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Nothing against female Fantasy authors but... posted 02 Jul 2007, 00:07 by Chyndonax, Commoner

Am I the only one who has trouble getting into their works. It seems like every time I try and get into a book by a female fantasy or sf author I can't. It just isn't interesting at all to me. Anyone else feel the same? And Diane Duane is the exception here. She's a fun read. view post


Re: Nothing against female Fantasy authors but... posted 02 Jul 2007, 07:07 by anor277, Didact

[quote="Chyndonax":2uws00lf]Am I the only one who has trouble getting into their works. It seems like every time I try and get into a book by a female fantasy or sf author I can't. It just isn't interesting at all to me. Anyone else feel the same? And Diane Duane is the exception here. She's a fun read.[/quote:2uws00lf] Isn't Robin Hodd a woman? She writes excellent fantasy novels. And I forgot Ursula Le Guin, a very accomplished writer of SF (I don't think her fantasy novels compete); and there is Caroyln Cherryh, whose fantasy novels (the Tristan series in particular) are very readable. view post


posted 03 Jul 2007, 12:07 by Tar.Aldarion, Candidate

Robin Hobb is indeed a woman. Those backward d's are called beeees. :p Her and Trudi Canavan are the only female authors that really spring to mind for me. view post


posted 04 Jul 2007, 04:07 by anor277, Didact

@TA, thanks, I must have her confused with Robin Hood - but he had external genital organs. view post


posted 04 Jul 2007, 08:07 by Tar.Aldarion, Candidate

And more importantly...a lot more tights. view post


posted 05 Jul 2007, 19:07 by Hellscythe, Auditor

Mercedes Lackey's books are pretty good too view post


posted 11 Jul 2007, 13:07 by Curethan, Didact

Most people who have this trouble don't when they don't know the author is female imo - I remeber a guy telling me the same thing, funnily enuf his favourite author was Ursula Le Guin, but he thought she was a he, lol. One word - preconception. If anyone can illustrate consistent differences between male and female authors in style or ability, I'd be very surprised. view post


posted 11 Jul 2007, 15:07 by Tar.Aldarion, Candidate

That is rather hard to do, what with having read such few female authors. :) view post


posted 11 Jul 2007, 22:07 by Curethan, Didact

Well, a good case to illustrate my point would be George Elliot, a literary great who only achieved that status by disguising the fact that she was female to escape predjudice. view post


posted 12 Jul 2007, 08:07 by Tar.Aldarion, Candidate

Yes, but also, there wouldn't be too many like her, and I don't like her anyway. I wonder how many pen authors(that were women pretending to be men) there would be back then. view post


posted 15 Jul 2007, 11:07 by anor277, Didact

[quote="Tar.Aldarion":3qk6n2v2]Yes, but also, there wouldn't be too many like her, and I don't like her anyway. I wonder how many pen authors(that were women pretending to be men) there would be back then.[/quote:3qk6n2v2] The Bronte sisters? It's a male world. view post


Other female authors posted 20 Jul 2007, 01:07 by thegreenman, Candidate

I've said this before in other threads: Lois McMaster Bujold is a fantastic author. Anne McCaffrey's work never interested me. I slogged through one of the Pern novels, but never felt the urge to try again. I've never read either Margaret Weis' or Marion Zimmer Bradley's works. I can't think of any other female writers besides those mentioned already. That seems unbalanced to me. view post


posted 20 Jul 2007, 03:07 by Aeneva, Commoner

I have been trudging through a Marion Zimmer Bradley novel on and off for over two years now. It seems very typical, and I feel no urge to finish it. I really like Juliet Marillier, and Jacqueline Carey doesn't do a half-bad job either. But for the most part, the fantasy authors I read are male. Which is something I never stopped to notice before now. view post


posted 27 Jul 2007, 07:07 by Myshkin, Commoner

Surprised that no one has mentioned J. V. Jones yet. In my opinion she is the best female fantasy author out there. view post


posted 27 Jul 2007, 10:07 by Anthorn, Candidate

Sarah Ash is a good Author and Eizabeth Haydon too view post


posted 22 Sep 2007, 16:09 by jhunter626, Commoner

fiona mcintosh is pretty bad view post


posted 23 Sep 2007, 16:09 by Shell, Peralogue

No one mentioned Madeleine L'Engle. More geared towards a younger audience but I reread the Wrinkle in Time books a few years ago and found them still enjoyable. Melanie Rawn has some good stuff...and some really bad stuff. view post


posted 01 Oct 2007, 06:10 by Curethan, Didact

Browsing thru my local megastore bookchain, it seems there are more female authors than male nowadays. That kinda blows the initial sexist assumption away. They may not fit your perception of quality, but overall they are the ones getting published and read... view post


posted 03 Oct 2007, 22:10 by Urchin, Commoner

KJ Parker is a brilliant writer, but so reclusive that some readers probably don't even know she is a she. view post


posted 04 Oct 2007, 07:10 by Curethan, Didact

The name is familiar... Can u give me a title, I need something to read :P view post


