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"That's it. Time to die."

I've been back at work for three weeks now. For some reason, there is a children's movie playing on the TVs by toys constantly. I mean constantly, as in over and over and over and I watch the same damn movie three or four times a night until I can quote the stupid thing word for word. (The movie in question, by the way, is Aliens in the Attic.) At least, I can quote my favorite scene from the movie. But I won't bother you with that. (Part of it is the subject line on this post.)

In other news, I've been working my way steadily through the Honor Harrington and 1632 series. I just returned Ashes of Victory to the library, and I have War of Honor ready to pick up at the circulation desk. I've also started reserving the anthologies in both series (I prefer to read full novels first, then anthologies after, even if that messes up the publication order.) I recently finished every book in Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar universe (completing what I started when I bought Arrows of the Queen at a yard sale for 50 cents).

Does anyone have any books they'd recommend? My favored genre is sci-fi/fantasy (in case you couldn't tell by the books I'm reading now). My guilty pleasure reading is historical romance. (Yeah, that's right. Wanna make something of it? *glares*)

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cakemage
Mar. 27th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
Bitch better believe I've got book recs!

Okay, first off, The Stepsister Scheme, its sequel The Mermaid's Madness and Goblin Quest by Jim Hines. The first two are about Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty on a quest to rescue Cinderella's husband, and later his mother. The third is about a scrawny goblin named Jig who gets shanghaied by a group of adventurers to serve as a guide on their quest. All are heavy on the comedy. XD

Also, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. It's a cyberpunk novel about the world's greatest hacker and swordsman, Hiro Protagonist (and yes, the name is mocked in-story) and his associate, the 15-year-old Kourier (also the best), Y.T. (Yours Truly). It's a world where pizza delivery is serious fucking business (run by the mafia) and a powerful cult is in the process of unleashing a mindvirus to wipe the minds of hackers. Good stuff.

Meg Cabot's Mediator series is also great if you're in the mood for something a little more lighthearted. It's about a girl named Suze who is a Mediator, that is, she can see and interact with ghosts, and isn't especially pleased about this ability. She hoped to leave all that behind when her family moved to California, but their new house just so happens to have a hot ghost living(ish) in her bedroom. There's also a cool priest who has the same abilities, though he's actually happy about them.

Finally, the Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray. It starts with A Great and Terrible Beauty. It's a YA series set in a Victorian girls' boarding school (Spence), where young Gemma gets sent after her mother is murdered in India. She starts having visions not long thereafter, and soon she and her new friends find that both Spence and her mother have ties to an otherworldly organization of women known as the Order. She's also being followed by a hot Indian boy from a similar group known as the Rakshana. All in all, it's a pretty normal Victorian girls' boarding school supernatural/horror series with romance, action, lesbians, magical powers and other realms. Y'know, ordinary, day-to-day kind of stuff.
raindroproses
Mar. 30th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
Okay, all those sound kinda awesome. I must now go assault the online catalog. *cackles*
nofaves
Mar. 27th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
Hoo boy do I have recs! Some of these may be tough to find, as most are at least twenty years old.

Christopher Stasheff's A Wizard in Rhyme, first book is Her Majesty's Wizard

Joel Rosenberg's Guardians of the Flame series, starts with The Sleeping Dragon, also liked Keepers of the Hidden Ways trilogy

David and Leigh Eddings wrote two five-part series called The Belgariad and The Malloreon

Raymond Feist's Riftwar Cycle. I think there are 26 books in the series now, with three more on the way. I can't tell you how much I loved the first six books -- the first trilogy tells the story of the invasion from the POV of the ones invaded; the second three from the invader society.

Leo Brankowski's Adventures of Conrad Stargard, starting with The Cross-Time Engineer. I must warn you, though, I liked this series for the cool science in time-travel. Brankowski was a misogynist.
raindroproses
Mar. 30th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
I actually own The Belgariad--I picked all five books up at a thrift store back in September. I managed to get through a book and a half before giving up. Perhaps I should try it again...

I shall add the rest to my catalog search!
merlins_sister
Mar. 27th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
Have you tried the Lauren Willig books?
capecodgirl
Mar. 28th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
Have you read the 2 "Kushiel" trilogies yet? They're excellent fantasy. The 3rd trilogy has started as well.

Very sexy too (added bonus!)
raindroproses
Mar. 30th, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
Oh my god I love that series! I have read and re-read the first trilogy I don't even know how many times--the covers are actually starting to fall off. (Which is annoying, but so worth it.) I haven't read the second trilogy, though I do own the first book in it--I should go find it. :-)

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