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New member because of lj_spotlight? Nope.

I'm not one. Sorry, haha, had to.

I've got the opposite problem of some people. I know what books I want to buy for the few friends I'm buying books.

... But I don't know what to ask friends to buy me. Books-wise. And about three people have now asked me what I want for Christmas.

My favorite authors: Margaret Atwood, Daphne Du Maurier, J. K. Rowling, James Herriot, Ernest Hemingway, Michael Crichton, Robin McKinley, Barbara Kingsolver, Janet Fitch, Richard Llewellyn, Norah Lofts, Garth Nix, Karen Moline, Anne Rice, Sir Walter Scott. Plus several more. Haha.

My favorite types of books: 1880s-era children's lit (The Secret Garden, At The Back Of The North Wind), urban fantasy (Charles de Lint), post-apocalyptic fiction (Chuck Palin... yeah, I can't spell it), historical fiction (okay, I like that a LOT).

I own The Blind Assassin & The Handmaid's Tale (and Oryx & Crake in ebook form), almost everything Du Maurier's written, most of the HP books (and it's not top of my list to get the rest of them in paper form), I think all of Herriot's books, about 8 Hemingway books (God I love that man's writing...), The Great Train Robbery & Jurassic Park, White Oleander, How Green Was My Valley (and I dislike the sequel), about 5 books by Norah Lofts, Sabriel (and I don't really want to dig further into the series at this time, although I love it), Belladonna, several Anne Rice books (The Feast of Fools is one of my favorites) plus my roommate's AR collection, Ivanhoe & The Fortunes of Nigel - just talking of the books by the authors listed here.

My total book collection numbers about 200 currently. So yeah.

I kinda want some new authors, by way of new books. I'm also semi-obsessed with both the Victorian era (1880s especially for some reason) and the 1920s. A book set in either would be interesting.

Thanks :) Hope this wasn't as annoyingly long of a post as it feels like.


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Oct. 26th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
oh, and in case it wasn't obvious - i'm a fiction girl, almost purely.
Oct. 26th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
Historical Fiction - Have you read Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series? If not it's good, as well as the Lord John novels.
Oct. 26th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
no, i haven't. what're they about?
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Oct. 26th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
How about Tamora Pierce? Or the series of books by Phillip Pullman, starts with A Ruby in the Smoke (set in Victorian times, very excellent)
Oct. 26th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
not big on tamora pierce... phillip pullman, i've read the Golden Compass series and didn't like that very much. is it similar?
Oct. 26th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
Historical Fiction
If you're looking for good historical fiction.. I would definitely reccomend Phillipa Gregory's work. She focuses mostly on pre-20th century, including Elizabethan, Jacobian, Gregorian, and a new one (not yet read it, but it looks to be phenomenal) that focuses on the tale of the Two Princes (15th Century). I don't know about the books she's done that are 20th century focused, but if her writing is anything to go by... they're probably stellar. Goo luck!
Oct. 26th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Historical Fiction
hmm, i'll check her out. thanks!
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Oct. 27th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
hmm, sounds interesting. very interesting.
Oct. 26th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
I highly recommend CE Murphy's Walker Papers books (Urban Shaman, Thunderbird Falls, and Coyote Dreams so far, although I think a new one either just came out or is coming out soon) as examples of how to write really awesome non-cliched urban fantasy.
Oct. 27th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
i'll check it out. thanks!
Oct. 27th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
Eighteen hundreds? Oscar Wilde. He's amazing. If you're interested in children's literature, he writes some of the most beautiful fairy tales.

I've only ever read Rebecca from du Maurier. Is any of her other stuff good?
Oct. 27th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
you know, i've been meaning to get into him.

du maurier... i love her. i've read rebecca, the scapegoat, mary anne, the house on the strand, & the glassblowers. i highly recommend them all.

upon googling for a title... i want to read Neverland: J. M. Barrie, The Du Mauriers, and the Dark Side of Peter Pan by Piers Dudgeon
Oct. 27th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
Since you mentioned Anne Rice, I'd point you in the direction of Gail Carriger's new Soulless, which is a supernatural mystery/Victorian AU/steampunk series that just came out in paperback. And, if you have any interest in modern-day vampire stories with a Southern gothic feel, the Southern Vampire Mysteries aren't too bad, either (although I'm not the biggest fan of first-person narrative, Charlaine Harris does it relatively well).

And, if you liked Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, I'd suggest Kerouac's On the Road, as it's in the same vein. Happy reading!
Oct. 27th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
soulless sounds interesting.
i've read some of charlaine harris' stories... eh.
that's interesting... i'll look at that last one, since the sun also rises is one of my favorites.
Oct. 27th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
How about A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess or anything by Kurt Vonnegut?
Oct. 27th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
If you want top notch historical fiction read Sharon Kay Penman (particularly Here Be Dragons if you don't know where to start).
Oct. 27th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
Oh, the first thing to pop into my head was the Persephone Books catalogue. Their books are fairly pricey, being a UK-based publishing company, but they are also beautiful to hold and look at and read. I personally recommend Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Making of a Marchioness (as far as I know, it's the only non-children's story she wrote) and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson, which is set in the twenties and was recently made into a movie.
Oct. 27th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
I second the idea to read Diana Gabaldon--if you don't run away from the size of that book (my God, they're seven books of 1000 pages!) they're really good reads.
Also--have you tried Naomi Novik? She writes...um...historical/fantasy cross, kind of like a what-if--what if dragons existed in the Napoleonic Wars?
And Garth Nix's stand-alone novel, The Ragwitch, is one of my favorites of his.
Oct. 27th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
If you like post-apocalyptic books I've heard that The Road by Cormac McCarthy is a good one. It's on my "to-read" list.
Oct. 27th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
If "The Road" is the first post-apocalyptic fiction you've ever read, then you'll probably think it's very good, simply because you won't recognize how utterly derivative it is. If, like me, you've been reading science fiction since you were 9 years old, you'll have read a dozen PA novels that are a helluva lot better. A few recommendations:

"Alas, Babylon", Pat Frank (a classic of post-apocalyptic optimism)
"On the Beach", Nevil Shute (another classic and quite possibly the most relentlessly depressing book ever written)
"I Am Legend", Richard Matheson (a personal favorite, both as a PA novel and as a vampire story)
"The Postman", David Brin (explores how faith in a single powerful symbol can be the catalyst for rebuilding civilization)
"A Canticle for Leibowitz", Walter M. Miller, Jr. (a darkly funny post-apocalyptic satire set primarily in a monastery in the American desert)
"The Stand", Stephen King (considered by many King fans to be the best book he ever wrote)
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Oct. 27th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
Kate Seredy's books. The Good Master, The Singing Tree, The White Stag. Not 1880's, but I recommend because they are children's books that I liked like those 1880's pieces. The Good Master is just before WWI and The Singing Tree in it.
Oct. 27th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
You might enjoy some of the turn-of-the-century adventure/romances, like Green Mansions by W.H. Hudson; She by H. Rider Haggard; or Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker.

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