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Time for a Poll!

Since I have new books out, and a whole pile of new readers over here, it's time for a poll!

I've read

Black Ships
Hand of Isis
Stealing Fire
Death Game
The Lost
The Ravens of Falkenau
The Furies
Lost Things

I'm planning to read

The General's Mistress
The Inheritors
Steel Blues
Moebius Squared

My absolute favorite is

Black Ships
Hand of Isis
Stealing Fire
Death Game
The Lost
The Ravens of Falkenau
The Furies
Lost Things

And one more question to answer in comments -- Why is that one your favorite?



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Jul. 14th, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
I don't actually have one books that a huge favorite above the others, but I wasn't sure the poll would work if I didn't pick one. :-)
Jul. 15th, 2012 11:49 am (UTC)
I'm glad you like them all! (I was betting you'd like Lost Things best...)
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Jul. 15th, 2012 11:50 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you love Black Ships! There aren't many stories where the priestess (or priest) is the main character. And therefore your Yoda icon is singularly appropriate!
Jul. 14th, 2012 12:52 pm (UTC)
since I couldn't add to the 'planning to read' category, I'll note here that I'm planning to read Lost Things, as soon as I can get it through Amazon.

And I've already bought Black Ships and Hand of Isis, though I haven't had a chance to read them yet.
Jul. 15th, 2012 11:58 am (UTC)
Yay! I've heard that quite a few people are waiting to get it from Amazon either because they have Prime or a Kindle. Lost Things should be on Amazon soon after August 1. (Depending on how long it takes Amazon to do it.)

I hope you enjoy it so much!
Jul. 14th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
I'm also still planning to read Ravens of Falkenau. ;)

Black Ships is my favourite because it's set in a period you don't get to read much about, and you paint it very vividly and in a historically believable way. It's practically a tie with Stealing Fire, though, because, unsurprisingly, both Gull and Lydias are equally lovely narrators. :) Stealing Fire is more fun to read in some ways, because there's more action and Lydias takes a more immediate part in it. But as a whole, I still love Black Ships more. <3
Jul. 15th, 2012 11:59 am (UTC)
Oh I hope you enjoy Ravens! I think you will!

I love Lydias and Gull both -- it's such a tie for me too. The action is a big thing -- I was stuck in Black Ships on how to narrate some of the action, since Gull had no reasonable reason to be anywhere near it, but I didn't have that problem with Lydias at all.
Jul. 14th, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
StarGate has always been my favorite, especially StarGate Atlantis, and when the movie got cancelled, that made me very unhappy, so technically, all of the StarGate Atlantis Legacy series is my favorite, because in my opinion is the cancelled movie. I really think it should be made into a movie!
Jul. 15th, 2012 12:13 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy it replaces the movie for you! I wish there had been a movie too, but since that wasn't going to happen, we've done our best.
Jul. 14th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
I picked Homecoming for the same reasons as jetnova used above. I absolutely adored SGA and was so sad when it was canceled. To see it continued so well in book form was a happy day for me. :)
Jul. 15th, 2012 12:14 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad! We were really thrilled to take on the project, since we all loved SGA too!
Jul. 14th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
Black Ships was the first book by you that I read and I think that's why its my favorite. I also particularly enjoyed that the main character was a priestess. I want to read Stealing Fire and finish Lost Things but I don't have much spare time these days.
Jul. 15th, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked Black Ships! The priestess as a main character is unusual. They're often the supporting character, but rarely the lead.
Jul. 14th, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
Black Ships is my favorite partly because it's the first of yours that I read. However, most of the historical fiction I read is set within the last few hundred years, but this is SOOOOO long ago that makes it really different. I also liked the female protagonist and all the thoughts and feelings on being a lover, wife, mother, and priestess. It was action-y but also mysterious. In Stealing Fire and Hand of Isis, there was a lot of politics, which was hard for me to follow (not because you didn't do a good job explaining all of it, but because it's hard for my brain to think like that). Black Ships was about a small group of people just trying to survive.
Jul. 15th, 2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
That is a big difference, yes. They're trying to survive and not lose who they are, which is kind of uncomplicated, really. And they're all so young. I still love Black Ships myself.
Katy Peppel Holder
Jul. 14th, 2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
Black ships is my favorite for many reasons but the top one is not how you changed history to fit your tale but how you shaded it to add depth and reality to the story. Charmian/Hand of Isis was a close second (I adore the last scene when she is reborn in Rome-can't wait to read that tale) but I have strong issues with Cleopatra and Mark Antony (I'm a huge fan of Octavia historically). I am anxiously awaiting General's Mistress as well as Steel Blues!
Jul. 15th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked both of them! I like Octavia too, and I think if I write Lucia's story Octavia will come off well. I think she does her best by the children, and I've written a couple of scenes with her and Agrippa that I love -- unfortunately I don't have the rest of the book!

