Laurie and I were just saying how much we like the “What We’re Reading” category. I like seeing everyone’s recommendations, but my “To Read” list is getting quite long. Since I usually have three or four books going at once, it’s hard for me to narrow my choices this week.
I have to say, I am enjoying The Lunar Chronicles immensely. At my house, with three of us reading them, I’ve had to wait my turn, but I just finished Cress and can’t wait to start the last book, Winter. Sophisticated, imaginative and unusual, Marissa Meyer’s combination of fairy tales, moon colonization, cyborgs and romance turns out to be a winning mix. So far, the books haven’t contained any uncomfortable material, either, which is a huge plus.
The other series I am currently enjoying is Stephen Lawhead’s Bright Empires quintet. Lawhead is one of my all-time favorite fantasy authors. His unique way of blending modern England with a wide variety of ancient settings is fascinating. In the Bright Empires series, Lawhead, with his impeccable research skills, transports us to Egyptian pyramids and tombs, Prague coffee-houses, and even prehistoric forests, via ley lines, which allow travelers to jump courses into alternate pasts and futures. Lawhead’s assumption that his readers are intelligent and can keep up with all of his twists, surprises and “science” is refreshing. Lawhead’s characters are also compelling. I am always intrigued to see the changes his characters undergo from the first to the last book in the series.
I can’t wait to finish both series! Be sure to leave a comment and let me know if you have read any of these books. What do you like best about them? If you haven’t read them, which are you most interested in, and why?
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