My favorite author says that it is important to be widely read if you want to be a good writer. So, I am attempting to be more widely read and read things that are not just romance or urban fantasy with a touch of romance.
I have no idea why but Amazon suggested Babel-17 to me and goodness. How peculiar a book. I think I will have to read it and then read it again.
It's on my list.
It's a very intriguing book. There's some dated language/ideas in it (the main thing that made me cringe was overly detailed negative descriptors about a fat person), but then on the other side shows polyamory in a positive light.
The world it is set in is incredibly intriguing, and it's a very quick read. And the way it's written is ... Wow. I hadn't heard of this guy before (being I'm a terrible person who mostly read smut), but I'll probably pick up some of his other books to read.
So, just for disclosure, I'm a librarian IRL. And while I've not got a Discord Book Club in my pocket (our only Discord server is for teen use), what I do have is a Facebook Group that's a bookclub that chats twice a month for people to share what they've been reading with as much/or as little info about their opinions as they like. Open to ANYONE really, but direct invitation to @cirim13 since the magic words "book club" were mentioned. Night Owls Book Group - We chat at 9pm Eastern on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. It's an aspect of the job, I'm always all for talking about books & sharing recommendations of my own.
One of my favorite books my nana got me was And Then A Harvest Feast by George Dennison. It is about a group of city animals who get tired of that life and move out into the country together and all the hard work they put into their new lives. It is such an endearing book and I suggest anyone who can get a copy (it is a Kindle book) and read it. Read it to your kids if you have kids and hell, read it yourself if you don't. It's so adorable and such a feel good book, I promise you won't regret it.
It's really not that crazy, actually. There are a goodly many states wherein you will never see that word in pretty much any book, and many of us didn't know it prior to 1993 or so. While it may be common in some school systems, it's far from universal, so her not understanding the word and needing to look it up later is understandable, especially in the era before google gave us crazy fast access to just about everything we wanted to know and had never heard of before (remember, the book is 1990).
My problem is a certain kind of book is crack cocaine to me; once I find one I just feast on it, quite often starting then finishing it in the same day. So now I need my fix and hopefully you people will point me to an author/dealer to keep it going.
Don't judge me, but the material at hand involves (in semi-random order) a combination of military or arcane training, underdogs and badass moments. I'm talking about books such as the following:
Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter; a low-class nobody in a caste-based militant Empire gets into a military program and kicks all kinds of ass.
The Red Rising saga by Brown Pierce; a low-class nobody in an solan system-wide oppressive regime fakes his way into a military program and kicks all kinds of ass.
The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks; a bastard of the world's most powerful man makes his way into an magical military school and kicks all kinds of ass.
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence; a piss-poor orphan girl gets in the world's most badass nunnery and kicks all kinds of ass.
The Raven's Shadow series by Anthony Ryan; a young nobleman is forced into a military school and kicks all kinds of ass.
Okay, okay, Ender's Game. You know this one, the author turned out to be fucked up... but Ender kicked all kinds of ass. In a military school.
Anyway you can stop judging me now FINE I get it, I said I had a problem. Find me more books to feed my habit, will you?
All Cyberpunk - Do you like questions of identity and/or humanity in the face of high technology? Extreme differences between the haves and have nots? A dark setting where trust and hope are in short supply? Then you might enjoy every cyberpunk novel, movie or tv show.
Someone reminded me that Max Headroom was a thing. We agreed that it was Cyberpunk but it was much more satire than noir.
@groth said in YA Fantasy Recommendations:
it's basically Ready Player One for vampire/classical sci-fi/historical lit. but without the exposition being introduced like a brick to your face, thanks, RPO, Jesus.
I watched a review of the movie that talked a lot about the book.
“Ready Player One is less like a book and more like a speed-run of a book.”
@theonceler And the Red Queen's War, its side-quel? With events running parallel to the Prince of Thorn's events, but with a different focus and characters. Equally amazing, and the lead character was so much fun.