Category Archives: recommended reading

Reference works

In my home office I have several book shelves. The one closest to my desk is my reference works shelf. This is where I keep my standard reference works (those I often refer to) and specific works I have consulted while writing particular books. This is a short piece about the reference works I have. […]

Classic children’s fiction

Another list of recommendations, this one is for authors of classic children’s fiction. Joan Aiken, author of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, its eleven sequels, the thirteen Arabel and Mortimer titles, and other novels Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, its three sequels and other titles Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of A Little Princess, […]

Books of colour

Events in the blogosphere have inspired me to post another list of recommendations, this is for fiction by or about people of colour. Authors of colour Octavia Butler, science-fiction author of Wildseed and the Xenogenesis series Steven Barnes, science-fiction author of The Descent of Anansi, Dream Park, The Legacy of Heorot and other titles Rosa […]

Post-apocalyptic fiction

Seriously, what is it with Monica Hughes? Why can’t anyone remember what books she wrote? If you haven’t read them already go and find Devil On My Back and The Dreamcatcher. Monica Hughes, people! She deserves to be remembered. And to bulk out this entry a bit here are some more post-apocalyptic fiction recommendations since […]

The authors no one remembers

When I was small my mother used to get cross with me for forgetting the authors of the books I liked. (A stance not entirely unrelated to the fact she is a professional author herself). Now I am older and have achieved memory skills better than than the average goldfish I do remember authors and […]

10 SF titles

Sara W asked me to recommend some science-fiction titles to her. An insto-list of good SF follows. I’m limiting myself to ten titles or I’ll be here all day. A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinge Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card Drinking Sapphire Wine, Tanith Lee Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (short stories), James Tiptree […]

Night Maze by Annie Dalton

[recommended reading] After growing up in foster homes Gerald Noone discovers that he has a family after all. The Noones live in Owlcote, a fantastic stately home, and seem to have everything. But Gerald discovers that the family is bitterly unhappy. His adopted cousin Harriet wears gloves and claims that everything she touches is poisoned. […]