[DWJ] Book recommendations

D.J. Natelson debrisoftheages at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Jul 23 15:44:47 EDT 2015


Thank you very much, Gin.  That means a lot to me.  And please thank your husband on my behalf.
Gin wrote:
> I got home last week to my husband asking me, " What was the name of
> that book that I downloaded to the kindle? And where did I get it?"
> Because he had found a book on the kindle that he didn't recognise,
> and started reading it, and it was Really Good, and was it the one
> that I downloaded? Because it was Really Good, and what was this DWJ
> list anyway? And what else had they said to read......
> 
> Thanks for letting me have a copy of your book. I haven't started
> reading it yet, but my husband is at least one new fan...
  


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Today's Topics:

  1. Re: Book recommendations (Elizabeth Parks)
  2. Re: Book recommendations (Gin)
  3. Re: Book recommendations (minnow at belfry.org.uk)
  4. Re: Book recommendations (Kylie Ding)


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Message: 1
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 22:28:33 -0400
From: Elizabeth Parks <henx19 at gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [DWJ] Book recommendations
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A lot of the things I've enjoyed recently have been mentioned here, but I
wanted to add a few other suggestions:

The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas (
http://sherrythomas.com/the-burning-sky.php) starting with The Burning
Sky.  Thomas is usually a romance author, but this is a YA fantasy trilogy
(the third book comes out this September) in which there are hidden magical
realms tucked in between our countries, and the prince of one of these
realms, which is occupied by an evil empire ruled by an overlord, is
attending school at Victorian-era Eton.  The first book takes a few
chapters to get going, but I absolutely loved it: there's a girl disguised
as a boy attending school, a book you can actually go into, and the world
is well thought out and extends far beyond England (especially in the
second book).

You guys have all read the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, right?
Because you should.  It's got a little Susan Cooper to it, a little of John
Green's Looking for Alaska (except much better), and it's fantastic and
enthralling.

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone books by Laini Taylor (
http://daughterofsmokeandbone.com/) (I feel like this has been mentioned on
this list before, but I can't quickly find a specific instance, so I'll
bring them up again), starting with the book of that name.  I read this on
a friend's recommendation, slightly skeptical, because the description
online made it sound like urban fantasy, and I'm not a big urban fantasy
fan.  There's a lot more to the trilogy than that, and it unfurls with
writing that's poetic without being too poetic.  It's got a romance that I
didn't really care that much about, but I liked (most of) the characters
and the world a lot.

I really enjoyed the last book in Mary Robinette Kowal's Glamor and Glass
series, which I thought was one of the strongest entries in the series.
She does a good job of balancing modern sensibilities about race and
slavery with a fidelity to the actual reality of what those institutions
were like.  Her characters don't solve the world's problems or save
everyone, and are probably a little too good to be true, but in a
satisfying way.

I also really loved Kate Atkinson's Life After Life, which I read right
before Jo Walton's My Real Children, and then My Real Children didn't work
quite as well for me, though I liked it as well.  Both are worth reading,
though possibly not back to back.  I also really loved China Mieville's The
City and the City.  Books that are probably worth a read but didn't live up
to my expectations recently include: Ready Player One, the Mistborn books,
and A Gathering of Shadows.  I really liked Uprooted, but I'm still waiting
for more Temeraire and a little sad that the next book will be the last.

Thanks for all the suggestions, guys.  I'm wearing out my OverDrive library
card.

Lizzie


On Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 12:58 AM, Sally Odgers <sally at sallyodgers.com> wrote:

> Hi, Gin;
> attached you'll see Parts 1 and 2 of Garlands of Thorn and May. The third
> part is begun, but not yet finished.  As to a few to start with, that
> depends on your taste. My latest "older" book is Heather & Heath, available
> in pb or ebook. That one was published by Satalyte Publishing and is for
> adults. Harper Collins Aus published Trinity Street, Shadowdancers, Amy
> Amaryllis, Aurora, Translations in Celadon and Candle Iron. a good while
> ago.  These are all sf or fantasy for teens. Some are available on iTunes,
> I think and there;s the odd paperback still in circulation. Under the
> Waterfall is available as an ebook from Devine Destinies. That's one for
> teens. I also wrote the bracket novels for Charms and Keepsakes, two novel
> anthologies from Prints Charming Books. Then there's Clovie Trefoil, Book
> one in the Fairies of Farholt series, which is for younger readers..., a
> couple of dozen in the Jack Russell, Pet Vet and Pup Patrol series (for
> primary school readers) and six in the Little Horrors series (pen name
> Tiffany Mandrake) for younger readers. As I said, it ratehr depends on your
> level and genre. Two of my favourites are Replay and Pride: Bridgeover
> Sundown, which are available in PB from Lulu Publishing, or in PDF from me.
> Replay is "a love song, a mystery; a waltz through history" and Pride is a
> surreal fantasy.  You can fins some info about some of my books at
> http://sallyodgers.weebly.com/
> Thanks for the compliments passed on from the other folks... I love
> writing, though I spend more of my time editing for other people these
> days. Sally Odgers
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Message: 2
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:05:48 +1000
From: Gin <kalaidiscope at gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [DWJ] Book recommendations
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Hi Deborah,

