Liam was told by his siblings at a very young age that he was the adopted child of a monkey and an alien, and the older he gets the more it seems this may have been true. So it may come as no surprise that an ideal afternoon for Liam would be reading a good sci-fi or fantasy book up in the branches of a big ol’ tree. When he is not taking part in an epic game of Dungeons and Dragons or playing any board games he can get his dorky hands on he can be found conquering mountains with a fusion of hiking and rock climbing. Feel free to come talk to him about sci-fi and fantasy books or about how the Iron Giant is the best movie ever made.
Stardust is so charming, strange, and delightful that it makes my wee heart glow with the power of 1000 suns. It's a book full of swashbuckling adventure, dastardly and hilarious villains, and so much weird magic that you'll never be sure what's coming next. If you loved the movie version of Stardust then you gotta read this book! There are lots of differences to keep you entertained and chortling along so don't worry about things being too predictable. This book is anything but that!
If you're looking for a book that continues the epic saga of Kvothe or to find answers to questions that the first two Kingkiller Chronicle books left you with, this is not that book. Instead it's a slice of life of the character Auri and it's just as odd as she is. There's no action, minimal characters, and lots of talking to inanimate objects, but I was completely drawn in and finished this book in just a day. It's beautiful, bizarre, and strangely enough exactly the book I didn't know I wanted. Check it out for something wildly different and equally terrific.
Ishmael is a big ol "Hippie Book" and I mean that in a mostly flattering way. It's a lot of philosophical exploration (from a telepathic gorilla!) and deliberates on how humanity has strayed from the path of the healthy animal and has become too selfish and greedy for its own (and the world's) good. This book can be divisive, there are some who say it changed their lives and opened their eyes, while others find it too full of itself or not engaging. Personally I enjoyed it a lot and would highly recommend trying it. Either way you feel you'll have lots to talk about!
Listen here. There are Queens (yes it's an awesome matriarchal society) and magic. Enough said right? Not at all! The queens are almost god level powerful beings and the magic is fueled by controlling spirits that control all the elements that are found in nature (Imagine Avatar the Last Air Bender, but soooooo much deadlier). If that doesn't light a fire under ya then maybe the fact that this book does world building so excellently will! Seriously, every scene unfolded in my head so spectacularly and I want everyone to get the same experience. Warning: brutally violent sometimes.
This book (and series) doesn't revolutionize fantasy or break much new ground, but it's really flipping fun and it's the perfect book to just fly through while having a jolly good time. Be warned though, Way of Shadows definitely falls into the category of books that is heavily inspired by classic sword and sorcery fantasy, but then makes the whole thing a little edgier (literally too, there's a lot of assassins with sharp stuff in here). Luckily the edginess doesn't usually go too over the top and it's well balanced with lots of moments of genuine hilarity and delightful absurdity.
Holy Shmoly Stephen Lynch has created an absolute winner of a book (and series) with more charming thieves and cunning rogues than an Ocean's Movie. The Lies of Locke Lamora takes the already exhilarating heist story and then sets it in a fantastical and delightfully dangerous city that really just ramps things up to 11. There's incredible fight scenes with all varieties of weaponry, hilarious dialogue from lovable characters, horrifyingly strong magic users and villains, and so much more that will have you flying through this book. Gentlemen Bastards book one will leave you wanting more, so start it up and then enjoy all the wonderful sequels!
Ring Shout is exactly the heartfelt and badass book about strong black women fighting against a demonically enhanced KKK that everyone needed right now. Between the visceral action scenes that'll send shivers down your spine and the fantastically written dialogue (that had me laughing and gasping out loud) you'll fly through this book before you even know it! Plus in these times where racists are coming out of the woodwork and spewing their hate all too publicly and proudly (again) it's delightfully cathartic to read a book where the worst they have to offer is being righteously struck down by sword and gun.
Brandon Sanderson is one of those authors who is too dang talented! He puts out so many books and manages (probably with the use of dark magics and deals with other worldly beings) to make all of them ridiculously entertaining and consistent. Not surprisingly, Mistborn is no exception to this. If you love the sound of well written morally gray characters, new and fully fleshed out superhuman abilities, or small band of lovable scoundrels trying to take down the corrupt system of government then this is the book for you! The icing on this book shaped cake (delicious?) is that it's the first book in a finished trilogy so if you love it there's more to dive into without any of that 10 years of waiting so much good fantasy has.
Anathem is such a fantabulous and fascinating collision of book styles that don't often get put together. It's chalk full of high concept and reality questioning science fiction that made me put the book down multiple times just to give these new ideas the proper mental processing they deserved. At the same time though it has incredibly well written and fleshed out characters that keep the book engaging and personal. So if you're looking for some science fiction that'll both blow your mind and touch your heart look no further, this is the book for you.
The Silmarillion is most easily summarized as the bible of the Lord of the Rings world. If you love the epic ancient beings and powers that come up in the Lord of the Rings series then this is an absolute must read! There's Dragons, Wizards, Gods, Demigods, Balrogs and their king, and Ungoliant (a giant spider that makes Shelob look like a daddy long legs). It's amazing to see how fleshed out Tolkien had everything in this world he created and I absolutely recommend exploring it in full with the Silmarillion.