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"human is namuh spelled backwards"

Happy early birthday to astromachy, and best wishes for a wonderful year to come!

* There's a new Sword of Gryffindor: Hog's Head Pubcast online here. And speaking of podcasts, I've updated my list of favorite links here, including links to author/artist websites and podcasts.

* Fantasy & Science Fiction has posted free online copies of all of its stories that made the Nebula Awards Preliminary Ballot. Read them here.

* The Times has ranked its picks for "The 50 Greatest British Writers Since 1945" here. What do you think?

I decided I would make a list of My Top Ten Favorite British Writers since 1945.

Of those I chose, four were on the list by The Times:
J.R.R. Tolkien
George Orwell
J.K. Rowling
J.G. Ballard

Six, however, were not:
Mary Renault
Daphne du Maurier
Neil Gaiman
John Wyndham
Olaf Stapledon
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"Dog is God spelled backwards. That means something. I'm just not sure what exactly. But human is namuh spelled backwards." - Marc-Christophe


Jan. 18th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
I was pleased to see a number of writers who write mainly for children

True! That is impressive. I highly recommend Stapledon, by the way. I'm so glad you love Renault, too! In fact, I may have to do some rereading now, just because this has put her on my mind. Did you have a favorite of hers? The Persian Boy and The Last of the Wine were two of mine. (She was a student of Tolkien's, you know!)

LOL! Yes, we would disagree about Tolkien needing an editor - he edited himself so viciously, after all, that it took 17 years to get Lord of the Rings, and we didn't get The Silmarillion until after his death, and he'd been working on that since World War I! - but I would say that it applies to Rowling. IMHO, she's a genius storyteller, but she definitely could use an editorial hand now and then. :P

I do wish there had been more of a genre presence in the list.
Jan. 18th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
I always wish there was more of a genre presence in these kind of listings!

As to Mary Renault, I'm going to be terribly boring and say that the Persian Boy was my favourite. I remember certain parts of it to this day and the beginning sticks in my mind for its almost casual cruelty! I was fascinated by Greek culture when I was younger which made Mary Renault's book something of a must. *g*

As to Tolkien, 17 years... and we still got a huge, over wordy trilogy. ;-P No disagreement on J K Rowling, however much I love her books.
Jan. 20th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
As an interesting footnote to this, I have read a biography of Renault that discusses her years as a university student—with Tolkien as one of her tutors! He was apparently a tutor for a lot of young women: he was willing to accept them as students, and because he was married, they could come to his house for tutoring and not have to arrange chaperonage.