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Title: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Gwendolynn on November 06, 2007, 01:31:20 pm
Alright, my husband is gone all week for work and I need a few excellent books to keep me company.  I can never sleep with him gone, even if I tuck both my kids and the dogs in bed with me.  Sometimes I think I’m so pathetic … then again, maybe I can blame all my phobias on my detective brother who tells me all the evils that people truly do to each other. 

So, what are your favorite books?  Books that you simply could not put down from start to finish?  While Urban Fantasy is my favorite genre , I explore all genres for a truly good book.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: tmpinsnty on November 06, 2007, 02:02:23 pm
for a good all nighter--- Jaqueline Carey's Kushiel's Dart...nice big thick book...this is a fantasy novel but based on Earth without magical creatures (fairies, orcs, dragons)... i loved this series
Karen Chance's Touch the Dark and Claimed by the Dark
Carrie Vaughn's Kitty series
Elaine Cunningham's Books...
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Ellyll on November 06, 2007, 02:04:33 pm
Connie Willis, To Say Nothing of the Dog - it's a hoot
Barbara Hambly - pretty much anything, although I have a sneaking fondness for the Windrose Chronicles series (The Silent Tower, The Silicon Mage, and Dog Wizard), and the Darwath Trilogy, and she has some good mysteries, too
C.J. Cherryh - also anything - the Morgaine saga is really good, starts with Gate of Ivrel, and the Faded Sun trilogy
Charles De Lint - absolutely anything - maybe Someplace to be Flying
Patricia Briggs, obviously

Um.  That's all I can come up with off the top of my head, although looking at it, it's proably more than enough, huh?   ;)
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on November 06, 2007, 06:16:28 pm
By the Sword, Mercedes Lackey, stayed up to 4 am with it.
Lee & Miller's Liadan universe books
Terry Pratchett for almost unrelieved humor wrapped around truths.
Georgette Heyer regency romances, no smut if the kids ask you to read to them or let them see.
Diane Duane
Dianna Wynne Jones
Oh, and Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, & the semi sequel The Diamond Age.
I like YK from Crash.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Cerulean on November 06, 2007, 06:16:44 pm
Well, if you love urban fantasy, check out my list of excellent urban fantasy series.
http://www.amazon.com/The-best-urban-fantasy-series/lm/RG45BWURNUDAV/ref=cm_lm_byauthor_title_full/105-7875322-5289239
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Gwendolynn on November 07, 2007, 04:22:02 pm
Thanks so much for the recommendations!  I’ve read about half of the suggested books, but the other half look great!  I finished the book I was reading last night and am on my way to B&N tonight.

Well, if you love urban fantasy, check out my list of excellent urban fantasy series.
http://www.amazon.com/The-best-urban-fantasy-series/lm/RG45BWURNUDAV/ref=cm_lm_byauthor_title_full/105-7875322-5289239
The funny thing about your list is that I’ve read all but two of them (well those two are actually series).  My local B&N doesn't carry Charlaine Harris’ Harper Connelly Mysteries and I haven’t read Wen Spencer’s Ukiah Oregon Novels yet, although I loved her Tinker series. What can I say?  I think you have excellent taste in fiction. 
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Good Mazoku on November 08, 2007, 08:53:04 am
Dennis Lehane's "Kenzie&Gennaro" series (A drink before the war, Darkness take my hand, Sacred, Gone baby gone, Prayers for rain) or Mystic River.
Kit Whitfield "Benighted".
Warwick Collins "F-Woman".
Stephen Woodworth "Violet" series (Through Violet Eyes, With Red Hands, In Golden Blood, From Black Rooms).
Charlaine Harris "Southern Vampire series", the Lily Bard series and the Harper Connelly one.
Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.

Oh, heck, I could go on and on and on... ::)

And if you want something that will keep you busy for a while, Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy...aaaah, loved that one, I'm still recovering from it ;D
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Cerulean on November 08, 2007, 01:10:40 pm
The funny thing about your list is that I’ve read all but two of them (well those two are actually series).  My local B&N doesn't carry Charlaine Harris’ Harper Connelly Mysteries and I haven’t read Wen Spencer’s Ukiah Oregon Novels yet, although I loved her Tinker series. What can I say?  I think you have excellent taste in fiction. 
Why thanks - obviously you have excellent taste, too!

You should try Lois McMaster Bujold's "Vorkosigan" series. Or her "Sharing Knife" series, or her "Chalion" series. The latter two are fantasy, while the Vorkosigan series is scifi. All are truly excellent, though. The Vorkosigan series starts with Cordelia's Honor, which is actually a compilation of the first two books. After that, the series follows their son, Miles. Just search for "The Vorkosigan Saga" on Amazon.com. I believe she won at least one, if not two, Hugo awards with this series.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on November 08, 2007, 02:53:17 pm
And there are 2 side volumes.  "Falling Free" takes place a couple of hundred years earlier in the Vorkosigan universe, & "Ethan of Athos" involves Elli Quin from the Dendarii Free Mercenaries.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Kiersten Walks Funny on November 08, 2007, 06:11:43 pm
of course patty's books are a must, other than that i like grimms fairy tales and harry potter books are good long reads too
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Ellyll on November 09, 2007, 09:00:45 am
Dennis Lehane's "Kenzie&Gennaro" series (A drink before the war, Darkness take my hand, Sacred, Gone baby gone, Prayers for rain) or Mystic River.


Okay, I have to say this for Gwendolynn.  I love Dennis Lehane's books, he's a great writer, plus he's a local boy, but I have to give you fair warning - if you have kids, and those children in peril things affect you, Gone Baby Gone and (especially) Mystic River are a little harrowing.  Mostly because he is such a great writer. 

I never used to mind these things in quite the same way in the pre-kids days, but now they're somehow even more upsetting. 
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on December 18, 2007, 08:09:26 pm
Just read a short story collection, "Furry Fantastic", lots of fun animal stories.  Even the darkest ones didn't make me feel grim.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Zealith on December 18, 2007, 09:01:13 pm
Do you know the editors name? (So I can find it easier?)
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on December 18, 2007, 09:09:29 pm
Jean Rabe (I believe she's writing a series about the 'Finest', a kind of super intelligent/angelic horses) and Brian M. Thomsen.
ISBN 0756403812
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Has on December 20, 2007, 09:28:19 am
Just read a short story collection, "Furry Fantastic", lots of fun animal stories.  Even the darkest ones didn't make me feel grim.

Patti was there an Elizabeth Vaughan short story in there? - I love her books. But I wasn't sure to get it- did you enjoy it, I might get it now. I am not a fan of anthologies unless they feature must buy authors.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Spryte on December 31, 2007, 07:45:26 am
Dancing with Werewolves, by Carole Nelson Douglas was really good.
I had some misgivings about it, and wasn't sure I really wanted to read it, but I really enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on December 31, 2007, 08:22:26 am
Thank you, Has.  If I can remember, and get a chance, I'll double check at the bookstore on Thursday, around the edge of Our Hostess' signing for Iron Kissed.  I am so psyched!
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: jenglows on January 06, 2008, 12:43:07 am
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley - is a MUST read - IMO  ;)

It's a fabulous version of the Arthurian legends from the perspective of the female characters

Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Gwendolynn on January 06, 2008, 11:23:01 am
I love The Mists of Avalon, The Forest House and Lady of Avalon.  It was a little strange to read them in reverse-chronological order, but excellent all the same. 
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: beverlyp on February 01, 2008, 05:15:51 am
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley - is a MUST read - IMO  ;)

It's a fabulous version of the Arthurian legends from the perspective of the female characters



I agree 10000% i bet i have read that book at least 20 times.  probally my fav of all time.  didn;t care much for the rest of the series though.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: charmed on February 01, 2008, 05:40:36 am
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley - is a MUST read - IMO  ;)

It's a fabulous version of the Arthurian legends from the perspective of the female characters



I agree 10000% i bet i have read that book at least 20 times.  probally my fav of all time.  didn;t care much for the rest of the series though.

I agree Beverly, the rest of the series didn't do anythign for me but The Mists of Avalon is excellent.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: beverlyp on February 03, 2008, 06:12:42 am
I need more books,

here are all the series im involved in not in any particular order:

the rachel morgan series
the mercy series
anita blake
merry genty
fever series
lilith saintcrow Dante valentine
jenna black morgan kingsly exorcist series
circle of 7

what ive got wishlisted

the secret life of a demon hunting soccer mom by julie kenner
world of the lupi by eileen wilks
sign of the zodiac vicki petterson

which is the best to go with first..or can u recommend a better series than the ones i have found?
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Gerd D. on February 05, 2008, 03:43:41 am
I wasn't all that excited with Eileen Wilks (I tried to read Mortal Danger), gave me the feeling that she comes from the fantasy corner.

