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So, once again, jojopi's Kindle is empty despite my best efforts and I'm turning to you, good Chit Chatters, for help . . .

She loves Lawrence Block but has basically read them all now.

Similarly A Lee Martinez, Terry Pratchet, Jim Butcher, Tim Dorsey, Christopher Moore, Tim Robbins, Neil Gaiman, Harlen Coben all up to date.

Consider all the classics read, as well as Enders, Hitchhikers, etc. Tried a bunch of current paranormal stuff and (apart from Dresden) will pass.

Looking for stuff with some humor and not too "male" - Westlake and Heinlein have failed this test.

OK. Go . . .
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Oh Geez, I was thinking about something completely different being filled.

Pardon me.
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If she likes Pratchett and Gaiman she may like Robert Rankin.
(why do I feel like amazon now!? but seriously (or comedically) the recommendation holds.
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I just went through the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson and I really enjoyed them. Currently reading Hyperion and loving it.
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A Confederacy of Dunces?
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steven brust's taltos series
Vlad is an assasin with a little dragon (or two) that he telepathically talks to that helps him.
I liked them back in the day, but now they seem less manly.


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I wonder if she'd like the stainless steel rat. A sort of lite sci-fi humorous James Bond with a family type series.
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I would recommend Survivor by Chuck Palinuik but I can't spell the author's last name.

What about Vonnegut?
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Joseph Heller, not just Catch 22 but also Picture This and God Knows, though the last two don't seem to be on the Kindle.

Vonnegut is good.

Thomas Pynchon, starting with V. and The Crying of Lot 49.

Matt Ruff's Fool on the Hill.
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And, actually, Jack Pendarvis' Awesome lives up to it's name and seems to be on sale for $3.99 .
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Try some Carl Hiaasen. His books are hysterical. First book of his I read was called Native Tongue and I recommend it very highly.
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

The Night Circus

Anything by Michael Chabon

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Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

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Terribly sorry everyone. My euphemism alert just sounded.

I shall leave.
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Robert Silverberg's stuff is always a good read.
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nycavri wrote:
So, once again, jojopi's Kindle is empty despite my best efforts and I'm turning to you, good Chit Chatters, for help . . .

She loves Lawrence Block but has basically read them all now.

Similarly A Lee Martinez, Terry Pratchet, Jim Butcher, Tim Dorsey, Christopher Moore, Tim Robbins, Neil Gaiman, Harlen Coben all up to date.

Consider all the classics read, as well as Enders, Hitchhikers, etc. Tried a bunch of current paranormal stuff and (apart from Dresden) will pass.


As you know Bob UF comes in a few flavours.

I would recommend Ben Aaronovitch's series which starts with Rivers of London (Midnight Riot in the US). It is based in London, the protagonist is a copper (policeman), has a sense of humour, and isn't a fang-banger.

For the rest I am going to go through books I have recommended and which worked.

Jeffrey Ford The Portrait Of Mrs Charbuque. A wonderful baroque fantasy. A famous portrait painter gets a commission to paint a portrait without setting eyes on the subject. The subject sits behind a screen and tells tales. A strong magic-realist feel to this.

Christopher Priest. She may have seen the film of The Prestige, but some of his other work is also worth searching out. The Separation, The Affirmation, The Glamour and The Quiet Woman. Note all feature unreliable narrators.

Robert Holdstock's Mythago Wood. Quite simply one of the best fantasies I have read. Set in and around an ancient wood the story involves the experiences of the Huxley family with the enigmatic forest and its magical inhabitants.

Mary Gentle's ASH: A Secret History. One big book in the UK, it may be split up in the US. It is mostly set in Burgundian France with brief sections in the modern day. Starts, and for the most part reads, like a fantasy and turns into SF.

Graham Joyce's The Limits Of Enchantment. A coming-of-age story set in an east Leicestershire village in the 60s involving the local herb-woman and her "adopted" daughter. The magic is in the background and very subtle.

