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Who are the hot SF/F and horror authors? [Nov. 10th, 2011|06:19 pm]
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Was in at Cooma/Monaro Books and Music today, chatting away with Sam, who does a lot of the ordering. She's wanting to expand the science fiction, fantasy, and horror section, and figured she'd ask me for some names. Gave her a couple but it had been a long day and I'm in no way up with the genres at the moment, so I said I'd ask my friends.

So, who is writing the good stuff at the moment? And what are the must reads of the last five or ten years?

Assume I know nothing, you're close to right, and you'll be helping a very good rural bookshop become that much cooler.

PS, feel free to suggest any really fabulous non-genre titles.

[User Picture]From: ariaflame
2011-11-10 08:27 am (UTC)
For a bit of light steampunk/paranormal romance with bits of investigation type plots Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series is fun. (First book Soulless I got the first five chapters of as part of the voting package for the 2010 Hugos and got frustrated when I realised it was only the first 5).

I'm heavily into the Lee and Miller space opera Liaden series now being republished in omnibus from Baen, and with new books coming but realise that might not be locally distributed as I've only seen it over here in speciality stores.

Connie Willis and Lois McMaster Bujold still producing (apparently the latter is finally doing the Ivan book).

In YA The Hunger Games is being praised, but since I don't like dystopias myself I've avoided it.

It hardly needs to be said that his diagnosis doesn't seem to be slowing Pratchett down (yes I know some people don't get his stuff, but libraries all over the world with missing books know that lots do).

Patrick Rothfuss is another name I've heard mentioned a lot. Got The Name of the Wind as an ebook and enjoyed it. Been too busy to look further though.
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[User Picture]From: cheshirenoir
2011-11-10 10:29 pm (UTC)
you beat me to The Parasol Protectorate :-)
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