Mr. Goldner's English Class

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My first love is fantasy. Then science fiction. Here's what I'm reading, with some thoughts and some context on where I've come from and why I might be reading it.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

My wife introduced me to this author through Uprooted which I loved. Uprooted is a fantasy novel that fits a lot of tropes; I found Spinning Silver to be more subversive, but both are great reads.

The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor

A prequal to Who Fears Death (which I read first; also being made into a series by HBO), I love her writing.

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

The movie Arrival is based on "Story of Your Life" from this collection. I loved the movie, and the short story doesn't disappoint either.

Fire Dance by Ilana C. Myer

I heard her speak at Readercon 2017; I was intrigued and checked out her first book, Last Song Before Night. I really enjoyed the premise of these books and the use of poetry.

City of Brass by R. A. Chakraborty

I absolutely loved this and can't wait for the next book in the series

Previous Reads:

The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams.

Tad Williams is a brilliant fantasy author. His Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series heavily influenced George R. R. Martin, so if you're a Game of Thrones fan, you should check out Williams.

The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin

This is the third book in The Broken Earth trilogy; it follows The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate. Jemisin just made history by winning her third straight Hugo, one for each book in the series. These books are absolutely brilliant.

After initially reading The Fifth Season, I went back to read some other books she has. Her Inheritance Trilogy is also really good. I highly recommend looking into this author.

Old Man's War series by John Scalzi

A fun space opera style science fiction series. Interesting characters, good plot, good action.

Assassin's Fate by Robin Hobb

So many feels about this book. This is the third book in a trilogy (The Fitz and the Fool trilogy) which itself wraps up an epic story spanning five different series, all set in the same universe. Each series stands alone, but they all weave together in a beautiful way. Some of the best writing and stories around. If you want to start, I suggest Assassin's Apprentice.

Black Wolves by Kate Elliott