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Post by KMSingh » 12 Sep 2018, 08:22

Is anyone here a fan of Mary Stewart? If so, which of her books is your favorite? Which one do you like to reread?

I think the first book of hers I read was Airs Above the Ground when I was in middle school. Then I forgot about her until I read The Hollow Hill in high school (yeah, I know that was the second book in a series). Then I was hooked on her Merlin Trilogy, though I had to wait years for The Last Enchantment to be published. Also, if I'm feeling blue I like to head off to Corfu and reread This Rough Magic.
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Post by Lil Reads » 12 Sep 2018, 21:41

I have her Merlin series in my TBR list; they are some of my mom's favorite books about King Arthur.
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Post by KMSingh » 13 Sep 2018, 02:56

Lil Reads wrote: ↑
12 Sep 2018, 21:41
I have her Merlin series in my TBR list; they are some of my mom's favorite books about King Arthur.
I definitely recommend reading them. I'd love to know your thoughts about them. I wasn't crazy about The Wicked Day, which is usually listed as the fourth book. In fact, I think that was one of only two books of hers I didn't care for.
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Post by Lil Reads » 13 Sep 2018, 21:43

KMSingh wrote: ↑
13 Sep 2018, 02:56
Lil Reads wrote: ↑
12 Sep 2018, 21:41
I have her Merlin series in my TBR list; they are some of my mom's favorite books about King Arthur.
I definitely recommend reading them. I'd love to know your thoughts about them. I wasn't crazy about The Wicked Day, which is usually listed as the fourth book. In fact, I think that was one of only two books of hers I didn't care for.
I just checked the online catalogue for my local library system and it looks like they have several of her books so I'll be ordering those soon. I'm curious - was the other book of hers you did not like a stand alone or part of another series?
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Post by KMSingh » 15 Sep 2018, 09:42

Lil Reads wrote: ↑
13 Sep 2018, 21:43
KMSingh wrote: ↑
13 Sep 2018, 02:56
Lil Reads wrote: ↑
12 Sep 2018, 21:41
I have her Merlin series in my TBR list; they are some of my mom's favorite books about King Arthur.
I definitely recommend reading them. I'd love to know your thoughts about them. I wasn't crazy about The Wicked Day, which is usually listed as the fourth book. In fact, I think that was one of only two books of hers I didn't care for.
I just checked the online catalogue for my local library system and it looks like they have several of her books so I'll be ordering those soon. I'm curious - was the other book of hers you did not like a stand alone or part of another series?
It was a stand-alone called Thunder on the Right. It was the only book of hers that I know of that was written in the third person, so I didn't feel as engaged with the characters. I think my all-time favorite is either Wildfire at Midnight (set on the Isle of Skye) or This Rough Magic (set in Corfu). But really enjoy all of them, except the two I mentioned before.
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Post by Lil Reads » 16 Sep 2018, 02:56

KMSingh wrote: ↑
15 Sep 2018, 09:42
Lil Reads wrote: ↑
13 Sep 2018, 21:43
KMSingh wrote: ↑
13 Sep 2018, 02:56


I definitely recommend reading them. I'd love to know your thoughts about them. I wasn't crazy about The Wicked Day, which is usually listed as the fourth book. In fact, I think that was one of only two books of hers I didn't care for.
I just checked the online catalogue for my local library system and it looks like they have several of her books so I'll be ordering those soon. I'm curious - was the other book of hers you did not like a stand alone or part of another series?
It was a stand-alone called Thunder on the Right. It was the only book of hers that I know of that was written in the third person, so I didn't feel as engaged with the characters. I think my all-time favorite is either Wildfire at Midnight (set on the Isle of Skye) or This Rough Magic (set in Corfu). But really enjoy all of them, except the two I mentioned before.
Interesting - if Thunder on the Right had been in first person, would you have enjoyed it more? I admit I'm surprised neither of your favorites were part of her Arthur series - were those just average for you or did Wicked Day ruin the whole series for you?
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Post by KMSingh » 16 Sep 2018, 08:08

Lil Reads wrote: ↑
16 Sep 2018, 02:56
KMSingh wrote: ↑
15 Sep 2018, 09:42
Lil Reads wrote: ↑
13 Sep 2018, 21:43


