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11:59 am: Terrific Review

If any of you are members of BookBrowse, a Judy Krueger posted a terrific review of Prospero Regained!

http://www.bookbrowse.com/mag/reviews/index.cfm/book_number/2630/prospero-regained

Here are two excerpts:

“Prospero Regained is the final book in L. Jagi Lamplighter’s Prospero’s Daughter trilogy. The entire series is an impressive feat of fantasy writing that challenges the accomplishments of such bestsellers as China Mieville, Philip Pullman, and J. R. R. Tolkien. Possibly most wonderful of all, the author is female as is the main character. Miranda Prospero is as tough, resourceful, and brave as she is beautiful, spiritual, and romantic.”

and:

“Underlying the suspense, adventure, and mystery in this tale is a strong sense of hope for mankind and the world, drawn from a deep well of mythological and centuries-old religious wisdom. I can’t say it will last beyond the next horrible event I encounter, but I finished these books with much of my faith in mankind -and in the power of personal integrity – restored.”

;-)

Kind of makes one feel like all that praying before writing actually accoplished something.

Originally posted to Welcome to Arhyalon. (link)


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From:filialucis
Date:November 2nd, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Heh. That first para just might make Pullman's head explode if he ever sees it!

BTW, I finished No. 3 the other night. And I still hate Tor for withholding the paperbacks for insanely long periods... but this series was well worth putting up with the inconvenience of hardcovers, and then some. And I haven't said that about any work of fiction for quite some time. :)
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From:arhyalon
Date:November 2nd, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
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The funny thing is, if you look far enough back on my blog, you'll find a spot where I announced that I was throwing down a gauntlet to Pullman and siding with Lewis--I don't really know what I meant by that, to tell you the truth, but it sounded good at the time. ;-)

Thanks so much. I'm really honored that you went to the trouble of getting all three books. Makes all those very long years of waiting for it to be published worthwhile. It's a shame I can't time travel back and tell the sad, waiting me..."Don't give up. Someday, someone will go to the trouble to order your books in hardcover from overseas!" Whoa! ;-)
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From:filialucis
Date:November 2nd, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Well, if you were deliberately throwing down the gauntlet to Pullman, you more than succeeded! That you made vol. 3 of your trilogy an absolutely unputdownable tour de force is only one of the ways in which you're way ahead of him, given that his own vol. 3 of whatever-the-series-was-called was an incredibly and anomalously dull and preachy ideological manifesto with the most stupendously bathetic excuse for an anticlimactic ending I've ever slogged through.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you're going to do next! *stalks your blog for announcements of forthcoming publications*
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From:arhyalon
Date:November 2nd, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
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I must admit I loved The Golden Compass...but the second book, I found dull and the third one I could not get myself to read. I'm still waiting for the sequel to Golden Compass...the one that has cool things in it.

I have two projects in the works...a series called Visions of Arhyalon, the first book of which, The Creation Campaign, is on my editor's desk. It defies explanation...anything I say about it sounds stupid. But maybe I'll post the first chapter on my website at some point. This story does not have all the Christian stuff, though it does have a spiritual dimension to it in the background. The Unicorn appears again...or she might as well be the same Unicorn.

My other project is a YA called The Reluctant Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin, which is a Harry Potter for girls with angsty romance. It takes place in a world that is like ours if there were no monothesism. The main character, a young girl, discovers the existance of angels and begins to discover all sorts of amazing things about the universe. It is based on a background made up by a friend. I thought the introduction of Christianity along with the magic was the most suble and elegant I have ever seen. I really want to write it up...but I'm a bit daunted as to whether I have the ability to do it justice.
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From:johncwright
Date:November 2nd, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)

You needs a time machine? You got me!

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Next time, listen to your husband telling you not to give up, and that folk all over the world will cherish your books.
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From:arhyalon
Date:November 2nd, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)

Re: You needs a time machine? You got me!

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;-)
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From:juliet_winters
Date:November 2nd, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations! Wonderful.
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From:annafirtree
Date:November 2nd, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I can see why *that* would be the kind of review most dear to your heart. :) It would be to mine, too.

And yes... you exude a hope and optimism that is rare in the fantasy literature world.
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