Did you read Lori Handeland?
I like her books, they are fun to read. She has a nice pulp oriented style, less violence and sex than in the Anita Blake books (and so far only werewolves) though.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Kiersten Walks Funny on February 05, 2008, 11:29:51 am
i recomend Twilight by Stephenie Meyer its really good and bring up interesting vampire ideas
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: beverlyp on February 29, 2008, 12:37:32 pm
I been reading confessions of a demon hunting soccer mom trilogy by julie kenner, starts with carpe demon, then california demon, and finally demons are forever.  Its actually pretty good, anyone who has kids and a family will appreciate the effort the woman goes to, to make sure her area stays demon free.  I like the series pretty well.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Has on February 29, 2008, 01:40:09 pm
Well the last 2 books I read Jennifer Rardin's Once Bitten Twice Shy and Ann Aguirre's Grimspace have been fantastic.
Once Bitten Twice Shy - is about a CIA operatice Jaz Park's is partnered up with a vampire and is the start of a series. Its actioned packed and with strong characterisation - Patty blurbed it perfectly on the cover- James Bond meets Dracula :)
Grimspace- is a sci- fi romance and if you like Linnea Sinclear/Firefly/Farscape then I would def recommend it- I would also recommend it to people who don't necessarily like sci fi - there isn't much techno babble and there is a def focus on the relationship between the two central characters who are both flawed but complicated. Its also action packed and I cant wait for the sequels.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: jenglows on March 25, 2008, 03:58:31 pm
I been reading confessions of a demon hunting soccer mom trilogy by julie kenner, starts with carpe demon, then california demon, and finally demons are forever.  Its actually pretty good, anyone who has kids and a family will appreciate the effort the woman goes to, to make sure her area stays demon free.  I like the series pretty well.
I read the first one Carpe Demon and thought it was very cute.  I like the Moms aren't brain-dead - life still goes on theme :)  Sometimes i just get sick of only reading about single girls that actually have free time. i know the whole "fantasy" thing is part escape from normality, but it's nice to occasionally read a story where the main character is trying to do the same things as me ( cook, clean, deal with kids that make me crazy) and has adventures ;)
 Just ordered California Demon on bookswap.. so i'll have it soon!
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Cole on March 25, 2008, 08:05:49 pm
there is always michael crichton's Prey and his Congo

very good books though more on the science fiction side
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: beverlyp on March 26, 2008, 03:48:08 am
I been reading confessions of a demon hunting soccer mom trilogy by julie kenner, starts with carpe demon, then california demon, and finally demons are forever.  Its actually pretty good, anyone who has kids and a family will appreciate the effort the woman goes to, to make sure her area stays demon free.  I like the series pretty well.
I read the first one Carpe Demon and thought it was very cute.  I like the Moms aren't brain-dead - life still goes on theme :)  Sometimes i just get sick of only reading about single girls that actually have free time. i know the whole "fantasy" thing is part escape from normality, but it's nice to occasionally read a story where the main character is trying to do the same things as me ( cook, clean, deal with kids that make me crazy) and has adventures ;)
 Just ordered California Demon on bookswap.. so i'll have it soon!

I have the first 3 and have read the first 2, I'm still trying to decide if I like the series or not.  I mean its good when im reading it, I just can't get excited about it..does that make sense?
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 26, 2008, 08:19:34 am
Yeah, I've had things like that too.  I'd be bored with say history, in school for 2-3 weeks, then get into it, only to have my chain yanked by the durned class bell.  Happens with books, too.
If you like the 'mom with the usual mess dealing with adventure' thing, & you can put up with her wearing silk & being Very christian, I'll recommend "Princess of Wands" by John Ringo. 
Mom fights assorted demonic nasties, getting her power from her faith.  So does her partner, who's a devote of Freya, as sex goddess!
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: readergrl on March 27, 2008, 08:45:45 am
I really like Karen Chance's Cassandra Palmer series.

If you're looking for a bit of romance mixed in with your urban fantasy, try Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series.

I also enjoyed Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake and Meredith Gentry series as well as Mercedes Lackey's Diana Tregarde books.

Sounds like you'll have plenty to keep you occupied for awhile!  ;D
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: HiddenSparkle on February 10, 2009, 09:22:13 am

hey everyone!!

My boyfriend really likes Michael Crichton and has read all of his books. Unfortunately, he won't be getting anymore new material so I was hoping to get some recommendations for him. He likes reading but only if he can really get into the story. He's a science buff but not really into the space travel aspect of a lot of sf books out there. He might be able to take a little bit of magic in a book but not much.

any suggestions?
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Gerd D. on February 10, 2009, 10:03:53 am
I would think the Preston/Child books will be right up his alley, they have a style that reminds me a lot of Crichton.
Great reading material, although if you read them in a row they begin to sounds remarkable similar one to another...

Relic -  Mostly horror, I think it's been called Jaws in a Museum which isn't to far off. :)
Mount Dragon - A down to earth scientific thriller about a bio-egineered virus.
Riptide - Adventure oriented, about high tech Treasure Hunting
Thunderhead - Adventure oriented, with a bit of mysticism. Deals with the Anasazi legend.



If he likes medical/bio thrillers he should also give Richard Preston's (brother to the above Preston) The Hot Zone, about the true 'Outbreak' events, and the fiction novel The Cobra Event a try.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on February 10, 2009, 11:44:16 am
Dr. F.Paul Wilson has several books out that would be possible.  In general fiction/horror.  Mostly the "Repairman Jack", but several stand alones.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: ElefiNecol on February 10, 2009, 11:47:42 am
I would recommend looking into the Amber Chronicles (The Great Book of Amber) by Roger Zelazny.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on February 10, 2009, 12:11:00 pm
Spider Robinson's books, especially if he likes puns.  Maybe start him with the "Stardancers".
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Post by: Good Mazoku on February 11, 2009, 08:00:49 am
After giving this some thought, I came up with John Connolly's Charlie Parker series, first one is Every dead thing. :)
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Post by: alan on February 11, 2009, 01:20:19 pm
try some Keri Arthur books, not sure if i spelled her name right but the first few were good haven't read the rest yet
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: HiddenSparkle on February 12, 2009, 08:03:22 am

So as an update, I showed The Boy all of your suggestions and here are the ones that he expressed interest in (YAY!!):

Mount Dragon by Douglas Preston (He wants to know if he has to read Relic first. He's willing to read it in order to get to Mount Dragon but he wants to know if it is necessary?)

The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
The Cobra Event by Richard Preston

Every Dead Thing by John Connolly (Apparently, he has heard of John Connolly before, he just hasn't looked into him until now)


He only did a cursory look at some of these books and he hasn't gotten to all of them yet, but thanks to all of you for your help. He was actually looking really excited about some of these last night so I've got my fingers crossed that we have some winners!  :D :D
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Gerd D. on February 12, 2009, 09:17:46 am
Relic and Mount Dragon are completly different, with different character sets.
Mount Dragon is self enclosed, but Relic has a follow-up called Reliquary that picks-up a few loose threads, so those are best read in order.
Also one of the main characters of Relic is a recurring character (Agent Pendergast) to a few other of their books (apart from the obvious Reliquary), but I don't know if their is any more cross referencing going on to former stories.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: acread on March 29, 2009, 12:11:37 pm
Hi, I just had a friend ask for recommendations for reading material. It's not for her but her MIL. She said the MIL likes Linda Howard and Kay Hooper. I have to admit I haven't read either. Just glanced at some of their book topics. I think I have a sense of what they are writing but I would rather ask anyone who read to help me out with this.

I'm guessing they write romance that is heavy on mystery and maybe with a little paranotmal mixed in there. Is that what it is?

If it is just mystery and romance mix then I was going to suggest maybe later works of Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown. Maybe Iris Johansen.

If it is mostly mystery then maybe Sur Grafton or Patricia Cornwell.

