Summer reading recs

Followup from this post — an eclectic mix of summer reading recs from lj-ers–if anyone else has anything to add, let me know!


The Secrets of Jin Shei, by Alma Alexander
“… a beautiful, complex book that, for all its gentleness, had me absolutely riveted.” (

, seconded by miladyinsanity)

The Underneath, Kathi Appelt
A poetic, deeply mythic bayou fantasy that’s packaged as an animal story (which it also is) and so might get missed by some genre readers. (janni)

The Guards, Ken Breuhn
“Since I think summertime reading implies a certain lightweight nature, something read “on the beach” … The prose is half poetry, too many pop culture references, and staffed with great, world weary characters.” (loupnoir)

Order of the Stick, Rich Burlew
Online web comic also available in book form. “It’s a hilarious send up of D&D, but with some substance. :)” (harvestar)

The Great Stink, by Clare Clark ()

Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms, Fumiyo Kouno
“Powerful series of three linked stories showing the effects of the bombing of Hiroshima on several generations of the same family, born both before and after the war.” ()

Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery (harvestar, because I admitted to her this weekend that I’ve never actually read it!)

Mark of the Demon, by Diana Rowland
Just out! ()

The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber, by Julian Rubinstein
“Incompetent Transylvanian hockey goalie takes to robbing banks and post offices in post-Communist Hungary, becomes a popular hero.” ()

Hope’s Folly, Linnea Sinclair
“… this one hit all my buttons for a summer read: military action, desperate escapes, and romance.” ()

Oliver VII, Antal Szerb
“After organizing a coup against himself so he can live peacefully abroad, the king of Alturia falls in with a group of con men, and is forced to impersonate himself when they claim to be organizing a counter-revolution. It’s like a one-person version of Double Star.” (stevendj)

The Thief series, Megan Whalen Turner
“Thought-provoking easy reads, with a hero you can’t help but love.” (ladyshina)

Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld
“I just finished it and immediately thought, this is a young heroine that Tammy (Tamora Pierce) would love. I heart it a lot. Also the science to it is everything I’ve wanted and haven’t gotten from previous steampunk reads.” (supertailz)

The Shadow Pavilion, Liz Williams (jess_ka)

Journey to the West, Wu Cheng’en
“I particularly commend W.F.J. Jenner’s translation.” ()

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