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posts by Altarego Commoner | joined 15 Jun 2005 | 4

what's up with Canada? posted 26 Sep 2005, 05:09 in Author Q & AOther authors you enjoy by Altarego, Commoner

Michelle (Sagara) West - another Canadian worth more than her weight in gold... I think that very few can compare with her level of poignant characterization. Her books aren't bogged down with so much plot, but they are excellent, prosaic expressions of the relationships we all take for granted in a good tale. And, of course, she's written several successful multiologies that are *complete*. Please, if you're looking for something satisfying on an intellectual and emotional level, look into her Huntbrother or Sun Sword series. And let me know if find it strange that Erickson seem to have "borrowed" her fully-fleshed characters for his watered-down, unfocused epics. view post

More than meets the eye... posted 23 Feb 2006, 01:02 in Author Q & AMass-Market Paperback by Altarego, Commoner

This isn't simply a matter of big business trying to squeeze out a few more $$. In general, mass market paperbacks cost almost as much as hardbounds. This is due to the retailer's ability to return destroy books for credit from the publisher (a throwback to the days when paperbacks were sold like magazines). Subsequently, they potentially have to sell 4-5x as many paperbacks to recoup production/return costs. For those authors that are only published in mass market format, they have to meet projections before publishing at all. In the end, it's not entirely the publisher's fault; the consumers have their role as well. A book that exceeds hardbound sales expectations will often be "mass-marketed". view post

posted 29 Oct 2007, 22:10 in Literature DiscussionNothing against female Fantasy authors but... by Altarego, Commoner

Michelle West is the best female author I've ever read - probably one of my favorite authors in general. She wrote the Hunter's Oath duology and the Sun Sword series. The focus is on a massive back story/history that is only slowly, painstakingly revealed by reading the entire series. They're complex and a bit difficult to get into, but well worth the effort. Read some of the heartfelt reviews on Amazon for perspective. She also publishes under Michelle Sagara for her "Cast" series. Though no less enjoyable, it is geared to a younger, female audience. It's a very loose interpretation of a street police beat-type storyline set completely in fantasy. They can often be as challenging as her other works. view post

posted 01 Nov 2007, 20:11 in Literature DiscussionRaymond Feist: Riftwar Saga by Altarego, Commoner

I would have to disagree. Feist is how I first became interested in fantasy. To be sure, the Riftwar Saga probably appealed more to teenage self than it does now. However, not every fantasy series has to be complex and chock-full of gritty violence or masterfully written characters in order to be deemed a "good read". On the other hand, I would stick to Feist's earlier works: the original 3 books of the Riftwar Saga (4 if you buy "Magician" as a duology) and the Empire trilogy (his collaborations with Janny Wurts). They're mostly a series of coming-of-age stories, but each experience has a rather unique perspective and are very entertaining. view post


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