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27 December 2009 @ 02:27 pm
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I have, over the past couple days, read Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock books, SKINWALKER and BLOOD CROSS.

They’re the most enjoyable urban fantasy I’ve read since I started writing it myself, so basically they’re the best urban fantasy I’ve read in ten years. This is not *only* because Joanne Walker and Jane Yellowrock would get on like a house on fire, although that doesn’t hurt. It’s not just that they’re wonderfully well-researched–which, given that Jane is a skinwalker (ie, shapeshifter) of Cherokee descent, was exceedingly likely to run up against my own research and my own ideas on how I’d do things and clash, but didn’t. It’s not only that the world is well-developed with hints of interesting things around the corners. It’s not just that the writing style, which is invariably one of my problems with urban fantasy, didn’t once catch me out. It’s not just that Hunter’s knack for description makes me want to weep in despair. It’s all of those things put together to make a couple of really great stories, and this is how much I liked them:

They made me want to write Joanne Walker-Jane Yellowrock crossover fan fiction.

In fact, I may have even started a lil’ story that I sent to Faith, which I will perhaps post if she says it’s okay. :)

Anyway, the point really is that if you like the Walker Papers at all, I cannot imagine that you would not thoroughly enjoy the Jane Yellowrock books. SKINWALKER is out, and BLOOD CROSS is out on January 5th (which surprised me, I had no idea I’d gotten an early copy!), so basically you have exactly enough time to dash out, buy SKINWALKER, read it, and make sure your local bookstore will be ordering BLOOD CROSS for release day when you can buy it and make Faith’s numbers look good so there will be more Jane Yellowrock books. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: enthralleddelighted
GM Ceosanna: Readingceosanna on December 27th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Oooh. I also highly enjoyed Skinwalker, and I hope you get the go-ahead to post that crossover.
themysteriousgthemysteriousg on December 27th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Back in the day when I worked in the bookstore I had the privelege of meeting Gwen several times. She's awesome. One of the nicest ladies I've ever met with a great husband who takes good care of her:)

I love the Jane Yellowrock books, too. Crossover fanfic sounds FAB-u-LOUS!

Hmmm. This is the first time I've posted in your journal.

Insert appropriate fawning over the author here--love your books, love your blog I'll probably go back in my quiet corner now.

K thanks.
kitmizkit on December 28th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Hello! I see you there in the quiet corner! :)
Megabitchmegabitch on December 27th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Have put both in Amazon basket for ordering in the new year. I have enjoyed Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson books. My daughter started buying them and loaned them to me when I ran out of reading material recently (I daren't buy books from November 1st until after Xmas or I end up with duplicates from birthday and Xmas loot) - her lending me books was something that, up until a year ago, I would have sworn could never happen.
Ponythe1pony on December 27th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
Wow- now that's a crossover I'd love to read. I enjoyed "Skinwalker" a lot, and am looking forward to "Blood Cross". And of course, Jo is one of my favorite characters of all time. She and Jane would be a great combination.
Brianlogrusboy on December 27th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
They made me want to write Joanne Walker-Jane Yellowrock crossover fan fiction.

That may well be the highest praise an author can give! Guess I better haul myself to the bookstore.
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on December 27th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
Joanne Walker-Jane Yellowrock crossover fan fiction

My crossover would be if Harry Dresden met Rachel Morgan the world would just end, neither one of them can catch a break and disaster follows on swift wings as it were.
faithhunterfaithhunter on December 28th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
Jane and Jo
I am deeply honored.
Go for it!
(Pssst -- it's really hot writing, Y'all!)
kitmizkit on December 28th, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Jane and Jo
Oh! You said yes already! Yay! I shall post it, then. :) Thank you! :) :) :)
Mikamitsukai_aka on December 28th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
Crossover? That sounds like a great idea, possibly one of the best I've heard in a while considering I'm a fan of both series.

I cannot wait till the release date for Blood Cross, and I'll finally be able to pick up Walking Dead tomorrow. So happy.