Wednesday, July 9, 2008

More summer reading...

Someone asked me for summer reading suggestions, so I thought I would share them here:

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. It is available free on the publisher's website, if you want to read a sample. "Shadow gets out of prison early when his wife is killed in a car crash. At a loss, he takes up with a mysterious character called Wednesday, who is much more than he appears. In fact, Wednesday is an old god, once known as Odin the All-father, who is roaming America rounding up his forgotten fellows in preparation for an epic battle against the upstart deities of the Internet, credit cards, television, and all that is wired."

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen is a fun romance with quirky characters. I think all sorts of gardeners will enjoy this novel... and wish we could have a little of the magic.

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. It is compared to The Divinci Code - but it follows a Jewish prayer book called the Sarajevo Haggadah. Could be a bit grim, if you are looking for light summer reading. I have not read this one, yet. Have it on reserver at the library.

The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson. Alternate history that explores what would have happened if the Plague had killed off all of Europe in the Middle Ages, and Christianity had not risen beyond the level of a small cult. Very interesting resurrection theme follows a group of characters through several lifetimes. It's a big fat book, if you like that sort of thing.

Dies the Fire by S.M. Sterling. Post-apocalyptic sci-fiction with fun elements of SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism), gang warfare, Wicca, university faculty senate, forced sustainable agriculture. You just have to accept the weird sci-fi event that triggers The Change: electricity and combustion suddenly stop working, throwing the world into the Middle Ages. Sex, violence, cannibalism, sword fights, kilts, people that speak Lord-of-the-Rings Elvish - what more can you ask of summer reading?

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