Weekly Geeks: Recommendations
This week, we were supposed to simply reuse a prompt from the WG archives, preferably one we hadn’t used before. As I am fairly new to the whole WG process, it was fairly easy for me to find this little gem:
ask your readers for recommendations. Choose a genre–any genre–and ask for recommendations. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Consider it as an “I’m looking for….”
So, readers! I am always on the lookout for excellent historical fiction, classics I haven’t gotten to (Hardy, Tolstoy, Forster, etc.) and fantasy fiction that does not feature a woman with boobs and a sword on the cover.
While I have you here, though, I should offer a few recommendations myself. The entire blog is basically recommendations, but here’s what I’d recommend in the categories I’m looking for (and a few others):
Historical fiction: Loved Emma Donoghue’s Slammerkin, but also Michel Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White. Those both happen to be about prostitutes, I guess, but that’s, uh, not a requirement…
Classics: Whoo, boy! This is a tough on, and I’d recommend visiting our Classics Challenge Page for some good ideas. Great Expectations is a great classic to start with, and Dickens in general — GE has a good deal of dialog, is shorter than most of Dickens’ work, and it has a very compelling storyline, filled with love and scandal and dangerous midnight escapes.
Fantasy: You all know by now that I love Neil Gaiman, but I also love Robin Hobb and (for the young adult fantasy fans) Tamora Pierce. Probably Neil Gaiman is the only one that you won’t feel embarrassed while reading on the subway. Maybe throw some Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and a little Perdido Street Station or The Scar in there for variety.
Read anything good lately, in my requested categories or otherwise? Tell me about it!
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