Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Reads by Lydia Kang

Oh boy. There are too many books I love! These are just a sampling of un-put-downable books I've read. I remember the characters and their worlds vividly, even now.

First, I'll start with FIRE by Kristen Cashore. I loved GRACELING and the world that Cashore had built, but I was so curious about this one. Ever since I read it, I still think of the main character, Fire, and how she's a monster with all sorts of complicated relationships to her family and loves. Also, I have fun imagining her hair. A lot. Read it, and you'll see what I'm talking about.


SHIP BREAKER by Paulo Bacigalupi (I had to practice saying his name so that when people asked me about my favorite reads, I could say it without sounding like a dork) is also a favorite. One of the things I adore about this book is how the world building is great, but it plays a flawless yet not-in-your-face second place to Nailer himself.


SERAPHINA, by Rachel Hartmann. This was a recent read. Though some of the spoilers aren't really spoilers at all, the crafting of this fantasy world is so well done. I felt Seraphina's uniqueness, and her mind garden (read it, you'll see!) was one of the most exquisite and beautifully done aspects of this book.

How about you? What are your favorite sci-fi and fantasy books?

11 comments:

Heather said...

Some great choices! My favs are: Whispers in Autumn by Trisha Leigh, The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell, Mistwood by Leah Cypess, and all of Christine Fonseca's novels.

Krispy said...

Yay for SERAPHINA and FIRE! I've yet to read SHIP BREAKER, thought it's on my list. I recently read FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK, and that is a gritty, moving fantasy. Definitely a new favorite!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great choices. I really liked Fire and Seraphina is my next book from the library to read in audio version. So excited that they got it in audio. Can't wait to read it.

SA Larsenッ said...

I've had Seraphina in my office for months. Heading out on vacation tomorrow morning. You just convinced me to take that book with me. Thanks!!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Those each sound intriguing. LORD OF LIGHT by Roger Zelazny is evocative and mind-blowing: India demigods mingled with the science of planet colonization and the ethics of honor.

Connie Keller said...

I'm going to put Graceling and Fire on my TBR list.

Jaime Morrow said...

I recently bought a copy of SERAPHINA (one of the new purple ones) and I can't wait to dig into it. Like you, I think I might actually like FIRE slightly better than GRACELING (though, I loved the latter too). The descriptions of her hair left me fascinated, too. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I feel so behind - I haven't read any of those.

Theresa Milstein said...

I haven't finished Graceling. I really should finish. Thanks for the reminder!

Melanie Conklin said...

I haven't heard of Ship Breaker--I'll have to check it out! Thanks for the tip. :)

Jessie Humphries said...

I have seriously just racked my brain and can't instantly remember any Sci-fi or Fantasy book I've read lately. I've been totally reading too much contemporary lately! Yikes.