Tim Powers. Declare - Spy thriller with Lovecraftian monsters and Kim Philby. The Stress Of Her Regard - A secret history involving Shelley, Byron and Keats and protean vampire-like creatures known as nephilim. Nearly all (and both of these recommendations) of Powers's work are secret histories.

On to the crime

Has she tried Christopher Brookmyre? A Scottish author, with a strong Scottish feel to his novels - often going as far as using Scots words, whose novels are darkly comic and mix politics and social comment in with the action.

Christopher Fowler's Bryant And May novels are unmatched (see what I did there). These involve the Peculiar Crimes Unit which are led by two octogenarian detectives - one of which seems obsessed with the occult. The first book is Full Dark House and this mixes the present day timeline with that of 1940 when the detectives were on their first case.

Maybe Robert Crais's Elvis Cole novels. The Monkey's Raincoat was the first.

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andyl wrote:

Tim Powers. Declare - Spy thriller with Lovecraftian monsters and Kim Philby. The Stress Of Her Regard - A secret history involving Shelley, Byron and Keats and protean vampire-like creatures known as nephilim. Nearly all (and both of these recommendations) of Powers's work are secret histories.



Speaking of, the Kindle version of his latest novel, Hide Me Among the Graves, is only $.99 right now.
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Scott Firestone IV wrote:
andyl wrote:

Tim Powers. Declare - Spy thriller with Lovecraftian monsters and Kim Philby. The Stress Of Her Regard - A secret history involving Shelley, Byron and Keats and protean vampire-like creatures known as nephilim. Nearly all (and both of these recommendations) of Powers's work are secret histories.



Speaking of, the Kindle version of his latest novel, Hide Me Among the Graves, is only $.99 right now.


Cool. The Stress Of Her Regard was a similar low price a few weeks ago.
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This will probably be about the 8th time I've recommended The Boy Detective Fails to you guys. Just read it already.
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Charles Stross' Merchant Princes series - an enjoyable take on the alternate worlds genre, where a journalist discovers a personal link to an earth where the industrial revolution never happened and a medieval north america is still ruled a British King ...

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I agree with the Brandon Sanderson recommendation - I went through the mistborn series this past weekend.


Jo Nesbo has a really good series if you're into Swedish police procedurals.

China Mieville has some good stuff.

I liked Laini Taylor's Days of Blood and Starlight and Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is great.

Justin Cronin is good.

Michael Robotham is good.

Maile Meloy is good.

Gillian Flynn is good.

Mira Grant's zombie books are fun. She also writes as Seanan Maguire and has a fun series.
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- Vernor Vinge does good stuff, but I particularly loved Marooned in Realtime, because it has a really interesting mystery plot and a good premise.
- Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold is a sort-of mystery involving a magician in the 30s in San Francisco. Really good.
- I Am Not A Serial Killer was really good too. It's told from the point of view of a sociopath teenager who really doesn't want to be a bad person.
- Replay by Ken Grimwood was a really interesting premise of a guy who dies and then immediately jumps back into his life when he was in college.
- After the Golden Age was a great premise: the story of the daughter of two super heroes who has no powers of her own.
- Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is possibly the best new fantasy book I've read in years. Really great narrator.
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Replay by Ken Grimwood was a really interesting premise of a guy who dies and then immediately jumps back into his life when he was in college.


This is both of our favorite novel, and was before we ever met each other . . .

I don't know about jojopi, but I'll be checking out the other titles on your list (The Rothfluss book is already cued up in my nook . . .)

As for the rest of the suggestions:

I hated Rankin, but jojopi may take a look.

I loved Mistborn, but she's not looking for "high fantasy" and if she was would start with Jim Butcher.

She's already a Vonnegut fan (I almost listed him initially), already read Heller.

Hiaasen and Chabon are both good shouts.

And there's a whole bunch of books that I'll need to take a look at once I start to thin out the 50+ titles already in my nook.

[Yes, she has a Kindle and I have a nook. Don't ask.]

Thanks, all. I'll try and get her to post her own thoughts on the above when she gets a moment . . .
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