This instalment of the Dalek Game is for Megan Lindholm’s Wizard of the Pigeons, one of the earlier urban fantasy (in the older sense of that term) books which I read, not including that odd twilight world of children’s and YA novels which hadn’t been separated out by genre yet. I am not sure if this was the book that won me over to it – I do remember being charmed by it, and sad, and the shifting nature of the world peculiar to the sort of urban fantasy I like. I was already won over to Lindholm’s writing by reason of her also being Robin Hobb, whose Farseer books I bought purely on the basis of a John Howe cover, and even convinced my little sister (inveterate non-fiction and Grisham reader) to read.
In other news: The year is off to a promising, undead start with January’s calendar illustration, impressive temperatures, lots of coffee, watching The Mousetrap with my mother, testing centrifugal forces in a playground with my cousins, and a house thinly coated in chalk-and-ink dust.
LINDHOLM WAS ROBIN HOBB?????????
I continue to enjoy this series! In fact the other day I was pondering whether a “Lord of the Daleks” would be based on The Lord of the Rings or Lord of the Flies. (At least I don’t remember your having done a “Lord of the Daleks”.)
I love love this image of a Dalek letting pigeons roost on it…maybe scattering breadcrumbs too? And thank you for reminding me of Wizard of the Pigeons – so strange and sad and beautiful, and it’s been too long since I re-read it. Also, LINDHOLM WAS ROBIN HOBB?????????
I remember reading “Wizard of the Pigeons” around the time it came out, and being somewhat disappointed because it wasn’t what the title made me think it would be. (And possibly, at 16 or so, I was a little young for it.) It would be interesting to reread it and see how I got on with it now…but I have no idea what happened to my copy.
And to the other commenters – no, Robin Hobb was Megan Lindholm first. But her books weren’t selling well, so she became Robin Hobb in order to sell the Farseer trilogy. Seems to have worked pretty well!
I picked up a copy of Assassin’s Apprentice a few weeks ago after seeing Robin Hobb on Sword and Laser. I hope to read it this spring. I like the Howe cover but picked up the paperback with the Whelan cover, which I love.