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Mercedes Lackey... I never knew!
I just finished The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey.

Thing is, I could have sworn I read something by her years and years ago and hated it with the fire of a thousand suns. But since I couldn't recall if it was her or not, I decided, what the hell, give her a (another?) shot!

And the book was good! She writes well, had a good romance going.. and damn, had some light porn. My eyes almost fell out of their sockets when nipples were flung all about! I guess I always had it in my mind that Ms. Lackey was a traditionalist when it came to stuff like that... whatever THAT means.

Anyway, yes, I liked it. The plot was a bit eh, but it was thoroughly enjoyable throughout. The romance was somewhat slow and yet somewhat rushed at the same time. But I found I didn't mind. This wasn't a book that was about thinking. It was simple, and that's not a bad thing. Sometimes, it's just perfect.

I'm starting a book that's got a whole bunch of short stories in it. (Jim Butcher is in it! Yay!) This way I can get a taste of some of the authors I've been considering reading. (Or have bought their books, but they're still on my bookshelf unread!) My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding... With a title like that, yes, I'm thinking the main interest came from the Jim Butcher.
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ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: March 15th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
The vast majority of what Lackey writes is retarded. The Fairy Godmother was a big exception, and its promise is utterly squandered in the two 'sequels'.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: March 15th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, so it is very likely that book I read forever ago was by her!

Hrm, well, if I see something else by her that looks interesting, I'll pick it up to give her the benefit of the doubt... but I'll stay wary!

ardweden From: ardweden Date: March 15th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agreed on Lackey's writing. I never liked her very much - and I read her stuff back when I was in high school (and would therefore read *anything* fantasy or scifi-ish, good or bad). Still, tastes differ. I say give something else by her a shot if you think the concept looks good. Then you'll know what you're hating with the force of a thousand suns.

I didn't read The Fairy Godmother, though. I'm glad it's good! I guess even mediocre authors get a chance to shine.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: March 15th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, the more and more I'm hearing from others, the more I'm confirming that that past book was definitely hers!

But yeah, we'll see. I mean, there are plenty of LKH fans still out there reading her turn to crappiness, so tastes definitely vary!

I'm taking a trip to the used bookstore this weekend to trade books in, so we'll see what I get! Eeee, used bookstore day is so exciting! ^_^
delfina From: delfina Date: March 15th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I look back at the Heralds' series and cringe. I can't believe I liked that stuff! Then again, I really wanted a pony when I was a girl... sooo...

I really have to say that the only stuff I read of hers now is the elemental series (sometimes) and the elven racing series, because the concept of elves being NASCAR racers amuses me a lot.

However, I think she's a better author than the kid who wrote Eragon. (His writing style drives me BONKERS!) And yet, I continue to read him, too, because again - good concepts, bad delivery.
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: March 15th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you enjoy mary sues, superintelligent magical horses, weepy homosexual men, buttsechs, and bards, then her books might be something you'd like. Otherwise, stay away.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: March 15th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
... Ew.
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: March 15th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
See? I know what I'm talking about. =P
delfina From: delfina Date: March 15th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Fairy Godmother was written for Luna, which is a trashy romance/fantasy label. She's also got One Good Knight and another book out under that label. I think she's switching from her traditional sci-fi/fantasy to try out the trashy romance novel while still maintaining a bit of her fanbase.

I really loved the concept - of "Tradition" affecting the different people in the cast of characters. I mean, you can do SO MUCH with that concept. However, in the second book - she references some unfamiliar (to me, at least) fairy tales. It started out to be somewhat decent, but ended up being kind of trite and predictable at the end - like she just had to tie up some loose ends. I haven't read the third book in the series yet, but because of the Fairy Godmother book I started looking at other books under that label and found out one of my favorite authors has written some items there, too! Under a different last name, though. If you like continent-spanning soap operas, you might like Michelle West's Sun Sword series. Under the Luna label she writes as Michelle Sagara (which she has written a couple of things under before, but not necessarily romances) but I've only read the first book in that particular series, and it wasn't very trashy romance, either. Whereas the other book I picked up at random from that label is by P.C. Cast and involves a woman and a centaur... just makes me giggle thinking about it.

I actually have some fondness for Ms. Lackey. I love her ideas and concepts but sometimes I feel she doesn't follow through very well on them, but I continue to read her books anyway. I actually went from her Heralds series over to the various elven series, particularly the ones she wrote with other authors.
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: March 15th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
One Good Knight doesn't have any sex at all in it, though. Not even hot lesbian sex, which is a terrible loss.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: March 16th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
What, no sex? Geesh, what a tease!
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: March 16th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
there were a couple places that I was -sure- a lesbian orgy was gonna break out, but I guess that's too "cheesecake." There's like, one competent man in the entire book, and he's an old pensioner.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: March 16th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hrm, that P.C. Cast series looks intriguing! Perhaps they will have it at the used bookstore! (If not, I might have to grab it at Hastings!)

Thanks for the suggestions! ^^
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