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gunmetal-blue and ninjaeyecandy:
Do you remember this post from about three weeks ago?
I reblogged it and thanked you for the inadvertent book recommendation you gave me.
Well, lo and behold, my sister saw the post (because she’s on tumblr too) and she immediately went and got the hard copy of Fortune’s Pawn from our local library.
My dad, who is also way into science fiction, saw the book at home, picked it up casually started reading it. He then told my sister “I’m going to borrow this from you for awhile” and proceed to read the entire first book on a Saturday afternoon.
THEY HAVE BOTH READ THE SECOND BOOK AND ARE WAITING ON THE THIRD.
I just finished reading the first book on my Kindle and I read half of the second one yesterday.
Holy shit, this series is really good and I am totally in love with Devi and SUPER peeved at Rupert.
Thank you for introducing this book series to almost half of my family. <3
(P.S. If you have any other recommendations, send them my way, please? :3)
THIS IS SO AWESOME. I AM SO PROUD.
I actually haven’t had a chance to read the second and third books yet—B&N only stocked the third one, which I bought, but I haven’t had time yet to go hunting for a copy of the second. But holy cow, your family is terrific. I’m so glad you’re all enjoying them. :)
Other recommendations… I assume you’ve all read the Vorkosigan books, and I think we originally bonded over shared love of Cherryh. Tanya Huff’s Valor/Confederation books, about a female space marine, are really awesome and generally well-reviewed, though I’ve only read the first one. (Which I really enjoyed; the rest are on my ever-growing TBR list.)
Chris Moriarty’s Spin series stars a super badass (bisexual) lady UN Peacekeeper in space. I really liked the first book and own but haven’t had a chance to read the sequels. Spin State was fairly heavy going at times, but I really liked Major Catherine Li and the AI Cohen and the rest of the crew of characters—badass female space soldiers with troubled pasts and stoic hearts, and the much more emotionally vulnerable men who love them, scratch a particular narrative kink of mine. I need to finish this trilogy.
I HOPE YOU’VE READ ANCILLARY JUSTICE, BY ANN LECKIE, BECAUSE IT IS SUPER AWESOME AND IT SHOULD WIN THE HUGO THIS YEAR. And while it’s noted for doing interesting things with gender and gender roles (though, as many people have commented and as Leckie herself has acknowledged, it’s not pushing the boundaries as much as it could and perhaps should), I particularly like that it’s a very interesting story of culture and people and consciousness.
Warchild by Karin Lowachee doesn’t focus on a badass lady space soldier (though it does feature them), but it’s one of my very favorite SF books (and the sequels, all of which I have read, are stunning as well). It’s dark but not hopeless—it’s the story of a boy caught up in war, forged into a weapon, but still struggling to be a person. Cherryh’s influence shows, but I think Lowachee’s prose is ultimately more readable (Cherryh often gives me a headache), and I just really love her characters. Plus she’s on tumblr at warchilduniverse and is really great at engaging her fans. :)
(If you’re in the mood for engaging character-centric strories with vulnerable guys instead of lady space marines, btw, Joan Vinge’s Cat series is also good, though I far preferred the second book of the trilogy, Catspaw—Psion is too YA for my tastes and Dreamfall took the let’s-beat-up-on-poor-Cat-forever theme a little too far. But Catspaw is awesome, and I do think you could read it in isolation from the other two—I did!)
Also also you MUST read The Raksura Books by marthawells, starting with The Cloud Roads—they’re also not military sci-fi, and I think there’s a good argument whether they’re fantasy or sci-fi, but they are just pure wonderful, with some of the best worldbuilding I’ve run into—lots of alien races who may be humanoid but are distinctly not human, but who still make sense. (Great reversals of gender roles, too.) The Cloud Roads has just been rereleased in paperback, after having been out of print for a while, and it’s also available on Kindle, so now’s a great time to snatch it up. There are two more books in the series, and at least novellas coming out this year and next, plus quite a few short stories available for free on Wells’ website.
I could go on, but I should probably wrap this up. I hope at least some of these books catch your eye, though. If you read them, let me know what you thought!
For example, you can:
- be in a shampoo commercial
- start a boy band:
- spot some choice booty:
- break into song:
- see some people in frankly offensive outfits:
- attend a metal show:
- listen to some sick jams:
- discover zombieism:
- sample some tasty snacks:
- watch someone get burned bad:
- find something you really like:
- find something you really, really like:
- find something you REALLY REALLY LIKE:
- and wonder if you left the stove on: