ok, so I also missed halfamoon. But, um. I've been busy.
Taken from _profiterole
: 10 Books in no particular order that have stayed with you in some way. Don't take more than few minutes and don't try to list the "right" or "great" works.
1. Freedom and Necessity
by Steven Brust & Emma Bull. It doesn't matter how often I re-read it, there's just something about the magic and the espitolary-ness and Susan Voight's ability to be amazing and how it is basically cross-dressing SPIES and MOSCOW RULES and magic lineages and happy endings and BREAK MY HEART A LOT. omg. Also, women with pistols. Or holly. Depending on what they want to use as defense.
2. Gossamer Axe
by Gael Baudino. Immortal harper chick takes on the sidhe to win back her lover... using an all-girl heavy metal band. It is so 90's
in it Wicca-ness and bad Christianity and other things. Also, f/f, cliche a lot, and still amazing. Seriously. ALL GIRL METAL BAND BEATS ELVES ANY DAY. ok. Yes.
3. Reforming Lord Ragsdale
by Carla Kelly. The first Kelly I ever read, and the one that's really stuck with me. Emma Costello is an indentured servant to two hideous Americans who gets her servitude bought by their cousin (who himself is not a good pickle). Angst, sturm and drang ensue along with Emma's plan to reform the dude and get him married off. Not to her, though, because she loathes the English.
4. The Silicon Mage
by Barbara Hambly. Computer programmer Joanna Sheraton gets her possible-kidnaper-sort-of-boyfriend arrested as an evil wizard, discovers HE WAS RIGHT, and has to plan everything to go after him and save the world. Because an evil sorceror is stealing the hope from both of their worlds. This book still remains my favorite of the three (if only because of Joanna's bffery with Pella, and Antryg's pleasure at seeing her and Caris--and as much as I like the sequel Joanna doesn't have much to do).
5. Dreams of Dawn
by Marti Steussy. Coming of age SF, with bio-genetics, backwards colonists, found families and girls kicking ass.
6. Outlaws of Sherwood
by Robin McKinley. Robin Hood + practicality + Myths, who writes the legends, and Marian bringing the archery. Seriously, I would kill for a well-done mini-series of this. (also, there is cross-dressing)
7. Best Laid Schemes
by Emma Jensen. Pure regency fluff, but she owns my soul, and this one is lovely. Second: Coup de Grace
, also by her (the whole trio with that group is amazing, even if I want to slap Noel a lot for being an ass).
by Cheri Priest. Steampunk train journey with zombies, bad guys, pistols at dawn, no-nonsense nurses and badassery galore. I feel no one should be surprised that the Clockwork Century book to stick with me is the one with TRAINS ok.
9. Crystal Singer
by Anne McCaffrey. Shut up, it was my formative years, Killashandra Ree is amazingly Dramatic and still owns my heart. (even if some of the sexual politics now piss me off, I'm looking at you, Crystal Line)
10. Dancer of the Sixth
by Michelle Shirey Crean. It is fucking criminal that there was never a sequel to this as I loved the whole universe (and the lasting effects of Dancer Flight heavily, HEAVILY influence anything I write featuring space pilots like Kara Thrace or even Sam Carter--I'm actually pretty certain half the Kara fic I wrote was Dancer fic in disguise). Anyway, the only part of Dancer that I can't stand these days is Michael's fucking paternalistic attitude. Stop calling the woman you want to have sex with 'child'! it's gross.