Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lucky 13 fantasy books to read this summer

With Summer practically here, school ending, and free time finally around the corner, why not fill it with some adventure and fantasy.  Here are books recommended by Sacramento residents for that summer pile to read.  If you read any of them or something different, send an Email to let her know your thoughts.
  • Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees
    The third novel by Hope.  It continues the author's exploration of the themes of Life and Art, by a method already described in the preface of her first novel, 
    Madeline: One of Love's Jansenists (1919). (Summary from

  • A Fine and Private Place by Peter S Beagle
    This classic, mesmerizing tale from the author of 
    The Last Unicorn is a journey between the realms of the living and the dead, and the eternal power of love. (Summary from
  • Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances Editor: Trisha Telep
    Dark, urban fantasies come to life in the newest collection of Steampunk stories.  Young heroes and heroines battle evils with the help of supernatural or super-technological powers. (Summary from

  • Bullet by Laurell K Hamilton (Publish date May 31st)
    Latest Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter books.  The Mother of All Darkness, the first vampire, wants to enter into a new human body... and the one she has in mind belongs to Anita Blake. (Summary from
  • Hit List by Laurell K Hamilton (Publish date June 7th)
    A much looked forwarded to Anita Blake story in which word has leaked to Anita Blake that hit men are headed for St. Louis and that she, Jean-Claude, and Richard are the targets. (Summary from
  • Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
    A young adult book which focuses on a girl, Helen Hamilton, at the age of sixteen who has tried to hid how different she is and the fate which brings and takes Lucas Delos from her path.
  • White Cat (Curse Workers, Book 1) by Holly BlackCassel, the straight kid in a crooked family, is the only one who does not have the curse touch which is an illegal power his entire family has.  As his life becomes abnormal with him sleep walking to find out what the white cat has to tell him.  He has to deal with his brothers who are being secretive, as well, and is caught up in a con game... can he out-con the conmen of his family.
  • Red Glove (Curse Workers, Book 2) by Holly BlackAs Cassel starts realizing he is more powerful than he thought he was he also starts realizing how backwards his world is from what he thought was going on.  When his oldest brother is murdered the Feds recruit him to find out what actually happened.  But, who can he trust when he can't even trust his own memories.
  • Neverwhere by Neil GaimanWhen helping a bleeding strange girl changes the world of Richard Mayhew he isn't sure what to do.  No one knows him, his bank cards don't work, he has become invisible, and a part of London's shadows and darkness.  Fallen through the cracks of reality and into the Neverwhere.

  • The Converted by C.R. Hindmarsh
  • Dr. Anton Springmann has fled his homeland after his genetic research lands in ruins and he is cast out as a fugitive.  But his old enemies pursue him over the seas to New Alania looking to destroy him for his sins.  A slight taste of steampunk in a fantasy book brings everything that the wild west could have been.
  • Tiassa by Steven Brust
    The latest in the Vlad Taltos books it brings the comedy only Vlad Taltos can bring in the first section of the book while then flashing back to the Khaavren Trilogy with a more historian telling in the last two sections of the book.  The timelines bounce between books and it is recommended to have read the previous books before coming to this one.
  • Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales by Tamora Pierce
    Stories from across the Tortall lands and at least one set in our world.  Old and new characters surface within the different stories bringing smiles to the faces of Tamora Pierce's fans.  While a lot of the main characters do show in these stories it is a lot of secondary characters which these focus on and it is fun to see how they interact with people and how they have grown since we last saw them.  (

  • Kushiel’s Legacy Series by Jacqueline Carey
    A tale about the violent death of an old age and the birth of a new. It is a novel of grandeur, luxury, sacrifice, betrayal, and deeply laid conspiracies. A world of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, deposed rulers, and a besieged Queen, a warrior-priest, the Prince of Travellers, barbarian warlords, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess...all seen through the unflinching eyes of an unforgettable heroine. (Summary from Barnes and Noble website)

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