Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ultimate Fan Reward Winner, and The Big List of Under-Read Books

Thank you so much to all of you who entered the Ultimate Fan reward raffle  - especially you determined souls who soldiered on despite blogger eating your comments (so sorry for the trouble!). I really appreciate you sharing so many wonderful book recommendations.  I've collated the recs into an alphabetized list, but first, the lucky winner of the random draw is...

Moonlightower (a.k.a. Larry), who recommended Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht (excellent choice, by the way!)

Congratulations, Larry! I'll contact you through Kickstarter to confirm your upgraded reward status. While you're waiting for The Labyrinth of Flame, you can start dreaming up what short story you might like me to write for you (plus look forward to all the other goodies included!).

Now for the giant list o' recommendations, which has an excellent selection of books for whenever you're next looking for a good read.  I've read a fair number of these myself, so I put stars by the ones I can also recommend.  I look forward to trying the others!

I've also put together a Goodreads version of the list, where you're welcome to vote for those books you'd recommend and add new titles to the pile.

And Eternity, Piers Anthony
Assassin's Apprentice, Robin Hobb*
Babylon 5: Centauri Prime trilogy, Peter David
Babylon 5: The Passing of the Techno-Mages trilogy, Jeanne Cavelos
The Changeling Prince, Vivian Vande Valde
The Cloud Roads, Martha Wells
Codex Alera, Jim Butcher*
Covenants, Lorna Freeman
Curse of the Mistwraith, Janny Wurts*
The Dawnhawk trilogy, Jonathon Burgess
The Death of the Necromancer, Martha Wells*
Dogsland trilogy, J.M. McDermott*
The Door into Fire, Diane Duane*
The Eye of Night, Pauline Alama
Lighthouse Duet (Flesh and Sprit, Breath and Bone), Carol Berg*
Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes*
Forever War, Joe Haldeman*
Galveston, Sean Stewart
Gentlemen Bastards series, Scott Lynch*
Golden Fool, Robin Hobb*
Grass, Sheri S. Tepper*
How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming, Mike Brown
The Icarus Hunt, Timothy Zahn
Job: A Comedy of Justice, Robert Heinlein
Locke & Key, Joe Hill*
Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett*
Matthew Swift series, Kate Griffin
The Mirror Empire, Kameron Hurley*
Miserere: An Autumn Tale, Teresa Frohock*
Moon's Artifice, Tom Lloyd
Of Blood and Honey, Stina Leicht*
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, Andrew Peterson
Paradox trilogy, Rachel Bach*
Red Devil, Kyell Gold
Red Sky at Morning, Richard Bradford
Resurrection Man, Sean Stewart
Riddle in Stone, Robert Evert
The Silvered, Tanya Huff
Sparrows Flight, Curtis Craddock*
The Sundering duology (Banewreaker and Godslayer), Jacqueline Carey
The Thousand Names, Django Wexler*
To Ride Hell's Chasm, Janny Wurts*
vN, Madeline Ashby
Warchild, Karin Lowachee*
Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor*
The Wizard Hunters, Martha Wells*
The Wolf of Winter, Paula Volsky*
Zones of Thought series, Vernor Vinge*


  1. I missed the drawing but want to add "The Deed of Paksenarrion" into the mix. Easily my favorite fantasy trilogy that I've read in recent years.

    1. Thanks for the rec, Jon - I added it into the Goodreads list. I've heard a lot of good things about Paksenarrion, though I haven't read it myself yet.

  2. Yay, Larry! ;-) Also - great recommendations here - in addition to the one I rec'd, I second the rec for Lorna Freeman!

  3. Congrats to Larry!

    And I really got to check out Martha Wells and Robin Hobb one of these days.

  4. Ooh, nice list. I'mma defs steal.

  5. I'm the weirdo, wanting to add Ansen Dibell's work to the pile....despite the horrid cover of book 1 (The Pursuit of the Screamer.)