Novels: classics, hard sci-fi, historical fiction, and historical mysteries.
The denser and more filled with Dickensian details, the better. Bonus points for intricate political systems or court intrigues. Bonus bonus points for spy stuff.
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No rape, abuse, animal cruelty, or sensationalized grimness.
No books by the Jonathan Franzens or David Foster Wallaces of their genres.
I'm not the biggest fan of the dual narrative or the present tense.
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libraryperilous's Secret Santa is sillygwailo. Help sillygwailo pick the right book.
sandstone78: Hmm, maybe Genevieve Valentine's Persona (sci fi with intrigue and espionage) or Heather Rose Jones' Daughter of Mystery (historical fantasy with a lot of detail, interesting magic, and court intrigue)? (Thu, 29 Nov 2018 22:40:22 -0500)
mmseiple: She might like The Time in Between by María Dueñas (historical fiction, spying, intrigue). On a completely different note, maybe The Viceroys by Federico De Roberto (late 19th-century Italian novel with lots of scheming by the main characters, a noble family in Sicily working to game the system in any way they can for social and political power). Both lengthy books with lots of details, but that suck you in. (Mon, 03 Dec 2018 12:35:04 -0500)
Capybara_99: It sounds like she needs to read some of Alan Furst's historical spy novels: very grounded in the real. For classics: "The Way We Live Now" by Trollope. (Tue, 04 Dec 2018 02:50:45 -0500)
Arifel: Try Tremontaine, a serialised alt-historical "fantasy" (secondary world but no magic) created by Ellen Kushner, packed full of intrigue and dramatic plots etc. (Wed, 05 Dec 2018 02:42:33 -0500)
EllsieFind: Hi Diana - returning the favor! In comparing your library to mine, but maybe just a little off the beaten path, I’m thinking you might like The Book of Ebeneezer Le Page by G.B. Edwards. Also, although you mention that you don’t favor dual narrative, I still can’t help but think that you might enjoy Gain: A Novel by Richard Powers. He is an amazing writer. His books are infused with well-researched detail. One of the narratives fits historical fiction and was fascinating. The whole wonderful book came together beautifully. (Wed, 05 Dec 2018 09:08:37 -0500)
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