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G. A. Kathryns
This is a brief discussion of G. A. Kathryns and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Kathryns.
This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Kathryns: 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 Kathryns tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Kathryns worthy; in sum, to help you rank G. A. Kathryns (and the works by Kathryns listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.
This page has not been updated in a long while; consequently, external links (if any) may lead to dead or moribund pages. I am now cleaning up these pages as fast as I can, but I am one man and it may take me a while to get to every page needing link checking (or even the “Other Resources” section added). Sorry. Please be patient.
A Few Words About G. A. Kathryns
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.
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Other G. A. Kathryns Resources
"G. A. Kathryns" is a pen name for Gael Baudino; since I believe firmly that authors who use pen names should normally be treated as a different author for each pen name; regrettably, no
one else seems to concur, so finding "Kathryns" resources is virtually impossible, saving a few one-off reviews of her one book under that name. (There is a rather outdated fannish Baudino
site, Pages of Starlight, which refers to the book only under its
working title, The Bournes of Life, and as "forthcoming", and so is of almost no assistance.)
(There is a short story, "Before", apparently not
fantasy, in which the locale and several characters of the novel are depicted; it is done as a deliberate pastiche of William Faulkner, and appeared in the Baen Books anthology Lammas
Though The Borders of Life turns up on numerous lists of recommended books, there is actually not even much in the way of review, the main item being this Suite 101 review which is more like a synopsis than an analysis. I try
manfully to avoid referring to reader reviews on Amazon, which are typically worth what you pay for them, but a glance at this book's collection suggests why there is so little about this book: most readers "just don't get it."
Even if we give up on "Kathryns" and look for material on Gael Baudino, who has over a dozen books to her credit, there is still not an awful lot to be found--the usual Wikipedia page and this similar brief page. Apparently Baudino/Kathryns has gone inactive as an author since the cited book (1999), which is the road to
oblivion. It also seems her other books, under her own name, are less than memorable.
Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by G. A. Kathryns ***
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