Um, I'm new to this community and to the net in general; I hope I'm posting to the right place - please let me know if I'm not - but just wanted to recommend the novels of Jane Gardam to anyone who might not be familiar with her work. Check out Crusoe's Daughter, A Long Way From Verona and Bilgewater - Gardam has a unique, funny, and empathetic perspective which renders these far above the average tale of adolescent experience and growing up.
If this isn't allowed, please feel free to remind me and I'll fix it. *grin* I was just wondering...
I wanted to ask people who have read Laurell K. Hamilton, how many continue to read her through her series, particularly her Anita Blake series? I ask, because it seems that there are great many individuals who stop reading her at some point. In fact, most people I have talked to(in both in RL and on the 'net) stop reading her works when they feel that the plot becomes more "porn than plot."
Like I said, just a random question. But since she is one of the more visible authors with a fairly well-known female protagonist(two if you count her protagonist Merry) I thought it might be interesting to hear from people here.
Oh, and yes, this was prompted by your post rivendellrose *grin*
Just thought that I would drop another quick note recommending a very fun, well written, and interesting series:
The first in the series is titled, Moon Called, and is an introduction into the world of Mercedes Thompson. She is a young woman living in the Tri-cities(Washington State), a mechanic who also happens to be a shape-changer.
Taking place in present day America, the book is one of those where fantasy(ie vampires, fae, werewolves) lives side by side with the mundane world, and the author has a very deft hand at placing fantasy in the real world without it being, "over the top." In addition, while the fantasy is obviously an important aspect of the story, it is written in such a way, that many who would normally not read the genre, may find the book enjoyable.
As the first book in a newly established series, it does not necessarily have a terribly complicated plot-line, but is very good at what it does have, namely, character introduction. The author is quite adept at writing well-rounded characters. Mercedes is more than your carbon copy supernatural heroine, and her friends and neighbors all have more than just a name and a "power." In addition, Mercy's world is very well defined and rich; a nice blend of the real and the imagined. (And hey, what can I say, I also like that it takes place in my home area of the world, namely the Northwest. *grin*)
Well, in short, I recommend this book highly, and I for one, am looking forward to the release of the nest one in February.
Oh, and here's the author's site for more info:
Edit: I know that this edit is very late, but, just thought I'd add that Blood Bound came out some little bit ago. It fully delivers on the promise of the first novel. Particularly nice, is the fact the author doesn't just have Mercy as a sterotyped female character and the plot does indeed thicken, as the saying goes. Anyhoo...
Hasn't Charmed become the longest-running show with female leads?
I remember it being good in the beginning, but sadly I found that it became somewhat predictable and lacklustre, suffering from "freak of the week" syndrome in later series.
But then, the trends have to start with the writers... I write a lot of fiction and my characters are balanced between male and female, but considering that it's just so much more interesting to see women breaking conventions set by their male counterparts, why aren't there more women around in big-budget films and series?