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Book Recommendations from 02/05/07 Meeting

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Post #: 34
Science Fiction

Marcie: P.D. James' The Children of Men. (1992) Marcie saw the film and is now interested in the novel. Set in a rather fascist and xenophobic England in 2027, two decades after universal human sterility has caused widespread despair and apathy. A small group of dissidents is hiding and protecting a pregnant woman.

Gary: Octavia Butler's Fledgling. (2005) An apparently young, amnesiac girl discovers that she is actually a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Where did she come from, and who is trying to destroy her?

Julian: Philip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly. (1977) Addiction, madness, and conspiracy build up to an industrial-grade stress test of identity. We also discussed the film.

Julian: Philip K. Dick's Valis. (1981) A theological detective story in which God is both a missing person and the perpetrator of the ultimate crime.

Anna: Donald Kingsbury's Psychohistorical Crisis. (2001) A re-imagining of the world of Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy, set after the establishment of the Second Empire. It won the Prometheus Award in 2002.

Doug: Richard Morgan's Broken Angels. (2004) The sequel to Altered Carbon. Fast-paced, violent cyberpunk noir in a ruthless future. Intense action.

Anna: Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day. (2006) Attempts to write a summary based on available data has made my brain bleed. I give up. A special wiki can help the reader get through this very complex novel.

Mitch: Charles Stross's Halting State. (coming in September 2007; Mitch got to read it early as he's a journalist and interviewed Stross) A near-future thriller set in the bizarre world of the software houses that develop massively-multiplayer online roleplaying games. A bank has been robbed, but the robbers were a gang of Orcs, and the money may have been smuggled over the border into another reality...


Allison: Cory Doctorow's Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. (2006) Alan starts fixing up a house in a bohemian neighborhood in Toronto. This brings him in contact with the neighbors, including a young woman who, in a moment of stress, reveals to him that she has wings--which grow back after each attempt to cut them off. Alan understands. He has his own secrets. His father is a mountain and his mother is a washing machine...

Ann: Laurell K. Hamilton's Cerulean Sins. (2004) Once a sworn enemy of all monsters, Anita is now the human consort of both Master Vampire Jean Claude and leopard shapeshifter Micah. When a centuries-old vampire hits St. Louis, Anita finds herself needing all the dark forces her passion can muster to save the ones she loves.

Brent: Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series.
The evil things that prowl Cincinnati at night are out to get witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike.

Mark: Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber series. The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10. (1999) In the Amber stories, Amber and the Courts of Chaos are the only two true worlds; all others, including our Earth, are but "shadows" of the tension between them.

The Corwin Cycle:

  • Nine Princes in Amber (1970)
  • The Guns of Avalon (1972)
  • Sign of the Unicorn (1975)
  • The Hand of Oberon (1976)
  • The Courts of Chaos (1978)

The Merlin Cycle:

  • Trumps of Doom (1985)
  • Blood of Amber (1986)
  • Sign of Chaos (1987)
  • Knight of Shadows (1989)
  • Prince of Chaos (1991)

Historical Fantasy/Alternate History

Mitch: Debra Doyle and James D. MacDonald's Land of Mist and Snow. (2006) Set in an alternate history where magic was used to help fight the Civil War, the story is told in the diary entries of a Union naval officer on board the magical warship Nicodemus.

Anna: Naomi Novik's Temeraire series.
Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as the military takes to the skies on dragons.

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