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dkr
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Just curious to know if any of you folks have read any of her works. I have been reading the latest volumes of WotF that I could find in preparation for kicking off my story for the same. Having been blow away by Cherryh's Morgaine series several years ago, when I recently happened upon an anthology of her short stories I grabbed it. Between her and the 750k words of A. Dumas I just finished I find myself in a state of near-stunned silence at her (their) ability to tell a tale. The first three stories of her anthology (The Collected Short Fiction of...) are absolutely unique. This has given me a new infusion of drive and confidence.

Thoughts? Opinions? Other authors having an effect on you this way?

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C. J. Cherryh's Cuckoo's Egg is on my and others' top hundred best list science fiction novels.

Cherryh's narrative ability is admirable, though declined hit or miss over the years from the stellar heights of Cuckoo's Egg, 1985.

The most influential writer in craft terms of mine, though, is Mark Richard, "Her Favorite Story" is the best known of his works. "Strays" is my favorite of his short stories. Both are collected in Ice at the Bottom of the World.

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Some. But it's been a long time.
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I have seen her name a bunch so I assume I read at least a couple of her books but it would have been years ago and I would have to take a close look at them to see if I can recall one.
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I read a good deal of her earlier stuff, the Faded Sun trilogy and the Morgaine trilogy, plus several stand-alones (or at least I thought they were)...but most didn't appeal to me that much, honestly...and I haven't read anything of hers in many years that I can recall. Don't think I read Cuckoo's Egg.

I do remember certain elements from certain books, though; I suppose she did have some influence on me.

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Thanks! I will be checking out Cuckoo's Egg and looking into Mark Richard as well.
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I love her work and how she makes alien points of view work for me as a reader. Some stuff works better than others, but that's not unusual.
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