Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition
This Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. It's a list of fabulous authors who I believe deserve more airtime. Even the award-winning ones.
Sharon Shinn - She has several fantasy series (I particularly enjoyed the Samaria novels about archangels), but my favorite novel is a stand-alone fantasy, Summers at Castle Auburn.
Lucy Christopher - Stolen. Sixteen-year-old Gemma is kidnapped. Disturbing and thought-provoking.
Kashmira Sheth - Keeping Corner is a YA novel of a girl's life in India when the boy she's betrothed to at a young age dies unexpectedly. I love any novel set in India. I did a review of the book here.
A. Lee Martinez - I am reluctant to compare anyone to Terry Pratchett because he is an incredible, unique writer, but A. Lee Martinez comes close in the book Divine Misfortune.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - Mistress of Spices has all the flavors of India between its covers.
James D. Doss - In Doss' mystery series, Ute tribal detective, Charlie Moon, and his local police chief sidekick, Scott Parris, tame the modern wilds of Colorado and attempt to keep Charlie's feisty, elderly, shaman auntie, Daisy, out of mischief. Doss is a natural storyteller, and his writing is sprinkled with wry humor and surprising insight. The books are better if you read them in order.
Riane Eisler - The books The Chalice and the Blade and When God Was a Woman were mind-expanding books for me.
Lois McMaster Bujold - I haven't read anything by her that I haven't liked, and how many authors as prolific as Bujold can you say that about? She writes fantasy AND sci-fi equally well and she is an incredible world and character builder. Among her fantasy novels my favorite is The Curse of Chalion. In the sci-fi realm, The Vorkosigian Saga is my favorite. Yes, ALL of them. It's a SAGA.
Lish McBride - Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is a fun, paranormal young adult book with relatable characters. I did a review on my blog of it here.
Colin Cotterill - When I read the premise of his Dr. Siri Paiboun series, I couldn't see myself enjoying a mystery series about a 70+ year-old coroner in communist-controlled Laos in the mid-to-late 1970s. (Seriously?? It there anything that sounds less fun?) But starting with a book called The Coroner's Lunch, I found myself voraciously devouring these books one right after the other.