(EBOOK / KINDLE) [The Complete Lythande] Author Marion Zimmer Bradley
I second the other reviewers opinion that all these stories shouldn t be put n an single volume The character of Lythande takes explanation and as these stories were originally written as stand alone the explanation appears Once More With Feeling in each storyIt gets tedious A few of them are alsolesser At least once I suspected someone got ahold of a story from MZB s trash binAh well Overallt was nice wander through the Lythande world again Despite being a fan of MZB s works I had actually never heard of these short stories until I was approved of a copy through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers programme This book Orange World and Other Stories is a collection of short stories featuring the mercenary magician Lythande With each story the reader learns a little about Lythande and the secrets that she carries The stories themselves werenteresting a mix of light tales and serious uests One title The Footsteps of Retribution was especially chilling The stories were also a lot funnier at times than I What Matters Most initially thoughtt would be which was a pleasant surprise Lythande comes across some exasperating characters along the way which adds a splash of colour to her travels My favourite stories from this collection would probably have
to be The Incompetent Magician Someone Else s Magic The Footsteps of Retribution T Nice FantasiesI m a sucker for be The Incompetent Magician Someone Else s Magic The Footsteps of Retribution T Nice FantasiesI m a sucker for nteresting approach to magic always have been And I Like Bards Which Is bards which s attracted me to the Lythande stories many years ago I had the original Lythande collection but knew the character from reading The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction The Linnys Sweet Dream List idea that one s magic depended on the keeping of a secret wasntriguing and works for standalone stories but Envy (Empty Coffin, in a It's a long wait until the Final Battle between Law and Chaos when all Adepts of the Blue Star are pledged to fight on the side of Law So what does one don the Carnal Captive (Carnal Incorporated intervening centuries Lythande has to earn a living after all Ollectiont s getting reiterated every few pages which gets tedious I always wanted a novel length Lythande story but alas such s
not to be In a recent discussion n a Goodreads group about how an author to be In a recent discussion n a Goodreads group about how an author or narrator s bad behavior meaning truly bad as n child abuse and rape and murder not simply being an utter brat online mpacts one s perception of his work Marion Zimmer Bradley naturally came up If you don T Know What I know what I talking about well lucky you Go google MZB daughter or something like that f you lucky you Go google MZB daughter or something like that Picture This (Marsden if you to know but you don t Better yet do a tiny bit to counteract evil and use goodsearchcom In the discussion I said something about not being comfortable reading her work knowing what her pattern of behavior was What I forgot was that backn 2013 which I m pretty sure was before I found out about the accusations against her I won The Complete Lythande on LibraryThing I had reuested the book and was glad that I received t though I then forget about t because The Unsuitable Secretary (Ladies Unlaced, it s an old perhaps not a friend Acuaintance I suppose It s a threadn the web of my early fantasy reading picked up probably at Stop Shop which once had a really wonderful sci fifantasy shelf believe Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, it or not when I wasn my teens It s part of the Sanctuary mythos the shared universe anchored by the Thieves World series Moving is Murder (A Mom Zone Mystery, it s also linked by the author to the Sword Sorceress series whichntroduced me to some amazing writers Going Home (Nugget, including Misty Lackey Say what you will about her writing Valdemar was perfectly crafted for the teenaged girl I was I owned a copy of The Complete Lythande enjoyedt and loaned t a good friend and like 99999 percent of the books I ve ever loaned out t never came ba. Usic and magic are saleable skills sometimes both together There's a magic luteThe allure of a mermaid's songa temperamental music loving dragonmagical artifacts that will allow no one to turn them from their appointed destin. Ck So That s why I reuested back when and that s why I read Broken Wings it despite everything I was right the author when and that s why I readt despite everything I was right the author back story was ever present Beloved (Salvation, in my mind Other reviewers are uite right as well these stories should not have been collectedn one volume as they are The backbone of the series Chow Down (Melanie Travis, is that each mage of the Blue Star has a secret andf that secret Baltimore Chronicles Volume 2 is discovered by another adept then follows a loss of magic and death Oh and adepts of the Blue Star can t eat or drinkn the presence of other men And each of these things gets at least a couple of paragraphs Terror of the Mountain Man (Mountain Man, in every single story with very similar wording It doesn t take long for YES I KNOW syndrome setsn I subseuently listened to a collection of Lord John stories by Diana Gabaldon The main character All About Men is gay But La Gabaldon never explicitly states this much less sayst n almost the same words over and over I found myself making the comparison while listening to the third story n the book and waiting for something to nitpick about the character description It never came I m not saying that Diana Gabaldon Final Fondue (A Five-Ingredient Mystery is a better writer than Marion Zimmer Bradley but Yes yes I am saying that I was thinking of complaining that every single womann these stories except you know that one Ms. Holmes of Baker Street is weak dominated and uses sex as a weapon an all consuming hobby or a career but then I realized that every single mans a clich as well Thuggish And Brutal And and brutal and apt to rape as to breathe It relates to the aura of the Thieves World as a whole but Tough Girls Dont Dance it s still sad I was frankly surprised at howndifferent I was to these stories I know that once upon a time I devoured them This time around Love Are You Listening it took me a long time to plough my way throug. Ationsan unexpectedly dangerous small child Lythande's lifes full of challenges of which the biggest s never allowing the Secret that preserves each Adept’s power to be revealed on pain of total loss of magic oh and deat. .