February 27, 2009

The authors no one remembers

Filed under: recommended reading — Rhiannon Lassiter @ 12:15 pm

When I was small my mother used to get cross with me for forgetting the authors of the books I liked. (A stance not entirely unrelated to the fact she is a professional author herself). Now I am older and have achieved memory skills better than than the average goldfish I do remember authors and titles , which is why I share these enviable skills on what’s that book

But I do pity Monica Hughes who seems to be the most forgotten of all authors. Today yet another of her books was listed by someone who’d forgotten author and title. It is, of course, Keeper of the Isis Light. Monica Hughes died in 2003 and her wikipedia page lists 37 published titles from the 1970s to the turn of the century. I have read five of those: Keeper of the Isis Light, The Guardian of Isis, Devil on My Back, The Dream Catcher and Sandwriter. I’ve read each of those several times and still have copies of the last two. But there are 32 more books of hers to read and I am determined to acquire more of them – if only to prove that someone remembers her and rates her work high enough to recall.

Eva Ibbotson is another who seems to linger in obscurity although she is very much alive and published two new titles last year. Margaret Mahy doesn’t get remembered well either and at the height of the Harry Potter craze many of my friends bewailed the fact that Diana Wynne Jones wasn’t getting more notice.

What are other people’s candidates for forgotten authors who deserve better of their readers? And which are the books I should immediately order?

August 12, 2008

10 SF titles

Filed under: recommended reading — Rhiannon Lassiter @ 12:30 pm

Sara W asked me to recommend some science-fiction titles to her. An insto-list of good SF follows. I’m limiting myself to ten titles or I’ll be here all day.

  • A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinge
  • Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
  • Drinking Sapphire Wine, Tanith Lee
  • Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (short stories), James Tiptree Jr
  • Palace, Katherine Kerr and Mark Kreighbaum
  • Permutation City, Greg Egan
  • Snow Queen, Joan D. Vinge
  • Steel Beach, John Varley
  • The Dispossessed, Ursula Le Guin
  • Xenogenesis trilogy, Octavia Butler

January 1, 2008

Night Maze by Annie Dalton

Filed under: recommended reading — Rhiannon Lassiter @ 12:00 am

[recommended reading]

After growing up in foster homes Gerald Noone discovers that he has a family after all. The Noones live in Owlcote, a fantastic stately home, and seem to have everything.

But Gerald discovers that the family is bitterly unhappy. His adopted cousin Harriet wears gloves and claims that everything she touches is poisoned. His other cousins have allergies that threaten their lives, his aunts and uncles are also broken and his grandmother rules the house with an iron rod. Forbidden to enter the house’s maze, Gerald enters regardless but during the day time it is a simple structure of hedges and paths. Only at night does it become magical and mysterious – surrounding the riddle of what has cursed the Noone family.

I’d consider this book suitable for readers aged 12+.

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