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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2004 11:02 am    Post subject: Long time fan, newbie here... Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

Brief introduction of me.

I'm not sure if my mother had any idea what she was doing when she handed me LOTR when I was eight years old. I was overcome, in love, smitten, and all those other words. Thus began my love affair with fantasy. As an eight year old I obviously didn't have much access to other fantasy, but as I grew older I read and re-read LOTR and gradually started looking for anything that could match it in any way. Some great children's fantasy out there - Cooper, Alexander, L'Engle... but nothing 'adult' worked until I stumbled across SRD when I was about 14. The first books I found that could compare - in terms of standards - with LOTR.

Weirdly enough, I started out with the second chronicles. This is purely because of a mistake - The covers where I bought them (I grew up in London, England, although I'm now in Israel) were quite confusing - the bit where it says 'the first (or second) chronicles of TC' was very small, and on the spine it just had '1', '2' and '3' and I didn't realise until I got them home that I'd bought 1 and 2 of the second chronicles, and 3 of the first. So I ended up reading the second chronicles first, and meeting our dear old leper as a troubled hero rather than the anti-hero of the first chronicles.

Still, I loved all six of the books, became a firm fan of SRD, and have read everything he's written since (LOVE Mordant's Need, btw). About six or seven years ago I read an interview online where he said something about his intentions to one day write the last chronicles. This was obviously extremely exciting - in my rereads of the books I have to confess that oftentimes I actually would stop reading about halfway through WGW because I was just toooo sad at the ending; it broke my heart. Not that it was a *bad* ending (that would have broken my heart in an entirely different way) but flip, I was a weeping puddle on the floor every time Covenant was killed and Linden left without him.

Incidentally, and I hope this will not be held against me on a SRD forum Wink but a few years *after* I found SRD I found Guy Gavriel Kay, and he kinda took over. I still *love* SRD, but I tell you all this as intro to my other 'qualifications' in the fantasy field - I'm the creator and owner of the authorized site on GGK's work, at brightweavings.com. I found his email address oh, about 6 years ago now, and we became friends, and a couple of years later the website was born. In fact, it was GGK who told me that Runes was out already - I knew that it was in the works but didn't realise it was about to be published. But really if we're talking about fantasy, about the books I love more than any others, and those I consider to be the giants of the field, they're JRRT, SRD and GGK. That's my take, anyway Smile

As soon as I found out Runes was coming out I ordered a copy (had to wait a while for Amazon to deliver it to me over here), and commenced a reread of all six of the earlier books to prep myself. This weekend I finally consumed Runes. I think I need to read it again before I decide exactly what I think (and need to read the rest of the last chronicles as well, to really give an opinion, so it'll be about a decade, so i hear...) but it's just been great having the TC retrospective again, and browsing here, and on the SRD website as well, reading all the interviews etc has been wonderful.

I don't know about anyone else, but I found it quite surreal to be going back to the Land, to these characters. I mean, I've known the first six books intimately since I was 14 years old, and that's oh, 17 years ago now, read them and reread them. To be reading something new, where I don't know what's happening next...as I said, quite surreal. But in a good way. (Almost felt a surge of welcome when I saw those words appear again... exigency, gravid, inchoate, innominate... Wink) Although much gnashing of teeth and despair at the thought that I'll be in my forties before I get to the end of these final chronicles!

I've been browsing round the site a bit and just looking in on all the great discussions going on here (came online as soon as I finished Runes late last night). Not sure how much I'll be posting but I'll definitely be lurking and posting when I feel qualified to do so, and I did want to introduce myself.

So here I am!

Thanks,

Deborah
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2004 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Deborah

I too am new to the Watch. I am also a fan of Guy Gavriel Kay's work. At least the Fionavar Tapestry, Tigana and A Song for Arbonne. I have not read his more recent offerings - I don't know why except that perhaps he slipped my mind when there have not been any of his work on the shelves of the two bookshops I frequent. I must correct that after I finish Sherri Tepper's The Companions (a disturbing and provocative but excellent read as are all of her books I have read). I look forward to exploring brightweavings. Wink

My father spent 9 years in Israel with my stepmother and half brother and sister in the late seventies and eighties. He ran a boat tour place in Eilat, although I have never visited.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2004 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Deborah, and welcome to the Watch! We're glad that you're here, and look forward to your contributions. Check out the Dissecting the Land forum and please feel free to take part in any chapter discussion that might interest you.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the Watch! Welcome and true!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to KW, Deb! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks so much everyone!!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hail debmeg, be welcome here at Kevins Watch Rocksister. Welcome and true. Very Happy

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