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In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2010 19:32:29 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Apr 2010 19:43:09 BDT
Jennym says:
Hi, I have read the first three and they are all on my keep shelf. I have just ordered the fourth as it has now been published. As for other recommendations there is not much that I dont read ... depending on my mood depends on what I read.

Shelley Laurenston Magnus Pack (were-wolves) always makes my laugh as does Katie McAlisters Aislyn Gray series (Dragons & otherworld). I also enjoyed Karen Chance's Cassie Palmer series 'Touch the Dark' is the first in the series.


In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2010 20:05:34 BDT
Jennym says:
Hey Rachel, thanks for the The Infernal and The Autumn Castle recommendations . . I don't know which I want to read first but cant wait for them to arrive. lol

Posted on 29 Apr 2010 20:24:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Apr 2010 20:58:07 BDT
Rachel says:
Hi Fairy Queen- unfortunatley not enjoying the sunshine, working like a thing possessed! Those pesky but adorable little blighters at school keep me well busy but I did a whole school assembly this week on Lilith Saintcrow so score one for the future dark fantasy fans!! I read her blog/journal regularly and there is some really inspirational stuff on there. check out the back posts if you are interested. I used her post from 27th November 2009, which she gave me permission to use for the assembly! A writer who actually responds directly to you by email! Cool indeed.

Hi Jennym, glad you liked the look of them. I really rate Kim Wilkins, especially her horror stuff. There are none of her novels I haven't liked and all those i've posted about here have scored at least 8.5 out of 10 on my fab book meter. I just wish she wrote a bit faster. I would be intersted to know which of those two you like best when you've read them. i think for me, The Autumn Castle is just a tiny bit better than Infernal. I won't tell you why till you've read them as it might spoil your pleasure. I think Grimoire and the Resurectionists are my faves of Kim's though, just edging in ahead of The Autumn Castle. I am surprised she doesn't have a bigger following.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2010 22:12:24 BDT
fairy queen says:
Hey Rachel
you sound like you have a very cool job! I know kids are not always the easiest audience but I bet you get a lot back from it and the way young people view things is totally different than us cynical adults.My 12 year old son has inherted my passion for scifi/horror and i love giving him books dvds that i have loved for years, seeing him enjoy them and getting his view-point on them. i also think kids today get a really bad deal-they have been totally demonised by the media to the point that the poor liitle beggars can barely step out the house without getting swooped on by the police/neighbourhood watch. i know some kids do commit crimes-but adults do a hell of a lot more, and they dont stop us from going into shopping centres after 6 oclock do they?
lillith saintcrow sounds fab how do you get onto her blog?

Posted on 30 Apr 2010 18:35:53 BDT
Rachel says:
Hi Fairy Queen. go to and follow the links. down the RHS is a list of back posts by months. The one I used was called 'if I'd Listened'. The more i read of her stuff, the more I admire her.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2010 19:21:18 BDT
fairy queen says:
Thanks Rachel-will do.

Posted on 2 May 2010 20:55:00 BDT
fairy queen says:
Feel like I need to add a recommendation for the very first fantasy book I ever read that i feel had a huge effect on me. " A Dark horn blowing" by Dahlov Ipcar is the story of Nora, a young woman who is stolen away by the king of Erland to care for his sickly son and heir.She leaves behind her own baby son and husband and mourns for them terribly, but forms a deep maternal bond with the young, unloved Erl Prince.This story draws heavily on Norse mythology and some of the magical description is so beautiful its almost breathtaking. This book also has a lot to say about a womans passage through her life and the different roles she assumes-daughter,lover,carer ect and therefore i would say you would prob get more from it if you were female. All that being said-its not "girly" or "soppy" and is very dark in places, and deals with topics such as how a young woman has to learn to deal with unwanted sexual advances and how to find inner strength. Dont be put off by the "young reader" label as the whole context of the book is very adult. This book has haunted me for over 20 years and i really cannot recommend it highly enough. If you have any teenage daughters who are permanently glued to twilight try them with this to show them how dark fantasy should look!

Posted on 10 May 2010 16:22:05 BDT
fairy queen says:
just been checking out lillith saintcrows journal-its fab! what an amazing woman she writes books, blogs, cast spells, is a mother, is battling cancer and still has time for random wierdness!I am just catching up on some of her blogs then i am really looking forward to reading some of her on line stories. Reading her blog has made me realise just how much hard work is involved in writing-i had actually began a book i had an idea for a while ago, but then i read "the world house" by guy adams and realised with dismay it was more or less my idea, but done 100 million percent better than i ever could!Im hoping that insperation strikes again someday and ms saintcrow has some amazing pearls of wisdom for writers such as how not to worry about worrying!Thanks once again to rachel for pointing me in the right direction-i am really looking forward to reading some more(favourite entry so far? has to be the pics of jareth the goblin king on holiday-hilarious!!)

