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Subject: Literary Fantasy or SciFi?
Date Posted: 6/25/2008 6:25 PM ET
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I'm looking for suggestions for literary fantasy novels. I like books by Gene Wolfe, and love Christopher Priest.  I really enjoyed Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.




Date Posted: 6/25/2008 7:34 PM ET
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I have a friend who likes anything by Gene Wolfe - and she adores books by Jack Vance. She also couldn't stop talking about The Gormenghast Novels by Mervyn Peake.
You could also check out the awards list (from 1975 to 2007) of the World Fantasy Convention
( http://www.worldfantasy.org/awards/awardslist.html )

Subject: China Mieville
Date Posted: 6/25/2008 7:45 PM ET
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New Crobuzon
1. Perdido Street Station (2000)
2. The Scar (2001)
3. Iron Council (2004)

Date Posted: 6/26/2008 1:01 PM ET
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Sherri Tepper.

Dunno how highbrow you wanna go--Stanislaw Lem? J.G. Ballard? (They're SF.)

Subject: Valente, Wurts
Date Posted: 6/26/2008 3:50 PM ET
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I highly suggest Catherynne Valente, who we've reviewed here.

You might also enjoy Janny Wurts and Guy Gavriel Kay (also reviewed).

Date Posted: 6/27/2008 1:30 AM ET
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I enjoy literary fantasy and science fiction as well.  Here are a few that leap to mind:

Michelle West's Sun Sword series, and they struck me as very literary.

Ursula K. Le Guin's Left Hand of Darkness (science fiction)

Vernor Vinge's Deepness in the Sky (science fiction)

Robin Hobbs' Farseer Trilogy

I second the suggestion of Guy Gavrial Kay

Lois McMaster Bujold's Curse of Chalion

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 10:56 AM ET
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Actually, I'll add another recommendation: Dana Copithorne's The Steam Magnate.

My review of it is here: http://sfreader.com/Home/BookReview/tabid/55/Default.aspx?book=1133

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Subject: Winter's Tale
Date Posted: 6/30/2008 3:14 PM ET
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Winter's Tale, published in the early 80's, by Mark Helprin, was the first literary fantasy I ever read.  I fell in love with the genre and have been hooked ever since.


Had to go back and edit - I almost forgot about The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger.  Amazing book!

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Date Posted: 5/26/2009 3:45 PM ET
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Try anything by Patricia McKillip. She has a really lyrical writing style that should appeal to a fan of "literary" fiction. Sheri S. Tepper might also be a good fit.

If you want to try some sci-fi, go for Iain M. Banks. As Iain Banks he's a really well-known literary fiction author, and his Culture novels have some moments where you just have to go "wow" to the sheer beauty of his writing. They also have really fun and impressive sci-fi set pieces.