[DWJ] Book recommendations

alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
Fri Jul 3 19:48:48 EDT 2015

Thanks for the recommendations, Gili. I just recently got my copy of _The 
Lie Tree_ from the UK (here in Cabada it's only available as a KIndle and 
I don't approve of Amazon's ebook practices), and I'm looking forward to 
starting it.

If you liked that one, I'd recommend one of Hardinge's older books, 
_Well-witched_, which is amazingly deep and scary without ever resorting 
to the obvious horror tropes.

My most recent book was non-fiction: Jon Ronson's _So You've Been Publicly 
Shamed_, which could be considered a horror book in its one way.


On Fri, 3 Jul 2015, Gili Bar-Hillel wrote:

> This list has given me such fantastic recommendations over the years. I
> miss that, and I want to give a little bit back. So here are some of the
> books I've most enjoyed in the past year. You're a well-read bunch and you
> may have read these already (at least the ones that are already in print!)
> If not, know that for me, some of the books on this list fill a bit of the
> hole left behind in Diana's wake.
> In no particular order:
> UPROOTED by Naomi Novik. Gripping, hard to put down, not always easy. I
> loved the use of folklore in this book, and some of the practical aspects
> of the magic - for example, the heroine keeps being magicked into fine
> dresses that are exceedingly uncomfortable. The setting reminded me of L.
> M. Bujold's Sharing Knife books, in that most magic in the world described
> is aimed at containing a powerful contamination.
> SORCERER TO THE CROWN by Zen Cho. Good fun. Regency sorcery with bold girls
> and a good anti-Colonial kick to it. Plus a talking caterpillar, at the
> very end. I hope this becomes a series. Felt quite DWJish to me.
> CITY OF STAIRS by Robert Jackson Bennet. Reminded me a bit of the Dalemark
> books, in the way the gods are absent/present. Detective novel with
> political plots in an interesting secondary world.
> I went on an Ysabeau Wilce kick earlier this year, and read the three Flora
> Segunda books one after the other (FLORA SEGUNDA, FLORA'S DARE, FLORA'S
> FURY), now can't wait for the next installment. Funny, clever, irreverent,
> inventive, fast paced.
> My favorite author right now is Frances Hardinge, to whom I was introduced
> by this list. Her newest book is THE LIE TREE, which was quite powerful,
> and struck me like a more moralistic take on some of the themes in THE
> EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE -- of course with a fantasy twist, though the
> fantasy is barely touched upon, and secondary to the character development.
> It was excellent, but not as intoxicating as her next to last, CUCKOO SONG:
> possibly the scariest book I have ever read, on the one hand, but with a
> truly uplifting and satisfying end.
> Philip Reeve is another author first recommended to me here, and another of
> my current great favorites. I've read an draft of his upcoming book,
> RAILHEAD, which he described on Twitter as "Dune meets Thomas the Tank
> Engine". You wouldn't believe how apt that is. I absolutely loved this
> book, though he can be quite brutal to his characters. I think it's coming
> out in October.
> THE GIRL WITH GHOST EYES by M.H. Boroson is another book to watch out for
> in the fall, set in 19th Century San Francisco with Chinese folklore; not
> as lighthearted as some of my favorites, but a good read.
> And DEPTH by Lev A.C. Rosen, noir detective set in a post-apocalyptic
> submerged New York. I enjoyed the genuine friendship between female
> characters in this book, which for some reason is so rare in popular
> literature.
> I would love to read some of your recommendations.

Alayne McGregor
alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca

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