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About meSo many books, so little time...

About my libraryScience fiction, fantasy, and a few other odds and ends.

For fantasy, I prefer works set in a created world; urban fantasies, portal fantasies where the fantasy world is an allegory of or foil to the protagonist's life on Earth, alternate histories, secret histories, and retellings of Earth history with the names changed are hard sells to me for that reason. For science fiction, much the same, I prefer a space opera or distant spacefaring future- alternate pasts, time travel, and modern or near-future Earth settings are hard sells to me.

I like to read character-driven stories, more than stories that show off the author's ideas and depth of world-building; military science fiction and fantasy are hard sells to me, as is extrapolative science fiction that centers around genius, misunderstood rugged individualists. In fact, rugged individualists in general are a hard sell; I like to read about protagonists with biological or adoptive or chosen families, friends, colleagues, and others they care about.

I don't mind romance, but I would love to see more asexual and contentedly single characters in the genre, and I draw the line at "alpha males." In fact, I am liable to put down most any book that refers to humans as "males" and "females."

Things that are likely sell me on a science fiction or fantasy book: lesbian or bisexual women as leads or major characters, books where none of the main characters are human (eg Laurie J. Marks' Triad books, Eleanor Arnason's Hwarhath stories, Steven Brust's Khaavren romances, and Jacqueline Lichtenberg's Sime~Gen universe), and high-magic or space opera settings.

Come chat with me in my 2014 reading journal! Questions and discussion welcome for any book in my library, even those I've not read yet :)

Past reading journals:

2013 - Better Late than Never

GroupsFantasyFans, Feminist SF, Missouri Readers, The Green Dragon

Favorite authorsEleanor Arnason, C. J. Cherryh, Louise Cooper, Jane Fletcher, Cheryl J. Franklin, Tanith Lee, Laurie J. Marks, Melissa Scott (Shared favorites)


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Thank you for your selections! I'm looking forward to them, and thanks for ignoring the Diana Gabaldon suggestion, I read book 1 and was underwhelmed. I did ooh and ah over the book making book, it's something I keep threatening to try and kinda regret didn't do a bookbinding apprenticeship!
Thank you for suggesting Kij Johnson's "The Man Who Bridged the Mist" for SantaThing. I read it the day it arrived, and only then did I realize she was the author of "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss", which I enjoyed a few years back.

In other words, it was an appropriate gift, and one I enjoyed to boot.

Thanks again, and a Happy New Year.
Thanks for your comment on my profile page (I hope I'm responding right - this is the first LibraryThing comment I've had). I have Quicksilver on my "to read" list, but thanks for mentioning that it would be a good idea to read Ultraviolet first. That's very helpful!

M.C.A. Hogarth's Mindtouch is pretty good, as long as you're more of a character-oriented reader than a plot-oriented one. I've been working my way through some of her other works in the same world and am about halfway through the other longer Jahir and Vasiht'h work she has out, "Family." I'm enjoying it, but it's making me wonder about my interpretation of Jahir and Vasiht'h's relationship in Mindtouch as an example of asexual romance.

The news about Mindline is wonderful, and I'll definitely buy it once it's out. I wasn't as much of a fan of Hogarth's shorter works with those main characters, but I think I may be addicted to her longer works.
I checked out your library after your comments about reading the first book of Melissa Scott's trilogy on the Fantasy Fans thread. It's been a while since I've reread that series, but it's still here in my library. I do enjoy her writing.
Hello, even though you weren't my secret santa, I'd really like to thank you for all the suggestions that you put on my Sec.Santa page. I mean, sure, with all those great suggestions I'm never gonna catch up on my TBR pile, but, that's a nice problem to have most of the time! :)

So, thank you for taking your time to come up with some awesome suggestions.

Hope you have a happy Christmas and a great New Year.
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