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One of the things I'm planning on doing with my summer vacation is a stop at Powell's. Dangerous, I know.

I'm going to be compiling a list of things that I know I want to read, but am missing. At the same time, I'd love to find new things to read, so I turn to you, dear readers.

What books/series in the sci-fi/fantasy/horror/supernatural genre's would you recommend? What books are your delight and joy?

Forgive me if you've heard this before.

Date: 2009-07-14 07:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mutantenemy.livejournal.com
I highly recommend the following if they are not already on your bookshelf. ;-)

ANYTHING by Patricia Briggs. Truly. Anything. If you want to start her Mercy Thompson series the order is "Moon Called", "Blood Bound", "Iron Kissed", and "Bones Crossed". Her Alpha / Omega series (werewolves) begins with "Cry Wolf".

C.E. Murphy's Walker Papers series: "Urban Shaman", "Thunderbird Falls", "Coyote Dreams".

Cat Valente: "The Orphan's Tales" book 1 and 2.

Lilith Saintcrow "Night Shift"

Marion Zimmer-Bradley "The Firebrand" (my fave of hers, more so than "Mists of Avalon")

Frank Beddor "Looking Glass Wars", "Seeing Redd" (YA)

I will be surprised if you haven't read these as I'm just finally catching up with everyone else in the SFF genre. LOL!

Re: Forgive me if you've heard this before.

Date: 2009-07-14 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] k-crow.livejournal.com
You're the second person to recommend Patricia Briggs to me. I'll definitely be checking into picking up at least one of those two series.

Haven't heard of C.E. Murphy, but the titles sound like something I'd enjoy.

Have Cat Valente's Orphan's Tales, but may look for some of her older/out-of-print stuff at Powell's.

I read... something by Lilith Saintcrow, and was told by the person who recommended her to me to only read the first book. That she didn't like where the series went.

*nod* I also loved The Firebrand more than Mists. Hrm, I *think* my copy in still out in the garage, however.

Frank Beddor, another new one to me, will check out. Thank you! =)

Re: Forgive me if you've heard this before.

Date: 2009-07-14 08:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mutantenemy.livejournal.com
If you enjoy urban fantasy then Patricia Briggs and C.E. Murphy are the way to go IMHO.

Date: 2009-07-14 07:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mutantenemy.livejournal.com
Oh! And one I have not read yet but [livejournal.com profile] damiana_swan swears by is "Kushiel's Dart" by Jacqueline Carey. It's the first of a 6 or 7 book series.

Date: 2009-07-14 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] k-crow.livejournal.com
Heh. I have both the first two trilogies, and the newest one in hardback. I've.. got my own opinions about the books, esp book 3 of the first trilogy, but I do love them enough to own them. :) I unreservedly recommend her latest one, Naamah's Kiss. It takes place quite some time after the first two trilogies, with a new character. I think it can be read as a stand-alone, but the experience is much richer if you are already acquainted with her world's history and mythologies.

Date: 2009-07-14 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zaratyst.livejournal.com
You've probably already read this, but Garth Nix's Old Kingdom trilogy
Sabriel
Lirael
Abhorsen

Date: 2009-07-14 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] k-crow.livejournal.com
Have read them, but need to check and make sure I *own* all of them. Thank you!

Date: 2009-07-14 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] taxqueen.livejournal.com
If you like sci-fi in addition to fantasy, I absolutely love anything written by John Scalzi. I'm re-reading "Old Man's War" (4 books in the series total) and he has the best storytelling style. I about peed my pants reading "The Android's Dream".

Also love the "Red Thunder" series by John Varley.

Date: 2009-07-14 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] k-crow.livejournal.com
Hmm, I like some sci-fi. I've been reading more fantasy of late, simply because fantasy actually focuses on characters, not widgets. I'm much more of the Theodore Sturgeon and Robert A. Heinlein school of sci-fi. That said, I'll check Scalzi out and see what I think. Thank you!

Date: 2009-07-15 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dianthus.livejournal.com
Don't ask me -- I get all my books from you!

;-)

I have a hard time thinking of anything that I adored that I don't still own, or that you haven't read.
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Date: 2009-07-28 09:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] k-crow.livejournal.com
I read the first 2 books of the Zodiac series, and honestly I'm not interested in reading more.

I really liked C.E. Murphy's The Queen's Bastard. I'm now planning on picking up what I can of her books.

Read Poison Study a while back. Will definitely look for the sequels.

Thank you for the suggestions!

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