Shelf Examination: Sci-fi and Fantasy

First in a series of posts designed to help you make friends with a novel you might not otherwise have met.   Designed for folks who love to read, but hate hopping back and forth on one foot in front of the shelf, hoping the parking meter won’t expire before they’ve made a decision.

The Book: Freedom and Necessity, Emma Bull and Steven Brust.

Check this out if you like:  epistolary storytelling, 19th-century politcial intrigue, sophisticated vocabulary/diction, romantic subplots, magic, philosophy, or historical fantasy in the style of Susanna Clarke.

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The book:  Soon I Will Be Invincible, Austin Grossman.

Check this out if you like:  hipster snark in the style of Dave Eggers, graphic novels/comics (especially The X-Men),  mad scientists who try to take over the world, or climactic showdowns in secret lairs.

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The book:  The Execution Channel, Ken MacLeod.

Check this out if you like:  stories about dystopian futures, spy novels, blogging and other online intrigue, conspiracy theories, or fast-paced political thrillers.

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The book:  The Serpent and the Rose, Kathleen Bryan.

Check this out if you like:  Epic fantasy, strong female protagonists, unlikely heroes, chivalric romances, intricate mythologies, or classic tales of Good versus Evil.

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The book: The Da-Da-De-Da-Da Code, Robert Rankin.

Check this out if you like:  Surreal humor, parody, bad puns, music history and folklore, secret cabals that rule the world, and imaginary friends named Mr. Giggles the Monkey Boy.

Bonus:  The hardback version of this book contains a CD with songs mentioned in the text, including “Dance of the Sugar Plum Technofairy.”

 Intrigued?  Amused?  Perplexed?  My work here is done.  Happy reading!

–Leigh Anne


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6 responses to “Shelf Examination: Sci-fi and Fantasy

  1. Tracey

    Wow, great suggestions all. I’m especially fond of Freedom and Necessity – thanks for starting the list off with a winner! Of course, now that I’m not dancing back and forth in front of the shelves, how will I get my exercise?

  2. Glad you like the suggestions, Tracey! Don’t worry – you can still dance around in front of the other collections until I get to them! ;)


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  5. Emily

    I’ve been looking for a book similar to Susanna Clarke’s. I’m so excited to give it a chance! And the last two look awesome as well. Please don’t stop shelf awareness!

  6. Have you read Clarke’s short story collection, The Ladies of Grace Adieu? Just checking – it’s set in the same Strange/Norrell world.

    I’m thinking you perhaps might also like Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty – it’s teen fiction, but does not skimp on the historical details or the fantasy element, which makes it a perfect “lighter” summer read. See also Sorcery and Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Wrede & Stevermer.


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