I got home last week to my husband asking me, " What was the name of that
book that I downloaded to the kindle? And where did I get it?" Because he
had found a book on the kindle that he didn't recognise, and started
reading it, and it was Really Good, and was it the one that I downloaded?
Because it was Really Good, and what was this DWJ list anyway? And what
else had they said to read......

Thanks for letting me have a copy of your book. I haven't started reading
it yet, but my husband is at least one new fan...

Gin

On Sun, Jul 5, 2015 at 4:23 AM, D.J. Natelson <debrisoftheages at yahoo.co.uk>
wrote:

> I'd like to add a few recs also.  But before I do, I'd like to share one
> of my own books, the one that is most, well, DWJ-y.  I thought some of you
> might appreciate it and so, for this group, I have made the ebook FREE this
> Sunday (the 5th) through Thursday (the 9th).  It's called LOGIC'S EMPORIUM
> OF STOLEN MEMORIES. You can find it here:
> http://www.amazon.com/Logics-Emporium-Stolen-Memories-Natelson-ebook/dp/B00RN8RXQQ/
> If anyone from this group has trouble getting it, or sees this email late,
> I'd be happy to send you a free e-copy.
> Okay, on to other recs:
> THE SECRET COUNTRY TRILOGY by Pamela Dean.  (The Secret Country, The
> Hidden Land, the Whim of the Dragon).  A portal fantasy, and probably the
> best I've ever read.  I found the beginning of the first book a little
> difficult the first time I read it, since she purposefully uses rather
> Shakespearean language for part of it, but that gets much easier as you get
> used to it (and it's not pervasive anyway).
> THE BARTIMAEUS TRILOGY by Jonathan Stroud.  Another fantastic and
> hilarious trilogy.  Stroud's newest series, the Lockhart mysteries, is also
> superb.  Actually, all his books are.  After DWJ, he's probably my favorite
> author.
> THE JOHN CLEAVER SERIES by Dan Wells.  Rather a strange rec.  My elder
> sister told me to read the first book and I kept putting her off because of
> the supremely awful titles of the book.  Then she bought me signed and
> personalized copies and so I had to read them.  Man, I should not judge a
> book by it's title. The first book is called "I Am Not a Serial Killer."
> It's about a teenage sociopath who has all the indications of a future
> serial killer but is determined to be a good person instead.  And then a
> real serial killer (and possibly a demon) comes to town.  Dan Wells does
> his research.  He really understands his subject matter (of which I know
> something), and it shows.  Please, please don't be put off by the title as
> I was.  Dan Wells is now my third favorite author.  He also has a sci-fi
> trilogy (Partials) which is excellent but has a slow first half to the
> first book. Content warning for disturbing imagery in the second book.
> WIZARD AT WORK by Vivian Vande Velde.  A collection of  connected short
> stories about a long-suffering wizard who has to keep solving people's
> problems.
> Deborah
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Message: 3
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:46:59 +0100
From: <minnow at belfry.org.uk>
To: dwj at suberic.net
Subject: Re: [DWJ] Book recommendations
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Gin wrote:
> I got home last week to my husband asking me, " What was the name of
> that book that I downloaded to the kindle? And where did I get it?"
> Because he had found a book on the kindle that he didn't recognise,
> and started reading it, and it was Really Good, and was it the one
> that I downloaded? Because it was Really Good, and what was this DWJ
> list anyway? And what else had they said to read......
> 
> Thanks for letting me have a copy of your book. I haven't started
> reading it yet, but my husband is at least one new fan...

I have been thinking, this past couple of weeks, how happy Diana would
have been that a discussion group with her name on it was full of
people recommending books to each other.  It was a thing she used to
do, all her life, and the idea that she has sort-of continued after her
death is wonderful.

Cheers!

Minnow



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Message: 4
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:10:22 +0100
From: Kylie Ding <kylie_ding at hotmail.com>
To: "'Diana Wynne Jones discussion'" <dwj at suberic.net>
Subject: Re: [DWJ] Book recommendations
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That's lovely!

Minnow - do you remember what she used to recommend to people?

Kylie

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Subject: Re: [DWJ] Book recommendations

I have been thinking, this past couple of weeks, how happy Diana would
have been that a discussion group with her name on it was full of
people recommending books to each other.  It was a thing she used to
do, all her life, and the idea that she has sort-of continued after her
death is wonderful.

Cheers!

Minnow

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