- The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin I love Le Guin's writing style and storylines. I've read a few of her books before, but am now venturing into what is considered her seminal work, set in a world where gender is changeable. Le Guin can be hard to read at times, she doesn't waste time explaining things to her readers, but if you stick with it, her books are so rich and storied that they stay with you forever.
- Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey I think the lovely Ashe Mischief recommended this book to me, and I love it. Full of sex, swords, vikings and one of the more interesting and complex pantheons I've read about. Kushiel has political intrigue, perilous escapes, and a strong but very real heroine at its center.
- Boneshaker by Cherie Priest I saw Cherie on a panel at Dragon*Con last year and was blown away by how cute she was (purple hair and steampunk outfit) and her passion for a true American steampunk novel. Really all you need to know about Boneshaker is that it has a kick-ass mother of a teenage son female protagonist, airships, and zombies. But if you want to know a little more, the styling in the book of the outfits and mechanical machinery is unmatched, Priest's descriptions really bring the book alive, and the dialogue and character development ain't too shabby either.
Books are amazing. Most evenings if you look for me, you'll find the boy and I on opposing couches, curled up into books, occasionally stopping each other to read portions out loud that we find really good. Yeah, we're giant nerds of the most elite kind. I like to read books in batches. It keeps me from getting bored with one and I guess maybe makes me a little ADD. The last few books I was reading were all non-fiction, so this time around, since it's cold and windy and generally drab out, I've decided to have a fantasy binge: