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Posted: 27-Jan-2004, 04:05 PM
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Posted: 27-Jan-2004, 04:14 PM
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QUOTE (Danann @ Jan 26 2004, 08:11 PM)
I've been reading Robert Jordan since 1994. He's got the Wheel of Time series out right now... but if his next book doesn't pick up a bit, I might not read anymore.


Ditto, except for if his next books don't pick up. I have so much time invested in the series, I will finish it no matter what.


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Posted: 27-Jan-2004, 05:54 PM
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QUOTE (silverdragon @ Jan 27 2004, 02:32 PM)
I'm a big Heinlein fan, tho I've always thought of his stuff in the Science Fiction genre rather than as fantasy.

Science fiction and fantasy can be a fuzzy blurr at times. Star Wars to me is a fantasci. (no I am not trying to sound like Cartman)
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Posted: 27-Jan-2004, 06:00 PM
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Tell me you all! I was going to start a Science Fiction book thread too, but never having read either fantasy or science fiction, I was not sure if they were one and the same or to be in separate categories. What do you all think?


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Posted: 28-Jan-2004, 03:57 AM
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biggrin.gif I'm sure you did Rose... alot of Marion Zimmer Bradley novels are in the wrong category sometimes...
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Posted: 28-Jan-2004, 02:48 PM
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WEll, I started a Science Fiction category just in case! wink.gif biggrin.gif
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Posted: 29-Jan-2004, 02:45 PM
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QUOTE (CelticRose @ Jan 27 2004, 06:00 PM)
Tell me you all! I was going to start a Science Fiction book thread too, but never having read either fantasy or science fiction, I was not sure if they were one and the same or to be in separate categories. What do you all think?

I think they can blend. Sometimes "fantasy" and scifi can be interchangeable. In Robert Heinlein's The moon Is a Harsh Mistress there are colonies on the moon. That is a fantasy, but falls under scifi. LOTR is pure fantasy. I think science fiction implies future technologies in everyday life. Fantasy implies elfs hobbits orcs blah blah blah cool.gif
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Posted: 29-Jan-2004, 04:08 PM
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that's high fantasy you are talking about peckery.. but I agree with you, the frontiers are very flowing. I often find Darkover´books sorted under SciFi and some under Fantasy.. while other things (especially some thing classified as "Historical Romance" definitly falls under Fantasy etc...
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Posted: 29-Jan-2004, 09:39 PM
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Yeah, I would agree that historical romance falls under fantasy too. But the difference is that some of those books do take actual historical events and build a story around them. However, that doesn't mean the historicity is always accurate. My sister-in-law is a historical romance writer and I know for a fact that she does a lot of research before she puts anything to paper. Sadly, not all so-called historical romance writers do that. So if I want to know if something is accurate, I start asking the questions and doing my own history reading on the side. However, I am finding that the internet is not always accurate either for my history research! wink.gif smile.gif
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Posted: 29-Jan-2004, 11:29 PM
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QUOTE (Aon_Daonna @ Jan 29 2004, 04:08 PM)
that's high fantasy you are talking about peckery.. but I agree with you, the frontiers are very flowing. I often find Darkover´books sorted under SciFi and some under Fantasy.. while other things (especially some thing classified as "Historical Romance" definitly falls under Fantasy etc...

I picked extremes because anything less extreme starts to get blurred, as you say.
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Posted: 30-Jan-2004, 12:17 AM
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Besides Tolkien, my husband and I really enjoy C.J.Cherryh. She creates wonderfully detailed worlds, societies, characters, histories--all with incredible depth and imagination, and every series she writes is different from anything else she's ever written. The only gripe we have with her is that she truly doesn't know how to end a book. It just suddenly seems to wind itself down and stop in about three pages - leaving you gasping for more!

I also enjoy Marion Zimmer Bradley and Anne McCaffrey.

I tend to read Fantasy over SciFi, but you're all right about the two blending together.

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It depends Rose. Not always it falls under fantasy but when it starts involving evil wizards and such I usually draw the line wink.gif

I don't mind fictional events being drawn around an actual historical event as long as they get the events right. I'm quite choosy when it comes to that.
A book I always enjoyed alot is called "Wolf within" and it's set in medieval Britanny.. beautifully written but the personage and events are tumbled around quite a bit apart from the fact of the werewolf in it.. I still enjoy it even though personally I don't see it as historical fiction but purely fantasy.. same goes with alot of books that are set in Scotland or Ireland. Often they just mess too many things up in my view so I do not really accept them as books with history in it but books which have by coincidence the same setting as some events had in history.
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I really like the Imagica "series" I use the term series loosely. It is one book split into two parts. I went to re-read it got through the first book and have come to realilze that I have lost the second. sad.gif
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Tolkien has to be my all time favorite fantasy author. My favorite by him is Return of the King (everyone knows the last one in a series is always the best one. tongue.gif ), but I like The Silmarillion as well.
Stephen Lawhead is also one of my favorites. I enjoyed his take on the Aurthurian legends -- not the typical story one normally hears. I also like his Song of Albion series.
A friend recommended I try Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series and I enjoyed the book I read. Trouble was, my library didn't have the first or even the second book, so I had to start further down in the series and didn't quite understand what was going on all the time. Hopefully someday I can pick up the series again.


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QUOTE (Aon_Daonna @ Jan 30 2004, 09:21 AM)
It depends Rose. Not always it falls under fantasy but when it starts involving evil wizards and such I usually draw the line wink.gif

I don't mind fictional events being drawn around an actual historical event as long as they get the events right. I'm quite choosy when it comes to that.

I couldn't agree with you more, Aon! But I still love reading them! Naughty me! hee hee! rolleyes.gif
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