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Definitely in a mood....for fantasy.

So I went to Amazon, and ordered:

Volkhavaar by Tanith Lee.  It's very old, one of her earlier fantasy stories, and I lost my copy years ago.

The Complete Chronicles of Conan - yeah, I'm in THAT type of mood.

The Elric Saga Part one - Elric of Melnibone, Weird of the White Wolf, and Sailor on the Seas of Fate - Michael Moorcock.   I've been a big fan of Elric since I was in hs, many years ago.  Been too long since I spent some time in the company of my first silver-haired hero with a big sword.

From what I hear, Moorcock wrote these books at lightning speed while he was still editing New Worlds magazine, and they show it in some ways, but I love'em anyway.

And fantasy from a different time and place --Robert Graves' the Greek Myths.  I love Graves' compilation - this is not a whitewashed kid's reference...he includes all the dirt in the myths, all the incest and rape and bad stuff as well as the good...I used to have a copy, but time happens.....


Ah.  Maybe I am doing the nostaglia trip after all....it seems to be happening to a lot of us lately.....

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landofthekwt
Apr. 19th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
Yea for Elric one of my favorite heroes. Never read Conan just watched the movies. I have started reading Lois McMaster Bujold again. I read her for space opera (Mile Vorsokigan) Now she is writing swords and sorcery. (The Curse of Chalion, The Paladin of Souls)
knittingknots
Apr. 19th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
I've read Bujold off an on over the years...I didn't know she was doing S&S...I'll have to give that a shot...

Oh, I adore (or did when I was 17-25) Howard's story telling stuff...The movies are a shadow of it. I think I liked his Kull stories a bit better than Conan, but he wrote a lot more Conan than Kull, and i haven't done either in the longest.

I've been revisiting my fantasy roots: Started off with Lord Dunsany, now I'm reading the Worm Ouroboros by Eddison...I suspect I'll end up hitting Fritz Leiber pretty soon if I continue in this vein....



merchendiver
Apr. 19th, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
I loved the Moorcock books. I read them a long time ago. A REALLY long time ago. Never really read Tanith lee though. I always meant too.

I want to pick up the Amber books again. Those I really liked a lot. And some of the older Storm Constantine books. Really loved her.
knittingknots
Apr. 19th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
I love Zelazney...Been awhile since I did Amber.

I remember reading The Final Programme back in the 60s...and he had already written Elric at that time...I was a little sprout, maybe 11 when the Moorcock magic grabbed me...and then when I was about 18 I ran all over town collecting everything I could in the Eternal Champion linked books...

Definitely a fan. It's a flip, though, whether I'm more a fan of Elric or Jerry Cornelius.
caitriona695
Apr. 19th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
This makes me want to re-read the Elric saga again....I just loved those books.
knittingknots
Apr. 19th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed...
roxotaku
Apr. 19th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
I love your list! The only books I did not read were the Conan books...never got into Conan, although I did read the King Kull books.

I wish I could find a new fantasy author that would grab me and spirit me away, like when I was a teen or in my early twenties....How I loved to disappear into a good book - or better, a good series of books!
knittingknots
Apr. 20th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
I hear that one....
nokomarie
Apr. 20th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
::Glances over at moldering copies of all of these books and contemplates the ones that have gone to dust:: Yeah, fun way blow some cash. Lately, I've been re-reading Joan D'Vinge, LeGuin and The Road to Corlay by Richard Cowper. I mention this last one by name because I had totally forgotten just how well-written it was.
knittingknots
Apr. 20th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
Vinge is always a decent read. The only LeGuin I have on hand right now is The Lathe of Heaven, which is still one of my favs of hers, but not my only fav.

Tonight, I'm reading How Culhwch Won Olwen, ancient Welsh fantasy....
nokomarie
Apr. 20th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Heh.

Tonight I am reading The Will of Zeus; A History of Greece (from the origins of Hellenic Culture to the Death of Alexander) Um...a more catchy read than it sounds, honest.

I am also reading "The hunt for the Red October which is just chock-full of...stuff...
knittingknots
Apr. 20th, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)
I've done Red October...it was, I think, in the end, an interesting read.

Will of Zeus sounds right up my alley. I'll have to look it up.
madmiko
Apr. 20th, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great haul! It makes me want to go see if we still have the Moorcock books. Somehow, I have a sad feeling they didn't make it through our last move.
knittingknots
Apr. 20th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
When you got a lot of books, things happen. I don't keep a lot of fic around the house (I send them on to goodwill, usually, when I'm sure I got all the good out of them), but I make exceptions for some writers, usually in the sf/fantasy realm.

One day, I'll be able to get all the good pulp fic on ebook, and then not have to worry about storage space again...
landofthekwt
Apr. 20th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
When I was at Barnes and Noble on the 13th, I noticed new editions of Moorcock's books in the fantasy and science fiction section.
knittingknots
Apr. 20th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
He's been very good at keeping a whole lot of his work in print....which I am glad for....I noticed one of the Hawkmoon books came out sometime in the last 90 days...
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