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Five Favourite Authors [Jun. 8th, 2005|08:18 pm]
That's No Ordinary Rabbit!


1. Melanie Rawn: she writes seriously plot-based political fantasy, with romance and angst and relationship and everything. I've rarely seen the concepts and ideas she's developed in other author's works, and her use of description and flow and world-building is second to none. More than any other writer, she's influenced the kind of writing I do (long, involved, complicated and a little bit dark) and she started in fanfiction.
(Novels: Dragon Prince, Star Scroll, Sunrunner's Fire; Stronghold, The Dragon Token, Skybowl; The Ruins of Ambrai, The Mageborn Traitor, The Captal's Tower)

2. Ann Marston: She wrote a series about a line of princes with sword-wielding warrior-maids as their personal companions (and in some cases, their wives) and got me thinking about a symbiotic kind of relationship between a male and female - not necessarily sexual, but balanced - which is one of the stories I hope to someday write.
(Novels: Kingmaker's Sword, The Western King, Broken Blade; Cloudbearer's Shadow, King of Shadows, Sword and Shadow)

3. JK Rowling: I'm going to be really specific here and say that JKR did a number on my brain with Book 3 of the Harry Potter series: Prisoner of Azkaban. I love the twist in the story: that's what makes it my favourite book in the series. I find it absolutely brilliant the way everything points to one conclusion, and she doesn't turn the tables on you until the scene in the Shrieking Shack... Awesome. She reminded me of Teh Plot Twist and the joy of fucking with the minds of your readers.
(Novels: I don't really need to list them, do I???)

4. Elizabeth Moon: Her 'Serrano Legacy' series fully grounded me in the idea of women serving in a military organisation who has emotions, conflicts, and command issues - and her characters grow over the series. Heris Serrano has issues she has to get over, Esmay Suiza starts off as an enlisted and ends up in command track (over at least 3-4 years), and Brun Meager begins as a stupid bimboic blonde and through a series of crucible-like trials, grows up and takes charge of the Familias government. Her influence is shown in the kind of women I write: tough on the outside but with slightly softer insides.
(Novels: Hunting Party, Sporting Chance, Winning Colours, Once A Hero, Rules of Engagement, Change Of Command, Against The Odds)

5. Terry Pratchett: He's the master of the dry, the sarcastic, the reflective - and all of it is filtered through the lens of the 'Discworld' where anything and everything is possible. His most recent novel 'Going Postal' is a commentary about corporate greed and workplace relations in a fantasy setting. He's an absolutely brilliant writer, balancing the descriptions of human nature against the humour and irony of ordinary things. Where else could you find a series that features the concept of female dwarves as homosexuals 'coming out of the closet'?
(Novels: Way too many to list, but all worth it.)

If I was going to recommend any of the above, I'd recommend Melanie Rawn and Terry Pratchett. Start with Rawn's novel Dragon Prince, or else The Ruins Of Ambrai - and be prepared to dig in for the long haul! Otherwise, I'd recommend reading Pratchett's Guards! Guards!, followed by Men At Arms and Feet Of Clay. For bonus points, try The Fifth Elephant (yes, he really did call his novel that!)

Alli, these memes are bad. They work as procrastination, too!