What a great set of recommendations! In fact I’ve already read and enjoyed many of these: Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon, Margo Lanagan’s Tender Morsels, Lian Hearn’s Otori series, and most of Terry Pratchett. There are also a few authors among the recommendations whose work I already know I don’t like, though others do.
So what’s going on my ‘to read’ list? Anne Bishop for a start, since so many people tell me I would like her work. Lynn Flewelling’s The Bone Doll’s Twin. Naomi Novik, whose books I feel I should have tried. Lois McMaster Bujold, ditto. Maybe Brandon Sanderson or Brent Weeks, so nobody can accuse me of choosing 100% female authors! If I get through all those, I’ll start on the rest.
But there can only be one winner. The signed book goes to Lexie for recommending the Secret Country trilogy by Pamela Dean. Lexie can’t have known that Dean’s Tam Lin is one of my favourite books of all time. I was thrilled to be reminded that this author wrote other titles and will hunt them down – seems only one book of her trilogy is still in print.
Lexie, contact me on juliet(at)julietmarillier(dot)com and we can discuss getting the book to you.
(Note: This is just one of Juliet’s book covers as I don’t know which one Lexie will choose).