In the comment section of my Avatar post, someone suggested the Allie's War series. Dedicated reader that I am, I dashed right over and checked out the series. Yup, it looks fantastic. And there are loads of books by the author. And I want them all.
Here's my reading list, should I win a zillion dollars and get to buy all the Kindle copies I want:
1. That Allie's War series. "Twenty-eight-year-old San Francisco native, Allie Taylor, at least thought she was human. Against a gritty and original backdrop of a modern-day Earth populated by a second race of beings, Allie finds out she's a member of an enslaved yet deeply powerful race, whose members believe her to be their most venerated leader, come to end the reign of humanity." Interesting!
2. Anything by Neil Stephenson. I'm deep into Quicksilver right now, with Cryptonomicon on deck. Quicksilver is about "an explosive scientific battle of preeminence between Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz over the development of calculus." Calculus? A battle between mathematicians? I'm there. (I can read about it, just can't understand it.)
3. Gideon the Cutpurse series. I love the cover and I've had a few friends tell me the books are incredible. "Gideon Seymour, cutpurse and gentleman, hides from the villainous Tar Man. Suddenly the sky peels away like fabric and from the gaping hole fall two curious-looking children. Peter Schock and Kate Dyer have fallen straight from the twenty-first century, thanks to an experiment with an antigravity machine. Before Gideon and the children have a chance to gather their wits, the Tar Man takes off with the machine -- and Kate and Peter's only chance of getting home. Soon Gideon, Kate, and Peter are swept into a journey through eighteenth-century London and form a bond that, they hope, will stand strong in the face of unfathomable treachery." Yeah, that's what I'm talking about!
|Love that cover.|
4. For my epic fantasy side, Darkness Rising by Ross Kitson. He got me right from the start with his description of the heroine, Emelia. Plus, his world building is incredible. I'm a fool for maps, and that book has great maps. "Emelia is trapped in servitude to uncaring and haughty masters. When tragedy strikes, strange powers emerge within her - powers of the Wild-magic, sorcery reviled by the elemental orders. Escaping from her masters, Emelia embarks upon an epic adventure to find the Prisms and defeat the lord of the ghasts. Only she holds the key to their location but the Wild-magic comes at a dire cost...that of her mind."