What's everybody reading? Got recommendations?
Hello, everyone! What better way to get these new forums started than with the one thing we never stop talking about around here, so…what’s everybody reading right now? And what are you planning on reading next?
Personally, I’ve been focusing on a lot of dystopian fiction lately (looking ahead to an upcoming Tor.com theme week :) I started Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series and just reread 1984 and V for Vendetta back-to-back (which is always fun). If anybody has any must-read dystopian novels they want to suggest (YA or otherwise), let me know!
Books, comics, reading
I'm reading Otherland by Tad Williams. I'm loving it but it isn't for the faint of heart. It's a large book with a lot going on. I would definitely consider it dystopian fiction. But the scale of the novel makes it feel more like a fantasy book. Heh, can I call it epic dystopian fiction?
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I just finished reading Dust by Elizabeth Bear, and now I'm rereading Atonement by Ian McEwan. I have five books waiting for me to start reading them, but I don't have as much time as I used to to read. Quite enjoyed Dust, though. Odd book.
It's already been hyped quite a bit here on Tor.com but I have to say the new Rothfuss book lives up to the hype. Definitely worth the wait.
For dystopian YA, The Hunger Games was really good. I might be a bit biased because my kids liked them. Also check out the Patrick Ness series that starts with The Knife Of Never Letting Go...I still have one to read there.
Reading Wise Man's Fear at the moment, but I should be finishing it up this weekend. After that will be the new Thursday Next book which I decided to try even though I didn't care for book 5.
I've been on a comics/graphic novels jag recently. I read Promethea: Book 1, Fables: Legends in Exile, and Death: At Death's Door (it's a manga version of Season of Mist starring Death, written and drawn by Jill Thompson… how can you not love it?) The only break in my recent comics activity has been reading Wise Man's Fear, along with the entire known universe, it seems. Gobbled that one down in two days. I'll have to get my hands on book one again… unfortunately, I lent it out to a relative in September and haven't gotten it back. Meh… Qué será será, as my dad says.
I'll have more time for reading once summer comes. Now things are hectic. I've been wanting to read A Song of Ice and Fire for a while now… maybe that's the best time to go crazy and read the whole damn thing.
Chuk ; I'm the only one in the office that hasn't read Hunger Games yet. I think I'll cave this weekend and pick up a copy.
I'm currently reading Jordan's Lord of Chaos -- slowly trying to catch up in time for the last book...! Occasionally I need to take a break from the braid-pulling, though, so I've also got Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express (just a week ago I got to travel a bit on it!).
Have to second The Hunger Games rec. Loved it! Even my partner, who isn't normally a big reader (he prefers hockey), loved the books.
I'm actually *not* reading much of anything at the moment...but going to pick up Name of the Wind tonight(yes, I know, I know...finally decided to give it a try), so I should be busy for the next few days(have some flying to do, which I hate...so reward myself with a new book!). Hunger Games sounds good - may have to check that out as well!
Given that I was at Pcon (Ireland's literary SF&F con) last weekend, my recent reading had a distinct green tinge to it! I'd recommend Oisín McGann's "Ancient Appetites" (YA Steampunk set in Ireland), Ian McDonald's "Out on Blue Six" (Dystopia) and Peadar Ó Guilín's "The Inferior" (YA sympathetic space cannibals - which after you read this book, you will want to be a specific genre).
Oh, hey, it's even St. Patrick's Day in a week! Would anyone like some more Irish SF&F author recommendations?
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