Saturday, October 1, 2011

On My Bookshelves #3

This new feature highlights the books we crazy book addicts
have bought, taken home, placed on one of
our bulging shelves, and put off reading
until we finished our current one...
except that we somehow never did read them!

Yes, it's happened to me, and I'm sure
I'm not the only one!

So, look through your bookshelves, pull out a few
'forgotten' treasures you fully intend to read,
and then write your own post, so you can join in the fun!!

This book meme will also highlight those books we have already read,
and would love to re-read, because
they're absolutely wonderful!!

Here's my list for this week!

Hardcover, 434 pages
Berkley Books/Science Fiction Book Club Edition
October 1, 1986
Genre: Fantasy

(Note: The Amazon page has the right image, but not the synopsis)

The Elder Isles, located in what is now the Bay of Biscay off the the coast of Old Gaul, are made up of ten contending kingdoms, all vying with each other for control. At the centre of much of the intrigue is Casmir, the ruthless and ambitious king of Lyonnesse. His beautiful but otherworldly daughter, Suldrun, is part of his plans. He intends to cement an alliance or two by marrying her well. But Suldrun is as determined as he and defies him. Casmir coldly confines her to the overgrown garden that she loves to frequent, and it is here that meets her love and her tragedy unfolds. Political intrigue, magic, war, adventure and romance are interwoven in a rich and sweeping tale set in a brilliantly realized fabled land.

Jack Vance
Hardcover, 406 pages
Underwood Books
April 28, 1985
Genre: Fantasy

From the Goodreads Synopsis

In this second volume of the Lyonesse trilogy, The Green Pearl, King Aillas of Troicinet defends the peace of the Elder Isles against both the Ska marauders who once enslaved him and the wicked King Casmir. While organizing the unruly barons in the frontiers of his land, Aillas goes out of his way to capture the lovely Ska noblewoman who once stung him with her disregard. When he gets separated from his men, his dream of forcing the lady's recognition becomes the toil of dragging an obstreperous captive across lands governed by Casmir's henchmen. Meanwhile, the world of magic has gone on the move.

Jack Vance
Hardcover, 358 pages
ACE Book Club Edition
January 1, 1989
Genre: Fantasy

From the Goodreads Synopsis

The World Fantasy Award-winning third volume of the LYONESSE trilogy brings attention to the faerie changeling Madouc. Where princess Suldrun once meekly endured the proprieties of Castle Haidion, Madouc defends herself with rotten fruit. Vexed, King Casmir arranges a contest to marry her off, but Madouc has other ideas, and enlists the stable boy "Sir Pom-pom" on an impromptu quest to find her father. During their travels, they encounter swindlers, faeries, trolls, ogres, a knight in search of his youth, and a relatively pedestrian item known as the Holy Grail.

Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
April 1, 1997
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

From the Amazon Synopsis

Set in a society founded as an egalitarian utopia but now tainted with vices and inequity, Sharon Shinn's love story is plotty and calamitous. Rachel and Gabriel have nothing in common beyond wishing that the god Jovah had ordained they wed other people, yet they must cooperate in singing a mass to the god on the occasion of Gabriel's elevation to Archangel. Upright Gabriel has enemies among both mortal and angelic peoples who prefer to risk world destruction over his restoration of the old order.

What wonderful books are waiting
on your bookshelves
to be read or re-read?


  1. Hey, friend! I received Touch of Frost today! Thank you again!!

    Nikki @ Books Most Wanted

  2. You're very welcome, Nikki! I'm really looking forward to your review!! Thanks for visiting! : )


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