posted 04 Oct 2007, 22:10 by Urchin, Commoner

The Scavenger Trilogy. The Fencer Trilogy. They are both very, very good. view post


posted 28 Oct 2007, 00:10 by Bluehot, Commoner

I agree with the greenman Lois McMaster Bujold is a great author. Her fantasies are a bit romantic but they are original and compelling. Her Sci Fi is better though. I love the Miles Vorkosigan novels. CJ Cherryh has some great fantasy novels, very intense and engaing from a charachterization perspective. I have just started a couple of Sarah Ash's books and they are good as well. view post


posted 29 Oct 2007, 22:10 by Altarego, Commoner

Michelle West is the best female author I've ever read - probably one of my favorite authors in general. She wrote the Hunter's Oath duology and the Sun Sword series. The focus is on a massive back story/history that is only slowly, painstakingly revealed by reading the entire series. They're complex and a bit difficult to get into, but well worth the effort. Read some of the heartfelt reviews on Amazon for perspective. She also publishes under Michelle Sagara for her "Cast" series. Though no less enjoyable, it is geared to a younger, female audience. It's a very loose interpretation of a street police beat-type storyline set completely in fantasy. They can often be as challenging as her other works. view post


posted 27 Nov 2007, 17:11 by noodles0585, Peralogue

i found janny wurts to be enjoyable her colloboration with raymond feist was pretty good and her a war of light and shadow though i only read the first book as of yet was also enjoyable. view post


Re: Nothing against female Fantasy authors but... posted 17 Aug 2008, 15:08 by CnaiĆ¼r, Peralogue

[quote="Chyndonax":ryt1sb5z]Am I the only one who has trouble getting into their works. It seems like every time I try and get into a book by a female fantasy or sf author I can't. It just isn't interesting at all to me. Anyone else feel the same? And Diane Duane is the exception here. She's a fun read.[/quote:ryt1sb5z] You shot yourself in the foot with that last sentence. I wish I was here back when you started this topic so I could shoot your other foot. In comparison to male sf writers, the women sf writers are a tiny minority. And of all those male sf writers how many do you really enjoy? Probably a tiny minority. As many as there are women sf writers in the business. Here's a couple names I have found to be excellent. Ursula Le Guin and Marion Zimmer Bradley. For me, MZB is a champion at telling a story. Imho, she blows away almost everyone in the sf/fantasy arena (and outside it), whether they have testicles or not. If you enjoy action packed stories, then stay clear from her. She's [i:ryt1sb5z]all[/i:ryt1sb5z] about the characters and how they interact and react to situations and other characters, and to themselves. And her writing is [i:ryt1sb5z]to the fucking point[/i:ryt1sb5z]. Never has an author absorbed me so deeply I forget I'm hungry and forget what time it is or where I am when I lift my eyes off the pages. I compare Scott to her in many aspects, and not the other way around. Its like Scott is her reincarnation, and packed with all this education to mix into a new world to explore. I know everyone has their tastes. For me, MZB is a queen. If you haven't read anything by her, then I recommend Mists of Avalon, Stormqueen!, The Fall of Atlantis (its 2 books in one) to start off. She has over 50 novels. Enjoy. view post


Re: Nothing against female Fantasy authors but... posted 18 Aug 2008, 09:08 by professor plum, Peralogue

Another nod for Robin Hobb here. One of my favourite authors, period. view post


Re: Nothing against female Fantasy authors but... posted 24 Aug 2008, 17:08 by Almighty Tallest, Candidate

Robin Hobb Melanie Rawn Elizabeth Moon (when she turns to fantasy, never read her sci-fi; [i:2sp64q34]The Deed of Paksenarrion[/i:2sp64q34] is some of the best fantasy I have ever read) Ursula K LeGuin (obviously) There are a lot out there. But just like the male authors, you have to slog through a lot of crap before you find a diamond. view post


Re: Nothing against female Fantasy authors but... posted 11 Oct 2008, 17:10 by AJD, Candidate

Robin Hobb and J.V. Jones are really the only two that I really enjoy and will pick up whatever they write. I have tried almost everyone else in this thread and they were lacking but... Compare how many crappy male authors there are out there to how many crappy female authors there are out there and I bet the ratios are about the same. view post


Re: Nothing against female Fantasy authors but... posted 21 Jul 2009, 23:07 by Jerako, Candidate

I thought there's an interesting phenomenon that wasn't mentioned in this thread. The idea mentioned of having preconceptions about female authors, before actually reading their books, that affect a negative opinion of their story, has a great deal of merit. I think, really, just by reading a book you couldn't tell whether the author was male or female anyway. However, imho, PAIRS of authors, male and female, tend to have fabulous results. Off the top of my head, I think of Weis and Hickman, whose Dragonlance and Death Gate Cycle novels got me interested in fantasy in the first place. I know I've read a few more male/female co-authors, but I can't think of any off the top of my head. I just recall almost always being pleased with the result. Anyone else feel this way? view post


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