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Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by
James Stoddard

Standard Disclaimer:

This is a brief discussion of James Stoddard and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by James Stoddard

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Stoddard: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn't think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what's what.)

I don't pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Stoddard tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Stoddard worthy; in sum, to help you rank Stoddard (and the works by Stoddard listed here) on your personal literary "to do" list.



A Few Words About James Stoddard

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the "Other Resources" section below will lead you to some information about the "Notable Books" listed farther down this page.

 

Other James Stoddard Resources

To begin with, Stoddard has his own page, aptly titled James Stoddard's Home Page, which is a good thing, because most of what else there is consists of reviews of particular books. The chiefest resource other than a straight review is The Evenmere Books, a Concordance, which is a clever thing, because there are a lot of allusions in the books that might otherwise evade even a careful reader.

Normally, I don't in these Resources, list reviews of individual works, but as Stoddard's book-length oeuvre consists entriely of the two "Evenmore" novels, it seems reasonable in this instance. Some are individual reviews, some are of the pair; indeed, The Green Man Review has not one but two appraisals of the pair, the first an actual review, the second more a discussion of newer, better printings. Then there is a review of The High House by Debbie Ledesma at Suite 101. Also, Donna Scanlon reviews The High House then, separately, reviews The False House, both at the Rambles site. And the SF Site did "featured reviews" of each book: The High House reviewed by Victoria Strauss, and The False House reviewed by Pat Caven.

A few words on one of Stoddard's yet-uncollected short stories, "The Battle of York", appear at The Mumpsimus blog.

A final note of interest is a tribute by Stoddard to the old Ballentine Adult Fantasy line, which--as he makes no secret--heavily influenced his works. (Ah, those were the days.)


Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by James Stoddard **





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