Thoughtful Thursday: Go buy a book

Tomorrow is National Buy a Book Day, started by author Philip Athans who reminds us that the authors we love and our favorite local bookstores require our financial support. So please stop by your favorite store and purchase at least one book. Of course, we’re here to help you with your choices! Here are our suggestions for your purchase(s) on National Buy a Book Day.

We’ll be stopping by our favorite stores, too, so please give us your book suggestions in the comments. We’ll pick one of you to win a book from our stacks.

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fantasy and science fiction book reviewsKelly: Buy Icefall by Matthew Kirby. Set in long-ago Scandinavia, it’s a great mystery and coming-of-age story with beautiful writing. I read it a few months ago and was just thinking the other day that I wish I could read it again for the first time.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Marion: Buy The Fallen Blade by Jon Courtenay Grimwood if you love mystical, magical, theatrical fantasy brimming with fourteenth century politics, sword-fights, battles, demons and witches, vivid language, grit and humor. Why buy it? Because you’ll want to read it again before you read the second book, The Outcast Blade, and probably then again (both of them) before you read the third book, due out next year.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews Bill: Kelly got to Icefall before I did, but I feel so strongly about this book I’m going to second it. Why? Too many reasons to list (check our reviews). Just buy this book. But to broaden things… Want a new fantasy? The Broken Lands by Kate Milford. Best I’ve read in a while. A non-fantasy? Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain. Best book I’ve read this past year.

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RuthRiddlemaster of Hed by Patricia A. McKillip. It’s a classic that everyone should read with beautiful poetic language wrapped around a classic quest saga.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews TerrySeanan McGuire‘s new OCTOBER DAYE novel, Ashes of Honor, just came out.  That’s going to be my purchase on Friday.  I love this series, and look forward to every new entry in it with bated breath!

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsKat: I recommend Sharps by K.J. Parker. K.J. Parker keeps his/her identity secret, but what’s not a secret is that s(he) is a brilliant writer. Great plots, superb sense of humor, spectacular prose. If you haven’t read Parker, you must. Sharps is a great place to start.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsJustin: The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie. I cannot think of another book I have enjoyed so much on so many levels. It’s violent, vulgar, and often absolutely hilarious.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsGreg: Fair warning: The Steel Remains (and its sequels) by Richard K. Morgan is only for those who like their fantasy dark and gritty. This is violently awesome sword & sorcery, but what surprised me is this: I had misgivings about whether I — a flaming heterosexual and self-described red neck — could accept a gay male anti-hero. Not only did I accept him, I love Gil, — in a purely straight way!  ;)

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews John: Buy The Curse of the Mistwraith by Janny Wurts. This first book in THE WARS OF LIGHT AND SHADOW was out of print in the US for a number of years. This tragedy has been remedied and for many lovers of truly epic fantasy, it’s time to embrace one of the greats.

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsBradDemo, by Brian Wood, is an excellent trade collection of comics that are standalone short stories. It’s unusual for a comic book collection to have the stories connected by theme/ subject matter instead of by characters. Each story can be read by itself, but since each story deals with a boy or girl coming of age, the reader can draw some conclusions about the author’s views concerning the right and wrong ways to grow up. There is one twist to the stories: most of the main characters have a superpower, but these stories are not superhero stories. At times, the power is not wanted by the character. And it’s often just an oh-by-the-way quality in a description: One character, for example, is bald, works in a factory, and is superhero strong. There is a second collection, but the first volume is best. Demo should be available in any comic book store. If you’ve never been in one, here’s a great excuse to do so before Amazon wipes them all out!

Readers, what books do you recommend for National Buy a Book Day? One commenter wins a book of their choice from our teetering stacks. Thank you for your suggestions!


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JUSTIN BLAZIER (on FanLit's staff September 2009 – September 2012) Like many fantasy enthusiasts, Justin cut his teeth on Tolkien. Due to lack of space, his small public library would often give him their donated SFF books. Justin lives in a small home near the river with his wife, their baby daughter, and Norman, a mildly smelly dog. He doesn't have much time for reviewing anymore, but he still shows up here occasionally to let us know how he feels about stuff.

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14 comments

  1. Terry, I didn’t realize Ashes of Honor was out already! That book has got my name on it!

  2. sandyg265 /

    I already bought Ashes of Honor. I’d purchase the new book in Jennifer Estep’s Gin Blanco series – Widow’s Web.

  3. Melanie Goldmund /

    When it comes to buying my next book, it’s a toss-up for me between Legion, by Brandon Sanderson, and Be My Enemy, by Ian McDonald. I’d also like to get Feedback, by Robison Wells, but it’s not out yet. Grrr. And I’d like to read Icefall now, too.

    • Melanie, I just finished Legion yesterday. Really good, though I wish it had been longer.

      • Melanie Goldmund /

        Your review made me want to read Legion even more, but I have to wait for the Kindle version to come out. I hate waiting.

  4. April V. /

    Hm. You want a suggestion of a book we think you ought to buy? Then I’d say Dragons of Wendal by Maria E. Schneider. It is excellent and also affordable – win, win!

    As for a book I’d like to buy to celebrate National Buy a Book Day, I’m going to go with the first one that pops into my mind (because my to read list is immense) which is Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone. I decided to read it when I first saw the cover and realized that not only is the cover depicting a woman that isn’t white!! but she’s wearing normal, comfortable clothes!! I want to support that kind of cover, no matter what the book is about. That it sounds interesting is just bonus in my mind!!

    • I was thinking the same thing when I read Anne Ursu’s Breadcrumbs last year. The heroine is Indian, and she looks it on the cover, as well as looking her age and wearing really normal clothes.

      • April V. /

        I’ll have to check that one out too! Thanks!

        • April V. /

          Oh and Kelly, since you gave me a book I’ve added to my to read list, here is one for yours that has a non-white woman on the cover (though it is book two) Under Witch Aura by Maria Schneider (book one is Under Witch Moon but has no people on the cover)

          • cool, thanks! I’m always looking for new books to read, and I’ve been in a witch mood lately.

          • April V. /

            My pleasure! I love sharing good books with other people who might enjoy them.

  5. I just finished and LOVED Blade Song by J.C. Daniels. It’s also on sale for one day only here:

    https://www.omnilit.com/product-bladesong-903067-139.html

    I reviewed it on the blog, but the short and long is that if you like UF with romance, you might like this. Style is a bit like Ilona Andrews. Good stuff.

  6. To be clear, Blade Song sells at all the outlets–the sale is only on the one site though. It’s on sale there for 2 dollars!

  7. I was actually gone when these were being picked, but I have to side with Kat. Sharps was great. But anyway…

    Melanie Goldmund, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks. Please contact me (Tim) with your choice and a US address.

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