Kathleen Jennings s368333 at
Sun Jun 23 20:03:50 EDT 2002

In a brief mental lapse I managed to confuse Lackey with mzBradley. Probably
because I really didn't like Mists of Avalon. I'd like to know people's
opinions on it, whether I should tackle it again. I know the dislike was
probably due to external factors - I was sick, had hurt my back and couldn't
walk, was in bed in boarding school in the middle of summer (generally
miserable), had reached the conclusion long ago that there was only one
Arthurian fantasy I could actually stomach and on top of that I was sick of
druids. So I didn't enjoy it one bit (and didn't finish it either). So I ask
people with clearer heads - will I have happier memories if I pick it up
(Just found out that there was a movie made of it last year).

Hve blásnautt er hjarta sem einskis saknar.
How destitute is a heart that misses nothing.
       - Ýmir, Einar Benediktsson
Kathleen Jennings
s368333 at
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kathryn Andersen" <kat_lists at>
To: <dwj at>
Sent: Monday, June 24, 2002 7:45 AM
Subject: Re: Lackey

> On Sun, Jun 23, 2002 at 10:18:42AM -0600, rohina at wrote:
> >
> > I have just read her most recent Valdemar book (about Skif), and now I
> > am rereading Oathbound, and I have to say that the contrast is
> > startling. I thought it was just me getting jaded, but the writing is
> > seriously worse in the later book. Partly she is suffering from
> > McCaffrey syndrome - making the plot of a short story last a whole novel
> > by fleshing it out with detail from the fantsty world.
> You mean to say that Lackey actually *did* used to be able to write?
> None her books that I read in an attempt to figure out why so many
> people loved her books... none of them enabled me to figure it out.  My
> (possibly unjustified) generalization about Lackey was that she managed
> to take *out* the sense of wonder from her books, and make magic
> mundane.  If she's suffering from burnout, that could possibly explain
> it.  She wouldn't be the only one; not just the abovementioned Anne
> McCaffrey, but I'd definitely say that Andre Norton suffered from it
> too.
> So, if by some faint chance my local library has some older Mercedes
> Lackey, what would you reccommend as the pinnacle of her work?
> So I can give her one more try?
> Kathryn Andersen
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