It’s time for another Alphabeticals post! E this time, the 5th letter of the alphabet already. It seems like I just started doing these a short while ago, but I guess it’s been longer than that now.
Here are the rules as Alex posted them:
- Credit Alex for the idea, and link back
- Post at your own pace, do as many or as few letters as you want
- Post your favourite authors, books and characters (ABCs) for a particular letter of the alphabet
You can find my other Alphabeticals posts here.
Authors beginning with ‘E’
Rosemary Edghill is an author who I’ve usually read as part of a compilation. She co-authored many of the Bedlam’s Bard series with Mercedes Lackey, and I read Ghostlight and Witchlight. that she co-wrote with Marion Zimmer Bradley. I also read at least one of her solo novels, The Warslayer.
David Eddings is the author listed on The Elenium series, though I recently found out that his wife Leigh was an uncredited co-author. In some senses this makes me enjoy the books more, but in other ways I’m less happy about it. Still, David (and Leigh) is among my favorite ‘E’ authors.
Books beginning with ‘E’
Every Heart a Doorway tops a lot of favorite lists for me, but that’s because I really like it. (And I’m not the only one. It won or was nominated for several literary awards, winning both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novella.) Seanan McGuire hit it out of the park with this one, and I’m always happy to include it on a favorites list.
Wen Spencer’s Eight Million Gods is another recent read that I really enjoy and have mentioned before on my favorites lists. I love the concept for this book, the descriptions of the main character’s disorder, and the use of Japanese culture and myth instead of a Western one. It’s a standalone as far as I can tell, and certainly worth reading.
Characters beginning with ‘E’
Elspeth from Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series has to top this list, I think. She certainly needs to be on it. For a long part of my school years she was a character I looked up to as a role model. (Well, minus the magic and telepathic talking horse. But you know what I mean.)
Eeyore from A.A. Milne’s Winnie The Pooh has to be on this list too. I just love him.
series beginning with ‘E’
Lark at The Bookwyrm’s Hoard said “This isn’t part of the original meme, but I’m adding because, well, ABCs — there’s an S at the end!” and that sounded like a fun idea. For myself, I can’t guarantee that I will always have a series or two to include, but I’ll add these also now and again!
The Elenium by David (and Leigh) Eddings is a favorite sword-and-sorcery series of mine from my school days. I really enjoyed it then, but haven’t re-read it recently and so couldn’t tell you what I think of it now. Still, I like it a lot.
Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series is another ‘E’ series I enjoy, though I haven’t even come close to catching up yet. Oh well, more books for the TBR pile!
Once I got thinking about it, there were lots of characters that I could have picked. I passed over Elrond, Ebenezer Scrooge, and Emma Woodhouse for this list. But I stand by my choices. I could have added many more ‘E’ characters, but the two I used qualify as my favorites among them.