I've also done this, especially with books and movies that get reviews about "Why so much cursing?"(Where clearly The Wire has boosted my tolerance.)
Literary Buffistas 3: Don't Parse the Blurb, Dear.
There's more to life than watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer! No. Really, there is! Honestly! Here's a place for Buffistas to come and discuss what it is they're reading, their favorite authors and poets. "Geez. Crack a book sometime."
I am listening to Translation State (god I love Ann Leckie) and it is making me weirdly happy that one of the characters follows an entertainment called Pirate Exiles of the Death Moon. I’m imagining it as some kind of hybrid between OFMD and Sanctuary Moon (Probably not really spoilery)
Does anyone have a source for sci-fi or fantasy recommendations they like? I’m having a hard time finding stuff I enjoy that isn’t the same authors over and over, but especially because I’m more picky with these genres than trashy romance, where I will read a lot of crap (and where if I want good stuff I generally can weed it out from SBTB or something)
Does anyone have a source for sci-fi or fantasy recommendations they like?
I was looking at a shelf of Tanya Huff the other day and thinking that's the kind of thing you would read. Have you read all her stuff?
I’ve been getting my new author recs mostly from the book review columns in Azimov’s and the Mag of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Which may not help, but sometimes those things are available on the website?
Oh, hey, I have new issues to read.
I did read The Adventures of Amina al-Serafi and enjoyed it very much. Thanks for mentioning it, Susan!
Scrolling through my kindle library to see if there are any exciting new to me authors I should mention and seeing all the books I have either gotten samples of or actually bought but haven’t opened yet…oops.
I get my recommendations all over the place, but a lot of them come from the tor.com website and NPR's Books We Love page. Recently I've enjoyed Nicola Griffith's Spear, Neal Shusterman's Arc of a Scythe series (at least the first two books--I've got book three on hold now) albeit with a content warning that it's about teenage Grim Reaper apprentices so there's a lot of dying going on. I also really liked Spell Bound by F.T. Lukens, which is just an adorable queer YA fantasy with strong romantic elements.
Some book recs from Harvard library staff, including a bunch of fantasy: [link] I saw at least a blurb from someone we know!
Thanks y’all! I feel like I get one off recs here and there from friends or random article but hoping to find something that’s more ongoing/dedicated. (At the moment just have a lot of trashy romances downloaded for my plane flights tomorrow along with a couple episodes of the queer Ultimatum)
David I read Tanya Huff so long ago I’ve got her stuff I n paperback rather than kindle! I still remember going out to visit you in SF and going to that scifi bookstore (no recollection of the name)
And I have read several FT Lukens but not that one.
I recently read The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, which is sort of women's lit/romance. Not my usual stomping grounds, but I liked it.
Legends and Lattes is a cozy, lesbian fantasy (fantasy with lesbians, not fantasizing about lesbians) that I liked. Divinity 36, by Gail Carriager was enjoyable. It's SF, rather than the steampunk the author's more known for.
It's low-hanging fruit, but I usually get my first line of recs from the Hugo noms, with additional ideas from Tumblr, Metafilter, and any of the lists from NPR, WaPo and the like. But I don't go through books all that fast.