If it is a mix of mystery and paranormal, well of course Patty's work, KA, CE Murphy, Kat Richardson

But what do you think. If you read Linda Howard and Kay Hooper, what do you think will be a good recommendation?
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: charmed on March 29, 2009, 12:15:16 pm
Kay Hooper is paranormal suspense/mystery with a romance. I'd suggest some JD Robb, maybe some Iris Johansen, maybe Amanda Quick and her alter ego Jayne Krentz. Hmm, I'll think more.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: charmed on March 29, 2009, 12:22:10 pm
Ok, I had another thought. Both Hooper and Howard wrote romances in their early careers before moving into suspense and romantic suspense. DO you know what period in their careers your friends MIL owns?
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: acread on March 29, 2009, 12:27:33 pm
Mmm no. I should ask her.
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Post by: acread on March 29, 2009, 12:33:37 pm
OK here is what we know: The MIL once said Nora Roberts was too racy yet she didn't make her cancel the order.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 29, 2009, 12:48:54 pm
Used book store/library.  Charlotte MacLeod.  Any/all.  Mysteries with some romance, light, fun, some little bits of supernatural only in a few.  Also wrote under Alicia Craig, "The Grub and Stakers" and Janet & Madoc Rhys novels. 

Debbie Macomber.
Betty Neels if she hasn't done them already.  They're very formula & British, but not racy.  Nor paranormal, really.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 29, 2009, 01:53:10 pm
Oh, I may be wrong - someone who's read more of them than I have might check for you on this - but I believe the "Elemental Masters" books  by Mercedes Lackey, since they're set in the Victorian Era, may be light enough on sex to pass for her.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Has on March 29, 2009, 02:20:44 pm
I would recommend Lisa Marie Rice - shes very similar to early Linda Howard although her books are racey but then I would say the same with some of Linda Howard's early work. Her books are mysteries with really alpha menz - I love her midnight series from Elloras' Cave and think they are best books although she has a few books out with Berkeley. She also writes under the pen name Elizabeth Jennings and the smex is a bit toned down there but has a similar style.

I would also say Jayne Ann Krentz and Amanda Quck are good bets and Nora Roberts.
Another author would Suzanne Enoch's Samantha Jellico series - its kinda similar to JD Robb's In Death series - except this series is set in the presence and the heroine is a cat burgler but they are definitely good fun and its a classic tale of opposites attract of a staid and conservative Lord who is a bazillonaire and the care free and unconventional cat burgler.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Good Mazoku on March 30, 2009, 06:56:05 am
Hmmm...I could only come up with Elizabeth Vaughan's Warprize trilogy: it's a fantasy/romance, so it's not exactly the kind you were looking for, but good nonetheless. :)
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Midangel on March 30, 2009, 09:42:03 am
The Tairen Soul series by C.L Wilson. It's more of a Epic fantasy romance. It's a great series.

Lisa Kleypas is another fab author. She has done a lot of historical romances, though while the sex scenes are hot, they are not too racy.

Anne Stuart is another author who I find good. She has done romance/suspense books. It's called the 'Ice' series.  :)
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Good Mazoku on March 30, 2009, 01:15:52 pm
I just realized that Colleen Gleason's Gardella Vampire Chronicles are considered paranormal romance. :) They're not too romance-y, but I think they could do in your case. ;) First one is The Rest Falls Away.
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Post by: Patti L. on June 04, 2012, 02:48:19 pm
Okay, just found out that at least one person among us here didn't realize that there are M*A*S*H books.
First of all, the movie, and then the TV show were adapted from the original book of that title, by one Richard Hooker, more or less autobiographical with fiction elements to protect the innocent/make it less actionable.  O)

Some years afterward, he wrote "M*A*S*H Goes to Maine", in which after Korea, Hawkeye goes home to Crabapple Cove, Maine, and eventually lures Trapper John, Duke, and Spearchucker to live there too.

Some few years after that, I suspect that Mr. Hooker (or Dr. Hooker?) found himself in need of some money, and he ... well the term that comes to mind is "pimped it out" to Pocket book publisher, "Co-writing" with a William E. Butterworth
M*A*S*H goes to:
Hollywood
Las Vegas
London'Miami
Montreal
Morocco
New Orleans
Paris
San Francisco
Texas
Vienna
--and possibly one or two more.  These are very much to formula, with a fair amount of filler material, but they're nice 'brain candy' giggles.

There was another hiatus, and then he alone produced "M*A*S*H Mania", going back to the basics of the gang living and working in "Crabapple Cove" with the eccentric small town residents who are their patients and neighbors.
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Post by: h2ofall on June 04, 2012, 03:01:27 pm
I had not realized the M*A*S*H was based on a book. How did I miss that? I just found a kindle edition and downloaded it. But, I am going to save reading it until my flight next week; maybe it will take my mind off of the fact that I am terrified of flying.

Thanks for sharing the information.
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Post by: Patti L. on June 04, 2012, 03:07:18 pm
Always glad to help.  :)  Did you know that Rene Auberjonais (sic) - Odo from Deep Space Nine - played Father Mulcahy in the movie?  And Gary Burghoff reprises the role of Radar O'Reilly from the movie to the show?

Also, Henry Blake survived in the original; he shows up in "Mania".
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: h2ofall on June 04, 2012, 04:07:26 pm
I did not know about Rene Auberjonais but I did about Gary Burghoff. I also know that Harry Morgan played a general in the series before he was cast as Potter.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on August 22, 2013, 10:14:18 am
Found a tweet of this: http://www.listchallenges.com/npr-top-100-science-fiction-and-fantasy-books?ref=share

Under it are links for more "top ________ (genre)___________ books" lists.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Janilee on August 22, 2013, 12:25:35 pm
I am surprised at some of the things not on that list. I am also interested in how slanted towards classical fiction I found it. :)
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Post by: Varg on August 22, 2013, 01:25:17 pm
It was a few missing IMO, but it seems to have been a process of nomination and voting, so I suppose it also depends on who took part what books end up on the list. There were a lot of Neil Gaiman books though.
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Post by: Patti L. on March 27, 2014, 09:56:34 am
This sounds as though it may be amusing:  http://www.jimchines.com/2014/03/my-zombie-hamster-mccreely/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=my-zombie-hamster-mccreely
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Post by: Varg on March 30, 2014, 07:55:52 am
That does sound fun :)
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Post by: Patti L. on August 26, 2015, 03:41:00 pm
http://bookriot.com/2015/08/25/7-cures-book-hangover/?hootPostID=e88749517690411cff068166be0167d8

Since I know we've all been here.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 24, 2016, 10:08:03 pm
http://www.jimchines.com/2016/03/three-book-recommendations/
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Post by: Janilee on March 25, 2016, 12:53:20 am
Honestly never heard of the author. Her works sound delightful.
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Post by: BillG on March 25, 2016, 02:36:54 am
I lucked into buying Ms. Kagan's work at the time it came out, and loved all three of the books. I've re-read each many times.
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Post by: pondhawk on March 25, 2016, 06:50:34 am
They do sound very neat. Thank goodness for used book stores and e-readers!
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Post by: Patti L. on March 25, 2016, 11:40:37 am
I love 'em, own all three, and vaguely remember the Nutcracker thing "rattle your quills!" and I think there were a few other short stories on that world.
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Post by: Patti L. on May 10, 2016, 07:31:48 pm
http://catherineldf.livejournal.com/395359.html
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Post by: Janilee on May 10, 2016, 07:47:37 pm
Good list!
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Post by: BillG on May 12, 2016, 01:48:57 am
Interesting. Thanks!
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Post by: ChuckC on May 14, 2016, 03:41:34 pm
Recently re-published, by Baen.

http://www.jimchines.com/2016/03/three-book-recommendations/
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Post by: BillG on May 14, 2016, 11:58:34 pm
Recently re-published, by Baen.

http://www.jimchines.com/2016/03/three-book-recommendations/

Great news; they deserve to be out there for more people to find.
That said, I have to blush and confess that I am still trying to figure out where Ms. Kagan pulled 'Jason' from as a job description/name in 'Mirabile'.
But, I will relate that I consider Mirabile to be wonderful. O)
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on May 15, 2016, 12:15:03 am
Me too.  I always associated it with Jason and the Argonauts from Greek mythology, rightly or wrongly, but given that they call the 'tweens "Dragon's Teeth", I think its a decent guess.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: BillG on May 17, 2016, 02:02:14 am
Me too.  I always associated it with Jason and the Argonauts from Greek mythology, rightly or wrongly, but given that they call the 'tweens "Dragon's Teeth", I think its a decent guess.

