British Author Challenge February 2024: Emma Newman & Ronald Firbank

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British Author Challenge February 2024: Emma Newman & Ronald Firbank

1amanda4242
Jan 28, 3:43 pm



Emma Newman is an award winning science fiction and fantasy writer. With her husband, she is the co-creator of the award winning podcast Tea and Jeopardy. She is also an audiobook narrator.

Selected works
The Split Worlds series
Planetfall series
Industrial Magic series
The Unkindest Cut

2amanda4242
Jan 28, 3:45 pm



Arthur Annesley Ronald Firbank was born in Westminster on 17 January 1886 to Sir Thomas Firbank and Lady Firbank. He attended Trinity Hall, Cambridge, but left without a degree.

Firbank was openly gay; he converted to Catholicism in 1907. He died of lung disease on 21 May 1926 in Rome.

Selected works
Vainglory
Caprice
Valmouth
The Flower Beneath The Foot
Sorrow in Sunlight (The repugnant US title for this one is due to his American publisher.)
Concerning the Eccentricities of Cardinal Pirelli

Ronald Firbank on Project Gutenberg https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/50114

3alcottacre
Jan 28, 3:51 pm

I am for sure going to be reading Newman's Between Two Thorns. I am not sure about Firbank at this point.

4cbl_tn
Jan 28, 4:05 pm

I am going to give Caprice a try.

5m.belljackson
Editado: Fev 9, 1:15 pm

I read the first of Newman's Planetfall series...2 Stars.

6amanda4242
Fev 9, 1:58 pm

>5 m.belljackson: I liked the first book, but thought the second, After Atlas, was much better: it's a detective story set on Earth that could be read without having read Planetfall.

7ronincats
Fev 12, 8:38 pm

I'm an avid science fiction and fantasy reader, and I've never heard of Emma Newman. Clearly I am going to have to check her out!

8amanda4242
Fev 12, 10:20 pm

>7 ronincats: I discovered her by chance when I won a publisher's giveaway that included one of her books. I can recommend After Atlas, which can be read without having read Planetfall, and tentatively recommend Between Two Thorns (I'm only a hundred pages in, but it's good so far).

9amanda4242
Fev 14, 3:51 pm

Valmouth by Ronald Firbank

Composed almost entirely of dialogue and adjectives. It's Modernist, camp as hell, and nigh incomprehensible at times, but I found myself kind of liking it even if I rarely had a firm grasp on what was happening.

10Kristelh
Fev 18, 7:48 pm

I finished Planetfall by Newman, in one day. I listened to the audiobook read by the author who did an amazing job. Most authors should not read their books. There was + and - in this one. It did remind me of The Sparrow which is a better book. I won't read more in the series. This was enough for me.

11amanda4242
Fev 18, 8:45 pm

>10 Kristelh: The sequel is very different and much better, IMHO.

12Kristelh
Fev 18, 8:58 pm

>11 amanda4242: I will keep that in mind, Amanda.

13amanda4242
Fev 20, 2:57 pm

I finished Between Two Thorns, devoured the sequel, Any Other Name, and am about a hundred pages into book three; I think it's fair to say I really like the series!