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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What Are You Reading?

I've hit a major snarl in my weekend plans. I'm out of books, and nothing at the bookstore caught my eye. The authors that I regularly read either don't have a new book coming out until spring, or have finished the series I was following.

Now I'm hunting for some new books. I want something tightly written, fast-paced, with smart characters, some witty one-liners, and a good Voice. I love character-driven plots combined with smart military tactics (think Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell).

I'm open to the idea of reading any genre, but I'd love to find a new sci-fi novel or series (something written in the last ten years). Urban fantasy is my second favorite, but I'm bored with vampires, so if it has vamps, it must be awesome.

Wounded female psyches, brooding males, and characters who drop their pants at the smoldering glance of an angst-ridden person/demon/alien across the crowded bar need not apply.

Hit me with titles! Yours, something you love, something you've heard about, I don't care. Just help me refill my TBR pile!


  1. I am currently finishing an ARC of Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Next is to re-read Dreamfever before my copy of Shadowfever shows up (Karen M Moning). And At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost.

  2. It's dystopian and adult so I don't know if you'll be interested, but try out Jasper Fforde's "The Eyre Affair."

    Funny, take-numbers heroine with issues but she fights to fix what's going on.

    They're entertaining books. It's the first of a series (the 6th of which comes out this March). I'm not sure how many he's got planned for it. He has a trilogy he's publishing (the first two are out) called the Nursery Crimes series. They're funny but have a mystery bent to the dystopian. I'd start with The Eyre Affair.

  3. Stephanie - I'll go look those up.

    Stephanie - I've read the Eyre Affair, twice actually. Both times I was put off by the language. It's not a bad book, but I didn't love it enough to try the second.

  4. Have you read Wen Spencer? They are light, and fluffy. But her Tinker series has a strong female lead, set in fairy/Pittsburgh modern day. A fun quick read.

  5. GNAT - That sounds good. I'll see if I can find the series. :o)

  6. You've read Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, right? It's YA dystopian, but I suspect this will be a classic in the future; teachers already use it in the classroom.

    The Forever War is another classic with plenty of good fighting--not too heavy on the strategy as I recall.

  7. I think both Carvis and I have mentioned David Weber's Honor Harrington series to you.

    Don't know if you've tried any of his books.

    This series of his is still going strong and he's branched out for the MCs that he follows. So there are now 3 other series of books that follow their own MCs and are intertwined with the main Honor series.

    I can even follow the military stuff and you know I'm not usually interested in military stuff.

  8. Wulfie! I was avoiding Hunger Games because of the hype. HP and Twilight both went that route, and I never liked either. Still, I could give it a try.

    I think I've read Forever War, or something similar. It's the tactics I like in military writing, so low on tactics isn't a big seller.

    Ilnara- I have tried the Honor series. The first book was OKAY. The second book made me furious, I hated the characters (that might have been the point of some of them though). The execution didn't thrill me. And the head-jumping POV just gave me a headache. Unless Book 3 is an amazing step up, I'm not sure I want to try.

  9. I admit I like the later books in the series best. Some of the books are pretty good at having only one or two POVs but others do have a lot going on so there are a lot of POVs.

    *shrugs* Just thought I'd mention it as it is the only SF series we follow that is still ongoing. All the rest have ended.

    I'm currently re-reading the books we have and wanting new ones as well. I've even raided my daughter's collection for something to read. :)