Monday, August 16, 2010

Book Recommendations – The Chronicles of Elantra

— Matt Harris @ 12:44 pm

Another set of books I recently read, courtesy again of the Los Angeles Public Library, are the The Chronicles of Elantra by Michelle Sagara West. The series, currently six books, with a seventh planned, follow the story of Kaylin Nera, a police officer (although that term isn’t used) in the fantasy city of Elantra.   These aren’t high fantasy novels – more urban fantasy along the lines of the Dresden Files or the Jhereg novels. Suffice it to say that I have another story addiction to feed and my next fix (Book 7 – Cast In Ruin) isn’t out until next year.

The author has posted the first chapter of each novel on-line:

  1. Cast in Shadow
  2. Cast in Courtlight
  3. Cast in Secret
  4. Cast in Fury
  5. Cast in Silence
  6. Cast in Chaos
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Book Recommendations – Skinjacker Trilogy

— Matt Harris @ 12:15 pm

Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library, I came across Neil Shusterman’s Skinjacker Trilogy. The first two books (Everlost and Everwild) are quite good. The third book, Everfound, hasn’t been released yet – it is out in June 2011.  While they are not post-apocalyptic stories, they remind me of John Christopher’s novels – aimed at teenagers, but they don’t talk down to them and are enjoyable for adults to read as well.

Quick summary – a couple of dead children find themselves in a limbo (the Everlost) between life and death.  A lot of adventures occur while exploring the nature of the Everlost, themselves and looking for a way out.  Kind of a "coming-of-age" series about dead kids.

P.S. Apparently Everlost is being made into a movie by Universal Pictures.

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