On a more geeky note... Birth of the Firebringer is a TRILOGY? I just died and went to heaven! I re-read my copy last night and was reminded precisely how much I loved this book, with its fierce rainbow-hued unicorns who spoke and fought with grphyons and wyverns, passing on oral tradition by moonlight and embarking upon rite-of-passage pilgrimages across the plains. As I closed the book (entirely far too late for a worknight), I thought wistfully how much it seemed to hint at more story. If only there was more...
And apparently, there is. I MUST OWN.
I'd also like to get my hands on The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West. Mom let me read her copy, but I don't believe I ever had one of my own as she guarded hers jealously (with good reason). Time to change this! Yet another that appears to be part of a series, unbeknowst to myself.
I am such a fucking geek for young adult SF/F. Often I wish the book were longer or went into more detail, but you don't get much material like Dragon's Blood or Nightpool aimed at older audiences. And yes, I have read The Magic And The Healing; I didn't really like it at the time... I think it lost me on the medical jargon and it struck me as profoundly depressing. Well, maybe I should give it another shot.
Right now I'm working through the books that flooded over from my mom. I gave up on The Master a couple chapters in, and now I'm happily working through The Dolphins of Altair, written in the '60s and set in the future, which rather prophetically mentions conflict in the Middle East. Cute.