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This is a brief discussion of James Stoddard and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by 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 James 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.
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. One notable exception is the ever-useful Encyclopedia of Science Fiction at its Stoddard, James entry. Other than that, the chiefest resources (besides straight reviews) are a good overview of the Evenmore trilogy (emphasizing it as Christian parable) at the First Things site; and The Evenmere Books, a Concordance [archived copy], which is a clever thing, because there are a lot of allusions in the books that might otherwise evade even a careful reader.
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