L.E. Modesitt Jr. Message Board
Randy posts on 5/28/2005 1:08:39 PM
My wife has the same complaint about lack of female leads too. She tends to read more female writers than male because of it.
My vote for most repetitive plots is Piers Anthony and his Xanth books. I read them when I was younger but after 12 or 13 of them with only a few really original plots, I just couldn't read any more of them. I know they are kind of a silly read, but hey, sometimes thats what I like to read (i.e. Robert Asprin (Myth books and Phule books)and Glen Cook (Garrett PI books).
I will overlook the slight of Jordan's books (which I enjoy alot) ;>)
Magpie_Hunter posts on 5/27/2005 8:14:43 PM
It really doesn't matter to me really whether the lead character is male or female. I just find it interesting that male authors typically write with male lead characters and females usually write with female. I am also an Anne McCaffrey fan and she usually had girls as lead roles. Not that it's always that way. And yes, it does seem like the Recluce novels, and all of Modesitt's work, does seem somewhat plot repetitive. Not that that is a terribly bad thing. I've read other authors that are much worse. Louis Lamour (western) for one example. Schiller (German storm and stress) is another that seems theme repetitive to me. But anyways, I kind of hope he keeps going with Recluce even if it's worn out. That doesn't stop Robert Jordan with his Wheel of Time series and people are still buying them. So, Modesitt can just keep going for all I'm concerned. With the Cyador novels he just went back way farther than he has before. He can do that again, except maybe going later. I don't know... I just think the most important element of his writing is the messages he portrays and as long as he's getting that done, he accomplishes his main goal.
Randy posts on 5/26/2005 8:15:38 PM
Who knows for sure. He's filling in alot of history with all of the books, but I guess he will eventually run out of original material (maybe he has already to some extent).
The Spellsong cycle books have a female lead character so it is different than the others, since that seems to be significant to you somewhat. In general, men do not fare so well in those books.
Magpie_Hunter posts on 5/26/2005 4:10:44 PM
I'm sure I will read the Spellsong Cycle sometime, but I usually take small breaks between Modesitt series, just to mix things up a little, ya know? The Corean Chronicles are more on the fantasy side and are a lot like the Recluce novels. The map seems a little more complicated... But as usual the main character is a male who can use the local magic equivolent called Talent. I just started Legacies yesterday and it seems okay so far. I need to get my hands on a copy of Ordermaster too, so that I can have it on hand when I'm ready for it. How many more Recluce novels do you think Modesitt will write in the series?
Randy posts on 5/25/2005 8:32:53 PM
Nope. I have Ordermaster pending, but I am currently trying to finish up Stephen King's Dark Tower series. I am on the last book of the series.
You should read the Spellsong books. They are pretty good. I haven't heard much about the Corean Chronicles.
Magpie_Hunter posts on 5/25/2005 1:06:46 PM
Thanks for responding Randy. I have also read the Recluce series and about 3/4 of his other works - with the exception of the Spellsong Cycle series. I think I'm going to read the Corean Chronicles trilogy next. I just finished Wellspring of Chaos. Are you reading a Modesitt novel now Randy?
Randy posts on 5/24/2005 9:40:34 PM
I've read all of the Recluce books, plus all of the Spellsong books.
Magpie_Hunter posts on 5/24/2005 11:12:22 AM
Does anyone who visits this chat room actually read Modesitt's work?
Cricket posts on 1/5/2005 8:32:21 AM
no, i dont think i abandoned you, i just went on a christmas holiday, and we have a really slow connection at home. So, i get on the message boards at school during keyboarding class. Sorry to make you soooooo sad though...geez....
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