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Jun. 15th, 2011

rich and strange and beautiful


New Book On The Horizon?

Anyone know if there's a new book on the horizon for McKillip? I read Bards and lurved it, though I suspected part of the plot long before the end (which is unusual for me with McKillip). Didn't take any of the enjoyment away, though, because with McKillip, it's about the journey.

I really need to update the shrine one of these days. Really. :P

Oct. 8th, 2010

alphonse mucha


New book coming out!

According to Amazon, Patricia McKillip has a new book coming out on December 7! Here's the product description of The Bards of Bone Plain: Scholar Phelan Cle is researching Bone Plain-which has been studied for the last 500 years, though no one has been able to locate it as a real place. Archaeologist Jonah Cle, Phelan's father, is also hunting through time, piecing history together from forgotten trinkets. His most eager disciple is Princess Beatrice, the king's youngest daughter. When they unearth a disk marked with ancient runes, Beatrice pursues the secrets of a lost language that she suddenly notices all around her, hidden in plain sight.

I'm so excited! I've been re-reading her other books and as much as I love all of them, I've been dying for something new. This one's going on my Christmas list.

Nov. 5th, 2009

rich and strange and beautiful


McKillip Challenge Complete!

Finally finished the last of my books I listed for the McKillip Challenge, which means I've read 6 books total so far: the Cygnet duology, the Riddle-Master trilogy, and Harrowing the Dragon. I need to get up reviews for 3 of those books.

I also finally picked up The Bell at Sealy Head and am about to get started on that. anyone know if she has anything new coming out soon? I checked Amazon and didn't see anything....

Considering how crazy this year has been for me, I'm actually kind of amazed at how much reading I've managed so far this year: 17 books total. I'm not a fast reader any more, and it's been pretty crazy this year, so I actually expected not to make my goal of 1 book a month.

How have you all been doing? ;)

Jul. 23rd, 2009

Shmi Skywalker


one of the LJ spotlights

I am interested to see an LJ spotlight this week on another fantasy writer, of whom I have no knowledge other than what I've researched today. I would be interested to know if any members of this community are familiar with Valente's works and find them similar to or different from McKillip's. In terms of her presentation of self, Valente seems as open and accessible as McKillip seems private and hidden. It's a wide and varied world, isn't it?

Jun. 13th, 2009

rich and strange and beautiful


McKillip Challenge

Anyone else participating in the McKillip Challenge? I finally finished the first book in the Cygnet omnibus and am moving on to the 2nd book...which is the one listed for me for the challenge. lol

If you're participating, how are you doing on it? Obviously...I'm waaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy behind. lol

May. 17th, 2009

cosmic dusk



  I always find introduction difficut, but I try ;-) My name is Nin and I'm 26 years old artist, nature lover and hippie at heart. My main interests is languages, history, mythologies, ancient cultures, art and nature. I think I have too many interesent, I don't have time for all of them ;-) I love silence, calm, good tea, stars, music and reading.
  My first Patricia McKillipp's book was Riddlemaster of Hed. It was first her book translated into polish. I buy it mostly because Andrzej Sapkowski, famous polish fantasy writer recomended it. I fall in love at the first pages :-) This book have something special inside, and it's cath my soul... Later I read Forgotten beasts of Eld, Cygnet and The tower at stony wood. At the time it's all Patricia's books translated in polish, but I continue reading in english. Unfortunately not all of her books are available for me in Poland, but many of them I already have. I don't like to choose one favourite books of one author, I prefer to tell about "my favourite authors" than "my favourite books". I love Alphabeth of Thorns - it's talking about ancient times, strange languages and the sea, and it's wonderful. Changeling sea is all about sea - and I love it because of this. The tower... talks to me about old magic, sea life and the quest... I can't pick one favourite book ;-) I'm not good in talk, painting is a lot better for me to show what I feel. So i should make some ilustrations to McKillipp's books if I had time :-) (I wonder if it will be allowed to show some of then when I made it?) I think it's enough for beginning :-)

Apr. 27th, 2009

Eleanor of Aquitaine


The Bell at Sealey Head nominated for the 2009 Locus Award!

The Bell at Sealey Head has been shortlisted for the 2009 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel! Patricia McKillip's up against some stiff competition, but here's hoping she wins! Take a look at the list of finalists.

Mar. 22nd, 2009

rich and strange and beautiful


So how Are You Doing?

I started one of my challenge books, then got distracted by the third volume of a manga on autism. How are you all doing on your Patricia reading challenges?

Dec. 15th, 2008

Lady Oscar - Red


The Patricia A. McKillip Challenge!

Patricia A. McKillip Reading Challenge

I'm hosting a reading mini-challenge at my own LJ, the Patricia A. McKillip Challenge! The challenge is to read 3 novels by McKillip between January 1st and December 31st 2009. I prefer that you read McKillip novels you haven't yet read, but since some of you in this community have likely read all her works, please feel free to choose 3 you haven't read in a long time, or 3 of your favourites, or whatever you wish.

If you want to participate, please leave a comment on the challenge post linking to your list of selected books.

I hope you'll all take part!

Please post all comments to the challenge post. Thank you!

Nov. 4th, 2008

Shmi Skywalker



Hello, everyone;
Tonight when I went to Barnes and Noble, some little push in the force told me to look on the shelf for a new Patricia McKillip book...and there it was. I shall be reading The Bell at Sealey Head tonight and allowing election results to be a big surprise on the morrow. //^_^\\

I'm only a couple years younger than Ms. McKillip and for many years was able to follow her publications as soon as they came out. My first was The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, and immediately I fell in love with Ms. McKillip's extraordinary ability to express the kinds of realities I feel familiar with through mindwork and meditation. I also clearly remember my frustrated, anxious excitement as I waited for the second and then the third books of the Riddlemaster trilogy to be published; reading those books were occasions of great joy.

Then there was a long period where I guess I was busy elsewhere, and so around the turn of the millenium I was thrilled to discover so many books she had written that I had missed. And such books! Ms. McKillip has developed into a writer whose skills are both different from, and far superior to, those of most writers today--all writers, not just fantasy writers.

And so I continue to enjoy the wealth of McKillip books and--more patient now, but just as excited--look forward to more.

Thanks for this community!

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