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May I recommend Brandon Sanderson, particularly
his Starlight series and if you don't have Neil Gaiman then
add him.


The Peter Grant books by Ben Aaronovitch. Urban fantasy set in London, young biracial police officer discovers he has otherworldly powers and is apprenticed to a detective inspector who is London's last practicing wizard. Starts with MIDNIGHT RIOT (a.k.a. RIVERS OF LONDON).


How about Jasper Fford,especially his Thursday Next or Nursery Crime Division series? Not really my genre, but I have enjoyed his writing. They might be pushing the limits of your qualifications.


That is so cool that you get to collect the books for this shelf! I wish I had some recommendations for you but that is also an area that I don't read enough of. So actually I'll be looking forward to what you compile!


I'm not a super-big SF/fantasy reader but looking at my Goodreads shelves, some I have enjoyed: The Chimes by Anna Smaill was one of my favorite reads this spring, though it might be sort of the edge of fantasy. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho. Max Gladstone's Craft sequence, which starts with Three Parts Dead. Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor.


I don't read as much of this genre as I used to but I would definitely second Neil Gaiman and Naomi Novik. Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant books are also great fun and they have changed my perceptions of London's lost rivers and unicorns forever!
I would suggest Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series about the only practicing wizard in Chicago who advertises, anything by Ursula Le Guin and Anne McCaffrey's Dragon Riders of Pern series ( I think they are all still in print).
Ps The Seeker (on your middle shelf) is a really good historical novel if you want something set in Cromwellian London.


Yes, please. I have started a list so this is really helpful. We do have a number of books by Neil Gaiman in the permanent collection, but I might add a few others!


I think I have the first Peter Grant book, but I should add a few more. And a reminder to myself that "I" want to read those books as well! :) Thanks.


Good idea! I hadn't thought of him but he would work nicely in the collection. I read the first Thursday Next book and always meant to get back to the others. I wonder if it matters if I order one of the later ones--but then even if I have not read them others may well have (and not everyone is like me and so preoccupied with reading books in order...).


I was totally thrilled when they asked me to choose the books for the collection and I even have a small budget to work with. It has been a lot of fun! I only hope I am offering a nice varied selection of books. In any case they are circulating so that is a good sign (and a few have even not come back--so I guess readers like them enough to not want to return them--lol!). I will have to share the final list I come up with.


I'd like to read the Smaill book myself. I think we already have that one in our collection (wasn't it on the Booker list last year or the year before?), but I like the other suggestions (duly added to list). I am never quite sure where the line is between sci fi and fantasy and while I thought I was ordering more sci fi, I think actually I have ended up with lots of fantasy. Thanks!


I have only read Neil Gaiman and I have the first Peter Grant book. I was looking at those Jim Butcher books for the collection, but there were so many that the choice was overwhelming and I ended up not getting any of them. I will look for the Harry Dresden books, however. We should have Ursula le Guin in the permanent collection, bit Anne McCaffrey would be a good addition to the pop fic collection. And I have to say I ordered The Seeker when it appeared on the CWS Dagger list for historical mystery. He has a new one out, too. I have yet to read either, but I do still plan on checking out our pop fic copy! ;)


Jim Butcher is quite prolific but I think the Dresden books are best read in order if possible as he sometimes refers back. The first two are Storm Front and Fool Moon which give a good introduction to Harry. I have to admit to being a huge fan of the books!
Another author for you to consider is Kelley Armstrong - she is pretty prolific herself and has written a few series, the largest probably being the Otherworld series starting with Bitten. I have been reading her for ages ( after a recommendation by Joanne Harris) and have never been disappointed in any of her books - good escapist storytelling!
Re: The Seeker. The writer is female who started out being published under her first name (Shona) but has since reverted to initials, not sure why. The second book is every bit as good as the first - she has a really sure touch historically and is as good with male characters as female which is not always the case.


It would probably be bad for me to really look at those Jim Butcher books as then I am going to want to read them, too. (And we already know the state of my own reading table, right?). When you said Kelley Armstrong, for some reason I was thinking Kelly Link (totally different styles, right!), but now that I look her up, I might have to check her out as well. I love Joanne Harris (must read her two last novels by the way....), so if she recommends her and then you recommend her.... Good to hear about the newest by S.G. Maclean (she is not the only woman author who I have come across to just use initials and I find that interesting, too). Historical fiction can be really iffy, so I am glad she does a good job of it. Cromwell does not always 'excite me' too much, but in the hands of a good writer, that period might be quite interesting actually.


I have been hearing very good things about 'The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet' by Becky Chambers and 'The Broken Earth' series by N.K. Jemisin.


I think Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy falls under fantasy. I will recommend that to anyone. And despite its juvenile designation, you should have A WRINKLE IN TIME!


I will add the Jemisin books to my list. I know we have the Chambers book in the regular collection as I had borrowed it hoping to read it, but had to return it unread. I think she has a newer one, though? Maybe I need to get that one!


I will have to see if we have her books in our regular collection--we should, but we may not, and you're right she would be a perfect choice for my little shelves. I know we have a Wrinkle in Time--I was looking at it, as I have never read it, and then bought a copy of my own (still have not yet gotten to it, though...). Thanks!


You must read WRINKLE! A classic.

Oh, there are also graphic novels in the Peter Grant series. I just got the first one; as good as the "real books."


(The Peter Grant graphic novels are not versions of the print books; they are entirely new stories.)


I have a copy...maybe I will get to it this summer?


Oh, must check those out as well. Maybe my library has them so I can look at them. I have been in the mood for a graphic novel.

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