Simplifying Christmas

There aren’t many books I recommend for everybody, but some titles get mentioned every time someone asks what I’m reading.  These books are on my keeper shelf.  Copy by copy, they are getting sent to everyone I know, Christmas by Christmas.

Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor

This is heart-stopping adventure fantasy set in northern Africa, originating in a true story of tribal warfare in the Sudan.  Okorafor’s first “adult” novel. Grabs you by the wossnames and shakes you, from the beginning right to the very end.

Flora Segunda, and Flora’s Dare, by Ysabeau Wilce

Young adult fantasy for girls who are smarter than Harry Potter, set in a steampunk alternate San Francisco built by magic-using Conquistadores and dominated by the Huitls and their terrifying flayed priests.

Flora is an army brat: her mother runs the city’s army and her father is an alcoholic ex-POW with secrets Flora may pay her life to uncover.  First of a trilogy, with volume two out, and the third volume on its way.

The Truth, and Thud! by Terry Pratchett

My favorites among many loved books by this author.  The Truth is about how newspapers come to Ankh-Morpork.  Since my family is all newspapering people, and the book is hilariously faithful to the trade, I love The Truth to pieces.

Thud! opens with a troll poem that makes the hairs stand up on my arms.  This book is about cops and race relations and unspeakable natural beauty and fun.

The Malloren series, by Jo Beverly

Georgian romance by someone who can actually write literate, intelligent, readable, accurate historical fiction in English, not American.  Also sexy as hell!

The New Moon’s Arms, by Nalo Hopkinson

A contemporary fantasy for every woman whose past starts playing tricks on her in concert with her body.  Sometimes the only way to find the truth is in our moon madness.


Jennifer Stevenson’s romantic comedies can be found in the Book View Cafe eBookstore.

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  1. Malloren FTW! Have you read Lynne Connolly’s Richard & Rose series? I think the writing may not be as polished but I had the feeling the period was represented even better. The first four books are particularly good. It’s a romance mystery series (like a Georgian Eve Dallas & Roarke, although of course none of the two is a police officer).

    I really need to pick up the Okorafor and Flora Segunda, so many people I trust recommend them.