That thought completely escaped me; I hadn't considered classical sources since the other job names seemed to be direct. Raiser, Bellmaker, Opener; I forget what the cop was called but it was directly related.
Slayer of Dragon's Teeth sounds quite correct.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on May 17, 2016, 05:56:23 am
Finest.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on June 02, 2016, 08:18:58 am
If you're looking for 'bands of brothers' in F/SF:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/6-of-the-most-fearsome-warbands-in-fantasy/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on June 02, 2016, 10:05:17 am
I read the first of the Black Company books, and it was truly excellent. It can be a challenging read, though. Every time I go to B&N I debate getting an omnibus, and one day when I'm feeling flush, I will.

As for the Discworld books, I have read them, every one. Most multiple times. Many, many multiples.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on August 24, 2016, 07:36:14 pm
http://www.earlybirdbooks.com/13-books-like-harry-potter-for-adult-readers/
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Post by: Janilee on August 24, 2016, 08:39:17 pm
I've read Sunshine.
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Post by: BillG on August 25, 2016, 02:06:46 am
I've read Sunshine and the Spellsinger series, as well as a lot more of each author. There are several more on there that I now want to read.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on September 27, 2016, 07:23:30 am
http://torforgeblog.com/2016/09/27/new-releases-92716/
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Post by: Janilee on September 27, 2016, 09:56:46 am
Some interesting stuff in there.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on November 14, 2016, 12:34:25 pm
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/16-complete-urban-fantasy-series-binging-pleasure/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on November 14, 2016, 12:50:10 pm
I've tried ten of those, and only gotten past the first couple of books to finish with the Sookie Stackhouse series. In most of those cases it's because to me, they read way more like PR than UF, and I have a low tolerance for PR except for anything Ilona Andrews writes. Those I can read. When I have to skim too many gratuitous sex scenes to get to the action, I'm done. Not that I have any objection to sex scenes in the service of plot or character development - those are fine. It's the ones that read like their frequency is written into the contract that bore me.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Janilee on November 14, 2016, 05:08:50 pm
I've wanted to try the Jim C Hines series.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on November 14, 2016, 06:17:45 pm
It's funny, I keep hooking other people on him, but his fiction writing mostly doesn't quite work for me.  I mostly read his tweets, his blogs.   I liked the stuff where he went "the poses women are shown in on book covers are stupid and unrealistic.  Look what happens when I try them."  Then he got some mock up props and (mostly) had his wife take pictures of him.  In spite of martial arts training, he came close to spraining his gnaester a few times, or throwing out his back.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Zealith on November 14, 2016, 07:00:56 pm
I agree with you, Patti. I love his blog, but the two books of his that I started I didn't finish.

I may have to look for some of those. After I shrink my large TBR pile.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: BillG on November 15, 2016, 02:48:27 am
I've tried most and not gotten into many. Among them I particularly enjoyed Kat Richardson's Greywalker books and did not know it had finished. For some reason I have not kept up after about four, only sporadically seeing and grabbing another off the library shelf.
I intend to get back to it.
The Georgia Kincaid series didn't draw me, but I really enjoyed Ms. Mead's Gameboard of the Gods. Although I didn't find it's sequel as good.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on November 20, 2016, 06:29:32 pm
http://www.unboundworlds.com/2016/11/6-superheroic-novels-comic-book-fans-going-love/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Janilee on November 21, 2016, 10:03:18 am
http://www.unboundworlds.com/2016/11/6-superheroic-novels-comic-book-fans-going-love/

I read the Carrie Vaugne story.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: BillG on November 23, 2016, 02:50:57 am
http://www.unboundworlds.com/2016/11/6-superheroic-novels-comic-book-fans-going-love/

I read the Carrie Vaugne story.

The library now has it on hold for me; I expect to pick it up this weekend.
I never was able to get into the lady's books about Kitty, so, go to the library.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on November 23, 2016, 10:55:28 pm
http://www.tor.com/2016/11/23/7-great-binge-reads-for-long-holiday-stretches/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on November 24, 2016, 05:38:11 pm
I personally am roughly a quarter of the way into a reread of the Harry Potter series. It definitely qualifies as a binge.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on December 01, 2016, 09:10:32 pm
https://io9.gizmodo.com/stay-out-of-the-cold-curl-up-with-decembers-best-scifi-1789447670

http://microsff.tumblr.com/post/153908883038/announcing-adventale-2016
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on December 02, 2016, 08:54:19 pm
Not sure if this should go in books or art.

http://www.unboundworlds.com/2016/11/10-weird-wonderful-pop-culture-coloring-books-adults/

https://www.bookish.com/articles/winter-2017s-best-sci-fi-fantasy-books-russian-folklore-alternate-londons-and-shakespeare-revisited/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 14, 2017, 09:55:36 pm
https://www.bustle.com/p/10-books-for-when-youre-snowed-in-because-winter-is-the-best-time-for-reading-37352
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 28, 2017, 09:29:31 pm
https://theportalist.com/12-fantasy-books-with-powerful-female-warriors?sailthru_id=58989b123f92a405bc5ecf7b&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Portalist%20032817&utm_term=The%20Alt

https://theportalist.com/13-fantasy-books-featuring-teens-with-magical-abilities?sailthru_id=58989b123f92a405bc5ecf7b&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Portalist%20032817&utm_term=The%20Alt
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on April 06, 2017, 07:52:21 pm
http://jamesdavisnicoll.com/post/twenty-core-epic-fantasies-every-true-sf-fan-should-have-on-their-shelves
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Janilee on April 06, 2017, 11:39:55 pm
 :-\ I read only one of those.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on April 07, 2017, 12:26:18 pm
I have read four, with another two on my TBR list. Here is what I decided years ago about top ten lists, after diligently following expert advice on the subject of gardening, however: Everyone's is different. Any given expert's is not more valid than your own. That list in the link is basically that person's top picks off his own shelves. Make up your own list, from your own shelves. Of course, if you want to look a little more deeply into those and pick a few to read, go for it, but you're not a substandard SF fan if you don't get around to all of them.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on July 20, 2017, 07:51:13 pm
http://www.tor.com/2017/07/18/sleeps-with-monsters-stop-erasing-womens-presence-in-sff/?utm_source=exacttarget&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_term=tordotcom-tordotcomnewsletter&utm_content=na-readblog-blogpost&utm_campaign=tor

"My language may get a little heated. Fair warning."
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Janilee on July 20, 2017, 09:44:24 pm
It is an old complaint, only the names have changed.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on July 25, 2017, 09:31:20 am
Really? Really? REALLY?
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on August 30, 2017, 08:25:36 pm
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/our-6-favorite-sentient-spaceships/

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Post by: Patti L. on October 23, 2017, 12:55:33 pm
https://bookriot.com/?p=139033
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: charmed on October 23, 2017, 06:02:45 pm
https://bookriot.com/?p=139033

For those who like to know what exactly they are clicking on, that link goes to this article: Beware of Dragons (Or Not): 50 Of The Best Epic Fantasy Series
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on November 09, 2017, 09:20:27 am
https://theportalist.com/books-about-heroes-and-heroines-with-extraordinary-powers?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Portalist%20Weekly%20Thursday%20Newsletter%202017-11-09&utm_term=The%20Alt
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Post by: Janilee on November 09, 2017, 02:14:23 pm
Nice collection. :)
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on December 01, 2017, 06:44:23 pm
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/debut-author-kari-maaren-sings-praises-unchosen-one-fantasy/

I've been seeing tweets about this book for some time.  Today -finally- someone put the "Debut author Kari Maaren hits the ground running this week with Weave a Circle Round, a Madeline L’Engle/Diana Wynne Jones readalike that has landed her three starred reviews from industry journals and a spot on our Best SFF of 2017 list." bit up.  If they'd mentioned DWJ earlier, I might have actually bought it while I had some Amazon $!  Now it's going to have to wait.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on December 20, 2017, 02:23:35 pm
https://writereadlife.com/2017/12/18/top-5-ya-fiction-2/

Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on December 31, 2017, 12:06:27 pm
http://www.petercashwell.com/journal/2017/12/

A round up of reading 50% or more non "white guy" books this year.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on December 31, 2017, 06:21:25 pm
I also have been consciously expanding my horizons that way this year. Haven't been disappointed yet.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on December 31, 2017, 06:26:43 pm
That's good news. :)
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on January 02, 2018, 09:44:16 am
https://www.tor.com/2018/01/02/sleeps-with-monsters-odd-and-satisfying/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on January 02, 2018, 12:30:31 pm
Those sound interesting.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on January 10, 2018, 07:31:16 pm
http://vampirebookclub.net/10-urban-fantasy-and-paranormal-romance-series-resurrected-by-self-publishing/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on January 11, 2018, 02:40:03 pm
https://www.outsideonline.com/2245121/women-writing-about-wild-25-essential-books

http://hmhbooks.com/trade.html?isbn13=9780544466593
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on January 12, 2018, 07:09:19 am
Thanks for bringing those to my attention.
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Post by: Patti L. on January 12, 2018, 04:56:34 pm
https://www.themarysue.com/books-you-should-be-reading-in-2018/
~interesting on this list; "Anger is a Gift" by Mark Oshiro; I've been listening to his reading of (and reaction to) the Tortall books by Tamora Pierce; one of the last books on this list is a new Tortall book, the promised "Numair" book, and it seems there will be more than one!

