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Fantasy Mistressworks meme

From cassiphone here, original here. As per usual, bold the ones you have read, italicise the ones you started but didn't finish.

1. Songspinners – Sarah Ash
2. The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter
3. Rats and Gargoyles – Mary Gentle
4. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon (this was published as Cross Stitch in the UK)
5. The Riddle-Master of Hed – Patricia McKillip
6. The Blue Sword – Robin McKinley
7. Lud-in-the-Mist – Hope Mirrlees
8. The Curse of the Mistwraith – Janny Wurts
9. Shadow Magic – Patricia C Wrede
10. Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb
11. A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula K Le Guin
12. Familiar Spirit – Lisa Tuttle
13. Beauty – Sheri S Tepper
14. Diadem from the Stars – Jo Clayton
15. The Crystal Cave – Mary Stewart
16. Black Horses for the King – Anne McCaffrey
17. The Clan of the Cave Bear – Jean M Auel
18. Fortress in the Eye of Time – C J Cherryh
19. Red Moon and Black Mountain – Joy Chant
20. The Birthgrave – Tanith Lee
21. Briefing for a Descent into Hell – Doris Lessing
22. Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice
23. The Wood Wife – Terri Windling
24. Briar Rose – Jane Yolen
25. The Porcelain Dove – Delia Sherman
26. The Winter Prince – Elizabeth Wein
27. The Time of the Dark – Barbara Hambly
28. Sword of Rhiannon – Leigh Brackett
29. Tam Lin – Pamela Dean
30. Fire in the Mist – Holly Lisle
31. The Sacrifice – Kristine Kathryn Rusch
32. The Beleagured City – Margaret Oliphant
33. The Soul of Lilith – Marie Corelli
34. The Citadel of Fear – Francis Stevens
35. Jirel of Joiry – C L Moore
36. Sheepfarmer’s Daughter – Elizabeth Moon
37. Dragon Prince – Melanie Rawn
38. Black Trillium – Julian May, Andre Norton & Marion Zimmer Bradley
39. The Thief’s Gamble – Juliet E McKenna
40. Daggerspell – Katharine Kerr
41. The Blue Manor – Jenny Jones
42. The Barbed Coil – J V Jones
43. In the Red Lord’s Reach – Phyllis Eisenstein
44. The Spirit Ring – Lois McMaster Bujold
45. The Last of the Renshai – Mickey Zucher Reichert
46. Archangel – Sharon Shinn
47. The Hall of the Mountain King – Judith Tarr
48. A Blackbird in Silver – Freda Warrington
49. Kindred – Octavia Butler
50. The Red Magician – Lisa Goldstein

Any particular recommendations from those I haven't read? NB that I did not particularly enjoy Rats and Gargoyles, and hated Interview with the Vampire.



( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 15th, 2012 09:53 am (UTC)
Try #4 Outlander/ Cross-Stitch (and the rest of the series) as did this fellow:
and #10 Assassin's Apprentice (and the rest of the series).
Jul. 15th, 2012 10:35 am (UTC)
Nice to see someone else has picked up this baton. I meant to continue my series of posts and my long list from last year, but life intervened.
Jul. 15th, 2012 11:25 am (UTC)
Seconding the recommendation for the Robin Hobb Assassin's trilogy - a firm favourite.

I don't remember if 'A Blackbird in Silver' is any good but I love 'A Taste of Blood Wine' by Freda Warrington, although the sequel is... odd.
Jul. 15th, 2012 12:00 pm (UTC)
I quite detested _Interview with a Vampire_ myself.

The ones I'd recommend strongly are:

# 8 - Curse of the Mistwraith by Janny Wurtz. I love this series. The politics is brilliant in its complexity and the characters are very well fleshed out. And perhaps what i enjoy the most is the juxtaposition of latter day historical records with the story being told. I suspect you might enjoy it.

# 36 - Sheep Farmer's Daughter by Elizabeth Moon. I find this trilogy lovely. I loved it when I first read it and I enjoy it more with each re-read. My reaction, though, is so personal that I am never sure if I like it is because the trilogy is well crafted or because so many characters resonate within. Do give it a try though.
Jul. 15th, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
Og, Melanie Rawn's Dragon series are good but the books depress me.
Jul. 15th, 2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
Robin McKinley's THE BLUE SWORD is one of my all-time favorite books. Desert island book. I cannot, however, promise that it will have the same impact on a 40-something man as it did on an 11 year old girl. :)
Jul. 15th, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
In a lot of those cases, I'm puzzled as to why the list-maker picked that one, when other works by the same author appeal to me far more.

The ones I would recommend:
A Beleaguered City – Margaret Oliphant. This is a high Victorian ghost story. At her best, Margaret Oliphant was an excellent writer, though her overall work was dragged down by the pressure to churn out work under financial pressures. If you enjoy Victorian novelists this would probably suit you.

The Red Magician – Lisa Goldstein. When I saw that this was a fantasy about the Holocaust, I was very wary. But I found it a really gripping read, and the magic fits very well into the atmosphere of the disappearing Central European Jewish tradition.

Sheepfarmer’s Daughter – Elizabeth Moon. I'd recommend this with some reservations. The prose can be very plodding, the heroine can be annoyingly obtuse, and a lot of world-building seems very derivative of the whole Dungeons and Dragons set-up; furthermore, you really need to read the whole trilogy to get the benefit of the story set up in the first book. But there's one thing Moon did which (for me) makes the story worthwhile - her characters show a very believable kind of holiness and grace, where the religion seems real, rather than the caricature found in so many fantasies. So I like these books, in spite of all their faults.

Tam Lin – Pamela Dean. I enjoyed my own University years at UCD, but I've always been fascinated by descriptions of the more immersive college experience found in other places. Tam Lin has the same kind of overpowering nostalgia for the American liberal arts college experience that you find for Oxford in Sayers' Gaudy Night.

Jul. 15th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
Second the recommendation for A beleaguered City.
Jul. 16th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
The Bloody Chamber is one I can strongly recommend, along with most of Angela Carter's work.

I should probably mention Patricia McKillip and Barbara Hambly as well, though I'm not sure the works mentioned are the best ones.
Jul. 16th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
I don't read a lot of fantasy myself (life's too short to read everything, even if I could match your impressive pace), but the OH is reading Assassin's Apprentice at the moment and enjoying it enough that I will recommend it on her behalf. She has a PhD in early modern history so I suspect that the sort of details that would mess with your WSOD would also trouble her.
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