I hope you enjoy The General's Mistress too -- and should I guess that you've read Lost Things or plan to from saying that you're going to read Steel Blues?
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Jul. 15th, 2012 05:44 am (UTC)
I do plan to read all the Homecoming etc. books, but I want all of them in hand before I start.

I also plan to finish reading Hand of Isis (I am currently stopped ... not very far in). You were right, I found Stealing Fire much easier to read & Lydias is so far my favorite of the incarnations.

Lost Things is my most favorite of the books you list, for reasons that I am having a little trouble putting words to. There is Jerry -- and I have what is probably an essay about why he is so very much the character that reached out of the book & grabbed me, which I want to write in answer to that post. There is the time period, which is interesting, but not one I have studied deeply & so don't have Opinions set about. There is the wonderful combination of mystery, and Mystery, the flying, the complex & queer family, and I think one of the biggest things is the respectful and it-feels-real integration of ritual, of spiritual practice and Working that is very rare, and I hardly know how to explain what the means to me & how much I appreciate it.
Jul. 15th, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
I had the feeling you'd like Lydias! :) Stealing Fire was the book that was easiest to write. So easy, so right from day one.

I'm very gratified you like Lost Things, and especially the way I'm writing the Lodge and the Work. It is as real as I can make it, as close to what I think the practice was like then as I can extrapolate. Of course one can never know exactly, but as nearly as possible, with its beauty and its foibles and its particular historical moment. (More to say about that more privately....) And I would love to hear your essay on Jerry!
Jul. 16th, 2012 01:34 am (UTC)
The Furies is my favourite, and as for why: you really have to ask? :D
Jul. 16th, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
I am so not surprised! :)
Jul. 16th, 2012 10:39 am (UTC)
Only being allowed one favourite it had to be 'Stealing Fire', the first of your novels that I read. But I love 'Black Ships' just as much with 'Hand of Isis' a close third. I love reading about Ancient Greece, whether it be fiction or non-fiction, and have tried to get hold of and read just about every piece of fiction set there. It makes for quite a list, but I am enjoying myself tremendously. Your novels are among my favourites and I hope that there will be more of Lydias. Fortunately, I am also very fond of Michel Ney, so I have three terrific reads to look forward to. Can't wait for October to come!
Jul. 16th, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I thought Stealing Fire was probably your favorite -- at least until you get to The General's Mistress! I predict that Michel will be right up your alley. Oh yes!
Jul. 16th, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
I was torn between "Stealing Fire" and "Hand of Isis" on the last question, and ended up picking the former because it was the first of your books I'd read, and my introduction to a series that I adore. Cannot wait to read "The General's Mistress"!

Will also definitely get "Lost Things" once it's available in Canada.
Jul. 16th, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you love the series, and I think you will like The General's Mistress! There are definitely echoes of Lydias and Hephaistion in Elza and Michel.

Lost Things should be available in early August. I hope you like it!
Jul. 17th, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
It has to be Hand of Isis. I tell people that there are only two people who can teach me history and I'll retain it: my partner, and "umm, this author lady that I know, her name is Jo Graham." Because honestly, I suck at history, it feels dead and boring to me, and I have never retained any of it from classes or books (even books that I enjoy!) until my partner started teaching me historical naval battles with the food on my plate when I was having anxiety issues that were making it hard to eat--history is never more delicious than when the Greeks and the Persians are omelet and hashbrowns. And then I read Hand of Isis and realized that Alexandria was alive, and scary, and amazing, and full of people like me, and that maybe the rest of history could be like that too.
Jul. 19th, 2012 10:24 am (UTC)
That's just.... oh. I am so glad I could do that for you. Because all of history is full of people like us. Truly and really. That's one of the amazing things about finding Elza's memoirs. I knew I would write her story when I did, twenty years ago, because here was someone two hundred years ago who was like me, and who lived with passion and integrity.
Aug. 10th, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
My favourite? Wow, that was a tough question! I've picked "Black Ships" but it was a really close decision because I just love how the story develops further in the following books and how the characters get to interact over and over.

And of course you know I also love Legacy. :D
Aug. 13th, 2012 11:58 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed Black Ships! That's awesome! Thank you. (I bet you'd like Lost Things too....)
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