My favorite book by an LDS author is "Freefall" by Traci Hunter Abramson. I
couldn't put it down!
I just picked up on Elaine's commentary, and wanted to add my views, which
probably parallel hers. I have read three of Harold K. Moon's novels, and they
are as good as any mentioned above. His "Ghost Coach" is a prize-winner, and is
the best basketball story and coming of age novel I have read.
I wrote a page-long letter to editor David Schneider in which I introduced an
author whose work is not well-known, but should be. Harold K. Moons novels are
beautifully written and character-driven. Try, for starters, his "The Leah
Shadow." It may well nudge opinions a notch or two higher on the scale of
respect for LDS fiction.
Orson Scott Card definitely has the credentials to prove he is the best fiction
writer, who is LDS, of all time.But his LDS-fiction is another
story. In fact, fiction-with-an-LDS-theme does not fare very well at all. The
fact the LDS people read it is not evidence that it is good literature of any
kind. It only shows the ideosynchratic tastes of the LDS people, which are an
There is both good and bad literature by LDS writers (whether or not intended
for a LDS audience). And it is kind of fun to see a ranking. Interesting
article!But - when referring to Gerald Lund, the author, I think
Dessert News makes a mistake in putting his current title of Elder under his
picture or in the article (not related to his works written previously). It
would be fair to say something like "Gerald Lund, now a general authority, wrote
'The Work and the Glory' fictional series for LDS audiences which focuses on
Pioneer history" But his writings aren't endorsed by the church and his
authorship should stand independent of his current role.One may
think of it like when you quote a president of the church who wrote something as
an apostle. You refer to their appropriate title at the delivery of their
message. "Elder McKay, later sustained as president of the church" at the X
general conference preached ..." Yes, the mention of where they end up affects
the perception of their role in LDS society but a news organization should be
careful in their quotation.Lund did not write the W&G as a GA.
One to look for this fall is an LDS author who has moved into the mainstream YA
fantasy - J. Scott Savage.
Orson Scott Card is recognized throughout the world of science fiction and
fantasy writing and reading as one of the major writers of the last three
decades, with highly original stories. His books are in continuous printing
years after their original publication, and are popular in many other languages.
He has won awards for his short fiction. While the "Ender's Game" series is
usually viewed as "hard" science fiction, centered around technology, gaming,
and warfare, and a prototype for the virtual reality training that is given to
modern warriors, he has written highly original fantasy works, including the
highly popular Alvin Maker series. Just having a story that takes place in the
universe of "Ender's Game" or "Alvin Maker" will sell an anthology. In addition
to highly original stand-alone novels like the haunting "Lost Boys",
"Songmaster", "Hart's Hope", and "Magic Street", which combines the worlds of
black Los Angeles and ancient myth, Card has written significant works for the
LDS audience, including biographical novels about Moses and the wives of
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in addition to his epic "Saints", set in the Nauvoo
period, and the script for the Hill Cumorah Pageant.
Brandon Sanderson is currently my favorite on the list with "Elantris",
"Mistborn", and "Alcatraz". Orson Scott Card is great with the "Ender's Game"
series. David Farland's "Runelords" series is wonderful. Those are
the top 3 for me anyway.Gotta give a hand to Stephenie Meyer too for
her "Twilight" Series, thats just plain a fun read.
Stephanie Meyer is, like, so freaking awesome!!! I have read "Twighlight" like,
4 times now and I cry every time. She rules!!!
I have to throw out some credit to Glen A. Larsen, the man who brought us the
original Battlestar Galactica series. So say we all.
Completely agree with Klaus. To place Orson Scott Card as a one trick pony just
proves that reading is beyond Ken and Mark's ability. Enders Game is his most
popular, but he is a great author with other great books. I disagree with
putting Stephanie Myer on the best list. I know a lot of people find her books
entertaining, and I will say that Twilight was, but beyond that they went down
Ken, Mark. You poor misguided souls. Sure there is some bad mormon writing out
there, but come down off the pedestal, please. Card has some excellent works out
there; you should give it a try. Read Lost Boys and tell me it doesn't affect
you. What other series is there like the Alvin Maker series? Stone Tables,
Enchantment, Homebody ... need I go on?I would also like to mention one of
my favorites who should be on the list, but isn't: Robert Marcum. Great
books.Speaking of "one trick ponies", John Grishom - nothing but law
stories, ugh; Robin Cook, and Michael Palmer - just medical stories. And they
all are just about good and evil. They must be highly over-rated... but I enjoy
their books anyway; isn't that what really matters in the end? Get over it,
I am so glad that Ken let us know what is what...glad to know he doesn't throw
the baby out with the bath water.
Ken,Try Brady Udall--definitely not a one-trick pony. Read his
excellent short story collection, "Letting Loose the Hounds" (Norton, 1997) or
better yet, his wonderful (first) novel, "The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint"
LDS authors are all "one trick ponies". They "naturally" deal with
struggles between good and evil because1) their faith makes them
simple-minded, black-and-white thinkers; and 2) they honestly think
they have some privileged moral position with superior insights into morality
than anyone else.But for my money, LDS fiction in general is NOT a
good spend, especially Lund's historical fiction nonsense that does such a POOR
job of character development.
Card is good, in that the Ender series was pretty enjoyable. Other than that, I
pass on the rest of his books. He is pretty much a one trick pony.Lund is a much better author.As for the rest, well, most simply
aren't worth reading.
Lynn Kurland would be my favorite--soft romances and the most endearing fantasy
trilogy I've ever read!