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Recommend me something!
« on: August 23, 2016, 09:01:37 PM »
What I want to read:

* strong female lead
* not too dark
* possibly even an happy end (gasp)
* genre doesn't matter

Can't find a book that fits this description in my TBR but maybe you know one? :)
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Re: Recommend me something!
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2016, 09:15:07 PM »
Anything more to go on?

The Thousand Names is on your TBR list according to GR, and it has one of the best female leads I've come across. It has multiple perspectives, but Winter is definitely the center of the story, and she's brilliant. She's one of those characters who wins through by using both courage and intelligence - shown courage and intelligence rather than told as well, which makes it even better.

Bonus points because she's a lesbian, particularly because it's a) irrelevant to the plot in the first book and b) treated as irrelevant. Exactly how it should be.  :)
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2016, 09:19:38 PM »
Stormdancer, maybe?


Though I can't remember the darkness level...mid range-ish I think.

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Re: Recommend me something!
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2016, 09:36:58 PM »
Boy I'm gonna feel like I'm repeating myself, but:

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard: Not a female lead, but has more women in it than men if my memory serves, as well as plenty of LGBT.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente: A fairy story, kind of about fairy stories, very original with a great idea going on. Worth trying if you fancy something different.

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan: Also very unique, a woman desperate to explore her passion for studying dragons, all the intrigue and fun and danger of the early explorers and scientists in a fantasy setting.

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan: A drowned world, a travelling circus, a lost young girl with her performing bear and ghoulish burials at sea. Magical, mystical, very beautifully written. To lump it crudely in a category, if you like The Night Circus etc.

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandell: If you haven't read this, you really really really need to. Completely ruined any other post-apocalypse story frankly, makes The Walking Dead look properly dumb dumb in comparison, which I loved. It's amazing.

Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1) by Jeff Vandermeer: You might have read this one too, if not, read it! So original and very creepy and mysterious.

And idk if you're into graphic novels, but I could recommend a ton like that: Monstress, Nimona, Rat Queens, Saga, The Wicked and The Divine etc.

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Re: Recommend me something!
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2016, 10:09:13 PM »
The Falconer by Elizabeth May - Proper lady at court actually hunts and kills the fae. There are some steampunk elements to this. Really an enjoyable read.

Twelve Kings of Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu - Epic fantasy set in the desert. I really loved this one and it has a great female protagonist.

Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis - This is set in an opera house, with an interesting mix of music, mystery and court politics.

The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood - Who doesn't want their own dragon?? The female protagonist in this is set on having one (dragon raising is her family's business, but most of the dragons go to the military). I suspect you would really like this one. :)

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho - Ghosts, fae and courtly politics.

The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey - Definitely has more romance than most of the books I read, but I found it to be fun and didn't feel it overpowered the story.

The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M. H. Boroson -  fun, fast paced story set in the late 1800s in San Francisco’s Chinatown

Borderline by Mishell Baker - This one might sound like it would be dark, as the protagonist is a double amputee survivor of a suicide attempt. But we are not with her during her darkest times and her attitude and outlook make it work without ever feeling depressing. She gets pulled into a secret project tracking the fae.

Of all of these, and looking at what you are looking for, I would probably go with The Falconer or The Summer Dragon, possibly Masks and Shadows, but I think they are all really good (I can't remember for certain on the endings, how positive negative some of them might have ended. I feel like The Bloodbound might have ended with a cliff hanger, but can't remember for sure as I went straight to the second book when I finished reading it)
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Re: Recommend me something!
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2016, 10:15:39 PM »
Oh, now I want to read all of these too!!
I'll never do re-readings of my favourite books, at this rate :'(
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2016, 10:23:56 PM »
Ooh some excellent stuff there @Arry

Damn it now my TBR list is even longer.

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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2016, 10:30:24 PM »
Anything more to go on?

The Thousand Names is on your TBR list according to GR, and it has one of the best female leads I've come across. It has multiple perspectives, but Winter is definitely the center of the story, and she's brilliant. She's one of those characters who wins through by using both courage and intelligence - shown courage and intelligence rather than told as well, which makes it even better.

Bonus points because she's a lesbian, particularly because it's a) irrelevant to the plot in the first book and b) treated as irrelevant. Exactly how it should be.  :)

I second this.   The books actually have a lot of great female characters.

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Re: Recommend me something!
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2016, 12:47:16 AM »
I'll second Natural History of Dragons and Twelve Kings .

All of Adrian Tchaikovsky's books have female protagonists, but I'd recommend Guns of the Dawn as it's a standalone. Regency warfare with magic.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard I really enjoyed. Not one, but two female protagonists.
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Re: Recommend me something!
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2016, 01:47:54 AM »
Second Station Eleven, all that Mr.J said, best post apocalyptic for sure.Also Sorcerer to the Crown, fun, many different aspects relevant to the time as well as now, unusual new ideas.
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Re: Recommend me something!
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2016, 05:41:22 PM »
Thank you all for those great recommendations! :)
Some sound a bit too dark for my actual frame of mind but that may change.
Surprisingly there is only one book I already read - The Girl who circumnavigated fairyland... Great series!

The Thousand Names is on your TBR list according to GR, and it has one of the best female leads I've come across.
Oh, I didn't know this fit my description! I bought it because Django is on the forums and seems like a cool guy. :)
Think I'll start with this and then work my way through the other recommendations. Thanks again!
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« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2016, 06:05:37 PM »
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Oh, I didn't know this fit my description! I bought it because Django

Do tell (for those of us slow on the uptake)

And here is one for October https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29475447-a-closed-and-common-orbit  ;D

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« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2016, 06:27:42 PM »
Its YA and an oldie (but goldie) but The Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce would fit your requirements very neatly.

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« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2016, 08:03:00 PM »
And here is one for October https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29475447-a-closed-and-common-orbit  ;D

Oooh, I didn't know that was coming out so soon! Will definitely be picking it up.

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« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2016, 08:37:54 PM »
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Oh, I didn't know this fit my description! I bought it because Django

Do tell (for those of us slow on the uptake)
Sorry, I don't understand?

Its YA and an oldie (but goldie) but The Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce would fit your requirements very neatly.
I love her books a lot (Song of the Lioness is pretty weak compared to others of her works), so if you have something similar to recommend...

And here is one for October https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29475447-a-closed-and-common-orbit  ;D

Oooh, I didn't know that was coming out so soon! Will definitely be picking it up.
Yay! :D Absolutely!
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