Monday, May 3, 2010

Transgenre Fiction: I pick my top 5 genre mixing reads

Lev Grossman discusses the growing trend of authors incorporating fantasy into their works. I tend to enjoy stories that mix genres more than any other, and have also noticed the growing trend. I found the article to be interesting enough to share.

(Re)Name This Nerdy Literary Movement

I also thought I would list a top 5 of my recent favorite books/series that make a flavor of genre stew that I like.



Shadows of the Apt series by Adrian Tchaikovsky: Just recently read Empire in Black and Gold and it's sequel DragonFly Falling. It's an odd mix of classic epic fantasy and steampunk. You have a wide variety of races that use magic as well as various machines and steampunk technology.

Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher: I consider this a genre mixer too and one of my all time favorite series. Butcher mixes typical fantasy elements like wizards and fairies with the hard bitten private eye noir. It's like what would happen if Dashiell Hammett was a member of the Inklings.

Sigma Force series by James Rollins: James Rollins you ask? This action/adventure series wears many coats. It's got 1 cup of Scifi/Fantasy, one cup Tom Clancy, two cups of Indiana Jones, and it's all mixed well for a perfect genre gumbo. If you are a fan of any of the above genres, you should give Sandstorm a try.

American Gods
Everything Neil Gaiman has ever written by...Neil Gaiman: That's it, that is all you need to know. Ok ok...I'll pick about American Gods? go read it or be shunned.

Way Of The Wolf
Vampire Earth series by E.E. Knight: At it's core it's post-apocalyptic fiction, but it has vampires and a touch of magic. These books are chock full of whoop-ass. A very fun read, and also quite enjoyable in audiobook.

I know there are tons more out there, but these are just 5 of some of the ones I've read recently and enjoyed a great deal. Follow the links to learn more about each one. Let me know if you try one, or if you have some suggestions of your own.

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