Looking for Recommendations

I’ve been reading a lot of Detective Novels (fortunately, it is what I love to read) and Westerns.  If you have recommendations in those fields, okay.  Chances are…in the Detective genre, I will know of them.

What I’m really interested in are some other genre recommendations, and I’ll share a little about what I’m interested in to help in those recs:

Space Opera – preferably stuff that is focused on a small cast of characters rather than jumping through the galaxy following the exploits of multiple casts… also I’m okay with series, but I like each book to be self-contained enough that if I jump on a Book 2, I can still enjoy the story.  (examples in TV/movie – Firefly, and to a lesser extent the original Star Wars)

Cyberpunk – I like Gibson, and (to a lesser extent) Stephenson. I’d be particularly interested in a more contemporary look at the genre…what does cyberpunk look today now that some of the original stuff has sorta/kinda come to pass?

Sword and Sorcery – similar to my request on Space Opera, I am not looking for sprawling, epic sagas. I’m looking for gritty… I’m looking for stories about a “hero” and possible small cadre of comrades doing things that may only affect them…i.e. the fate of the world isn’t hanging on their actions… I have no clue whether there is much of this type of fiction still being written.

Fiction that you think is Literary – I don’t subscribe to the notion that there is a Literary fiction genre.  But I am interested in hearing about anything in any genre that you think is “Literary.” I.e. spectacular, memorable work.  As an example, I’m currently reading the Western Lonesome Dove. It’s pretty damn good (though holy smokes is it long), and I’d say literary.

On this last one, I’ll play along with a couple of “baseball” novels –  The Brothers K by David James Duncan  and The Celebrant by Eric Rolfe Greenberg.

So, whatcha got?

— TD




6 thoughts on “Looking for Recommendations

  1. One of my “Literary” picks is Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry. It’s also a great ‘Southern Lit’ option. The book follows the title character from the time of a young boy where he is twice-orphaned, thinks he wants to be a minister, changes his mind to become a barber, and then ends back up in the town where he spent his earliest days. His life eventually becomes inseparable from the town itself and it begins to live in his bones, both the simple visions of joy and the economic grind of all of the youth leaving for greener pastures. It is probably in my all-time top-five novel list.


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