Did I already post this?  https://www.tor.com/2018/01/04/all-the-genre-bending-books-coming-out-in-january/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on January 13, 2018, 06:36:01 am
Exciting! I had read a favorable review of Gnomon in the Post this week.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on January 13, 2018, 11:46:06 am
https://www.tor.com/2018/01/04/five-weird-books-for-the-jaded-reader/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on January 22, 2018, 10:00:39 am
It looks as though this will be a series of posts over the next - what, few weeks?
https://www.tor.com/2018/01/22/fighting-erasure-women-sf-writers-of-the-1970s-a-through-f/
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Post by: Patti L. on January 22, 2018, 06:50:53 pm
http://www.unboundworlds.com/2018/01/want-read-anthologies-heres-start/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on February 03, 2018, 05:54:50 pm
http://www.jimchines.com/2017/12/dragon-with-the-chocolate-heart-burgis/
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Post by: pondhawk on February 04, 2018, 06:38:46 am
Hmm. I know a couple of kids who might like that as a present.
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Post by: Patti L. on February 12, 2018, 11:56:37 am
https://www.tor.com/2018/02/12/unchosen-ones-in-fantasy/
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Post by: Janilee on February 12, 2018, 12:49:57 pm
I like that list.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on February 13, 2018, 09:08:08 am
The Goblin Emperor is one of my desert-island books.
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Post by: Patti L. on February 26, 2018, 06:34:31 pm
http://www.readbrightly.com/ya-series-read-before-finales/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on February 28, 2018, 09:17:32 am
http://www.unboundworlds.com/2018/02/best-sci-fi-fantasy-books-march-2018/?ref=PRH96C06AE639&aid=randohouseinc26226-20&linkid=PRH96C06AE639

Burn Bright is in this, as is Lake Silence, and several others that tempt me.
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Post by: Janilee on February 28, 2018, 09:27:51 am
Yup, I found two others that might be on my list.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on February 28, 2018, 02:12:08 pm
https://www.torforgeblog.com/2018/02/28/10-superheroes-you-wont-find-in-comic-books/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Janilee on February 28, 2018, 03:15:46 pm
I enjoyed the Carrie Vaughn one. :) Stephen Brust is usually good for entertainment.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on March 01, 2018, 10:15:35 am
I'm waiting on Tricks For Free as well. Going to be broke Wednesday, I'm afraid.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 01, 2018, 10:20:50 am
I still :o haven't picked up "Wonder Boys", book 2 of the Clocktaur duology, by Ursula Vernon.  That, electronically, and (obviously) my hardback of Burn Bright by Patty Briggs (to be autographed) are my expenditures for the month.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on March 01, 2018, 10:28:24 am
I would have more to spend, except that last week I finally broke down and ordered the Diana Wynne Jones novels that were missing from my collection. It's one of the few things I use Amazon for, since I try to buy locally as much as possible. Sometimes you just can't find what you want locally, though.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 01, 2018, 11:12:18 am
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/features/expand-your-mind-these-18-science-fiction-fantasy-/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 02, 2018, 07:15:40 pm
https://io9.gizmodo.com/27-new-science-fiction-and-fantasy-books-well-worth-che-1823145946?utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_twitter&utm_source=io9_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 07, 2018, 01:13:33 pm
https://www.bookish.com/articles/must-read-sci-fi-fantasy-spring-2018/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 12, 2018, 05:50:55 pm
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/8-books-will-make-kids-lifelong-readers-sci-fi-fantasy/

Not a bad list, of course, but not what I would have selected for the purpose.  To start with, I'd pick "Archer's Goon" or "The Ogre Downstairs" over HMC from DWJ.

---
http://www.unboundworlds.com/2018/03/lets-get-weird-14-short-story-collections-might-missed/

I like anthologies, you can try new authors without investing too much money or time for that one writer.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on March 13, 2018, 07:16:14 am
I'd pick Dark Lord of Derkholm myself. I have just finished Eight Days of Luke (ca. 1975) and was very intrigued by the first chapter. Its flavor, if you will, is very similar to that of the first chapter of the Harry Potter series, to the point that I wonder whether it was an influence for JKR.

I have discovered some good authors through anthologies.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 13, 2018, 07:23:10 am
Have you read Year of the Griffin yet?
(by the way, while I love Dark Lord, the reason I suggested those two is that they start out absolutely normal, relatable, everyday scenes that a kid could identify with.)
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Post by: pondhawk on March 13, 2018, 07:53:48 am
True, and DLOD is a little advanced for intermediate readers who could handle the other two more easily. I have read YOTG as well. I was just a kid who was not much interested in absolutely normal, relatable, everyday scenes.
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Post by: Patti L. on March 13, 2018, 08:22:21 am
I think the first DWJ I read was The Power of Three, although it's been so long ago, and I think I was at least 17 or 18 when I read it, so I'm not typical, and sure not a kid.
But it's kind of like sneaking someone into reading graphic novels or comic books (or the other way around) by interspersing more words with the illustrations, until gradually they're comfortable with none but the cover.
Also, it reminds me of the screwball comedies that I grew up watching on TV.  It seems like a (given it was usually higher income bracket than my family had) normal setting, people, events, and then something goes off and the response is skewed, and it keeps getting less and less like the everyday, and you're sucked joyfully in the aftertow.

Granted, the DWJ books that start like this do have that similarity to most other children's books, where the kids DO NOT TALK TO ADULTS about what's going strange, which is sometimes understandable, and sometimes really stupid and annoying, but it's what we've been trained to expect.  It's one of the reasons I like Ursula Vernon, usually the protagonist, whether a child or an adult, will talk to the other people who are affected, and take help if it's offered. If the adult disbelieves or whatever, THEN they go off on their own to hilarious but usually successful results.
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Post by: Patti L. on March 15, 2018, 07:48:13 am
Missy the Werecat: Book I

When puberty brings on her first Shift, Missy goes into the mountains for two years until finally learning to Change back. She can Change from fully human in one instant to a mountain lion in the next. Everyone assumes her two year disappearance was because she'd been kidnapped by a sexual predator that she managed to kill.  She keeps her werecat nature a secret. There is no pack, no pride of other werecats and no alpha. She's a girl with fantastic abilities growing up and learning to do great things in today's world, amongst humans. She only has her instincts to guide her and those drive her to train herself to extremes. She must control those instincts; dampening the wild predator is often necessary. Her raging hormones and enhanced senses require very strong controls; she explores what happens when those controls are relaxed.

~~Author, P.G. Allison

I found this suggested in my email from Urban Fantasy Book Deals today, and if it's written well, (unlike the were-lynx that someone here was trying to write several years ago...) it could be quite interesting.
The email informs that it's free with Amazon Unlimited, so if you've got that and want to try it, I'd be curious to hear what you think of it.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Zealith on March 15, 2018, 02:19:13 pm
That does sound interesting. Alas, like you, I don't have amazon unlimited.
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Post by: Patti L. on March 15, 2018, 03:25:14 pm
Well, it will cost us something to read, but Amazon has the first THREE volumes for kindle, for only $7.99, so that's not bad.
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Post by: Patti L. on March 16, 2018, 07:09:54 am
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*There are donuts.
*And Chinese wedding games!

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Post by: Patti L. on March 17, 2018, 06:59:04 am
Quote
Scorned by her family.
Banished by her kind.
Hunted by zealots.

