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I see no mention here of the anthology Robin McKinley edited, called Forgotten Lands or something of that nature --- there is an interesting (Damar) story in it called "The Stone Fey." Has anyone read this, or seen the anthology?
From: Shayda Hoover
Monday, September 30, 1996 at 01:17:23 (EDT)
re: Forgotten Lands
It's called Imaginary Lands. it's also got stories by Jane Yolen, Robert Westall and Peter Dickinson. An illustrated version of the Stone Fey supposedly came out in sept., but i haven't seen it.
From: Maren Williams
Thursday, October 24, 1996 at 16:44:22 (EDT)
re: Imaginary Lands
Someone out there asked about an anthology
edited by Robin McKinley. It was called Imaginary Lands. However, this paperback is
out of print. The only story in it by Robin McKinley is The Stone Fey. You can find it in "Strange Dreams" edited by Stephen Donaldson published in 1993. It is one of the best short stories I have ever read!
From: Debbie Koster
Tuesday, January 28, 1997 at 15:43:32 (EST)
_imaginary lands_ may be out of print, but you can still order it from William Morrow & Co. - (i just ordered a copy yesterday and am going to be full of angst til it arrives next week!) - i think amanda included that publisher's address on the "New Info!" page.
From: cameron lynn
Tuesday, January 28, 1997 at 21:57:13 (EST)
i just finished _imaginary lands_ and "stranger blood" by p.c. hodgell was undoubtedly my favorite story in the collection(no offense to "stone fey"!) - it was a very frustrating story to finish, however, because the atmosphere it created was so intense, and then it was all over in 30 pages, like being given one chapter of _the lord of the rings_ and then being told, ok, that's all you can have. has anyone else read anything by p.c. hodgell - first of all, is p.c. a she? it would be great to discover that that story was a slice of some larger saga(it certainly seemed as though a larger story could be developed from that one) the way so many of robin's short stories are a sampling of Damar.
From: cameron lynn
Sunday, February 16, 1997 at 12:50:50 (EST)
re:imaginary lands/p.c. hodgell
yes! i am so glad to find someone else who liked
stranger blood as much as i did. (i also picked up
imaginary lands because of mckinley's story and ended
up getting hooked by hodgell. to answer the question,
p.c. (patricia christine) hodgell writes the
kencyrath series. Stranger Blood is actually out
of sequence in turns of the series, i believe it
takes place ten years after the books in the series.
The title of the books are God Stalk, Dark of the Moon,
and Seeker's Mask. She's currently working on a
fourth book of the series. My personal favorite is
God Stalk, even though the other ones are very good
as well. Now the down side is that Hodgell, like Damar,
is "not a comfortable passion." (or rather, it's an
expensive passion.) The first two books are generally
found in libraries, but the third book is only
published by Blue Moon Press in Oregon. It's difficult
to find in "normal" bookstores, and it only comes in hardcover,
costing about 35 dollars. if anyone's interested, there's
a hodgell homepage on the web, and there is currently a
thread discussing the three books on rec.arts.sf.written. (it's
a spoiler-intensive thread though...)
hope this helps,
From: Tawen Chang
Thursday, February 27, 1997 at 18:11:24 (EST)
re: Imaginary Lands/Harry's Grandma
I just read the Stone Fey and I think that Maddy just might be Harry's great-grandmother that left the Hills and moved to the Homeland. I don't know though. The geography and the time frame is right. Let me know what you think.
From: Semera Suderman
Friday, March 14, 1997 at 13:29:49 (EST)
re: Imaginary Lands/Harry's grandma
Another possibility for Harry's grandma is Ruen from The Stagman. She vanished and never came back. The time period was after Aerin because Luthe is wearing Maur's bloodstone. I'm curious why you think that Maddy is the right time period - I haven't figured out a way to date those stories that are after Aerin and before Harry except by references to Aerin and Luthe wearing the bloodstone. Many of them (including Deerskin which seems to me to be set in the same place) have many kingdoms, not just one with the king in the stone city. There are references to Damar's civil wars in The Blue Sword, but I haven't put this all together although I've tried.
From: Carol Powers
Friday, March 14, 1997 at 23:27:31 (EST)
re:re:Iamginary Lands/Harry's G'ma
I have to disagree with you about Ruen being Harry's grandmother. She left because she was in love with the stagman. Maddy, on the other hand, is in the right time frame as the Homeland is now a factor. She lives in the shadow of the hills and she leaves to go to a farming community by her brother's school, which I believe is in the Homeland. I could definitely be wrong about this, but as far as choosing between Ruen and Maddy, I'd have to choose Maddy as the more likely candidate to be Harry's grandmother.
From: Semera Suderman
Monday, March 24, 1997 at 13:49:43 (EST)
Re:Imaginary lands/Harry's G'Ma
First, to Beth - there were 500 years between Aerin and Harry (Blue Sword Chapter 3 pg 43 in mine), so there's certainly no way Aerin could be Harry's great grandmother. I really think that none of our candidates are good. I agree that Ruen left because she loved the stagman, but we really don't know what became of her. What we know from Blue Sword is that it was her great grandmother and that she was a Hillwoman of rank. This seems to exclude Maddy to me because she was a simple farm girl. I'm trying to get the book back from the library - that's the one Damar story I don't have - but I believe that her brother's school was in the south of the Damarian continent, not in the Homeland. I don't remember any Homeland references other than Blue Sword. I'd really guess that we don't have the story about Harry's great grandmother, but it's fun to speculate.
From: Carol Powers
Sunday, April 06, 1997 at 17:09:15 (EDT)