I just checked the online catalogue for my local library system and it looks like they have several of her books so I'll be ordering those soon. I'm curious - was the other book of hers you did not like a stand alone or part of another series?
It was a stand-alone called Thunder on the Right. It was the only book of hers that I know of that was written in the third person, so I didn't feel as engaged with the characters. I think my all-time favorite is either Wildfire at Midnight (set on the Isle of Skye) or This Rough Magic (set in Corfu). But really enjoy all of them, except the two I mentioned before.
Interesting - if Thunder on the Right had been in first person, would you have enjoyed it more? I admit I'm surprised neither of your favorites were part of her Arthur series - were those just average for you or did Wicked Day ruin the whole series for you?
It's hard for me to pick a favorite book of hers. The two I mentioned are the ones I'm inclined to reread. I've reread The Crystal Cave and The Hollow Hill more times than I can remember and they had a significant influence on me as a writer, as well as my love of history. You could say they are all-time favorites and in the top list of books that impacted me as a writer. As for Thunder on the Right, I suspect I would have enjoyed it just as much as her other books if it had been in first person. I think one of the appeals of her books, aside from the great writing, is that you feel like you're having a chat with your best friend as she tells you about her adventures.
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Post by Lil Reads » 16 Sep 2018, 18:07

KMSingh wrote: ↑
16 Sep 2018, 08:08
Lil Reads wrote: ↑
16 Sep 2018, 02:56
KMSingh wrote: ↑
15 Sep 2018, 09:42


It was a stand-alone called Thunder on the Right. It was the only book of hers that I know of that was written in the third person, so I didn't feel as engaged with the characters. I think my all-time favorite is either Wildfire at Midnight (set on the Isle of Skye) or This Rough Magic (set in Corfu). But really enjoy all of them, except the two I mentioned before.
Interesting - if Thunder on the Right had been in first person, would you have enjoyed it more? I admit I'm surprised neither of your favorites were part of her Arthur series - were those just average for you or did Wicked Day ruin the whole series for you?
It's hard for me to pick a favorite book of hers. The two I mentioned are the ones I'm inclined to reread. I've reread The Crystal Cave and The Hollow Hill more times than I can remember and they had a significant influence on me as a writer, as well as my love of history. You could say they are all-time favorites and in the top list of books that impacted me as a writer. As for Thunder on the Right, I suspect I would have enjoyed it just as much as her other books if it had been in first person. I think one of the appeals of her books, aside from the great writing, is that you feel like you're having a chat with your best friend as she tells you about her adventures.
I really wish her works were available through my counties elibrary - your recommendations are making me even excited to read her books.

So the tone of most of her works is a major appeal point for you?
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Post by KMSingh » 16 Sep 2018, 21:53

Lil Reads wrote: ↑
16 Sep 2018, 18:07
KMSingh wrote: ↑
16 Sep 2018, 08:08
Lil Reads wrote: ↑
16 Sep 2018, 02:56


Interesting - if Thunder on the Right had been in first person, would you have enjoyed it more? I admit I'm surprised neither of your favorites were part of her Arthur series - were those just average for you or did Wicked Day ruin the whole series for you?
It's hard for me to pick a favorite book of hers. The two I mentioned are the ones I'm inclined to reread. I've reread The Crystal Cave and The Hollow Hill more times than I can remember and they had a significant influence on me as a writer, as well as my love of history. You could say they are all-time favorites and in the top list of books that impacted me as a writer. As for Thunder on the Right, I suspect I would have enjoyed it just as much as her other books if it had been in first person. I think one of the appeals of her books, aside from the great writing, is that you feel like you're having a chat with your best friend as she tells you about her adventures.
I really wish her works were available through my counties elibrary - your recommendations are making me even excited to read her books.

So the tone of most of her works is a major appeal point for you?
Yes, I think it works really well for the kind of story she tells. I have all her books in paperback but wish I could get them for my Kindle. I don't think any of them are available for e-readers. That's probably why your elibrary doesn't carry them either.
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Post by Lil Reads » 17 Sep 2018, 22:21

KMSingh wrote: ↑
16 Sep 2018, 21:53
Lil Reads wrote: ↑
16 Sep 2018, 18:07
KMSingh wrote: ↑
16 Sep 2018, 08:08


It's hard for me to pick a favorite book of hers. The two I mentioned are the ones I'm inclined to reread. I've reread The Crystal Cave and The Hollow Hill more times than I can remember and they had a significant influence on me as a writer, as well as my love of history. You could say they are all-time favorites and in the top list of books that impacted me as a writer. As for Thunder on the Right, I suspect I would have enjoyed it just as much as her other books if it had been in first person. I think one of the appeals of her books, aside from the great writing, is that you feel like you're having a chat with your best friend as she tells you about her adventures.
I really wish her works were available through my counties elibrary - your recommendations are making me even excited to read her books.

