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March 2017



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Diane Duane has a blog. (via katallen)

Many, many aspects of my writing style are All Her Fault, as I about memorized The Door Into Fire when I was just a wee thing. And it's still one of my favourite books. A seminal influence on my writing. She seems to write one of the damned series a decade, just to torture me.

arcaedia, since you asked, I blame my characters' inability to sustain a 'normal, exclusive, heterosexual' relationship on growing up reading Duane, Heinlein, and Bradley. And being raised by wild lesbians, of course. It does make it hard for me to take straight people seriously. (tongue firmly in cheek, guys. tongue firmly in cheek.)

And just to make my life complete, I see that she's listing The Door Into Starlight as one of her current projects. To which I say, Yay!

Did I mention how passionately I love those darned books? *cites another influence* I should make a list some day, just for my own edification.... Sturgeon, Zelazny (I get compared stylistically to Zelazny a lot, actually--I suspect it's all the weird immortal characters and myths taken fifty degrees to the left, and my tendency to, um, I believe the technical term is 'show off a little,' sometimes), Beagle, Weldon, Duane, Brunner, Vonnegut, Conan Doyle, Lovecraft, Thomas, Housman, Shakespeare & Marlowe.... I seem to be into unabashed emotional honesty.

Not that that's much of a shock.

Not sure where I learned that sex scenes are just fight scenes written a little differently, though.

Hmm. Well, steal from the best, I say. *g*


Ah, Heinlein. I think the "ringing the bell" scenes in To Sail Beyond the Sunset really warped my views of sex.Good stuff.
Meisha Merlin has reissued The Door Into Fire and The Door Into Shadow (each slightly revised) as one volume, and plans to issue The Door Into Sunset and the Door Into Starlight, once she freakin' FINISHES the book.

Not that I'm trying to rush her.

I'm just... eager.

(Her bibliography seems to imply it's finished. I am Dubious and won't believe it til I have it in my hot little hands.)

The Door books are completely wonderful. I also really like The Wounded Sky, My Enemy, My Ally, and The Romulan Way, too.
I've never read a book by Duane I didn't like. And I think I've read everything she's published, except Stealing the Elf-King's Roses, which is here on my desk for me to get to when I finish the Iain M. Banks and the Ken Wharton I'm into now.

Tell me (well, tell your LJ) what you thought of it, once you've read it. I reserve comment til then.

(I didn't much like Intellivore, to the extent I can't remember what the hell it was about. I also haven't read most of her non-Trek SF. But bounce bounce bounce there's another Young Wizards book out!)
I recently added a bunch of blog feeds to my Friends List, including Diane Duane's. It's perfect for that: interesting enough that I want to read it, and infrequent enough that I don't want to check it.

My favorite of her books is The Wounded Sky. I read it when I knew little about Trek and it works as metaphysical sf even under those conditions.
See? Now I know....
You know, of course, that her blog is also available via LJ at outofambit, right?

Although her site is well-designed enough to make heading there enjoyable (a nice search engine, and the biggest set of blogrolls I've seen).
I can see I need to read Diane Duane. Also more Zelazny.

So that's your excuse for no 'normal, exclusive heterosexual' relationships.

Now I have to figure out mine ;)
Zelazny? Yeek. You know, I've never really thought of him as a great writer....but maybe that comes from reading the second Amber series. Maybe I need to re-read Lord of Light.
Try the short story "Auto-da-fe" and Jack of Shadows as a restarting place.

The second Amber series isn't particularly good (there's that Yankee understatement again) and neither are the later short stories, but there are places in the first series where his utter mastery of the craft of characterization shines through. I think I learned everything I know about unreliable narrators from him.

I'm also awfully fond of Roadmarks and The Changing Land.