- Melbourne, Vi, Australia
- member since January 7, 2010
I looked your shelf over to see if you had read Godslayer by Carey, and I want to Recommend An author, Tanith Lee.
Volkhavaar, Night's Master, Don't bite the Sun, etc. Avoid Vampires!
Tanith has a massive vocabulary, and will happily kill off characters. Not for the squeamish. Paradys is great horror, especially the Book of the Mad. Her short stories are outstanding.
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I'll try to think of some good HF reads I've seen in the last while. I noticed that you also have some (really good, if i say so myself) fantasy on your shelf, too.
For fantasy, if you can find a copy of Brandon Sanderson's Warbreaker or Elantris, they are a pretty good place to start. Each are stand-alone, and while I'm not going to say "they changed my life OMG" or anything like that, they were solid fantasy - and they're both stand-alone, so you don't need to commit to a mega-series.
I also really like The Conqueror's Shadow by Ari Marmell, but I can't put my finger on why. My husband read it and said, "meh." So take it or leave it, I guess. But if you like Anne Bishop's Dark Jewels series, you might like this as well.
Mercedes Lackey is hit-and-miss, but her Dragon Jousters series was fantastic. It starts with Joust. It skews pseudo-Egypt with solid fantasy. Yay!
For historical fiction...hmmm.
If you look at my reviews, you'll see the ones I've read most recently. It depends on what era of HF you like to read - tudor, victorian, ancient, prehistoric? - Jean M Auel's series that starts with Clan of the Cave Bear is good. Well, the first two books are good. Then it goes severely downhill, but they're still fun reads.
I really enjoyed A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, but it's more YA fiction than true historical fiction. (I think it has a different title in the non-USA publishing world.)
If you like a little horror/suspense tossed in, possibly one of the best books I've read in a LONG time was The Terror by Dan Simmons. However, due to it's premise and deliberately slow pacing, I know that not everyone would like it. And above all, READ it, don't get it on an audiobook. The pacing is too slow to make an audiobook worthwhile.
If you like ancient history, Michelle Moran has a few solid books out. Start with Nefertiti. The Heretic Queen is the weakest of her books so far, but it's okay. I like Cleopatra's Daughter. And she has another book coming out in March(?) about Madame Tussaud.
Wow. I guess there's a place to start. :)
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