Technocowboy and I were talking about books we like/love/recommend. He posted his list (here). Here’s mine:

CS Friedman:

Everything. Start with In Conquest Born and then move right along. Her take on the vampire mythos (The Madness Season) is unique. This Alien Shore will get you thinking about technology and our interaction with it in a new way. Oh, and when she took on fantasy (in her Cold Fire trilogy) she created one of the meanest and most honorable anti-heros I have ever found.

Julian May:

Not everything, sad to say. (I really didn’t like her Rampart Worlds trilogy). But Intervention/Metaconcert and the Galactic Milieu trilogy are amazing. Oh, and she bridges them into her Pliocene quadrilogy (600 millions years earlier) in a way that feels clunky, but works perfectly.

Spider & Jeanne Robinson:

Star Dance, Star Mind, and Star Seed

zero gravity dance.

think about it.

Now go get them

Spider Robinson’s Callahan books:

Fair warning: he delights in word games and puns. But not at the expense of the reader.

A bunch of barflys save the earth. Three times.

Jaqueline Carey

(A recent discovery.) I picked up Kushiel’s Dart, seduced by its cover and the first line: “Lest anyone should suppose that I am a cuckoo’s child, got on the wrong side of the blanket by lusty peasant stock and sold into indenture in a shortfallen season, I may say that I am House-born and reared in the Night Court proper, for all the good it did me”

This is a sexy book, exploring the intersection of pain and pleasure with delicacy for those of us who do not understand (except intellectually) that there *is* an intersection.

I’m in the middle of the follow up: Kushiel’s Chosen (savoring it slowly, as it should be), and am looking forward to the rest of the books. (She’s at five, now, I believe.)

Juliet Marillier

At its core, the first book of the Sevenwaters Trilogy (Daughter of the Forest) is a retelling of a fairy tale (the tale of the seven brothers turned into swans until their sister rescues them). But it also tells a tale of early Celtic Paganism and history in a way reminiscent of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s “Avalon” books.

This list is by no means complete. Or finished. But it’s what I have now.

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