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December 9th, 2012, 09:07 AM #1
Some reading clues for 2013
Been away from the 'reading front' for about a year; have read a couple of books though i really enjoyed (collected stories by Borges, a couple of Murakami novels, handful of short stories by Gene Wolfe) and am now 'reorienting' myself in the fantasy landscape - and would appreciate some pointers and recommendations for the upcoming year. In short: which books shall i order to carry me over the next six months or so?
To give some context: i have read most of the 'classics' (Dunsany, Lovecraft, Borges, Howard, Tolkien, Lewis...), the 'new classics' (Leiber, Vance, LeGuin, Hobb, Williams, Zelazny, Donaldson, Wolfe etc. etc.) and some of the new bunch (Martin, Abercrombie, Mieville, Scott Bakker...). My favourite writers include Borges, Wolfe, Howard, McKillip, Murakami and Steven Erikson.
Recommendations can include short story collections or multi-novel series; what i'd be looking for are stories such as Forlesen (Wolfe), novels like Stone (Roberts) or series such as Malazan; i guess overarching themes are alienation, protagonist(s) looking for ways to cope with / make sense of the world - but set in a story told with 'old fashioned' craftsmanship and in an otherworldly /exotic setting. Howard meets Jung meets Pratchett. Or something like that.
I'm aware all of the above may still be (way) too vague, ask away should this be the case. Many thanks in advance,
December 9th, 2012, 09:39 AM #2
Guy Gavriel Kay!
Maybe start with The Lions of Al Rassan. He's the best in the business.
December 10th, 2012, 03:14 PM #3
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Here are some collections I've particularly enjoyed,
Glen Hirshberg, American Morons & The Two Sams
Caitlin Kiernan, To Charles Fort, With Love
Steve Rasnic Tem, Deadfall Hotel
Sarah Monette, The Bone Key
-- these are all ghost stories, horror, weird
Susanna Clarke, The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories
Peter Beagle, The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche
Kage Baker, Nell Gwynne’s Scarlet Spy (one short novel, one novella ... novelette?)
--these are all charming to one degree or another; all but one story in the Clarke are to do with fantasy world of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Holly Phillips, In the Palace of Repose
Graham Joyce, Partial Eclipse and Other Stories
M. Rickert, Holiday
-- no neat descriptions for these, any story could go off in a very different direction from the others; the Rickert is particularly recommended (may have to scroll down a little to see)
Not so new,
Arthur Machen, The Three Imposters
Lafcadio Hearn, Kwaidan
December 17th, 2012, 02:55 PM #4
Thanks Randy, much appreciated.
The Rhinoceros who quoted Nietzsche is in (title alone won me over) as are Holly Phillips, Machen (Three Imposters can be downloaded for free at Gutenberg!), Hearn (especially intrigued by this one), Kiernan and Baker.
Joyce somewhat harder to obtain - and pricey as well; Clarke not my cup of tea (admmittedly, based on evidence n=1 Jonathan Strange & mr. Norrell); Hirshberg sounded just a bit too gloomy. Not sure about Tem; and Monette's Bone Key sounds (but probably isn't) like Necroscope meets Da Vinci code...
December 18th, 2012, 12:00 AM #5
I'll second the Graham Joyce recommendation. I'll add Jonathan Carroll and Chris Wooding (Weavers of Saramyr) and a series that may be harder to find that's closer to the classic fantasy style : Winter of the World by Michael Scott Rohan. If you liked Murakami, then try some David Mitchell. Cloud Atlas will probably be my favorite book of 2012, and I understand his other books are just as intriguing.
December 18th, 2012, 06:57 AM #6
with that list, you want some (might be a little older, but they're the first to leap into my brain which haven't been mentioned):
jon courtenay grimwood (stamping butterflies)
nick harkaway (gone away world)
richard brautigan (hawkline monster)
iain m banks (take your pick, really)
kameron hurley (god's war)
for the humour value: robert rankin is currently re-releasing a lot of his works onto ebook format and some of them will be free over xmas this guy can break your funny bone if you like english humour
for stricter fantasy:
tom lloyd. his twilight reign series was really interesting for an unexpected kind of hero.
scott lynch (lies of locke lamora)
December 18th, 2012, 08:31 AM #7
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I never got around to the Necroscope series -- I developed a dislike of Lumley in novel form years before that came out -- and avoided Da Vinci, so I can't say what the melding would be like. What I would say about the Monette, though, is that after the first story a sneaky sense of humor surfaces at times, there's a playfulness with both plot and scene that is engaging in much the way my current read is -- my current read is a "Golden Age" mystery novel by Margery Allingham -- and an occasional grappling with more important issues that Monette melds well with the premise of her stories. If I were to compare it to anything, it might be to the stories of Neil Gaiman, flirting with the horror genre but avoiding gore for more thoughtful chills.
December 18th, 2012, 01:56 PM #8
December 18th, 2012, 02:16 PM #9
a sneaky sense of humor surfaces at times, there's a playfulness with both plot and scene that is engaging in much the way my current read is -- my current read is a "Golden Age" mystery novel by Margery Allingham -- and an occasional grappling with more important issues that Monette melds well with the premise of her storiesIf I were to compare it to anything, it might be to the stories of Neil Gaiman
December 18th, 2012, 02:26 PM #10
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December 18th, 2012, 03:50 PM #11
harkaway really was good. if you can manage not to read any spoilers about it, gone away world was great. it was my book of the year that year, and remains a personal favourite.