I'm out of stuff to read, so it's that time again:

What's a book you like and wish more people had read? All genres welcome, this is a safe space.

Boosts welcome, replies open. Ty!

@hafnia I am currently reading A Beautifully Foolish Endeavour by Hank Green and really enjoying it - it's the sequel to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, so you'd have to read that first.

@pelagikat this sounds amazingly weird, I'm going to have to check it out -- thank you!

@hafnia really been digging Ursula K. Le Guin's books lately. The Left Hand of Darkness was really good -- right now I'm reading The Dispossessed. She's pretty great at world/culture building, and it's sci-fi without being dystopian or space opera.

@kvothe I love love LOVE Le Guin. The Dispossessed is why I have a grad degree in the hard sciences. :)

@hafnia that's amazing *laughs*

This is only my second book by her, not counting her translation of the Tao Te Ching. Reading her work is such a breath of fresh air; I love it so much. It's missing that menwritingwomen tint that sooooo much science fiction has.

@kvothe it's really good! all of her Hainish Cycle stuff is pretty good, IMO. Becky Chambers reminds me of her, in a good way.

@hafnia this whole book recommendation thing is going in reverse!

*adds to Goodreads want to reads*



Her Earthsea Cycle is the work of hers that most resonated with me and frankly taught me some things about how to be a human, and I also tend to prefer sci-fi settings. The original Wizard of Earthsea feels a little weird to read, but that's only because it was foundational and has been cribbed from as much as LOTR, with much less credit given. The second book, The Tombs of Atuan, takes a sharp turn into the really good stuff with a different protagonist entirely.

@hafnia Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis. If you haven’t read it, first discard everything you think you know about CS Lewis and his writing lol

@alpine_thistle I legit have a copy of this sitting on my shelf right now, dunno why I haven't gotten around to reading it yet! I'll take a crack at it, thanks!

@hafnia it’s not something I would have chosen to read without my wife’s recommendation. She was like “it was one of his later novels, his wife had a lot of influence on it, and the POV character is an amazingly complex and imperfect woman. She’s one of the best female characters I’ve ever read from a male author”

It held up tbh. It’s intensely psychological but not a “dense” read at all—I hope you like it!

@hafnia *bursts in the door panting* please read Stephen Florida, by Gabe Habash, it is the best weirdest book I've read in years, it is about a college wrestler realizing he has no idea what to do with himself after wrestling is over and also it is about mortality and the dialogue in your head and it is so magnificent, here is the first page, which I have read aloud at parties (CW no image description, it is a wall of text)

@Pixley haha, I'll have to give it a shot. :D "best weirdest book I've read in years" is a ringing endorsement for me!

@hafnia when I was still on Twitter, I tagged the author in a tweet about how I wanted to tattoo this page on my husband's face so I could read it every day, and he said it was the best review he'd ever gotten, I just love this book so much

@Pixley I genuinely appreciate you so much, and I hope you know it. I think that's the best possible review you can give a book, and I'm glad the author realized this too!

@hafnia Blindsight by Peter Watts. Searingly gloomy hard sci-fi, a terrifying first-contact story, and lots of neuroscience and philosophy. The author is a marine biologist by training, too, and honestly this is one of the trippiest books I've read. Its "sidequel" Echopraxia is really good too.

His wife Caitlin Sweet also wrote a lovely high fantasy book called A Telling of Stars, and its prequel The Silences of Home is equally gorgeous. Sorry this is more than one!

@greyor more than one is good! I've read Blindsight. It didn't stick the landing for me, but that's okay and I can see why other people like it. I'll have to check out the other two -- thanks!

@hafnia ahhh okay, it's definitely not for everyone! Sweet's books, too, are just exquisite and beautiful and sad, so yeah, maybe you'd like them.

Happy to make recs and to be of service!

@greyor yeah, it's not a bad book -- I think it was how it was described to me that made me go, "oh, I should read this" and then quickly realize that I had been Misled. Don't blame the author, *do* blame the ex that told me to read it :D

Book recs are always great, and thank you again!

@hafnia Oh oh oh! "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous" by Ocean Vuong was really good if you think you'd dig a broken, poetic, gay romance. He has such a way with words.

@kvothe I keep seeing this recommended -- suppose I'll have to get around to reading it :)

@hafnia I've been reading a bunch of voluminous classics for the last several years.

Most enjoyable read: The Count of Monte Cristo. I think most people probably know the basic story, but reading the unabridged book is a real experience.

@ieure I had to read it for a class, and it was fucking wild. There's a reason some of the classics are classics!

@hafnia Here's my answers as of 1998:
For 2020, I'd remove _Rendezvous with Rama_ to make room for Lee and Miller's <a href="">Liaden Universe</a> series.

Note: Links on my personal website were last updated circa 2005.

@hafnia oh please find "an unkindness of ghosts", it is so good! I also read "this is how you lose the time war" recently and loved it. Both are character driven stories in sci-fi worlds.

I just started "blindness" by José Saramago and am enjoying it so far 😁

Life's Lottery is a fun way to explore destiny and life choices. Reading a story in second person is unsual for most readers.

@hafnia loving the ever loving shit out of Queenie, but it is a bit wallowing in self-destruction, which is fine for me because I see myself in it. 😅

@hafnia I started reading two days ago... About to finish today. 😅 😂 🤣

@hafnia also just boosted pictures of the books that have been arriving. I'm just going to recommend all of them. 😅

@hafnia the girl with the dragon tattoo (im a stan)

dark matter

and my thesis skskskskks

@hafnia OH ALSO 'race, empire, and the idea of human development'

fucking excellent

@ArtistMarciaX @hafnia the Millenium Series is good (girl with the dragon tattoo, and 2 more books).

@hafnia If you want to drag your knuckles on the ground, John Ringo's "Black Tide Rising" series. Zombie apocalypse military scifi!

@hafnia this one only really applies if you read Lovecraft's Dreamlands stuff years ago and would like more of the good bits without the endemic racism and sexism, but i liked The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe quite a bit

it's a loose sequel to …Unknown Kadath; the heroine is a Dreamlands women's college prof who has to clean up a godly mess by traveling to the waking world to find one of her students

@hafnia House of Discarded Dreams is hard to describe. if i said "urban fantasy/magical realism hero's journey of a young woman from New Jersey, with elements of Zimbabwe mythology", i would be doing it a disservice, but it's a good starting point, and i couldn't put it down

@hafnia for "wish more people had read" probably The Elegance of the Hedgehog because it would make it so much easier to explain who I am as a person

@hafnia (and to be clear that's a link to some more of my favorites, not, like, books I've written)

@hafnia did you read the The House in the Cerulean Sea? I've been looking for something vaguely similar since, though I didn't know how to describe it.
Someone on birdsite just shared a couple books they described as "warm and cozy, low angst, found family"...and I was like oh! That! These books are space opera though. (Right, did you read The Sol Majestic? That's also kinda cozy found family, yeah?) - The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and A Pale Light in the Black. I'm looking for them now!

@Cyannin I love love love The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet! :D

The House in the Cerulean Sea is on hold for me at the library. :)

@hafnia I can't wait! The other book was suggested as a "if you liked small angry planet, you'll like this!" So I hope you can find that one too!

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