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Recommended Reads for 2013

January 5, 2013

Les MiserablesApplying the first principles of Feng Shui, i.e. clearing out old stuff, I came across some notes I made for a creative writing task in 2000. The task was to recommend a book for other members of the group to read, together with one you would not recommend. At the time I approached the task by recommending three of my favourite trilogies with the observation that the second book in each would be the one I would least recommend.

 
My first recommendation is Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables which has been remade into a film due for release in England on 11th January. I first read this trilogy while living in France in 1985/6 and I still own the Livre de Poche versions that I bought there. I have just moved them to my ‘to be read’ (or in this case rereread) pile for 2013. Having seen all previous film versions of Les Miserables and the theatre show in London the decision remains whether to read the books then view the film or vice versa.

My second recommended reads over 12 years ago have since grown from a trilogy to a whole series. Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Avalon books continue to rank high on my list which originally also included Patricia Wendorf’s Larksleve, Blanche and Bye, Bye Blackbird. These have since disappeared from my bookshelves to be replaced by Jean Auel’s Earth’s Children series which was recently extended to six books with the addition of The Land of Painted Caves.

In 2012 I also discovered three new writers whose books I recommend reading: Daniel Abraham The Dragon’s Path, Elspeth Cooper Songs of the Earth and Rachel Neumeier The Griffin Mage. I look forward to reading their next instalments.

For Christmas I asked one of my daughters (alias Santa Claus) to buy me Trudi Canavan’s Priestess of the White trilogy. This is an author I have meant to read for some time and never got round to. All I can say now is that it’s a shame that I waited so long. I am really enjoying both the storyline and the writing style.

The question remains what would you recommend others both to read and not to read in 2013?

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