Thursday, March 27, 2008

A Review

Travis Erwin has posted a very nice review of Swords of Talera over on his blog, and I much appreciate it. I didn't even have to pay him. Travis is working on a manuscript called Plundered Booty, which many of us are hoping to see published soon.

For other comments, I just have to say what a gorgeous place the area around our Abita Springs home is. The Azaleas are blooming everywhere. Most are a gorgeous dark pink, but there are quite a few different shades, including a wonderful red. There is purple wisteria in the trees, several varieties of white flowers, and some lovely yellow flowers in the woods whose name escapes me right now. It's Carolina something or other. Add to that a lot of wildflowers in the ditches, the crimson clover bordering many of the roads, and the budding maples and dogwoods and you have a world clad in festival clothes.

Life is pretty good.

26 comments:

SzélsőFa said...

I've read that one by Atwood, too, and found it just as much disturbing.
But it was brilliantly written.

Michelle's Spell said...

The flowers sound great. I'm so jealous!

SzélsőFa said...

and yes, that's a nice review.

I love azaleas. They remind me of rhododendrons, because they are related species, and I have seen so many beautiful rhododendron bushes in the Netherlands, they bring good memories back to me...

Lana Gramlich said...

Carolina jasmine, hon.
Very nice of Travis to do that review for you, too!

Billy said...

The azaleas are indeed stunning, but I love the wildflowers best. They're just "there."

Travis said...

Sounds like spring has definitely sprung down south. We're getting our normal gray spring, but looking out my window now I can see a few blossoms on the bare trees.

And the birds definitely think something is up. They are in full voice every morning around 6am.

Anndi said...

Congrats on the review!

I'm looking forward to planting in the garden again.

Dad used to have a veg garden and I may resurrect it.

SQT said...

I got my copy of Talera too, just need to get on it. I've been so buried in review books and I feel so guilty for letting your sit. I know, excuses excuses... But it sounds great so I'm looking forward to it.

Bernita said...

~groan~~
We are still snow covered. They promise more tonight.
Amazon hasn't sent my Talera set yet, but I'm looking forward to reading them.

Steve Malley said...

You may officially have my spring jealousy. It's still pretty green here, but reds and golds have crept into the leaves without asking...

Lisa said...

I envy people who live in places where lush, colorful flowers grow. It gets pretty here, but it's too dry to ever be lush. The trees are all still sticks and there is some green sneaking into the grass. No flowers yet, but soon.

Josie said...

You didn't even have to pay him? Gosh, it must be good! :-)

Spring has landed her too, finally. The Japanese plum outside my treehouse is four stories high, and in full blossom. It's magnificent.

Charles Gramlich said...

Szelsofa, I think Azaleas may be a type of rhododendron. They are gorgeous plants.

Michelle, hope you'll get some blooming flowers soon.

Lana, yes it was. I don't know why I can't remember Jasmine, jasmine, jasmine.

Billy, the azaleas are so overwhelming in their color, but yes, the wildflowers are each one a small marvel.

Travis, I get up around 6:30 most mornings for work and get to hear a lot of birds already starting their day.

Anndi, I'm avoiding the garden route. We had a lot of them growing up and man were they work. But I suppose I could do a modest one.

SQT, I hope you enjoy it. I know you've been doing a lot of stuff. I'm the same way so don't apologize for being busy.

Bernita, I almost didn't post about the flowers because I didn't want to make the folks further north suffer, but driving to work this morning the explosions of color were so incredible that I had to talk about them.

Steve Malley, I was thinking about that, how you guys are going into autumn there. It seems kind of weird, although physically it makes perfect sense of course.

Lisa, even in non-lush environments the wildflowers can become little gems. But yes, I like the beauty around me now.

Josie, Japanese plums are beautiful trees in bloom. That's a big un.

Christina said...

I'm just so happy that the grass is finally green here, and that the fruit trees are in bloom. My favorite thing of all is that the sunflower seeds are sprouting. Yeah!

That was a great review by the way.

Ello said...

I am next! My copy is near the top right now! I am looking forward to reading it especially because I am in the swordfighting writing of my own book and have been looking to read more fantasy novels that have sword and arrow fights so I can study how they are done. I am eagerly looking forward to reading yours soon. If only real life didn't interfere so much!

ChristineEldin said...

This is one of many books I'll be reading over the summer.
Can't wait.
This is how it will go:
children in the pool, me 'watching' them. heh heh. Okay, I'll read a page then check on them. Okay, I'll read a chapter then check on them.
You get the picture.
:-)

Charles Gramlich said...

Christina, I wish we had some sunflowers. It would help us feed the birds.

Ello, I think there are some good sword fights and hand to hand combat scenes in the Taleran books. I've always very much enjoyed writing those kinds of scenes. I know what you mean about real life.

Christine Eldin, put floaties on them and you won't have to check as frequently. ;)

Shauna Roberts said...

We are having a beautiful spring here, too. I didn't expect it, being in the desert. But the "rainy season" (as opposed to the nonraining seasons) caused lots of wildflowers to pop up, and the warmth is encouraging my roses to grow and bud. The birds are everywhere, singing loudly and chasing each other.

writtenwyrdd said...

Glad you are enjoying yoru spring. We have more snow again today and it's going to get below ten degrees again tonight. :( I want flowers!

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

Phew - you're nearly two months down the line from us with the azaleas.
Its cold and siling with rain again here - feels all wrong.

Thanks for the heads up on the review.

benjibopper said...

it's gd snowing here. snowing!

Rachel said...

Sounds beautiful.

Charles Gramlich said...

Shauna, I've always heard that the desert can be gorgeous when it blooms and some day I want to see it.

Writtenwyrd, that kind of cold is obscene.

Julie, I don't mind rain, but I do love the flowers.

Benjibopper, ouch.

Rachel, I'll have to post some pics soon.

Travis Erwin said...

It was my pleasure to post those comments and to read your novel.

Donnetta Lee said...

Sounds beautiful, Charles. I don't have any flowers around the house, but have noticed the prettiest cardinals in the trees. And I have four nonbearing plum trees that have pink blossoms just thick. Now if it would just warm up and stay warm.
Donnetta

Miladysa said...

The flowers read wonderful! Do they bloom throughout the year there?

Your climate is so much different to ours.