Elizabeth Bear Recommends…

ElizabethBearCreditKyleCassidyI spoke with Elizabeth Bear at the Tucson Festival of Books back in March. And like her boyfriend Scott Lynch, she immediately gravitated towards a certain fantasy novel that I seem to be the only person who didn’t like. I’m really going to have to revisit it, especially if it wins the Hugo and World Fantasy Award this year…

So, Elizabeth Bear, what books do you recommend?

goblin emperorThe Goblin Emperor — Katherine Addison

In that sweep of epic fantasy or just fantasy in general, steampunk elves, economics, racial politics, surviving an abusive family — it’s just a great political novel. It scratches that political fantasy itch that is rarely scratched, the thing that the best Frank Herbert does. It’s got all these interwoven threads that finally make sense at the end.

grace-of-kingsThe Grace of Kings — Ken Liu  

If you are looking for epic fantasy with a twist, I think he’s calling it “silk-punk.” It has some technology in it but it has the fantasy structure. If you don’t mind that stately pace of epic fantasy, it’s definitely something new.

new moonThe New Moon’s Arms — Nalo Hopkinson

For something different, this is a contemporary fantasy about a woman on a Caribbean island who rescues a mermaid and hijinks ensue.

About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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