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Just like felsong, I'm here in the U.S. for vacation! :) I live in the Philippines but I'm spending time with some of my relatives here in Southern California. I would love to go to a meet up if there's one that will be scheduled in L.A.

Also, because I'm here and I have access to Amazon and other bookstores, I thought I'd ask the people in this community for book recommendations. I'm already planning on getting Once A Princess, Twice A Prince, The Trouble With Kings and A Stranger to Command because I couldn't get those in my country. Aside from Sherwood Smith, my other favorite authors are (sorry for the long list) Robin McKinley, Megan Whalen Turner, Shannon Hale, Elizabeth Wein, Jonathan Stroud, Philip Pullman, Tamora Pierce, Gail Carson Levine, Kristin Cashore and Suzanne Collins. So any books along the lines of those works would be great or any other favorite that you might just like to suggest.

Also, I just found out that there's a book blockade in the Philippines because of corruption (click here if you want to learn more about it) so it's a good idea to get books while I'm here.


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May. 6th, 2009 10:21 am (UTC)
You might like Sharon Shinn's YA books -- her website is here:
Her adult books are lovely, too.
May. 6th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
Right, especially her Twelve House series.
The Angels of Samaria got more praise - but is an acquired taste with its science fiction underpinning.

My favourite of her stand alone novels is Summers at Castle Auburn.
May. 6th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
My favourite of her stand alone novels is Summers at Castle Auburn.
Oh. yes. That one is lovely.
May. 6th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion! I already have Summers at Castle Auburn in my wish list. :)
May. 6th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
Nifty ^^
May. 6th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
This is the right place to ask!

I bet you'd love Cassandra Clare's trilogy, City of Bones, City of Ash, City of Glass (this one recent).

Where are you in SoCal? I'm in Westminster.
May. 6th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the book recs! I'll check out Cassandra Clare's books. I'm also thinking of getting Kristen Britain's Green Rider series.

I'm in Rowland Heights. I think we're 30 minutes or so away from L.A. (I'm not sure though because I have no sense of direction). It would be so amazing if we could meet up and I could get an autograph. :)
May. 6th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
I think we're about seventy miles apart.

This is difficult as I no longer have my own car. (Had to give it up due to the economy.)
May. 6th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that. I know it must be hard to go around this area without a car. I don't have a car either, I just go around with my relatives and friends. I will try to attend a get together in L.A. if there's one.
May. 7th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
Hey! Home for me is only about 6 miles away from where you are. I'll be home in May (starting Sunday) and VERY sporadically throughout the rest of the summer. We should definitely plan a meet up! Maybe we can find a place that's most central to any people who'll be in So Cal, as well as a time that's convenient.

And Sherwood, Westminster is only about 20 miles from where I am, so it's not all that far. Still difficult if you don't have a car, though, of course. Maybe we could come somewhere near you?
May. 7th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great plan!
May. 7th, 2009 06:49 am (UTC)
Yay that sounds great! 6 miles is so near. I'm excited, I hope this meet up pushes through. My trip to the States will definitely become memorable.
May. 6th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
I'd like to endorse Martha Wells, especially since you like intricate world-building and great characters (otherwise you wouldn't name those names or be part of Athanerel ^^).
If you want to try without risk, she actually has the Element of Fire as a free e-book linked from her site.
So far I've read Wheel of the Infinite and all the Ile-Rien novels, whether stand-alone or the trilogy and they are excellent. Death of the Necromancer is my favourite so far.

Michelle Sagara West two multi-novel series might be fun, too. Kaylin is sort of fantasy historical urban fantasy, heh.
The first book seems to be missing from the list, hmm.
May. 6th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
I have the Element of Fire at home but I haven't been able to read it. Too bad Amazon doesn't have stocks of Death of the Necromancer.

I'll look into Michelle Sagara West's books. Thanks for the book recs!
May. 6th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Always glad to encourage the addiction/ pass on the virus of good fantasy books written by women ^^
May. 6th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Oh and if you like epic fantasy better than fantastic historical urban fantasy, don't start with the Elantra/Kaylin books from Luna, get the DAW series (especially the six Sun Sword books)!
May. 6th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm more into epic fantasy that urban fantasy. Thanks for the tip!
May. 6th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
*sigh* I forgot to plug P.C. Hodgell.
I think a good introduction to her world and the story is on the ebooks edition at BAEN
, but they're rereleasing her first four novels in hardcover and trade paperback, too, and there's a new one finished (to come out later this year I think) - and I hope more stories of Jamethiel Dreamweaver to come.
May. 6th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
Martha Wells gets a vote from me!

May. 6th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
yay ^^
May. 7th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
Oh yes--fantastic characters and worldbuilding!
May. 6th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
I posted a similar request a few months back (http://community.livejournal.com/athanarel/266338.html). I got tons of good feedback and lots of book discussion, so hopefully you may find something there you will like.

Of the ones rec'd to me, I strongly endorse:

Lois McMaster Bujold
Her Vorkosigan books are a space comedy (ok, probably meant to be drama, but they're too funny). I started with Cordelia's Honor which is kind of a prequel but Young Miles, the chronological starting point of Miles Vorkosigan's adventures, is terrifically hilarious.
Also The Curse of Chalion.

Naomi Novik's Temeraire series. It is set during the Napoleonic Wars, but includes dragons as part of Britain's aerial corps.

Garth Nix's Abhorsen trilogy is fantastically written and very original. It is also quite wonderfully dark.

