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Initial post: 7 Feb 2012 23:11:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Feb 2012 23:12:02 GMT
Hi, I'm looking for book suggestions. I don't really do faerie, werewolves or vampires but I do like fiction set in every day life or close to it where unusual and sometimes amazing things happen.

I have read:
Stephanie Myers the Host
Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey
Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern to mention a few.

I enjoy Tv shows like Lost and Fringe.
If you could share with me any books you've read and think I would find interesting I'd be grateful
Many thanks Lyra

Posted on 7 Feb 2012 23:31:42 GMT
I guess what you're asking for is more Magical Realism than fantasy, ie our world with a tiny extra bit of something inexplicable. On that basis I'd suggest:

The Master And Margarita (Penguin Classics)


Little, Big (P.S.)

American Gods

Good Omens

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency


The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

These cover a pretty broad spread of the genre from whacked out comedy, through the pseudo-philosophical, to out and out literary classics.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2012 00:05:21 GMT
Ian Hodge says:
With a name like yours I assume you've read the 'His Dark Materials' Trilogy by Philip Pullman!
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2012 07:42:37 GMT
Yes I did but I also read K-PAX by Gene Brewer where Prot comes from the constellation Lyra

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2012 18:35:34 GMT
Thanks for the recommendations, I have ordered a copy of Little, Big today and will order Ysabel shortly. Thanks again

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2012 23:04:40 GMT
Hi Lyra,

I'm really glad you were able to find a couple of volumes which appealed to you in that list. I like everything on it, but you've picked out two of three i like best for your downloads.


Posted on 9 Feb 2012 11:02:16 GMT
Martin says:
i just finished lempo's curse by james holmes - it's only on kindle at the moment but it was really good and kinda fits what ur lookin for. It's set in 1782, but our world, and gradually gets more fantasy as it goes on. From its facebook page it says its the first ina series called the bleeding of worlds, looks like its gonna be a goodun so i'm waiting for the next one!

Posted on 9 Feb 2012 14:40:56 GMT
You might take a look at "Kraken" by China Mieville. It's set in contemporary London and reminded me in many ways of "Neverwhere", although it's hardly a "Neverwhere" clone. You could also try "The Great and Secret Show" by Clive Barker, which IMO is really more fantasy than horror despite Barker's usual shelving categorization.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2012 18:25:50 GMT
walrus says:
try christopher moore

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2012 15:16:11 GMT
There is a new fantasy book called Antiquitas lost that is set in New Orleans. The main character travels to another world, but it was a lot of fun

Posted on 12 Feb 2012 16:14:34 GMT
Rivers of London (Rivers of London 1)
Moon Over Soho (Rivers of London 2)

The Unicorn Crisis (The Hidden Academy)
The Digital Wolf (The Hidden Academy)

Storm Front (Dresden Case Files)

The first 2 are about a young copper who stumbles upon the magical world

The second 2 are set in the Midlands about a secret magical community living among and protecting the rest of us

The third is the first in a well established series where are hero is a PI working the Chicargo beat who just happens to be a wizard.

There are some fairies etc but they are all centred on how it affects our world. Happy reading

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2012 17:50:01 GMT
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i think we ought to be on commission

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Posted on 26 Mar 2012 12:56:37 BDT
The Dresden Files might be worth a look by Jim Butcher :)

Posted on 26 Mar 2012 18:55:03 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2012 21:24:08 BDT
Garscadden says:
Spamming your book when self promo is supposed to be in MOA, and getting your brother/father (Ian), to review it. Nice.

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 20:07:59 BDT
Barb says:
I've enjoyed reading all the suggestions to your question. Here are some from me:

Alex Bell - Jasmyn
Charles de Lint - The Blue Girl
Tom Holt - The Portable Door (and its sequels)
Diana Wynne Jones - Fire and Hemlock
- The Time of the Ghost
Margaret Mahy - The Changeover
Mike Shevdon - Sixty-one Nails
Freda Warrington - The Rainbow Gate (or Elfland)

Posted on 31 Mar 2012 21:14:37 BDT
A second vote for The Rivers of London. The author is a Doctor Who writer, as an added bonus...

Posted on 1 Apr 2012 18:50:50 BDT
How about the Drood Chronicles by Simon Green?

Posted on 1 Apr 2012 22:03:42 BDT
How about some of the John Wyndham books; "The Midwich Cuckoos" or "Chocky" are about everyday people to whom something extraordinary happens.

Posted on 2 Apr 2012 13:56:14 BDT
And of course Alan Garner.

Anyone else read The owl Service?

Brilliantly brings The mabinogion into the present day.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2012 06:52:53 BDT
Storm Constatine - Stalking Tender Prey
Scott Lynch - The Lies of Locke Lamora
China Mieville

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Posted on 7 Apr 2012 17:18:29 BDT
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