (UTC) (Link)
Hi Erfan,
Thanks for all the recs. I've heard so many good things about Josh's books - he's on my f-list list, btw. So, I thought I'd better read some of them. Ennorwen sent me his book on advice for m/m writing which I thought very good, written in a light, humorous style.
As far as Brotherhood of the Wolf - what's that one about? I just read one called A Companion to Wolves by Sarah Monette and some other gal and it had good points, but overall not impressed.
erfan_starled at 2009-03-06 03:18 (UTC) (Link)
Brotherhood of the Wolf I may be simply mixing up Companion to Wolves and a rather good, gothic type film. Sorry. anyway it was only hear-say, sounding potentially good. The others I have read.
heartofoshun at 2009-03-06 00:23 (UTC) (Link)
I agree with Erfan, you have to read all of the Adrien English books. The best one, IMHO, is the latest one, but it follows on the others. His writing just kills me. It has everything: humor, drama, suspense, romance and mystery and the language use is enviable. I cannot say enough good things about it. It just has so much heart and warmth, with nice healthy dose of cynicism. (I swear, my attitude has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Josh is such a nice guy!)

Edited at 2009-03-06 12:24 am (UTC)
erfan_starled at 2009-03-06 00:38 (UTC) (Link)
You're both on Kenaz' fic rec list :D
heartofoshun at 2009-03-06 00:41 (UTC) (Link)
Wow! I must go look! I'm going to do that 100-fic recs also.

erfan_starled at 2009-03-06 01:02 (UTC) (Link)
I've read four including some exquisite stories. Apparently Talullah Red has a fic rec list somewhere, too. Be worth finding.

*creeps away*
elfscribe5 at 2009-03-06 02:49 (UTC) (Link)
What fic rec list?
erfan_starled at 2009-03-06 03:15 (UTC) (Link)
There's a 100 fic rec list challenge that some people are doing, like recommending instead of writing, to fit the criteria of the prompts. It's a recent post on her lj and I've read four of them before. She's filled in some recommendations and posted the prompts table.
kenazfiction at 2009-03-06 03:30 (UTC) (Link)
What fic rec list?

That's what you get for not reading my journal. :p
elfscribe5 at 2009-03-06 03:37 (UTC) (Link)
LOL. I guess so, have to check it out. You're reccing 100 fics from a set of prompts? It would take me forever to look things up to do that. Thanks for reccing something of mine. Hugs!!
erfan_starled at 2009-03-06 00:51 (UTC) (Link)
Maybe not, but it is lovely that he comes over like that; such a shock when you love a book and its characters and the writer is an absolute gorgon. I won't mention Janny Wurts here. You guys might have met me years earlier but I got my nose bitten off for being a lazy reader - I read thousands of pages, multiple times, back to back, and it was the first question I had ever asked on-line :| 'not going to explain to someone who can't be bothered to read for themselves' was her comment.

I decided she was covering for a plothole :| She's impressive though, in many ways, and corresponds incredibly promptly to her bloggers. Really keeps up. Great settings and tremendous romance. But oh, what dreadfully opaque grammar - you fight your way through a sentence as you would a jungle. Reminds me of my emails or lj comments :| I'm talking about Arithon, and her series of which 'Ships of Merior' is the second. Amazing ideas, gorgeous settings, but I don't think the story is ever going to end... Absolutely cannot recommend her writing style, though content is fascinating. I think it was one to three I liked. Too rambly later. High drama and dark.
heartofoshun at 2009-03-06 01:09 (UTC) (Link)
I loved the characters/characterization in Robin Hobb and the animal persona stuff! Wow!

I often think that writers can be a bit too full of themselves, and/or take their lawyers/publishers' advice as though it issued from god. (Easy for me to say, since I am not publishing anything I would want anyone to read.)
elfscribe5 at 2009-03-06 02:45 (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like I'll have to buy them. I may end up exceeding my gift allowance. Heh.
ennorwen at 2009-03-06 11:16 (UTC) (Link)
Ditto! On everything you've said. I'm slowing working my way through everything of JL's, but his Adrien's I'm only taking at about one every week or so - there are only four! I've read the first two and next week is the third. God, I just love his spare prose. And you're so right - the humor, and the suspense and the romance - I just love the drollness of it all.
elfscribe5 at 2009-03-07 01:38 (UTC) (Link)
Well, I've ordered the first one in the series, so you guys convinced me. *g*
amalc at 2009-03-06 00:35 (UTC) (Link)
Oh well if you want a rec, I was recently give "The Assassin's Apprentice" by Robin Hobb whom I'd never heard of before. It's a fantasy trilogy (with another one right after it). I liked it so much I have already bought the other five books.
erfan_starled at 2009-03-06 00:43 (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, I read all twelve, nine? of that whole series. I was absolutely hooked and an enormous fan.

When you get to the end, I would love to know what you thought...

Some do say the Ship trilogy is excellent, and it is unusually dark for published fantasy. I did think the series were very good indeed - yet I wondered if they suffered at the end as films do from producers, though in this case her publishers; I wonder what her Director's Cut would have looked like if I was right about that pressure...
elfscribe5 at 2009-03-06 02:46 (UTC) (Link)
Hi Ana! *waves* Did you get back from your trip already? Or haven't left yet? What was it about the Assassin's Apprentice that you liked?

Edited at 2009-03-06 04:16 am (UTC)
amalc at 2009-03-20 09:08 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, only saw this today. Look for an email.
heartofoshun at 2009-03-06 00:47 (UTC) (Link)
The Adrien English books in reading order (I think each one gets better than the previous):
1) Fatal Shadows
2) A Dangerous Thing,
3) The Hell You Say
4) Death of a Pirate King

Robin Hobb--see comment--I've read several of hers and she's very good. Kind of peters out at the ends. I, however, have a special grudge because she is hysterically, unreasonably opposed to and paranoid of fanfiction. (Get a life and write your books, lady! Have a little sense of perspective--afraid there are fanfiction writers out there who write better than you--perhaps, you should be, I know a half a dozen who do!)

Edited at 2009-03-06 12:48 am (UTC)
elfscribe5 at 2009-03-06 02:47 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the list in order, that's good because I had a hard time figuring it out on Amazon.

Never heard of Robin Hobb. Hmmm.
erfan_starled at 2009-03-06 00:59 (UTC) (Link)
Conflict of Honours, Sharon Lee, Georgette Heyer meets space opera with a touch of fantasy and the most fabulous array of characters and charm. Pat Rin is wildly romantically riveting for his outcast survivor determined on honour's revenge against his family's doom. That's in a later book. Utterly charming from first to last. Includes magic but in small doses, very small. Mostly plot and charm.

Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold if you want my favourite ever story and character, though I never remember all at once so I have several 'favourites'. Romance. Adventure. Failure turned to advantage. Heroism. Danger. History. World-building. Theology. Wisdom. Humour. Bad guys. Plot - strong, strong plot, as in all her books. Language? to die for.

Feel free to throw me off your lj for spamming :| *leaves, embarrassed*
elfscribe5 at 2009-03-06 02:48 (UTC) (Link)
Which book you say, Curse of Chalion?
erfan_starled at 2009-03-06 03:16 (UTC) (Link)
There is a book called 'The Curse of Chalion' by Lois McMaster Bujold that I like.
ennorwen at 2009-03-06 11:17 (UTC) (Link)
I agree with everything Erfan & Heart have said about Josh's stuff. But then, I'm a mystery reader from way back. I do have the "Brotherhood of Wolves" series, but I've not yet delved. Been highly recommended by many, though.
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