Someone recently asked me for a list with book recommendations so I thought I might also share it here.
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
This is my favorite book in the Discworld series (and maybe just my favorite book). You don’t have to read the series in the right order but it might be better to read Mort, Reaper Man and Soul Music first (these are also very good and are about Death as a character). It is a Christmas book but don’t let that stop you from reading it now.
It’s very very funny:
“Real children do not go hoppity skip unless they are on drugs.” Continue reading “A List of Book Recommendations”
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Published by Tor. 2002
I loved this book. Stories of your Life and Others contains eight short stories. Each one is original, moving and mind-blowing. Even though Ted Chiang has only written short stories like these, he has won series of science fiction awards with them (several Nebula and Hugo awards for example). The movie Arrival is based one one of these short stories.
Seeing Arrival before reading this book made me curious. Could the book possibly be as good as the movie? Yes, it absolutely was.
So why did I love this book so much? Continue reading “Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang”
,A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
Series: A Thousand Nights #1
Published by Disney Hyperion
“If you listen long enough to the whispers, you will hear the truth. Until then, I will tell you this: the world is made safe by a woman. She bound the monster up and cast him out, and the man who was left was saved.”
A Thousand Nights was so much more than I expected it to be. It was a beautiful and original story about family, feminism and magic and I’m glad I’ve read it. The setting was simple but amazing: a dangerous court surrounded by an even more dangerous desert and a girl who has the will to survive both. Continue reading “A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston”
It’s Valentine’s day. A day when we all yearn for a little extra romance in our lives. Whether this is through beautiful gifts or a fancy dinner, we believe books are much better company! Here are some of our favorite sci-fi/fantasy romance reads to reach a better valentine’s day feeling.
PS. Click the book covers for a goodreads link!
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
A retelling of Beauty and the Beast promises nothing less than an intense romance driven plotline. It keeps to this promise, reading it in three sittings or less should be no problem. The worldbuilding, characters and mythology/fairytale elements woven in are enthralling. Because Cruel Beauty is not only a fairytale retelling, it also uses inspiration from greek mythology. If you’re in for a dark yet wonderful story of love, castles, mazes and a twisted relationship between a defiant heroine and a witty villain; Cruel Beauty might be the book for you. Continue reading “What to read on Valentine’s day?”
The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey
Genre: Sci-fi, Horror
Published by Orbit on January 14th 2014
“You can’t save people from the world. There’s nowhere else to take them.”
This story takes place in a dystopian, zombie-containing future but it is mostly about Melanie. She is a very smart girl but one that is just as naive, if not more than most children. But who can blame her? Her days are either spent in her room-like prison or in a prison-like classroom. She doesn’t know it herself but she is, of course, one of the zombies. Continue reading “The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey”