a book list

Aug. 9th, 2016 01:38 am
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A list, from [personal profile] firecat, of 60 SF books, which I have resorted into three groups:

I've read these:

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Synners by Pat Cadigan
Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh
Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge
The God Stalker Chronicles by P.C. Hodgell
Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
God's War by Kameron Hurley
The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein
Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
The Female Man by Joanna Russ
A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree, Jr.
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
Farthing by Jo Walton
The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

I have not read these, but have read something else by the author:

Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
Tithe by Holly Black
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
King's Dragon by Kate Elliott
Slow River by Nicola Griffith
Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

I have not read these:

Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
Primary Inversion by Catherine Asaro
Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop
The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett
Survival by Julie E. Czerneda
Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff
Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr
Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz
Ash by Malinda Lo
Warchild by Karin Lowachee
Legend by Marie Lu
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
The Thief's Gamble by Juliet E. McKenna
Diving into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The Grass King's Concubine by Kari Sperring
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
City of Pearl by Karen Traviss

I think this says that I am old. The newer a book is, the less likely I am to read it.

Is there a book in the first group you'd like me to review?
Is there a book in the second or third groups you think I should read?

Date: 2016-08-09 02:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] isis
As I said to [personal profile] luzula, I liked the series beginning with Range of Ghosts quite a bit - it's fantasy Mongolia/Asia/Arabia, and has several great female characters and really weird but cool worldbuilding. (I wrote for it for Yuletide one year.)

And, the Deryni books are not new, I read them in high school, I think! Though I tried to reread and they don't really stand up to time. I liked the Robin Hobb books as well which I read a few years ago, but they may not be to your taste, I don't know.

I keep thinking about reading Brown Girl in the Ring. Should I?

Date: 2016-08-10 08:24 pm (UTC)
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re: Brown girl in the ring
I like Hopkinson's SF in part because it's not your standard space opera. I'd say that any of her books are worth reading the first 10-20 pages or so to see if they interest you. They're all pretty good.

Sorry to hear that Deryni didn't reread well, but I guess it's not too surprising. OTOH, everything I've read by Robin Hobb/Megan Lindholm, I've loved.

Date: 2016-08-09 11:58 pm (UTC)
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I'd love to hear your thoughts on The Steerswoman. In a happy fantasy, I'd time travel it back to myself at 12, and what a different person I might have been.

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