Discussing Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature since 1975
Suggestions for 2010
Katie recommends A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin for Sammath
Comments: Well my epic review just got deleted by the awesomeness of the internet here...Anyhow, a quick warning: this is Book One in a series that is currently not completed. There are four books out, with another three expected, one to come out (hopefully) next year. That said, this series has quickly rocketed to the top of my favorites. The story is told through the POV of different characters, many connected in some way.
Vanessa nominates Lavinia by Ursula K. Leguin
Comments: A story set in ancient times and the founding or Rome. based on a minor charactre in Virgil's Aeneid. Superb writing,
LeGuin's website which has reviews of the book and also an audio of Ursula LeGuin reading an excerpt from the book.
Ed nominates The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Comments: A real page turner. Lots to discuss
Burt nominates Kafka on the Shore by Kazuo Ishiguro
Comments: This is the second best book I've read all year (out of 18). It's superbly written, set in an altered world with a fantastically different perspective and characters.
Steve nominates The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Comments: I'm about a quarter of the way through, and it's a fun, easy read with some clever passages. I got it from Borders (hardback) with a coupon, and there are 10 copies in Oahu libraries. Here are 2 links to reviews:
Comments: If you like costumes, food and a bit of real world observations from Reichl, written humorously and sometimes with bittersweet observation, this is the book to read! I've gone on to read Ruth Reichl's other books but this one was the first and I love it best.
Burt recommends A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Comments: This was a classic I always wanted to read and when I did it turned out to be the best book I've read this year. I also have it in audio which I can loan out.
Ed recommends The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Comments: The rise of an Indian "slumdog" to entrepreneur. Very funny. Lots of characters from both The "darkness" and the "light" halfs of Indian society. Reflects on the modern world economic competition.