Saturday, November 19, 2011

L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and Archform: Beauty. Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer.

Scholar, Modesitt's 59th novel, is now out from Tor Books.

Earlier this month I asked him what he was reading. His reply:
While I’d seen a number of recommendations for Mary Robinette Kowal’s Shades of Milk and Honey, the ones I’d seen didn’t prepare me for the book itself, and frankly, if they had, I might not have read it at all. That’s because the book is essentially a gentle and fascinating fusion of a regency romantic mystery and fantasy, and I’ve been more than a little repulsed by the myriad of regency knock-offs dealing with zombies, werewolves, vampires, and steampunk. Shades of Milk and Honey, thankfully, deals with none of these, but with art and a very different kind of “glamour,” all gently and exquisitely presented. It’s been a long time since I enjoyed a book this much… and maybe it is a bit of a guilty pleasure, but it’s one I welcomed.
Visit L. E. Modesitt, Jr.'s website.

The Page 69 Test: Scholar.

--Marshal Zeringue