harpyblues wrote:Looking for a book rec. I'm 16, female (if that has any influence on this at all). I'm looking at trying to get more into sci fi and fantasy (steampunk?), but not sure where to branch out to next. I haven't read the WoT series, because it's a bit intimidating, especially with the author existance failure bit. What do you guys think of that?
To get a better idea, I've liked:
Pratchett, Gaiman, Pullman, Lovecraft, Naomi Novik, Mckinley, Michael Swanwick, early Anne Mccaffrey, and Ekaterina Sedia
I'm on the fence with (through lack of reading/hearsay):
Neal Stephenson, China Mieville (didn't like his protag or ending for Perdido Street Station, but liked his world building even if he was bs-ing on some stuff a bit), and Orson Scott Card (haven't read his early books, which everyone says are good, tried reading his later ones and hated them because he got onto a pedestal about religion), Jasper Fforde, and House of Leaves (which everyone seems to be on about)
I didn't like (because of author theme/outright hating series):
Ringo (because he's kind of a sexist asshole), Paolini, Meyer, Mercedes Lackey (depending on series), Maria v Snyder, any horrifically wishy washy romantic fantasy series, especially ones with vampires (though there are exceptions because the writing is good- like Sunshine by Mckinley)
I like sympathetic villains/villain perspective without the whole 'oooh, you should consider him uber evil' part, and I want to try steampunk more. What's a good argument for me to try up Orson Scott Card again, because I need some kind of reassurance that I'm not crazy about hating his later books? Ditto goes for most high fantasy, like Goodkind and Salvatore. I'm not really gone on black-white morality stuff that the genre goes into.
Orson Scott Card is tough. While I loved Ender's Game and the shadow series, a lot of his books are almost too preachy... they're enjoyable light reads, but just get me a little worked up.
I've moved away from sci fi a lot lately but if you're interested in pursuing post apocalyptic stuff, The Postman, Earth Abides and Swan Song are all pretty solid. For more subtle fantasy, Wizard of the Pigeons by megan lindholm is a very solid ambiguous fantasy in the modern world, and if you like time travel, Ken Grimood's Replay is an awesome book that basically asks "what if you could relive your life again?" a la groundhog's day. All of those, I def recommend fully.
To the OP looking for witty books, I always found John Irving's writing to be smart, yet at the same time, very light and witty.