If you're missing somebody on that list, I'm always interested in recommendations, so let me know!
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@rixx Thank you so much for this list! I've read books by some authors on it, others will go right onto my 'to be read' pile 📚 I'm always looking for new recommendations, especially with a focus on different perspectives from the usual male, white, western author 👍
@ck I haven't even got her on my to-read list yet – where would you recommend I start?
If you want a longer read, I can recommend the Worldbreaker Saga, its a three part fantasy story with part three coming out late this year (fingers crossed).
Otherwise "The Stars are Legion" are defiantly a good start, its a single peace space opera of sorts.
@ck I'll add the Mirror Empire to my reading list – I remember looking at both that and Stars Are Legion and the bad reviews turned me away. (This will take some time to bubble to the top of the list though.) Thank you!
Well, your list is prioritized by popularity (if I understood your process correctly), so authors without a huge fan base are going to fall through the cracks quite often I imagine. On the other hand, she hasn't won her Hugo without merrits ;)
Hurley is definitely not always an "easy" read, you need to invest some effort to wrap your mind around her ideas. I for one believe those are the stories worth reading. If a book offers me the mind-numbing equivalent of Netflix, whats the point?
@ck Popularity does come into it, sure, but if an author (or a single review) convinces me, I'll pull them ahead of the queue, too. That's why I'll get to The Calculating Stars this year, for instance, or The Wolf in the Whale.
@ck Ah, I can't resist and have to respond to your Netflix strawman: There are brilliant, deep series on Netflix, as on most media. And there are reasons to need books that are not too intellectual at some times, and even books that are simple. I like plenty of books that warp my mind, but some just feel like a burden and don't speak to me at all (Dune, I'm looking at you). And since reading is still something I do to benefit myself, I try to avoid those books.
I guess the point I was trying to make is that when reading bad reviews of Sci-Fi or fantasy titles, the majority boils down to "had to give up on page 10 because <still no space battle/magic/random thing>. I don't get this. One star on Amazon!!!"
In my experience, a lot of people who read Sci-Fi are in it for the mind-numbing experience (aka. Netflix**) and not to get something out of it. When you present them with a complex story, they trash it on the internet.
** with exceptions
When you pick a copy of Dostoevsky on the other hand, you won't see a lot of reviews that complain about it being to hard a read because people know that Dostoevsky is f-ing exhausting.
Same goes for, say, Hamilton. Children of Time is a great book, but hardly a story that boggles your mind. People know exactly what to expect, hence negative critique is minimal.
Hurley (and may others) is playing on a very uneven playing field because the chose to not fit the norm of peoples expectations.
@ck Yeah, sure, if I was going by Amazon reviews that would hit me, but other than you're implying, I'm not doing that. I'm going by recommendations, which have to come with reasons and descriptions. And those are people who regularly recommend Dune or Stephenson, and even your elitist view of the genre can't really accuse them of being mind-numbing, can it? If you're under the impression that I read mostly mind-numbing titles and skip on the good stuff, feel free to point these cases out!
@rixx I didn't want to imply anything of the sort. I just wanted to point out my own experiences with bad book reviews and people who write those. Some are well founded, most are not and an author with easier material gets more positive feedback than author with more complicated topics. This is based on personal observation and feedback from books I recommended, so not representative.
I did not intent any personal criticism within my toots. I apologize if I made my point badly.
@rixx German YA? Don't mind if I do. Solid list by the way! Though sad that I can't come up with any additions.
@rixx Saladin Ahmed's Throne of the Crescent Moon comes to mind, lots of people really like it.
I'd recommend Sheri Tepper. Her novel Grass is bonkers, in a good way. The rest of her work is on my tbr-list.
@mann_ey I'll add Throne of the Crescent Moon to the list, thanks! I've looked at it before, but without recommendation it didn't speak to me enough to add it.
As for Sheri Tepper, thanks for the rec! I only heard of her Gate to Women's Country before, and wasn't that interested. Grass has been added to my (absurdly long) reading list.
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