I’ve been on a GRRMartin kick lately. You know, Sandkings, Nightflyers, Song for Lya, a friend of mine lent me (the novel and the graphic novel!) Fevre Dream, which I’m a little embarrased to say I’ve never read before.
One of these days I’ll re-read my way through book 4 of Song of Ice and Fire, I promise.
I was blabbing about Martin over the phone with my Mom the other day (Hi Mom!), and she asked if she should pick up Game of Thrones sometime, since it’s all anyone’s been talking about. Before I could even start envisioning my mother reading all that sex and violence stuff, I blurted out “No! Let me lend some of his older short stories! I think you’ll like them better”, and that was that.
There’s nothing better than an author with a multi decade long oeuvre.
But what happens when an author strays from their usual?
As a reader and genre fan, what’s your reaction when an author writes in different genres either over time, or all at the same time? love it? dislike it? don’t care?
I sure was surprised to find that one of my favorite historical fictions (The Walking Drum) was written by a guy who is famous for westerns. And that one of my favorite contemporary fiction books (The Sun, The Moon and The Stars) was written by a guy famous for a long running fantasy series. I tried the westerns and they didn’t do much for me, but I’m now a huge fan of Vlad Taltos and worry that Brust would have a hard time selling anything non-Vlad.
When recommending a genre-hopping author, do you recommend certain series, or specific titles within a genre? When exploring a genre-hopping author that’s new-to-you, will you stick to a specific genre, or look at everything they’ve ever written? Some authors make it easy (Robin Hobb, I’m looking at you!) by using different pen names for different genres. Others, like Joe Lansdale, not so much.
Eh, just something interesting that popped into my head. I think I’ll lend my Mom Martin’s Dreamsongs, and she can see what she thinks.
and yes, I almost titled this article “me love you long time”.