Thread about writing…

February 08

There’s an interesting thread about omniscient POV over on ‘s journal. I’ve never really worked with omniscient, for many of the reasons she mentions.

The last batch of comments about “Normal People Fall into Fantasy World” novels did catch my eye, though. I am a fan of this style? subgenre? device? They may not be the best, but they’re fun, and that’s something I look for… enjoying what I read. And it’s also how I got back into reading Holly Lisle. I’d read her Magic in the Mist a long time ago, but was reminded of her when I saw Glenraven in the bookstore. And through Holly, I found Forward Motion, which lead me to Evolution and to .

So… some of the different books I liked that fall into this category:

  1. Glenraven 1 & 2 — MZB, Holly Lisle
  2. Mall, Mayhem, & Magic — Holly Lisle, Chris Guin
  3. The Landover series — Terry Brooks
  4. The World Gates series — Holly Lisle
  5. The Last Rune series — Mark Anthony
  6. The Dragonsword series — Gael Baudino
  7. Pure of Heart — Chris Ricci (not published, as far as I’ve been able to find… knew the author and critted the book)

How about you?


Posted by on February 8, 2006 in General


3 responses to “Thread about writing…

  1. nonnycat

    February 8, 2006 at 7:39 am

    I'm not really a fan of “normal people fall into fantasy worlds” stories myself… mainly because the vast majority read like the author's personal daydreams. Everyday (Wo)Man falls into another world and just so happens to be the one person who can save them. Uh. Yeah.

    (OK. Maybe I read one too many bad book around this device growing up. LOL.)

    Not to say I won't read a book using that device, but as most seem to have the same cookie-cutter premise… yeah. Most just really didn't impress me.


  2. ammepyre

    February 8, 2006 at 10:21 am

    I have to agree with you on the The Last Rune series – although I have not read the entire thing yet.

    I liked The World Gate series when you look at it with this classifications but as an overall favorite of mine it falls short.

    Another favorite series of mine in this category is The Dragon Circle by Craig Shaw Gardner.


  3. stormerider

    February 8, 2006 at 10:25 am

    I agree about World Gates falling short, because it really does. But the premise is good, and the characters are usually good. The end of the last book… is one of the ones that makes me go “I can do better.”



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