The other day while playing golf (badly) with my big brother, he mentioned that he'd been paying attention to the part of my sidebar that mentioned what I was reading. He was using it for suggestions.
Uh.. I ditched that feature a couple of weeks ago. So, as a public service, I'm going to recommend some of what I've liked lately and I'm inviting you guys to do the same. (Just so you know, he likes SciFi (and doesn't mind 12 pages of explanation about how the moko-loculator-trinary-fontish FTL motors work). He likes alternate history (ala Turtledove and the 1632 series). I'm not sure how he feels about vampires, zombies, elves, and swashbuckling, but I'll be suggesting some of that anyway. (If you're suggesting things in series, he'd prefer the ones that have a few volumes out in paperback to start with).
I really like T.A. Pratt's Marla Mason series. (Sorcerers and such. Lots of violence, magic and smart-ass talk).
I just bought the third book in Taylor Anderson's Destroyermen series. (Early in WWII an American destroyer tries to outrun their Japanese pursuer and ends up in another version of the Pacific Ocean where Evolution has apparently taken some different branches than the ones we know.)
I was recently introduced to Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos series. (A smart-ass assassin with magic friends and enemies. What's not to like?) Note: The publication dates and story chronology do not match up and there's some debate over the preferred reading order. I'm reading them in publication order and following things just fine, thank you very much.
Anything by Elizabeth Moon. Vatta's War is an ongoing series and Herris Serrano is a series that's been wrapped up. (Mondo Space-Opera stuff!)
There! That should keep you busy for a while.
But everyone else should also feel free to tell my brother what to read.
Second on Steven Brust's Vlad series. And I also think publication order is best. Actually, I love everything Steven Brust has written. If you can find it, I really like "To Reign in Hell"
I highly recommend Simon R Green's Nightshade series. Noir detective series goes to Hell. (well, more purgatory, but still...)
For something that's neither flesh nor fowl, I like Liz Williams Detective Inspector Chen series. They spend a lot of time going back and forth to Hell. And he has an awesome teapot.
Oh, F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack series is another good one.
All books are running series, but with a couple exceptions, they should be able to stand by themselves.
No SF recommendations. Sorry.
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