Friday, March 19, 2010

What Would You Recommend? - Diana Gabaldon

This is a question I get asked all the time working in the bookstore: "What would you recommend for somebody who loved "_________"? (fill in the blank)" Usually I can come up with something, but that something can be a bit of a wild guess if it's not a book or genre I normally read. This is where you helpful people come in. If you have a suggestion, I'd love to hear it.

Diana Gabaldon's books are popular and well-known, especially the main series, the Outlander books. Long and detailed, they're not quite any one category: there's time travel, romance, historical fiction and more. I'm finding though lately that I've got to be in the "right" mood to read and enjoy them. Either way, they're books I get a fair number of requests for.

Now, there's an unknown wait again for the next book to be released. I haven't seen any rumors yet of new titles for the book, and no hints for a date. So, what should I recommend to tide readers over until the next book comes out, whether it'll be a sequel to An Echo In The Bone, or one of the Lord John novels.


Marg said...

I would recommend the Bronze Horseman trilogy by Paullina Simons, Sharon Kay Penman for a bit more dense history, or the The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly for starters.

Unknown said...

For big historical epics, maybe Katherine or Forever Amber? I haven't read them though. One I have read and would recommend is Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog. It's got the time travel, the romance, and most of it is set in Edwardian England. It's not a historical drama though but there may be readers willing to give it a shot.

Anassa said...

I know this might turn out to be another "don't carry it", but I'd maybe try them on Guy Gavriel Kay? He hits the "epic", "fantasy", and "history" aspects with just about everything. Most of his worlds are fictionalized versions of parts of ours. Also, the Fionavar Tapestry series has time travel, of sorts.

Unknown said...

Don't know anything about Paullina Simons, Marg, but Penman's stuff is on my to read list. I've heard a lot of good things about them. Hadn't thought they'd be good recommendations for this because they're set so much earlier.

That's one I'll have to look into Con. Thanks for the comment.

Anassa, we do have some of Kay's stuff. I always think of his Fionavar set, but thanks for the reminder that he has written other things as well. I tend to forget about his books sometimes. Thanks.


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