Where does an exiled Fairy Queen hide?

A remote mountain cabin, the seedy underbelly of a metropolis, or an uninhabited island. All would be good choices, however, after hundreds of years on the run, the daughter of Oberon, King of the Wild Fairies, signs a binding contract with the zealots that hunt her. In exchange, they allow her to settle down in the last place anyone would look for fairy royalty.

Adopting the name Grace Ann Bryant, the Queen buys a double-wide and moves into a trailer park in the one-horse town of Shady Grove, Alabama. Her contract requires her to lend aid to the local sheriff, Dylan Riggs, when supernatural problems arise.

But when two children go missing, the humans point to the trailer park queen helping the sheriff, and the zealots point at the exiled fairy. Grace must decide whether to fight for her innocence or break her contract returning to life on the run.

Bless Your Heart is a Southern Urban Fantasy that will make you laugh, cry, and laugh until you cry, as Grace wrestles with the dark fairy inside herself and starts to see that she’s more than just trailer trash.

This Box Set contains books 1 through 3: Bless Your Heart, Tinsel in a Tangle and Snake in the Grass, plus a preview of Book 4, Comin' Up a Cloud.

by Kimbra Swain
Free on Kindle Unlimited, $3.99 to buy.
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Post by: pondhawk on March 18, 2018, 11:14:39 am
That sounds promising, if only I had a Kindle.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 18, 2018, 11:26:54 am
You can do kindle app on your computer and read it there.
If you want.  Nice big print that way.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on March 18, 2018, 11:44:20 am
Good to know!

Went to a ladies' swap meet last night. Got one friend hooked on Kevin Hearne and a friend of the hostess hooked on Faith Hunter.  :D Also got a copy of Amy Schumer's The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo and a deep peacock colored pashmina. And ate a lot.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Janilee on March 19, 2018, 03:57:13 am
Missy the Werecat: Book I

~~Author, P.G. Allison

Reads like a first novel. Missy is a good girl who never steps wrong, and adults trust all of her actions. Quite a lot of description of her physical beauty. Could not get emotionaly interested in the characters. This might have been due to the third person perspective.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on March 19, 2018, 05:41:50 am
It looked a little like that even from the description. The Fairy Queen one looks more promising, at least with the naked eye.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 19, 2018, 09:18:47 am
Missy the Werecat: Book I

~~Author, P.G. Allison

Reads like a first novel. Missy is a good girl who never steps wrong, and adults trust all of her actions. Quite a lot of description of her physical beauty. Could not get emotionaly interested in the characters. This might have been due to the third person perspective.



Well, maybe our former writers group person got published.  Sounds like what she was offering up to us. Was she standing in front of a mirror looking at herself?
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Janilee on March 19, 2018, 12:16:31 pm
At different times that happened.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 19, 2018, 12:26:06 pm
Yeah, that's one of those bad/lazy/didn't read other books new author tropes, as I understand it.
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Post by: Patti L. on March 20, 2018, 11:40:35 am
https://www.tor.com/2018/03/20/formative-sff-forgotten-classics-of-the-70s-and-80s/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Janilee on March 20, 2018, 04:07:44 pm
I read Sorcerer's Son.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on March 20, 2018, 05:23:21 pm
The Door Into Fire is one of the Diane Duanes that I haven't read. I recognized a couple of the other names, like Vonda MacIntyre, but haven't read them.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 20, 2018, 06:03:54 pm
I think I've got a spare copy... although it might be a hardcover of Door into Sunset.
Or both.  But not the middle volume, Starlight.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 21, 2018, 05:45:06 am
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36817117-kill-the-farm-boy?al_user=44649918-patti-l&utm_campaign=new_friend_updates_email&utm_content=agg_cover&utm_medium=email&utm_source=friend_updates
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Post by: pondhawk on March 21, 2018, 07:21:52 am
Could be fun!
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 21, 2018, 09:33:36 am
First thing I thought of was Westly in The Princess Bride.
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Post by: pondhawk on March 21, 2018, 10:56:25 am
It does sound very like that.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: BillG on March 22, 2018, 04:02:05 am
When I read 'Kill The Farmboy' all I could think of was the opening scenario in "All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault".
Chortle.
If anyone's curious, it's part of the 'Look Inside' segment available on Amazon.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 22, 2018, 06:35:35 pm
http://www.loveinpanels.com/prose/romance-with-older-main-characters?utm_content=68924705&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 23, 2018, 01:15:29 pm
https://bookriot.com/2018/03/20/historical-fantasy-novels-by-women/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on April 05, 2018, 04:52:07 pm
https://bookriot.com/2018/03/28/books-with-birds-magic/  Kyria?
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on April 19, 2018, 05:10:31 pm
Not quite sure where I should put this.
Got an email from Apex about the following book - this is part of their blurb.

Quote
Today, author Jerry Gordon takes us deep inside the standoff, giving us an insider's look at David Koresh, his followers, and what really happened.

Breaking the World, Jerry's alternate history apocalyptic thriller, questions everything the media told us about what happened in Waco twenty-five years ago and asks the horrifying question: What if David Koresh's predictions about the end of the world were true?

Enter the world of Cyrus, Marshal, and Rachel - three atheist teens drug into David Koresh's circle by born again parents. Watch the standoff with the FBI unfold. Question everything. And when the smoke clears, ask yourself, was David right? Are the seals breaking? Is the world as we know it ending?

The bolding is mine.  Given it, and my general dislike of doomsday/horror/true crime, I'm not going to be reading it.

I wonder who chose "drug" there; author, editor, news email writer?  It doesn't really matter; even if the content was more to my taste, I'd probably come to a halt with that improper past tense.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: BillG on April 20, 2018, 02:24:26 am
I occasionally read true crime, if something piques my interest. The story of the Vidocq Society related in 'The Murder Room' fascinated me, for example. But there is too much horror on any day's news for me to want to read fiction about more horror.
Most of my reading is too escape into the book, and I don't care to escape into such situations.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on April 20, 2018, 05:24:54 am
I second that to some extent. I do read post-apocalyptic stuff, but find the overly paranoid kind alternately ridiculous and depressing.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on April 28, 2018, 02:20:09 pm
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/10-recent-anthologies-that-show-us-what-sff-can-do/

https://electricliterature.com/10-short-books-to-read-on-your-commute-e998c675c3eb

Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on May 17, 2018, 07:47:59 pm
https://www.torforgeblog.com/2018/05/15/villains-youll-love-to-root-for/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterpost&utm_term=na-villainslistpost&utm_content=na-readblog-blogpost&utm_campaign=fearlesswomen

Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on May 22, 2018, 07:04:47 pm
http://www.unboundworlds.com/2018/05/the-100-best-fantasy-novels-of-all-time/?ref=PRHE467AC5E3A53&linkid=PRHE467AC5E3A53&cdi=13F0CB1E5E4609D7E0534FD66B0A73BA&template_id=9261&aid=randohouseinc9560-20
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on May 23, 2018, 10:16:55 am
That's a wonderful list, but where is Charles de Lint? He practically invented urban fantasy.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: BillG on May 24, 2018, 01:32:18 am
I see his first adult fantasy in seven years was released last September. I could be a case of out of sight, out of mind.
On that note, I sometimes say that I stay out of sight, since I'm out of my mind. :-whistle
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on May 24, 2018, 06:14:52 am
There are all kinds of things that could be on it, it is "arguably" best 100.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on May 24, 2018, 06:39:49 pm
https://www.tor.com/2018/05/23/five-unforgettable-prisons-in-science-fiction-and-fantasy/?utm_source=exacttarget&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_term=tordotcom-tordotcomnewsletter&utm_content=na-readblog-blogpost&utm_campaign=tor

http://www.unboundworlds.com/2018/05/6-writers-didnt-know-wrote-spin-off-novels/?ref=PRH60A24D6C1FAC&linkid=PRH60A24D6C1FAC&cdi=13F0CB1E5E4609D7E0534FD66B0A73BA&template_id=8831&aid=randohouseinc21235-20

