Book List

Magic, Monsters, and Metaphor:

So You Want to Be a Wizard, Diane Duane
Rose Daughter, Robin McKinley
Bone Dance, Emma Bull*
The Fall of Kings, Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman
Song of the Lioness Quartet. (First book), Tamora Pierce
Kushiel Books (First book), Jacqueline Carey

Birth Control and Families in Fantasy:

Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Leguin
Door Into... Books (First Book), Diane Duane
Perfect Circle, Sean Stewart
Abigail Adams Mysteries (Example), Barbara Hamilton
Honor Harrington books (First book), David Weber
King's Name, Jo Walton**
Tough Guide To Fantasyland, Howl's Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
Caught in Crystal, Patricia C. Wrede*
The Secret Country, Pamela Dean*

It's a Secret to Everyone:

White Sands Red Menace, Ellen Klages
Dreamsnake, Vonda McIntyre
Laurie King
Five Red Herrings, Dorothy Sayers
Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin
Why we Read Fiction, Lisa Zunshine
Looking for Rachel Wallace, Early Autumn, Robert B Parker
The Bone Palace, Amanda Downum
Dorothy Dunnett
Deadline, Mira Grant
Tightropegirl: Essay on Playing Open vs Closed
The Cloud Roads, Martha Wells
The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner

Feast And Famine:

Grandmother's Kitchen Widsom, Myles H. Bader (Cookbook)
The Unprejudiced Palate (Cookbook)
Michaela Roessner
Manifold Destiny
Roadkill Cookbook
Fireless Cooking
How to Talk Minnesotan
Glory Road, Heinlein
Coming Home Crazy
The King's Peace, Jo Walton**
Much Depends on Dinner, Margaret Visser
The Supper of the Lamb
Fuchsia Dunlop (Cookbooks)

Middle Book Blues:

Startide Rising, David Brin
The Kestrel, Lloyd Alexander
Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brien
Raymond Chandler
Crown of Dalemark, Diana Wynne Jones
Mike/James B. Ford

Scenes of Conflict:

A Civil Campaign, Lois McMaster Bujold
Gaudy Night, Dorothy Sayers
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Anthony Trollope
Jack Aubrey Novels, Patrick O'Brian
Guy Gavriel Kaye

Class And Colonialism in Fantasy:

Grail, Elizabeth Bear*
Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
The Dispossessed, Ursula K. LeGuin
The Time of the Dark, Margaret Hambley
Grunt, Mary Gentle (orcs' side of LOTR)
Goblin Quest, Jim Hines (orcs' side of LOTR)
Three Guineas, Virginia Woolf
Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. LeGuin
Midnight Children, Salman Rushdie
Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor
Gabriel Allon Novels (First Book), Daniel Silva

Off With 'is Head!:

Jim Stewart (Someone point me to who this is.)
Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch*
Feed, Mira Grant
Thread of Grace, Mary Doria Russell
Deverry books (First book) Katharine Kerr

Novelty, Complexity, and Mass Appeal:

Sorcery and Cecilia, Caroline Stevermeyer and Patricia C. Wrede*
Neil Gaiman
Iain M. Banks

Getting Beyond a Successful Character:

Vorkosigan books (Example), Lois McMaster Bujold*
Vlad Taltos books (First book) Steven Brust*
Cage Baker (Has switched publishers mid-series and kept the series.)
Jacqueline Carey (world as a character)
Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold* (New world & story type that readers couldn't conceive of before it was written.)
Nero Wolfe books (Example), Rex Stout (Books with no character development that were great anyway.)
Robert B. Parker (Books where character development stalled out and still continued being good.)
Young Wizards books (First book), Diane Duane (Character development kicked in late in the series.)
Lensmen Series (First book), E.E. 'Doc' Smith
Whim of the Dragon, Pamela Dean* (Series with a good ending.)
Harry Potter (First book), J.K. Rowling (Series with a good ending.)
Lonely Silver Rain, John MacDonald

Pestilence: Illness & Public Health/Plague in Fantasy:

Neal Stephenson (deals with nutrition & syphilis.)
The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch (Opens with a plague.)
The Bone Palace, Amanda Downum (Yellow fever as plot device, rioting.)
Discworld (Example), Terry Pratchett (Cut Me Own Throat Dibbler's street food as an public health issue.)
Rise of the Merchant Prince, Raymond Feist
The Years of Rice and Salt, Kim Stanley Robinson (Alternate Bubonic Plague history.)
King and Joker, Peter Dickinson (Invalids in the plot.)
Rats, Lice, and History, Hans Zissmer (For reference.)
Merrie Haskell (upcoming novel about an herbalists apprentice.)
The Ghost Map, Steven Johnson (Nonfiction, mapping a cholera outbreak.)
The Road to Whigan Pier, George Orwel (How to bathe yourself in just a sink.)
Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold*
The Knife Man, Wendy Moore (Nonfiction, reference. Gory.)
Lord John Books (Example), Diana Gabaldon (Curing syphilis with smallpox.)
The Stratford Man, Elizabeth Bear* (Character with smallpox.)
A Hatful of Sky, Terry Pratchett (Public health education.)
At Back of the North Wind, George MacDonald (Possible Down's syndrome child.)
Illusion, Paula Volsky (Vermin.)
The Red House, E. Nesbit (Terror of childbirth.)
Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond (Nonfiction reference.)

* Indicates panelists.
** Jo Walton is the invisible 5th panelist. Always.

Books are listed in chronological order of mention and are divided into panels as much as possible
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