Monday, August 08, 2005

Looking for Books

I mentioned, in one of my earliest posts that I'm doing some background reading for a writing project so I'm trying to find fantasy fiction with a feminist slant. I have a shortlist (that may well become a longer list later on) of titles I'd like to read, but because they're American publications (mostly), I'm struggling to get hold of them even via the Bodleian Library. If any of my readers have any of the following and would be prepared to lend them to me for a few weeks, I would be very grateful. They will, of course, be looked after very carefully, and I would be willing to refund postage costs:

* The Bronze King, The Silver Glove and The Golden Thread by Suzy McKee Charnas
* Bones, Child of Darkness and Seeker's Mask by Patricia C Hodgell
* Arrow of the Queen, Arrow's Flight, Arrow's Fall and Oathbound by Mercedes Lackey

I am also looking for and failing to find the following (for the same research project):

* "Liberated ladies or fettered females?" by Barbara Greenwood in Quill and Quire 64;8, 39 (August, 1998)
* The Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman
* The Hero in Transition edited by Ray B Browne and Marshall W. Fishwick

Any loans will, of course, result in the loan-er receiving an acknowledgement in the book. (OK, not big bucks, but then, since when do Lit. Critics earn Big bucks - unless they're Harold Bloom or Jack Zipes ?)

Thanks in anticipation...


Anonymous said...

Michele, I have a hardbound copy of the first three (together in one volume). They're massively quick reads. I will go to a used bookstore and see if there are (inexpensive) used copies of the other books there. God/dess only knows how I ended up with this three-book volume--some junior high book club? Anyway, you're more than welcome to borrow it! And no, you needn't refund postage costs--it will cost you enough to return it...

Michele said...

Suzi, my grateful thanks - you're a pal ! I would go to the ABE and look for these books myself, but (a) I don't have the spare cash and (b) I don't have the space on my bookshelves - living in a tiny attic has resulted in many of my books remaining in the boxes in which they were packed when I moved in here, as my two small bookcases are quite literally overflowing. There's a pile of library books atop the cooker, not to mention the pile of books standing in front of the microwave ! Fortunately I don't use the latter often, and the pile on top of the cooker just get shifted every evening when I want to make dinner !