Gentle Reader, here’s a list of the best books for escaping reality.
It has been a rough year so I figure right now we all probably need it, for some reason or another.
1. 50 Shades of Escape?
Get your kink with a side of heart warming and some of the most well written prose in commercial genre fiction.
2. Mr Darcy in a wet shirt only funny?
Hilarious cross-dressing regency romance. Fall in love with Mr North, I did.
3. John Snow getting seduced by Aragon?
Winter IS coming. (Oh yes, I went there.)
4. Princess picking the dragon over the prince?
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede
And she learns to cook cherries jubilee. Twist that fairy tale, twist and shout!
5. Star crossed lovers, trade secrets & clashing cultures?
Local Custom by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
Star sweeping romance of space operatic proportions in one nice stand-alone story.
6. Political drama where the good girl wins?
Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurts
First of three books about a brilliant lady playing the political game to win. When she can’t win? She makes up her own rules. This sweeping epic set in an alternate Japanese culture is full of honor, nobility, and fraught love affairs. But yes, the good girl wins it all in the end. (Unfortunately, not available in digital format but it is so worth picking up the mass market.)
If I were going to reread one of my own books?
GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
“A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”
~ Oscar Wilde
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
“Writing is the flip side of sex – it’s good only when it’s over.”
~ Hunter S. Thompson
The Nocturnal Library says of Imprudence:
“Traveling to Egypt on The Spotted Custard would be fun under any circumstances, but with Rue’s companions and some very dear characters from The Parasol Protectorate, it’s a true delight.”
Quote of the Day:
Gail Carriger Recommends
“Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.”
~ Author Unknown
I’ve read Dealing with Dragons but none of the other recommendations. With too many books and too little time, which of these would you recommend most to an uber-fan looking for something delightfully entertaining?
I want the quote of the day on a mug.
Local Custom is one of my very favorite books. I’m so glad you recommended it.
Hooray! I’m delighted you like it as much as I do.
I’ve loved all of the Liaden books, but Local Custom is a particular Favorite.
I love Dealing with Dragons! I stumbled upon the series when I was in middle school. It’s been 15 years and I still own rather ragged copies of the whole series. I’ll have to check out the other books that you’ve recommended. Thank you, Ms. Carriger!