Wednesday, June 6, 2012

What Kind of Book Are You Looking For?

What kind of book are you looking for? There are millions of them, some less tantalizing, others more so--but sometimes you just can't find what you want. Here are five books, in five different genres, that I enjoyed.

Do you like fantasy? Do you like swords and sorcery? Are you tired of happy fantasy, where everyone lives and good always triumphs? Are you looking for something dark and mysterious, but with all of the imagination and captivating detail of any good fantasy novel? Try Christopher Kellen's newest novel Legacy, the second in a three part trilogy about a dying world and the desperate efforts of five heroes to save it from the rotting torments of death. Of course, you might just want to start at the beginning, so check out Elegy too!

Do you like plays? Do you like social satire? Do you like British Humor? Do you like classic literature? Try Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, a hilarious story about a gentleman who pretends to have an ill cousin in order to avoid unfavourable social events. And if you click here you can get it for free!

Do you like adventure? Do you like King Arthur? Do you like a world of knights and kings and the fight of good versus evil? Do you like a little humor and romance mixed in (but not too much because it might make you gag)? Try Gerald Morris' The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf. A young princess travels to King Arthur's court to find a knight to rescue her castle from the siege of an untoward knight. Along the way there (and back) she learns about what love, life, and knighthood are all about.

Do you like princesses? Perhaps the rather typical "princess discovers birthright, princess marries prince" or "girl is poor, girl marries prince" story lines are getting a bit old. Try Kate Coombs' The Runaway Princess, in which the main character, Margaret, discovers that her father is holding a contest for all the princes to come rid the kingdom of the dragon, the witch and the bandits,. The prize for winning is Margaret herself. She gets locked in a tower but escapes in an act of definance, and sets off on a mission to rescue the dragon, the witch, and the bandits from the evil princes.

Do you like science fiction? Do you want something a little weird and hard to digest? Do want a book that might have a happy ending or might have a sad ending depending on your perspective on the world? Try Greg Bear's Blood Music. An angry scientist, cleaning out is laboratory after being fired, injects a strain of intelligent bacteria into his blood stream and watches as the world around him (and the world within him) begins to change.

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