Monday, December 01, 2008

books I love that you've probably never read:

While reading Scott Lynch this weekend, I was forced to think about all of the books that I love that a lot of people would never stumble upon or read under normal circumstances.

So, I give you a bunch of books that have probably fallen under your radar, but are worth every word:


The Blooding of Jack Absolute
by CC Humphreys. You've probably heard of Sharpe by Bernard Cornwell, you probably haven't heard of Humphreys. I love this series. Especially this book. It's one of the funniest I have ever read.


The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle, The Doomsday Machine, the Obsidian Dagger by Catherine Webb. Actually, if you have stumbled upon this blog you have read about them because I seem to talk about nothing else.

Captain Alatriste ( and subsequent novels ) by Arturo Perez Reverte. You have probably read or heard of the Flanders Panel and The Club Dumas but you have probably not read Alatriste.


Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt. This is a gorgeous, dark and brooding fairytale with a chilling ending that will steal your breath.


The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas Under Red Skies and soon The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch. Sort of George RR Martin, Sort of Robin Hood, a heist and witty repartee that would make The Sting jealous, the best of high fantasy/imagined historical fiction.


Tribes by Arthur Slade. If you're Canadian, you have probably heard of Dust and Megiddo's Shadow but you probably skipped Tribes. Shame on you. Good book.


The Spell Book of Listen Taylor
by Jaclyn Moriarty. This book is published by House of Anansi and has not quite risen to the status of The Year of Secret Assignments or The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie but it is brilliant and worth the read.

Deafening by Frances Itani. Set in small town Ontario during the years preceding and during the Great War, a well-spun romance between a deaf woman and a hearing stretcher-bearer who develop a language of their own. Glimpses of the homefront and the warfront are expounded upon poignantly.


Skulduggery Pleasant, Playing with Fire etc., by Derek Landy. Fire-throwing Skeleton detective pairs with whipsmart 12 year old in this funny and fresh series with the quickest dialogue since Nick and Norah Charles. Unbelievably good!


Montmorency: Thief, Liar Gentleman by Eleanor Updale. I am a champion of young adult novels with adult protagonists ( see Horatio Lyle ). A Jekyll and Hyde-esque romp through Victorian London.


Mairelon the Magician
by Patricia C. Wrede. Magical, luminous historical novel.


The Privilege of the Sword
by Ellen Kushner. Medieval-type fantasy starring sword-wielding heroine and a plethora of moody eccentrics.










5 comments:

Court said...

Let's see...

The Blooding of Jack Absolute by CC Humphreys - have almost picked up numerous times.

Horatio Lyle by Catherine Webb - LOVE.

Captain Alatriste ( and subsequent novels ) by Arturo Perez Reverte - haven't read, but will add it to The List.

Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt - LOVE.

The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas Under Red Skies and soon The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch - I heart Jean. And pirates. And Jean as a pirate.

Tribes by Arthur Slade - Will add it to The List. Planning on reading all of his stuff anyhow.

The Spell Book of Listen Taylor by Jaclyn Moriarty - Have read some of her other stuff, plan on reading the rest.

Deafening by Frances Itani - need to add this to the list asap. You were talking to me about it a few weeks ago.

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy - you were there when I bought this! Haven't read it yet.

Montmorency: Thief, Liar Gentleman by Eleanor Updale - I think I remember you mentioning this to me.

Mairelon the Magician by Patricia C. Wrede - Never heard of this.

The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner - Already on my TBR list.

How am I doing??

Rachel said...

Well done, old sport!

Kailana said...

My turn:

The Blooding of Jack Absolute by CC Humphreys. - I own it, but never got around to this series. I will have to remedy that one of these days


The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle, The Doomsday Machine, the Obsidian Dagger by Catherine Webb. - I finally read book one! Yay! I will get to the other two one of these days

Captain Alatriste ( and subsequent novels ) by Arturo Perez Reverte. - I have looked at these books before but never bought. I will have to remedy that too.


Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt. - This I haven't heard of, but I love fairy tales, so I will be adding this to the list!


The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas Under Red Skies and soon The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch. - Own this too. Haven't read.


Tribes by Arthur Slade. - I just read Jolted, so Slade is new to me. I am going to work my way through the other books. :)


The Spell Book of Listen Taylor by Jaclyn Moriarty. - Never heard of this one before

Deafening by Frances Itani. - Own it, haven't read it yet


Skulduggery Pleasant, Playing with Fire etc., by Derek Landy. - Heard of, but never read


Montmorency: Thief, Liar Gentleman by Eleanor Updale. - Never heard of this one.


Mairelon the Magician by Patricia C. Wrede. - The few times I have read Patricia Wrede I wasn't impressed, but I will check this one out just in case. :)


The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner. Medieval-type fantasy starring sword-wielding heroine and a plethora of moody eccentrics.

Kailana said...

oops, missed the last one.

The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner. - Own it, haven't read it!

Heather said...

Have read one of the other books about Jack and loved his swashbuckling adventures. Could have been a pirate in another life. Thanks for the list.