Posted on 10 May 2010 18:13:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 May 2010 18:15:15 BDT
Rachel says:
Glad you like it, Fairy Queen. She is just great. My fave post is teh one of 27th November 'if i'd listened'. that is the one i did my assembly on, reading the post and showing a little film i had made about people who had defied expectations and the odds to do wonderful things. I had 2 staff in tears and a yr 10 came up to me when i finished and said 'That was inspirational, thank you'. I was speechless and it totally made my week!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2010 23:07:46 BDT
Ash..dont like it at all..
Read it the other day

Posted on 11 May 2010 10:57:58 BDT
Dunno I'f it's been mentioned buttake a look at Raymond E Feist Faerie Tale and also Terry Brooks the WOrd and the Void series.

Posted on 17 May 2010 20:03:32 BDT
Henferch says:
Try Kim Wilkinson's 'Giants of the Frost'. Brilliant.
but so is everything else that she has written!

Posted on 17 May 2010 20:37:08 BDT
Rachel says:
Hi Delyth. i think you mean Kim Wilkins....and we mentioned her Europa suite in an earlier post. I agree with you about how good Kim is. I love all her stuff, dark fantasy and horror both.

Posted on 18 May 2010 20:14:15 BDT
I would recommend, Ray Bradbury's 'Something Wicked This way Comes' I sense it will strike a cord for you, not strictly a Fairy tale.
Neil Gaiman's 'Stardust', the film being one of the best adaptations I have seen!

Also Haruki Murakami's 'Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of Time'

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2010 07:04:43 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 May 2010 07:06:58 BDT
Zippy says:
Try the Denthan series by Sam Wilding. They appear fun and basically just great adventure stories but there are some great dark scenes, especially in book 2 - The Second Gateway, where some horrible choices have to be made. The whole reptilian king and Human slave queen thing is slightly unsettling. Funny in the book but unsettling none-the-less.

Posted on 21 May 2010 09:58:12 BDT
Auraya says:
Rachel, I just finished the Autumn Castle and wanted to thank you for recommending it. What a fabulous book! I am looking forward to reading the Giants of the Frost next. If you have any more suggestions along similar lines - crossover fantasy/horror (but not too gory), do let me know. Thanks :o)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2010 21:12:56 BDT
fairy queen says:
S.E Robinson
I have always fancied reading" something wicked" i remember reading some of Ray Bradburys short stories at school and they were amazing. And Stardust is one of my favourite movies too!

Posted on 21 May 2010 21:23:17 BDT
Rachel says:
hi Auraya. i am so pleased you liked the Autumn Castle! I must say i was surprised by the ending. Kim is notorious for a bleak ending and I was fully accepting that was coming. i was so happy to be surprised!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2010 09:22:36 BDT
Fairy Queen,
Glad you have read some Bradbury, he has a lot of whimsical stories, and cover loads of genre. Although he is best known for his Sci Fi, his short stories are wonderful. my favourite is 'The October Country', a really nice mix of horror, and fantasy. Perfect for Halloween!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2010 08:46:20 BDT
Boric says:
Have you tried Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years 1) or China Mieville's King Rat? Both these could repay a look.

Posted on 23 May 2010 18:06:26 BDT
fairy queen says:
HeY Boric
I had heard of the Wicked musical, but never knew it was a book! just been and had a look and its now on my wish list , cheers!:-)

In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2010 21:38:20 BDT
Boric says:
I hope you enjoy.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2010 16:24:39 BDT
Auraya says:
It was fantastic, Rachel, I absolutely loved it. I could really empathise with Christine because I too have a chronic back injury and dream of having at least one pain-free day in my life. All I need to do now is find a passage to Faeryland.... :o)

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2010 16:26:38 BDT
Auraya says:
Hi Fairy Queen, you should definitely give 'Something Wicked' a go - I found the writing style a bit difficult initially but on a second attempt, realised that it was absolutely beautiful.

Posted on 25 May 2010 16:30:30 BDT
fairy queen says:
Thanks, am looking forward to it. Sorry to hear about your back-i have problems with mine also, and must admit a magic wand would be great!until then will just have to make do with some painkillers and a hot water bottle!
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