Thanksgiving with Authors

I saw a prompt somewhere asking, “If you could eat Thanksgiving dinner with some of your favorite authors (living or dead), who would you choose?” So here are my choices.

1. William Shirer – Because he’s an excellent historian who witnessed the rise of Nazi Germany firsthand, I think he’d have plenty of interesting stories to tell.

2. Anne McCaffrey – She recently passed away on Monday at the age of 85, and she was one of my favorite authors. It was because of Ms. McCaffrey that I became obsessed with dragons and the fantasy genre. It would be great to hear about what inspired her to invent the worlds she created.

3. Emily Dickinson – I’ve always been fascinated by Emily Dickinson – and the meaning behind some of her more obscure poems. Perhaps if I had her over, she could shed a little light on the subject.

4. Tanith Lee – The Gothic style of her writing has always intrigued me. She can create multi-layered worlds with compelling characters, some demonic and some angelic. I think Ms. Lee would be a rather fascinating person to invite.

5. Michael Savage – Because political rants are sometimes amusing to listen to. Even though I don’t agree with every word Savage says or writes, I think it would be interesting to hear him converse with some of these other authors.

Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 4

Today’s prompt: Favorite book of your favorite series

I would have to say that the first book of the series (in publishing order, not chronological) is my favorite.

The main character Lessa was immediately sympathetic to me. It was neat to follow her journey from servant girl in disguise all the way to reclaiming her rightful position as ruler of Ruatha Hold. However, she has to relinquish her position to “impress” the golden dragon Ramoth and travel 400 years (“turns”) back in time to save Pern.

Anne McCaffrey does an excellent job of immersing her readers in the world of Pern and making the fate of the planet and its residents important to us. I always admire writers who can create brand new worlds in such elaborate detail.

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 3

Today’s prompt: Your favorite series

I’m not a huge fan of series because I usually lose interest midway through or lose patience waiting for the rest of the books in the series to come out. But one series I was absolutely obsessed with was this:

Anne McCaffrey’s The Dragonriders of Pern series

I always considered the books to be fantasy, but the author herself considers them science-fiction. The series takes place on Pern, a planet similar to Earth. Pern is periodically bombarded by a corrosive spore called “thread,” which destroys whatever organic matter it touches. In order to eradicate the threat of the “thread,” the citizens of Pern have organized a legion of dragonriders. The fiery breath of a dragon can destroy thread before it hits the ground.

Upon hatching, dragons form a special telepathic bond with the person who is to be their rider. Dragons and riders are connected so intimately that if one dies, the other will die too (although there have been some exceptions to this).

The well-developed characters and their bonds with the dragons captivated me first, followed by the richness and depth of the world of Pern.