1. Favorite childhood book?
A tie between Good Omens and The Count of Monte Cristo. (And by childhood, you meant awkward preteen years, right?)
2. What are you reading right now?
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.
3. What books do you have on request at the library?
None at the moment, as I’m about to move back to college and need to deal with a different library.
4. Bad book habit?
Eating messy foods while reading library books.
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Stephen King’s Misery and a VHS of Disney’s The Three Musketeers.
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
Much like The Resurrectionist, The Gargoyle is a contemporary novel I thought was set in the past. However, seeing as almost half of The Gargoyle is composed of historical fiction, I’m almost right. I think The Gargoyle may be one of the last recommendations I have from a trip to England in the past, gleaned from Waterstone’s throughout the land; in any case, the cover is certainly enthralling. (I’m a visual creature, I’ll never get over it.) Trapped on an airplane attempting to return home (Hartsfield-Jackson shut down for a few hours, mucking the entire United States up), I finished it all in one sitting- certainly a refreshing change of pace over a week of Ivanhoe!
I’ve watched the rise of paranormal romance (nice going, Twilight) and urban fantasy with an concerned eye since I was a wee lass. Not because they’re not my cup of tea, but because they’re part of an increasing set of sub-genres in speculative fiction (our nice, academic word for fantasy and sci-fi) that have started to punch holes in the traditional distinctions between fantasy, science fiction, and other genres. While I don’t advocate forcing everyone to put their novels into only one distinct genre, I think a lot of the organizational mess that I see in speculative fiction nowadays can be solved with the addition of one major genre to speculative fiction–supernatural fiction.
As I tend to mention a great deal, I was reared on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings. If asked to choose one genre to read for the rest of my life, I’d happily answer fantasy. My reading resolutions were drawn up mostly to keep me from just gorging myself on fantasy and the occasional piece of science fiction and historical fiction. But I’m so happy swimming in the deep end that I rarely notice people at the edge tentatively dipping their toes in the pool. (It is, of course, a mana pool.) I know for people who haven’t read much fantasy that the genre can look intimidating, so today I’m going to recommend fantasy novels based on what other genres you enjoy. So take a deep breath and relax. This won’t hurt a bit.