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.
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More Than This by Patrick Ness
Published by Walker Books ltd. on May 1st 2014
So far I’ve read two books by Patrick Ness. One I absolutely loved and will never ever leave my memories, the other turned out not to be so memorable at all. This man is full of surprises, and he proves nothing less in More Than This.
In More Than This we follow a young man named Seth. His story begins dramatically with his death, and wakes up in what seems like a different world. A world that is not as it should be. First of all, he wakes up in his childhood home, all the way in England, while he now lives in America. Secondly, everything is overgrown and there is no one to be seen. Seth tries to figure out what is going on, and for a while he is the only character in our story.
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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?”