I can't think of much more, my mind is wrapped up with Miles Vorkosigan at the moment...
May. 6th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
Welllll, Memory and Mirror Dance (Vorkosigan) can be veeeeeeeery dark. I haven't reread either of those two yet, but anything LMB is good. Sharing Knife, the Chalion books, anything!
May. 6th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
Hah, they're dark? That'll be a change. I guess some parts of Cordelia's Honor were pretty dark. I've only read the two so far, but just bought more.
May. 6th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, they really drag Miles through the ringer, mostly deservedly. But there are books after that and you realise that the developments were needed for other good things to come. The problems that were left open at the end of Shards of Honor will come back to bite Barrayar as well.
May. 6th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Jo Walton on Tor.com did a reread of the whole Vorkosigan series and LMB commented. Here's a tag search of all the relevant posts
May. 6th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting the link, I'll look it up.

I already have Young Miles back at home but I haven't read it. I've also read the first two books in the Temeraire series and I liked them. I also love the Abhorsen trilogy, Sabriel is my favorite.
May. 6th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
If you haven't read Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones yet, I'd highly recommend that. (And Castle in the Air and House of Many Ways.) Or anything by her. I especially love Unexpected Magic, which is a a collection of her short stories, and the novella Everard's Ride.

I also love The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. Very fairy tale-sy. Written by Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, there's Sorcery and Cecelia, which is a correspondence of letters between two cousins in a alternate universe England in 1817 as they deal with magic and a marquis and other fun things. Getting used to the letter format took a few pages for me, but once I was in the story, I couldn't put it down. (Same goes for the sequel, The Grand Tour. I haven't read The Mislaid Magician yet, though, so I can only say I expect it's good.)

I also support Temeraire and Abhorsen, as mentioned in a previous comment. Both are fabulous. I just finished the Abhorsen series a couple of weeks ago, and I'm so excited that there's a new book in the series coming out next year, Clariel.
May. 6th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
I've read Howl's Moving Castle and I'm in the middle of House of Many Ways right now. Have you seen Hayao Miyazaki's animated adaptation of Howl's Moving Castle?

I've also read The Enchanted Forest Chronicles and I like those kinds of stores, like fairy tales. I've been trying to find a copy of Sorcery and Cecilia back at home but I couldn't find one so I'll probably get it here too.

I've read the Abhorsen series too. I had no idea there's a new book coming out next year. That sounds great! I thought it was meant to be a trilogy.
May. 7th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
I have seen the Miyazaki film, and I enjoyed it even though it wasn't completely true to the book. Few adaptations of anything are, though.

As for Abhorsen, I think those three books are a trilogy together, and Clariel deals with an Abhorsen of the past, long before Sabriel's time. Or, at least, that's the perception I've gotten from what I've read about it online.
May. 7th, 2009 06:50 am (UTC)
Yes, I was thinking the same thing. I enjoyed the film even though it was different.
May. 7th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
A couple of these authors have been mentioned, but none of the books (I think). Most of these I just read recently:

For your fairy tale needs--Snow White and Rose Red, by Patricia C. Wrede; The Princess and the Hound, by Mette Ivie Harrison; Patricia A. McKillip stuff;

Cool trickster guy--Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow;

Post-apocalyptic--Bones of Faerie, by Janni Lee Simner; The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer;

Also think you might like: The Truth-Teller's Tale, by Sharon Shinn; Airman, by Eoin Colfer.

There are a couple other books I'd like to recommend, but I haven't actually read them yet, so...I'll hold off on that. Anyway, enjoy your time in the States, and I hope you get tons of books you like! :-)
May. 7th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
I've read The Princess and the Hound, Winter Rose and In The Forests Of Serre (both by Patricia McKillip). I'll look into the other books that you mentioned. :) Thanks for the suggestions! I wish I could get all of the books that has been mentioned here... unfortunately, I still have to stick to a budget.
May. 7th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)
I'm usually rather partial to fantasy myself, but I just have to recommend the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer, in which young street urchin Mary Faber disguises herself as a boy and enlists in the British Navy. Adventures ensue.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, which isn't very happy but VERY good.

The Firebirds and Firebirds Rising sci-fi/fantasy anthologies, which are frickin' amazing (Firebirds even has Sartorias' story about Mel and Vidanric's daughter).

The Annals of the Western Shore series by Ursula K. Le Guin (Gifts, Voices, Powers). Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful worldbuilding and characters.

A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce, which is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin set in industrial-age Britain. Beautiful writing, beautiful cover, beautiful book.

I also have to second lilac_wood's suggestion of Sorcery and Cecelia and sequels. They are wonderfully written and hilarious.
May. 7th, 2009 07:00 am (UTC)
I already have a copy of The Book Thief but I haven't read it (I seem to be saying that a lot in the comments, I have a long TBR list) and I also have Firebirds and Firebirds Soaring because of the stories about Mel and Danric's children.

I will look into The Annals of the Western Shore. I love Le Guin's Earthsea series.

I agree about A Curse Dark as Gold! I brought it with me and read it on the plane.

Thanks for all the suggestions, I really appreciate it.
May. 9th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
You're welcome! :)
Jul. 3rd, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
hey! so i love almost all the same authors, and i think that youd probably LOVE julia Golding, she's absolutely amazing, and ive read pretty much every single one of her books.... id recommend Ringmaster and empty quarter especially.....
also,if you like historical fiction too.... Eva Ibbotsons books are amazing! especially countess below stairs, The morning gift, and the song of summer.....
Jul. 3rd, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
I've read the Countess Below Stairs and I really liked it! I look forward to reading more of Eva Ibbotson's books. I'll look into Julia Golding too. I hope her books are available here.
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