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I've been tearing through books at a much faster pace than usual. Usually it takes me agood few weeks to finish a book but I've read two in the past week and I only have one more book left to read right now.

I'd love some recommendations from anyone.

Here's what I like:

Historical fiction
Fast-paced stories
Mystery
Intrigue
Supernatural fantasy
Lots of quick dialogue
Satire

Here's what I dislike:

A lot of sex (I don't mind sex scenes if they're part of the logical progression of the story, but if they're obviously there to tittilate readers, it annoys me)
Hard science fiction
Lots of visual description
Heavy psychological shit (I like psychological thrillers but if someone gets molested by their uncle, chances are I don't want to read it)
Light humor

Thanks!

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You might like the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. There's a lot of political intrigue, in a historically based fantasy. Little bits of magical elements are there in the series (such as dragon eggs), but generally it's fairly historical.

Have you read The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde? I couldn't put it down - it's part historical, part mystery, some satire, a heavy heaping of literary-geekiness, and just a really interesting idea for a novel.

I've tried picking up Jasper Fforde and he just seems way too pretentious to me, like he was trying too hard to show off how smart he was.

I can't argue with that... I still thought it was a fun book. But I haven't read any of his other stuff, and I'm not a good enough literary critic to really comment on his pretentiousness. I did wrap my brain around itself a few times using the book though.

That's a recommendation!

What's she written?

see if you can find a copy of, hm.

These Old Shades, The Grand Sophy, Sylvester (or the Wicked Uncle), or OOH. YES. THIS ONE. The Masqueraders.

Kindly to ignore that they're all "romance novels". They were written in like, the 1930s, and they're hardly bodice rippers. I adore adore adore Georgette Heyer, her books are funny and witty and well written and the characters and dialogue are just OUTSTANDING.

Also to kindly ignore the Amazon summaries for these books, because they're trying to make them sound as silly and romance-y as possible.


*snorts* Pffft.

OOooh, agreed on Georgette Heyer! I love her books. The Talisman Ring is the one I usually start people off with - chock full of action and fun and wit. Masqueraders I do think you'll get a particular kick out of because she tips convention on its head, but though I like it very much, it is one of her earlier books and the writing is a bit more stilted than in her later books.

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Oh, cool. I like her, I'll look them up.

Yes! These are the most fun.

Anne Perry's got two mystery series that are set in Victorian England. Her earlier books were usually centered around gory, scandalous murders, but the more recent ones, especially the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series, have been focusing on mysteries that are more tied into the politics of the time.

Satire. Christopher Moore comes to mind. Lamb in particular.

I read quite a bit, too, and we like some of the same things.

However, as always, I am so intimidated by you that I'm afraid to suggest anything. I'm sure the kind people around here will help you.

Intimidated?! But why?

Believe me, some of the people I love dearly have such bad taste that nothing you could recommend would make me think less of you.

Hmm, I like non-fiction and dorky stuff, so I'm not sure if you'll these, but I found them pretty good.

The Zombie Survival Guide (USEFUL!)
Anything by George Carlin (if you like vulgarity, which I love)
Any of the Bitchy Bitch graphic novels (funny and horrifying)
The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll: The Search for Dare Wright (kind of sad, but interesting)
Battle Royale (kind of gets a little repetitive, but I liked it)

I'd recommend a ton of true crime novels, but I have a feeling you wouldn't like that.

OOooh, book recs. That tea might like. Goooooood question. (Though I agree one hundred per cent about Jasper Fforde.)

Well, I'm sure you've already read it, but just in case I'll start off with my now-ubiquitous rec for Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Lovelovelove.

I love the fantasy of Martha Wells. Her plots have a tendency to fizzle out towards the end, but I can overlook that, since she does smashing characters and delectable worldbuilding. (And no, I'm not just saying that because of the mad zepplin-love in her latest series.) She writes fantasy set in non-traditional worlds that still reflect periods in earth history. Ideally, I'd start off with Element of Fire, but since that one's a bit older and tricky to get hold of, Death of the Necromancer is my next best reccommend, and Wheel of the Infinite after that. Death of the Necromancer takes place in the same world as Element of Fire and refers back to events in it, but only as ancient history, so it's okay to read first.

Have you ever tried Mary Stewart's suspense novels? I don't care for her Arthur stuff, and her later stuff is pretty lousy, but I love these. If you like romantic suspense, hers are the best out there. The Moon Spinners, The Gabriel Hounds, This Rough Magic, pretty much any of her earlier ones are good.

For mysteries, Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey novels are loverly. I'm on a kick of rereading these right now. You want Whose Body if you're starting in order, or Murder Must Advertise if you want my favorite. The only important thing is to read the Harriet Vane ones in order. (Strong Poison, Have His Carcase, and Gaudy Night)

For Sci-Fi, I always enjoy Lois McMaster Bujold (Her Chalion fantasy series is quite good, too.) They're just loads of fun, with fast plots, lots of action, and very likeable characters.

I also like Julie Czerneda. Not so much for her plots (which are serviceable) or her characters (which are likeable, but not incredible), but for her aliens. I've never seen anyone write alien species as well or with as much love as she does. Beholder's Eye is the one you want here.

Oooh, oooh, almost forgot a big one - Connie Willis. My top two recs here are Doomsday Book (which is about the black death, so you can imagine it's not very cheerful) and To Say Nothing of the Dog (which is set in Victorian England and is ridiculously cheerful). Pseudo-sci-fi with time travel, but you aren't reading these for the science.

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