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Hmmm... only skimmed it, but there only seems to be a way to list other blogs as links--and only by adding a special widget... I'll have to check it out when I have more time, too. *sigh* 'Had time a while back, but now have some deadlines approaching... plus, need to research healthcare plans... *bleh*
Is there a way to friend blogs at blogspot? I'm on there, but haven't learned to work it as well as livejournal. I love livejournal because I can "friend" journals I'm interested in reading... I don't really do much over at blogspot, although I probably would if it had features like livejournal!
Cherryh has a very peculiar writing style at times, more when she writes fantasy than SF... But FORTRESS should give you a taste, anyway. Her other series can be quite different, though, so it's so hard to tell with her. They are usually all pretty good in different ways. I used to prefer her SF to her fantasy... still do in many ways. She's got an interesting website, or at least I thought so years ago when I last checked.
I'll try to run over to your blog at one point... Thanks! ^__^
I'm sure you'll like Catherine Asaro! She writes space opera with a decent knowledge of physics and with a LOT of romance. I'm not sure you could go wrong with any book... although I'd stick with her main series about the Skolian Empire, first. She's got a few fantasy-romances and stand-alones and some shorter series also (which are also good). Her Skolian Empire books often follow various characters and bounce about in time, so it's hard to actually read them in any kind of order. I think the main plotline probably concerns the characters in PRIMARY INVERSION and THE RADIENT SEAS: Sauscony and Jaibriol--a sort of Romeo and Juliet romance between two rival/warring houses.
I think the books were written in this order: PRIMARY INVERSION, CATCH THE LIGHTENING, THE LAST HAWK, THE RADIANT SEAS, ASCENDANT SUN--and on to a ton of subsequent books. The others in this early group concern different brothers or relations in the HUGE Skolian Empire family. I can't even keep track of all the other books! Lots of stories and information begins to over-lap or become repetitive, or goes back and forth in time... But if you like her books, they are all decent reads.
Cherryh has been around for a gazillion years and has been terrifically prolific (too--Asaro has quite an impressive number of books for being a much newer writer). She's got SF and fantasy and a number different series and a lot of stand-alones... it's hard to know which would appeal most to any particular person. One of my two favorite series of hers happen to be THE FORTRESS IN THE EYE OF TIME books, fantasies about an old sorcerer bringing back a being of an old race who turns out different than what anyone would expect--bits about persecution by a religion and political intrigue and ancient enmities--kind of lyrically magical/mystical at times, moody and slow--and also dark and sometimes gritty and violent.
Another is Cherryh's long-running FOREIGNER series, SF, about humans having to deal with a very alien culture in order to survive--focusing on the one crucial human ambassador who has ot maintain a balance and put out fires.
But there is so much more... and I'm not at all sure if I'd start with either of these series! Hmmm... Maybe you can post the question somewhere (Where to Start with C. J. Cherryh?) and get a group of people to comment??? Or just slog through the descriptions and reviews at Amazon... I often check out books there to see if I may be interested in some over others...
Anyway, they are both great writers! I hope you'll give them a try. Asaro is probably a bit more accessible for those who like romances. But if you also like SF and F, Cherryh should appeal as well. Have fun.