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March 2017



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What I've read so far this year:

1) Caitlin Kittredge, Bone Gods
2) Donna Andrews, Swan for the Money
3) Cleo Coyle, The Decaffeinated Corpse
4) Jon Armstrong, Yarn
5) Barbara Neely, Blanche Passes Go
6) Kathryn Stockett, The Help
7) Gina Robinson, The Spy Who Left Me
8) Wesley Chu, The Lives of Tao
9) Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois, Unicorns
10) Harry Connolly, King Khan
11) Tanya Huff, Smoke and Shadows
12) Scott Lynch, The Republic of Thieves
13) Michael Moss, Salt Sugar Fat
14) Gerry Alanguilan, Elmer
15) Steven Brust and Skyler White, The Incrementalists
16) Patricia Briggs, Dragon Blood
17) Pamela Dean, The Hidden Land
18) Pamela Dean, The Whim of the Dragon
19) Paul Cornell, London Falling
20) Seanan McGuire, Midnight Blue-Light Special
21) C. E. Murphy, Urban Shaman
22) Burroughs, William S., Junky
23) Robin McKinley, Dragonhaven
24) Tamora Pierce, Mastiff
25) Jane Langton, The Transcendental Murder
26) Daniel Silva, The Defector
27) Donna Andrews, Murder with Puffins
28) Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys
29) Ian Tregillis, Necessary Evil
30) Donna Andrews, Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon
31) Lawrence Block, The Girl with the Long Green Heart
32) Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
33) Jane Langton, Dark Nantucket Noon
34) Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash
35) Donna Andrews, We'll Always Have Parrots
36) Max Gladstone, Three Parts Dead
37) Laura Anderson, The Boleyn King
38) Richard Kadrey, Sandman Slim


What? No James Van Pelt? (note to self: publish more)
Good idea! I LIKE this plan!
Which F&SF authors would you recommend for someone who likes Patricia Briggs, Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, Elizabeth Bear...? (I've run out of reading material again)
Hurrrrrm. Laura Anne Gilman, Barbara Hambly? Maybe give Karen Lord's new one a try--I haven't read it yet but it's on my nightstand. Her first novel reminded me a bit of the more mythic end of McKinley, McKillip, like that--but with a Caribbean/African sensibility.

Sarah Monette has a new book coming out as Katherine Addison, THE GOBLIN EMPEROR. Early next year, and it's excellent. It's more plotty and high-fantasy than her Melusine books.

Amanda Downum.

Emma Bull.

Aliette de Bodard's Blood & Obsidian books.

Diane Duane.

Laura Bickle. Maybe Lynn Flewelling? Malinda Lo. Holly Black.

On the more epic end, Kate Elliott; on the more mythic end, Nalo Hopkinson (Esp. THE NEW MOON'S ARMS, which is woooooonderful.).

I guess my question is, regarding those authors you named, do you like the plottiness, the worldbuilding, the characters, or something more ethereal?

(A couple of boy authors, just to round things out: I'd recommend Scott's stuff to anybody who likes Tamora and me, and I just read Max Gladstones debut and it was really very good.)

ETA: I very much liked the McGuire and the Murphy as smart, non-trope-enslaved urban fantasy.

Edited at 2013-06-07 03:39 pm (UTC)
*makes notes on the names* Yes to plottiness, characters, worldbuilding. And good female characters. Well, good characters in general, but more female ones are always good. I am not sure how I forgot Sarah Monette on the "read and loved" list, although lack of tea is a clear suspect there.


[my wallet does not thank you, but, it doesn't get a vote here]
Pleased to be of service. *g*
The only things I've read on this list are the Gaiman and the McGuire. So many people writing, and only me to funnel them through...

The reason for the icon....
That's quite the impressive list! I've read a lot of board books....

Those count!


Thing is, there's so much stuff out there, it's (A) a tad problematic to separate the wheat from the chaff, and (B) find time to read all the good stuff that is out there. I personally like Seanan McGuire's October Daye books, and Laurie R. King's Mary Russell books - a very interesting take on the Sherlock Holmes stories. Then there's Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books -- as off the wall as Douglas Adams' stuff, but off a different wall. I've just started the first of the Sookie Stackhouse books. Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate novels are fun. And yes, Emma Bull. Oh, yes, Emma Bull. I'm awaiting Neil Gaiman's next with interest. Jane Fancher's Netwalker books are good. Somehow I seem to have missed Robin Hobb's books -- an oversight I'm in the process of correcting. If I read a book by an author and like it, I have a tendency to find more books by the same author, and if I like those, I'll read every thing of theirs I can get hold of, which is how I ended up with a shelf full of books by some lady named Bear.

So many books, so little time. . . .
Oh, and publishers, like Tor and Daw, etc., have websites where they hype their forthcoming books, which is another good way to find stuff.

So many!

Did you read most of these books during the first five months of this year? I'm trying to visualize exactly where in your day you fit this in, considering how much writing you do. 'Cause I'd like to read more than I currently do, and I'm hoping you have some observations on where in the day your reading goes. I'm a slow reader, mostly because I repeat great sentences / dialogues / descriptions out loud.

Re: So many!

Since there have been only five months so far this year, yes. *g*

I read whenever I c an--while waiting in line, on the treadmill, before bed, while waiting for my teapot to boil.

I used to read a lot more. :-P But I've slowed down a ton since I learned to edit.

Re: So many!

You've just opened worlds of possibilities! Although - reading out loud while standing in line may have to wait...