Welcome to the 2015 edition of the Books That Need More Attention Giveaway Hop, hosted by Stuck in Books.
The idea for this hop is a chance to highlight books that we loved that we think have just not received the attention they deserve. You know how it goes. You read something and you absolutely love it. Then you try to shove it other people, and their reaction is “who’s that author?” or “why would I want to read that?” And you feel more than a bit crestfallen. And possibly strike that person off your list of friends.
I’m just kidding about that last bit, but for those of us who are compulsive readers, close friendship with folks who just don’t read can be…difficult. But I digress.
One book, that while it has received plenty of attention is still very much on my mind is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, reviewed here. If you are a fiction reader and normally back away from nonfiction, this one has a story that is every bit as gripping, and as heartwrenching, as any work of fiction, and all the more so because it’s true.
But when it comes to highlighting books that need more attention, I’d like to turn your gaze upon three novels by debut authors that came out in 2015. While each of these books has received some attention, I thought they were all absolutely awesome, and didn’t get near enough.
There should be something for everyone on this list, because the three books I’m talking about, and talking up, are: 1)Unbreakable by W.C. Bauers, the first book in his Promise Paen military space opera series, 2) The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson, which I sincerely hope is the first book in an epic fantasy series about economic warfare and how far do you have to go before the bloody means stop being justified by a supposedly necessary ends, and finally 3) Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart, which is a beautiful historical mystery that gives us a view of China before it was opened to the West, through the eyes of an intelligent and uncompromising seeker for the truth – an exiled Imperial librarian.
So those are my picks for unsung books that need much more singing. What are yours?
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