- M.K. Hobson ~ The Native Star (gaslight fantasy: read Gail’s review)
- Wrede & Stevermer ~ Sorcery & Cecelia (gaslight fantasy: read Gail’s review)
- Patricia Wrede ~ Dealing with Dragons (YA fantasy comedy)
- Barbara Hambly ~ Stranger at the Wedding (fantasy)
- Diana Wynne Jones ~ Howl’s Moving Castle (YA fantasy comedy: read Gail’s review)
- Garth Nix ~ Newt’s Emerald (gaslight fantasy regency romance: read Gail’s review)
If You Just Want to Laugh
- P.G. Wodehouse ~ Laughing Gas (comedy: highly recommended on audiobook)
- Jerome K. Jerome ~ Three Men in a Boat (comedy: highly recommended on audiobook)
- Jasper Fforde ~ The Eyre Affair (surreal fantasy comedy: read Gail’s review)
- Gerald Durrell ~ My Family and Other Animals (comedy non fiction)
- Terry Pratchett ~ Mort (comedy fantasy)
- Douglas Adams ~ The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (surreal mystery comedy)
If You Want A Strong but Well Rounded Female Heroine
- Stella Gibbons ~ Cold Comfort Farm (comedy)
- Feist & Wurts ~ Daughter of the Empire (political epic fantasy)
- Claudia J. Edwards ~ Taming the Forest King (epic fantasy: read Gail’s review)
- Tamora Pierce ~ The Song of the Lioness series (YA epic fantasy)
- Tanya Huff ~ Valor series (military space opera: read Gail’s review)
- Kate Elliott ~ Court of Fives (YA fantasy alt history: read Gail’s review)
- Rachel Bach ~ Paradox series (space opera: read Gail’s review)
A Small Sample Recommended by the Parasol Protectorate Facebook Group
Full listing here.
(Gail has grouped to the best of her ability)
- Mercy Thompson series by Patrica Briggs (First book: Moon Called)
- Carpathian series by Christine Feehan
- Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill
- Dead Iron by Devon Monk
- Demon series by Diana Rowland
- Red Death by P.N. Elrod
- All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen
- The Society of Steam series by Andrew P. Mayer
- Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
- Empire State by Adam Christopher
- Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
- Newbury & Hobbes series by George Mann
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore (graphic novel)
- Girl Genius (online comic and graphic novel)
- Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters (mystery)
- Green Rider books by Kristen Britain (fantasy)
- Cold Magic by Kate Elliott (gaslight fantasy)
- Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore (comedy)
PROJECT ROUND UP
Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Third draft handed in to editor, awaiting edits.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) First chapter reviewed, drops on YenPlus April 12th. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.
Timeless ~ Parasol Protectorate Book the Last. Out now!
Prudence ~ DELAYED
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!
The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.
The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.
Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!
The first Finishing School book ~ Not yet Released
I just handed in the second Finishing School book, Deportment & Deceit, and I’m already starting in on the first Parasol Protectorate Abroad book, Prudence. It’s research and outlining time over here in Nor Cal.
- Gizmo reviews Timeless some spoilers.
- And bookish reviews without.
- Fyrefly is mainly amused.
- My Quirky City approves of the parenting choices.
- Lit Addicted Brit considers in a solid ending.
- Giles likes the whole series
Quote of the Day:
“The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.”
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes