Post by Jason Aiken on Jun 1, 2016 13:44:31 GMT -5
I'm two stories into THIEVES'WORLD and am really enjoying it (despite not being able to find Death's Harbor on the map). Both have featured female protagonists and have had a cool twist toward the end. Even the introduction (which was really just another fiction piece) was pretty good. I purchased the first three books as I hear those were the strongest, but so far I'm definitely impressed.
I plan on staring The Gate of the Flying Knives by Poul Anderson tonight, it's the third tale in the collection.
For those of us who do not have them, Wildside Press has all six of Gardner F Fox's Kothar the Barbarian novels available in ebook form for dirt cheap. Two Megapacks of 3 novels for 99 cents...alas, I do not know how to copy/paste a link...
More good news; it appears that Keith Taylor's outstanding Bard series of historical S&S novels will be coming out in ebook form soon. This also means the hard to find fifth novel as well, a huge bonus to me. I wish they were being re-printed as physical books, but who knows what will happen if the ebook sales are good. I think it's great that these excellent novels are once again available to everyone!
Today is Jack Vance's birthday. While it isn't much talked about, Jack wrote S&S. Vance tended to approach it more from a Dunsany/Clark Ashton Smith/Cabell/Leiber direction, though he is on record as being a fan of both Howard and Burroughs. We know Vance was an influence on both Moorcock and, especially, Michael Shea (RIP). In fact, it can be argued that Shea's "Nifft the Lean" tales take place on the Dying Earth Jack created.
Morgan Holmes would argue that JV's "Lyonesse" novels were borderline S&S. There can be no argument about Jack's Cugel being a S&S protagonist. Vance was a charter member of the sword and sorcery author group, SAGA.