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Given that reading is now physically painful for me, I am charier of long books. (And no, I can't get it as an audiobook.)


Dean Shomshak

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I haven't read this one yet, because I just heard about it yesterday on All Things Considered, but it sounds interesting.


Rebecca Roanhorse, Black Sun. First volume in a planned trilogy. Roanhorse said she's been a big fan of epic fantasy for a long time, but irked that it all seemed to be based on European myth and legend. As a Native American, she wanted to see something based on New World cultures. So she wrote it herself. Black Sun, she says, is not based on any specific Native American culture -- she mentioned cultures ranging from Chaco Canyon to the Incas as inspirations -- plus a lot of her own imagination. I'm sold already, just because it isn't Yet Another Tolkien Rip-Off.


I don't know when I'll be able to read this, so I'll keep an eye on this thread in case anyone else reads and reviews it.


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