http://www.unboundworlds.com/2018/05/6-favorite-fictional-turtles-world-turtle-day/?ref=PRH60A24D6C1FAC&linkid=PRH60A24D6C1FAC&cdi=13F0CB1E5E4609D7E0534FD66B0A73BA&template_id=8831&aid=randohouseinc21235-20
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on May 25, 2018, 11:16:54 am
I would add to the turtle list the turtles who may be gods in Wen Spencer's ENDLESS BLUE.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on May 26, 2018, 01:22:07 pm
https://kotaku.com/unhewn-throne-is-one-of-the-best-fantasy-series-ive-eve-1826197222
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on May 27, 2018, 05:06:52 am
Interesting!
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on May 28, 2018, 03:43:38 pm
"Arguably" (per me) http://www.unboundworlds.com/2018/05/the-100-best-fantasy-novels-of-all-time/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on May 31, 2018, 08:52:05 pm
https://www.tor.com/2018/05/29/fighting-erasure-women-sf-writers-of-the-1970s-part-vii/?utm_source=exacttarget&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_term=tordotcom-tordotcomnewsletter&utm_content=na-readblog-blogpost&utm_campaign=tor
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on June 01, 2018, 11:10:26 am
This is a very useful series. I have most of Patricia Mckillip's novels, and they are quite fabulous.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on June 02, 2018, 07:27:06 pm
http://www.unboundworlds.com/2018/06/the-best-sci-fi-and-fantasy-books-of-june-2018/?ref=PRH96C06AE639&aid=randohouseinc26226-20&linkid=PRH96C06AE639
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on June 21, 2018, 05:53:23 pm
https://www.tor.com/2018/06/18/fighting-erasure-women-sf-writers-of-the-1970s-part-viii/?utm_source=exacttarget&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_term=tordotcom-tordotcomnewsletter&utm_content=na-readblog-blogpost&utm_campaign=tor
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on June 22, 2018, 06:05:36 am
Loved the discussion of the Death By Newberry trope.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on June 30, 2018, 01:16:37 pm
https://io9.gizmodo.com/start-your-summer-reading-list-with-28-scifi-and-fantas-1826348620
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Janilee on June 30, 2018, 07:03:25 pm
I've read one of those. LOL
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on July 02, 2018, 07:24:37 pm
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/the-read-down/books-to-read-if-you-love-harry-potter/?ref=PRH2A97AD00B9&aid=randohouseinc6180-20&linkid=PRH2A97AD00B9
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on July 03, 2018, 07:15:43 am
I've read half of those. Of that half, I really loved about half.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Zealith on July 03, 2018, 02:10:05 pm
Of those that I've read, only one or two of them would I have recommended just because someone liked Harry Potter.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on July 04, 2018, 09:18:44 am
True dat. And I can think of a couple that are much closer to HP, at least in tone, that did not make the list.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on August 18, 2018, 09:14:45 am
https://www.tor.com/2018/08/07/fighting-erasure-women-sf-writers-of-the-1980s-part-i/?utm_source=exacttarget&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_term=tordotcom-tordotcomnewsletter&utm_content=na-readblog-blogpost&utm_campaign=tor
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on August 29, 2018, 08:13:13 pm
https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/1344?rto=x_gr_e_nl_mystery
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on August 30, 2018, 05:43:12 am
I really want to read Monstress and Tigana. I have read about half of the others, and enjoyed about 3/4 of what I've read. Some of the ones I didn't like were well-written; I just didn't like any of the characters, or something else about them did not agree with me. 
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on September 01, 2018, 12:06:57 am
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/5-sci-fi-fantasy-spoofs-that-stand-on-their-own/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on September 01, 2018, 05:47:31 am
I've read and loved all of those except the last. That shall be remedied.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on September 03, 2018, 08:14:56 pm
https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/1343-top-50-science-fiction-books-on-goodreads

https://www.tor.com/2018/08/27/fighting-erasure-women-sf-writers-of-the-1980s-part-ii/

https://jeannestjames.blogspot.com/2018/08/huge-giveaway-somewhere-out-there-indie.html?zx=4d3fc83336592caa

https://read.macmillan.com/promo/torpubeverybook2018/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=orgpost&utm_term=torcomtwitter-torcomtweet&utm_content=na-signup-sweeps&utm_campaign=torpubeverybookaug18&et=49099-n489fa376-efa4-4edf-88a5-02e2bf0d9c23

https://www.tor.com/sweepstakes/kate-daniels-series-sweepstakes/

https://www.amazon.com/Jane-Doe-Victoria-Helen-Stone-ebook/dp/B076V125RV/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl1&tag=victoriacom04-20&linkId=c3941588a07530ea313ac87216a0be5b&language=en_US  (check, this may NOT still be free.)

https://www.tor.com/2018/08/16/15-science-fiction-and-fantasy-novels-featuring-anthropomorphic-animals/

https://uncannymagazine.com/article/the-tale-of-the-three-beautiful-raptor-sisters-and-the-prince-who-was-made-of-meat/

http://emg-zine.com/item.php?id=862
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on September 09, 2018, 08:04:14 pm
https://www.bustle.com/p/15-new-fantasy-books-like-game-of-thrones-to-read-while-you-wait-for-the-new-season-10173205
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Janilee on September 09, 2018, 09:21:04 pm
 :o Lots of new books out there.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on September 14, 2018, 07:13:11 pm
https://bookriot.com/?p=169538
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Janilee on September 14, 2018, 07:47:54 pm
I've actually read some of those.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on October 10, 2018, 07:45:39 pm
https://www.tor.com/2018/10/10/five-books-to-read-after-bad-dates/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on October 11, 2018, 07:20:52 pm
https://www.tor.com/2018/10/11/the-fantasy-book-that-that-taught-me-how-to-love/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on December 06, 2018, 07:54:30 pm
https://www.tor.com/2018/12/06/10-great-parents-from-young-adult-sff/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on December 07, 2018, 08:04:55 pm
https://www.tor.com/2018/12/07/tired-of-series-try-these-10-standalone-fantasy-novels/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on December 08, 2018, 06:47:48 am
I have read half of those standalone, and really want to read the other half.

It's interesting that a Diana Wynne Jones is in the list of good parent novels, because so many of her books feature bad parents as prominent characters (no doubt due at least in part to her personal experience). Usually there are good parents to balance them, but not always. She has clearly done a lot of thinking on the matter. DLOD is one of my favorites of hers.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on December 08, 2018, 07:36:32 am
I can hardly turn around without finding a 'favorite' DWJ; there are very few of hers that I don't love.
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Post by: pondhawk on December 08, 2018, 04:23:44 pm
Same, but I definitely love some more than others. A couple of them end so sadly I can barely read them. And others are great books, but not comfort reads.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on December 08, 2018, 04:35:59 pm
Yeah, that's true too.  Good stuff, but not "I feel like crap, I'm visiting old friends" type stories.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: savannahc on February 11, 2019, 05:50:46 am
http://www.unboundworlds.com/2018/05/the-100-best-fantasy-novels-of-all-time/?ref=PRHE467AC5E3A53&linkid=PRHE467AC5E3A53&cdi=13F0CB1E5E4609D7E0534FD66B0A73BA&template_id=9261&aid=randohouseinc9560-20

Doesn't work anymore :( This one does though! https://reedsy.com/discovery/blog/best-fantasy-series
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on February 11, 2019, 08:19:38 am
That one lists them alphabetically. Thanks for posting!

One thing I have learned from gardening, which applies to books as well, is that my best-of lists do not necessarily track with other people's lists. But I have found some great books from lists like that.
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Post by: Patti L. on February 11, 2019, 06:52:01 pm
Ain't that the truth?
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on February 13, 2019, 08:25:06 pm
https://www.tor.com/2019/02/12/sleeps-with-monsters-quiet-novels-about-changing-the-world/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on February 14, 2019, 06:04:38 am
The older I get, the more I appreciate those kinds of books. Another example that springs to mind is Robin McKinley's Chalice. Not everyone likes it, but those who do, love it.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on February 14, 2019, 06:49:32 am
I don't know if I love it, but I do like it, unlike the Pegasus books by her, or the Dragon reserve thing. Those were DNF, which shocked me.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on February 14, 2019, 07:11:29 am
I only managed to finish Dragonhaven by skimming 3/4 of it. The voice of an American male teenager is apparently a bit too much of a stretch for her. I have three brothers and she most definitely did not nail it. Why she thought such an allegedly intelligent kid would think and write so wretchedly is beyond me. I did read the first Pegasus; did she ever follow up on that cliffhanger? Not that I felt compelled to go in search of it if she did.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on February 14, 2019, 07:25:50 am
I know she was working on it, but her husband, Peter Dickenson, had his final crisis and died, and her already bad health got worse; she's got what used to be called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and it went more or less out of control at that point, and one of her dogs died, and for some reason she owns 3 houses in the same general neighborhood and I think has been trying to sell one.... not a good time for writing fiction for her.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on February 14, 2019, 12:24:14 pm
Well, that's a lot on her plate. If she decides not to finish it, I won't complain. She can always write something else.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on February 14, 2019, 06:57:35 pm
She's apparently writing a grieving memoir, more or less by accident.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on February 14, 2019, 07:34:35 pm
I'll read it if she publishes it.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on February 18, 2019, 12:31:13 pm
https://www.tor.com/2019/02/18/8-forgotten-sff-classics-of-the-70s-and-80s/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on February 19, 2019, 07:30:41 am
Those all look very interesting.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 05, 2019, 09:14:04 pm
https://www.tor.com/2019/03/04/all-the-new-fantasy-books-coming-out-in-march-2019/

