Fantasy and SF Recommendations: Stand-Alone Books
Posted 18 July 2012 - 07:32 PM
Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:56 AM
Posted 16 August 2012 - 06:14 PM
Post-Apocolyptic setting where mankind lives underground and survives by echolocation as light no longer exists apart from as an abstract religious idea. It's quite good. A little cheesey.
Posted 20 August 2012 - 10:04 AM
Edited by Bronson, 20 August 2012 - 10:11 AM.
Posted 20 August 2012 - 09:32 PM
Posted 23 August 2012 - 03:26 PM
The Thief - Megan Whalen Turner - quite short book that follows the adventures on a theif who is pulled out of the king's dungeon to help a quest. Short, to the point, good fun. Very nice story.
The second book is often considered even better than The Thief, darker though and there is a lot of political intrigue.
Posted 17 September 2012 - 08:28 AM
Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:33 PM
Blue Light by Walter Mosley, great sci-fi, a really unusual take on super hero fiction
Posted 17 October 2012 - 01:14 PM
Posted 29 October 2012 - 09:29 PM
One of the things I remember best other than how horrible the main character's life is, is how the chapters were arranged. Counting down from 30 is the main plot line while 31 to 40 is the protagonist's past -- all of which is jumbled up.
But I won't lie. The reason I bought the book was because the cover was pretty: http://www.booku.com...book_190160.htm
Edited by mushroomshirt, 29 October 2012 - 09:30 PM.
Posted 31 October 2012 - 10:02 PM
Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:06 AM
Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:06 PM
First is A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness. The story involves a young boy dealing with an ill mother and bullying at school who has visitations from a nearby "Ent-like" figure at night. The book is short and can be read in a couple hours. Warning: This one is a tearjerker.
Next is Nancy Farmer's House of the Scorpion, about Matteo Alacran, a child clone of a drug lord in a land called Opium between what was once Mexico and the US.
Last is a great novel by Brom (huge fan!). The Child Thief is a retelling of the Peter Pan story mixed with much more gore, fey, fantasy and a cross-over to the modern world.
Posted 09 April 2013 - 02:20 AM
Posted 14 April 2013 - 12:10 PM
A semi-surreal, haunting, steampunk-but-not-really story about a down at the heels travelling circus in a post apocalyptic world. Dark and melancholy, but also quite fast paced and very readable.
I've just finished reading this a few hours ago and would greatly recommend it. I feel like the book has left me an emotional wreck though, it's in a way ruined my enthusiasm for reading something new because of a) the fear of having to suffer the same emotional blow and I kind of feel disrespectful to the characters to move to something new so soon. (I always become attached to books I like though, so...).
I found it very much more driven by characters and their relationships at a very human level, rather than purely by plot or world-building which almost seems to take a secondary role and be there purely to explore the relationships between the characters. I think I've enjoyed it a lot more than many other books that seem devoted to the overall story and world they're building and try to be a lot more expansive.
Edited by Iotun, 14 April 2013 - 12:15 PM.
Posted 14 April 2013 - 12:34 PM
Posted 25 April 2013 - 08:26 AM
Posted 25 April 2013 - 09:17 AM
I thought that was part of a series.
And to not comment without adding anything I'll submit the Etched City by K.J. Bishop, Blindsight by Peter Watts, and House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds, though I'm sure at least one of these has been recommended before.
Posted 30 April 2013 - 03:29 PM
Edited by Lily Valley, 30 April 2013 - 03:37 PM.
Posted 30 April 2013 - 04:06 PM