Suggestions for future Book Chat choices
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To get the ball rolling I'll pick the first few books, but after that I hope the community will select the books we choose to read.
In the mean time, if you've read a book that could inspire a good chat or if there's an SF&F book you're looking forward to reading, suggest it as a Book Chat choice here!
I'll have to take a look through my recommendations from twitter..
So standalone books eh? Or are books 1 in series a good thing?
Of the first three you mentioned Elantris; Zoo City and Day of the Triffids; Dublin City Public Libraries (in order) has (with some on order); hasn't but I've requested purchase; and has some.
My suggestions were:
Who's Afraid of Beowulf by Tom Holt
Expecting Someone Taller by Tom Holt
Beauty by Robin McKinley
Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
Way of Wyrd by Brian Bates
Hob's Bargain by Patricia Briggs
Dream Finder by Roger Taylor an author I really like but seems almost invisible
Wolf Moon by Charles de Lint
Moonheart by Charles de Lint
Seeing as we're just starting off, I'd prefer stand-alones. But I imagine later we'd start looking at series, so add 'em if you like 'em!
A couple of suggestions in various genres:
Sunshine by Robin McKinley Vampires done right
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch Police procedural with magic (1st in Series)
Benighted by Kit Whitfield
The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford
The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
Halting State by Charles Stross
The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach
Something makes me want to say Twilight if only so that I can complain knowledgeably about it.
A few books have been lurking on my bookshelf that I'd like to read (and are available in paperback from bookshops around Dublin.
Two may be suitable for christmas:
Lankhamar by Fritz Leiber . This appears to be the first of four collections of shorter tales about two fantasy anti-heros. However the same stories turn up in other collections. (Annoyingly, there is no contents table in the book.)
Anathem by Neal Stephenson .
For shorter tales (or perhaps I should say, quicker reads):
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
For something a little more surreal (that perhaps requires some time to digest?):
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Something by CJ Cherryh, like Cyteen or Cuckoo's Egg for SF.
Dragon's Egg by Robert L Forward, also SF, despite the name.
Crystal Rain, Tobias Buckell.
I couldn't put down The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi. Fantasy in our contemporary world.
I love what I've read of Robin Hobb, but they're trilogies, so I don't know if they're suitable.
First book of a second trilogy, but I think it stands on its own - Brightness Reef by David Brin. Great selection of aliens & their viewpoints.
I'd like to add a few more suggestions
Jennifer Government by Max Barry this one is scarily close to the bone with the way corporations are behaving.
I'd also suggest Justina Robson I've read, and enjoyed Silver Screen is interesting and standalone and while Natural History is part of a series (a duology) it does stand alone. She writes stuff that's very twisted and her characters come across as very human. I'm currently reading Chasing the Dragon which has me a bit confused but still wondering what's really going on.
An Author suggestion would be Barbara Hambly; Dragonsbane is a standalone that later had sequels; Stranger at the wedding is quite good; Ladies of Mandrigyn is another standalone that later had sequels. Almost all of them are available as ebooks http://www.barbarahambly.com/?p=401 I however have almost all of them for ages.
How about mining this list for ideas.
Some are series books, and others are out of print, but they are all women writers and for once non-European style fantasy would be good. (For some strange reason I keep wanting to read Chinese-inspired fantasy. I wonder why that could be...)
it's an interesting list. I'm not sure about some of it though, and this is only from a quick run-through their definition of European seems strange to this European, who would almost define European as anyone who takes part in the Eurovision and therefore defines themselves as somehow part of Europe. Anyone who uses the Euro or is part of the EU definitely counts and several of these suggestions seem to regard Greece and greek legend as not being European.
I think the people drawing this up have a very rigid view of European, and in fact, if faced with real Irish legends would regard them as non-european, but they would resonate with the watered down saccrine versions that are presented as Irish Legends.
I have read The Paladin by C J Cherryh and it remains on my favourite books shelf
Allison Goodman's Eon is the start of a series which isn't bad
I liked Across the Nightingale Floor and it's sequels
Godstalk has been on my TBR pile for too long
Nancy Springer's series that includes The Silver Sun would appear to me to be european secondary fantasy
I'm not sure about some of the Judith Tarr suggestions, while Alamut is set in the middle east, it is as part of a crusader situation and most of the main caracters are western europeans (with elves). I love this series and after reading this book as a loan I hunted up a secondhand hardback for me!
That's just the tip of a quick run-through, a good list to explore more non-typical fantasy.
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