https://www.tor.com/2019/02/27/four-sff-novels-with-something-very-specific-in-common/

https://www.tor.com/2019/02/19/sleeps-with-monsters-a-coincidence-of-prisoners/

https://theportalist.com/free-science-fiction-and-fantasy-ebooks-to-download-this-month?src=port-nl&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Portalist%20Weekly%20Monday%20Newsletter%202019-02-18&utm_term=The%20Alt
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on March 06, 2019, 06:35:21 am
I got Wild Country on my Nook last night, and am about a quarter of the way in. It's excellent. Going to pick up the new Seanan McGuire in PB sometime this week.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 06, 2019, 06:49:25 am
I made sure I could access my copy yesterday before I left the office, but haven't read more than about 1 sentence so far.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 09, 2019, 12:00:20 pm
Partway through "Wild Country" and I'm liking it very much; the multiple viewpoints so you get why various people are doing things, for instance.  Another thing I like is Kane and the girl who I suspect has Downs Syndrome.  It took me a while to get the joke that you've got Sheriff Virgil & Deputy Kane, evoking the song: "Virgil Kane is my name..."

Just saw this, and I'm intrigued:  http://uncagedbooks.com/uncaged-review-cryptofauna-by-patrick-canning/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on March 09, 2019, 12:14:59 pm
That does sound interesting!
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 10, 2019, 07:38:04 am
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/the-read-down/works-non-fiction-fiction-writers-love-part-one/?ref=PRHF90A707F57&aid=27605&linkid=PRHF90A707F57
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 12, 2019, 07:13:18 pm
https://www.tor.com/2019/03/12/more-please-authors-we-wish-would-publish-more-often/

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/the-read-down/books-to-help-you-unplug?ref=PRHF90A707F57&aid=27605&linkid=PRHF90A707F57
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on March 21, 2019, 08:05:50 am
I swung by a secondhand bookstore a couple of days ago, and scored a bunch of 20th century SF by female writers, some of which were mentioned in previous posts. The fist one I read, The Sardonyx Net, turned out to be a reread; I had read it when it came out in 1981. Here are the opening lines from the second one, The Earth Is All That Lasts by Catherine Wells (1991):

"And in the final days, the Earth herself grew weary of Man's greed and stupidity and so decided to shake off this noisome infestation. With earthquakes, tidal waves, storms, and volcanic eruptions she assaulted his cities. Still he remained in great numbers. Then she drew her mightiest weapon - famine...

Food was imported, of course, from the new colonial worlds, but it was never enough and always too expensive.The workers left first, to help harvest the new planets. Wars broke out - the rich fled to safety. Governments found it impractical to stay and moved their capitals to the distant stars. Finally the dry, dead, hostile Earth was not worth fighting over. The military evacuated what was left of the population; then they themselves broke camp, cursed, spit, and withdrew. The rape had ended."

We have twelve years, according to scientists.  ???
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on March 21, 2019, 04:56:38 pm
Today I started Sheila Finch's Infinity's Web (1985). I wanted to like this book much more than I did. First half was interesting - about the physics of alternate realities - and it follows four versions of one character from alternate threads of history. It degenerated into impenetrable mysticism, however, so I skimmed the rest. Now I have the sequel to the Catherine Wells book on my Nook. It's very good so far.

I have had plenty of time to read today because it's been pouring most of the day. The entire place is soaked where it's not rushing. Everything is basically a sheet of water with blades of grass sticking up in places. My friends are all texting each other to commiserate.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 23, 2019, 02:18:38 pm
https://www.buzzfeed.com/shylawatson/sci-fi-books-by-women
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on March 23, 2019, 03:55:30 pm
The first time I tried that link it only showed me the first two. Went back later and it showed me 7 1/2. Not sure what's going on with that site.

I am currently reading Once A Hero by Elizabeth Moon. It is excellent space opera.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on March 23, 2019, 06:23:35 pm
Is that in the Familias series?
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on March 24, 2019, 05:05:13 am
Yes. I think it may be the first. It's from 1997.

Further research shows that Hunting Party was the first, 1994 I think. This is the first of a spinoff series or thread.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on April 03, 2019, 06:25:49 am
Esme Suiza (more or less)?

https://www.girl-who-reads.com/2019/04/the-loch-ness-papers-by-paige-shelton.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+GirlWhoReads+(Girl+Who+Reads)
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on April 04, 2019, 06:57:40 am
Yes, it's the one that starts following Esmay and Barrin. I've read the whole series now, some from the secondhand stores and some on my Nook. There's an omnibus called Herris Serrano available for Nook that covers the first three. Unfortunately the cover doesn't remotely match the book's physical description of Herris. But whatever!
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on April 16, 2019, 07:38:42 pm
https://www.marieleslie.com/wizard-for-hire-apprentice-needed/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on April 21, 2019, 05:35:30 pm
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/the-read-down/underrated-sci-fi-fantasy-gems-shouldnt-miss?ref=PRHF90A707F57&aid=27605&linkid=PRHF90A707F57
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on April 28, 2019, 08:39:58 pm
https://theportalist.com/16-fantasy-books-featuring-teens-with-magical-abilities?src=port-nl&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Portalist%20Weekly%20Monday%20Newsletter%202019-04-15&utm_term=The%20Alt
also
https://www.tor.com/2019/04/25/must-read-speculative-short-fiction-april-2019/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on May 04, 2019, 08:53:32 pm
https://www.tor.com/2019/05/02/beyond-cinderella-exploring-agency-through-domestic-fantasy/

"The Interior Life" is one of my all time favorites.
I love the "Sorcery and Cecelia" books, and didn't realize that the book mentioned here was included in that body.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on May 05, 2019, 11:16:04 am
That's a new one for me. I love that series too.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on May 18, 2019, 06:49:31 am
https://www.tor.com/2019/05/13/11-of-our-favorite-fantasy-pirates/

Interesting list.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on May 19, 2019, 09:25:45 am
https://bookriot.com/2019/05/19/ya-heroines-dressed-as-boys/
4 books about (Asian inspired or actually Asian) girls dressing as boys for various reasons.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on June 10, 2019, 06:16:22 pm
https://theportalist.com/fairy-books?src=port-nl&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Portalist%20Weekly%20Monday%20Newsletter%202019-06-10&utm_term=The%20Alt
"10 Enchanting Fairy Books That Will Spirit You Away
Prepare to be transported to a magical realm."
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on June 11, 2019, 06:28:29 am
The Hum and the Shiver is going on my want list. That sounds really intriguing.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on June 15, 2019, 06:29:35 pm
https://www.tor.com/2019/06/14/celebrating-10-great-parents-from-young-adult-sff/
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: pondhawk on June 16, 2019, 08:18:26 am
They left out Diane Duane's Young Wizards series. Lots of great parents in that one.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on June 16, 2019, 07:32:52 pm
True.
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on June 28, 2019, 07:35:20 pm
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/the-read-down/lesser-known-works-authors-love/?ref=PRHBDD527B1BD&aid=27333&linkid=PRHBDD527B1BD
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on July 06, 2019, 06:32:07 am
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/the-read-down/books-to-read-if-you-love-harry-potter/?ref=PRHF90A707F57&aid=27605&linkid=PRHF90A707F57
Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Patti L. on July 09, 2019, 08:08:15 pm
https://www.tor.com/2019/07/09/how-dragonlance-launched-my-lifelong-love-of-fantasy/

That "seventeen million spin offs" is what kept me from reading any of these.  I had no idea where to start, and what order to read in from there, so I skipped the whole lot.