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  • Paperback
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812570936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812570939
  • ASIN: B004600PX2
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,029,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No matter what anyone claims, writers are made, not born, and what and how they write is the result of just how they were made... or how they made themselves. I began by writing poetry, which was published only in small magazines, and then went on to write administrative reports while I was a U.S. Naval aviator, followed by research papers, speeches, economic and technical studies, and policy and briefing papers. Along the way, I've been a delivery boy; a lifeguard; an unpaid radio disc jockey; a U.S. Navy pilot; a market research analyst; a real estate agent; director of research for a political campaign; legislative assistant and staff director for U.S. Congressmen; Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues; a college lecturer and writer in residence; and unpaid treasurer of a civic music arts association.

As a result, my writing tends to incorporate all of the above, in addition to the science fiction I read from a very early age. After close to sixty published novels, and perhaps a score of short stories, it's fairly clear to me that "what kind of writer" I am for readers tends to depend on which of my books each reader has read.

Along the way, I've weathered eight children, a fondness for three-piece suits [which has deteriorated into a love of vests], a brown Labrador, a white cockapoo, an energetic Shih-tzu, two scheming dachshunds, a capricious spaniel, a crazy Saluki-Aussie, and various assorted pet rodents. Finally, in 1989, to escape nearly twenty years of occupational captivity in Washington, D.C., I escaped to New Hampshire. There I was fortunate enough to find and marry a lovely lyric soprano, and we moved to Cedar City, Utah, in 1993, where she directs the voice and opera program at Southern Utah University and where I attempt to create and manage chaos in the process of writing.



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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
L.E. Modesitt's portrayals of the Guild in Fairhaven and the Black Order of Recluce from opposing viewpoints are probably my favorite feature of this series. This book tells an excellent story of a young White that is not out to destroy the blacks and his struggle to stay alive long enough to reach his potential. A great book that I would recommend to anyone!
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By A Customer on 31 Mar. 1999
Format: Hardcover
The Magic Engineer is one of my favorite Recluse books and The Colors of Chaos is in no way a repeat of that book. The events recounted are the same, but obviously told from a different viewpoint. Moreover you see the development motivations and actions of the characters introudced in The White Order not those found in the Magic Engineer.
The author does an excellent job in adding depth to the issues of order and chaos. After reading the book you realize that neither order nor chaos is inhernetly 'good' or 'evil' but both are capable of force and building and desstruction. Ultimately its the people employing order and or chaos and their reasons for doing so that makes all the difference.
I enjoyed the time spent on explaining the motivations of tertiary charcters like traders and perfects even if its through the primary charcters' words. Thumbs up and highly recommended overall.
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By A Customer on 20 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
Well, I have just about every book Modesitt has written. I like his writing style, the pace of his storry and his darker heroes. Generally Modesitt never explicitly states what his characters are doing/feeling (he gives enough detail for us to draw our own conclusions), in all of his other books this was fine. Somehow it was a bit tired in this book. I like this world he's created, I'd like protagonists that didn't just do what the heroes in the other books did, but in a different time/place. I'll buy his next book so I suppose that says it all.
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By A Customer on 16 Jan. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I debated reading this book, as it essentially repeated (from another viewpoint, of course) many of the same incidents as described in "The Magic Engineer". However, there was a lot of careful thought put into this by Modesitt, and a much better realization of the similarities between Order and Chaos, rather than just the differences. A much more sympathetic view of the White Order, and an excellent story of Cerryl's growth and development of the skills needed to become an effective High Wizard.
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By A Customer on 6 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
Well...what can I say? This series has it all... adventure, politics, romance and action, all at just the right spots. The series takes on a new depth as Modesitt begins taking in the view of the White Wizards of Fairhaven and showing their motivations. The Colors of Chaos is a powerful addition to a wonderful series. Read them all and buy them all...they are definitely ones for the collection.
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