So the tone of most of her works is a major appeal point for you?
Yes, I think it works really well for the kind of story she tells. I have all her books in paperback but wish I could get them for my Kindle. I don't think any of them are available for e-readers. That's probably why your elibrary doesn't carry them either.
I wonder if that is due to copyright or not enough demand - one very prolific author I like has one series under one of her plethora of pseudonyms and several of the standalone novels under a second pseudonyms available as ebooks, but those under a third pseudonym are still mainly print or sometimes a few as e-audiobooks.
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Post by KMSingh » 18 Sep 2018, 03:40

Lil Reads wrote: ↑
17 Sep 2018, 22:21
KMSingh wrote: ↑
16 Sep 2018, 21:53
Lil Reads wrote: ↑
16 Sep 2018, 18:07


I really wish her works were available through my counties elibrary - your recommendations are making me even excited to read her books.

So the tone of most of her works is a major appeal point for you?
Yes, I think it works really well for the kind of story she tells. I have all her books in paperback but wish I could get them for my Kindle. I don't think any of them are available for e-readers. That's probably why your elibrary doesn't carry them either.
I wonder if that is due to copyright or not enough demand - one very prolific author I like has one series under one of her plethora of pseudonyms and several of the standalone novels under a second pseudonyms available as ebooks, but those under a third pseudonym are still mainly print or sometimes a few as e-audiobooks.
I wish I knew. I mean, even though I own the paperbacks I would buy the ebooks if they were available.
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Post by Lil Reads » 18 Sep 2018, 20:14

KMSingh wrote: ↑
18 Sep 2018, 03:40
Lil Reads wrote: ↑
17 Sep 2018, 22:21
KMSingh wrote: ↑
16 Sep 2018, 21:53


Yes, I think it works really well for the kind of story she tells. I have all her books in paperback but wish I could get them for my Kindle. I don't think any of them are available for e-readers. That's probably why your elibrary doesn't carry them either.
I wonder if that is due to copyright or not enough demand - one very prolific author I like has one series under one of her plethora of pseudonyms and several of the standalone novels under a second pseudonyms available as ebooks, but those under a third pseudonym are still mainly print or sometimes a few as e-audiobooks.
I wish I knew. I mean, even though I own the paperbacks I would buy the ebooks if they were available.
Exactly, if the publishers offered ebook options for more books, maybe including supplemental material, people might buy ecopies of their favorite books.
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Post by KMSingh » 15 Oct 2018, 12:17

Lil Reads wrote: ↑
18 Sep 2018, 20:14
KMSingh wrote: ↑
18 Sep 2018, 03:40
Lil Reads wrote: ↑
17 Sep 2018, 22:21


I wonder if that is due to copyright or not enough demand - one very prolific author I like has one series under one of her plethora of pseudonyms and several of the standalone novels under a second pseudonyms available as ebooks, but those under a third pseudonym are still mainly print or sometimes a few as e-audiobooks.
I wish I knew. I mean, even though I own the paperbacks I would buy the ebooks if they were available.
Exactly, if the publishers offered ebook options for more books, maybe including supplemental material, people might buy ecopies of their favorite books.
Just this morning I got book recommendations from Amazon and a bunch of Mary Stewart books are now available as ebooks. I just bought Nine Coaches Waiting, another favorite. I hope they're available where you are.
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Post by Lil Reads » 16 Oct 2018, 22:25

KMSingh wrote: ↑
15 Oct 2018, 12:17
Lil Reads wrote: ↑
18 Sep 2018, 20:14
KMSingh wrote: ↑
18 Sep 2018, 03:40


I wish I knew. I mean, even though I own the paperbacks I would buy the ebooks if they were available.
Exactly, if the publishers offered ebook options for more books, maybe including supplemental material, people might buy ecopies of their favorite books.
Just this morning I got book recommendations from Amazon and a bunch of Mary Stewart books are now available as ebooks. I just bought Nine Coaches Waiting, another favorite. I hope they're available where you are.
:shock2: It is like they heard us! :mrgreen:

Thanks for letting me know; I'm going to download some samples later.
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