I tend to think I’m a fairly eclectic reader, but then I have have experiences with books like Sea Change by S.M. Wheeler that make me re-examine just how varied my tastes are.
When I saw the novel’s cover and read the excerpt on the Tor website, my interest was totally piqued. Until about halfway through, Sea Change was exactly the type of fantasy I had been looking for; beautifully written, easily followed, not too “out there”. But then there were trolls. And as the bizarre creatures continued to mount, my excitement level totally fizzled. In another reader’s hands Sea Change would be a perfect story, I just can’t seem to suspend reality enough for trolls.
I know what works for me; I like my straight laced, general fiction and non-fiction. However, some of my favorite books come from the fringes of fantasy and science fiction. Even though I resisted reading Harry Potter until I was almost 27, I eventually gave in and loved it. So, I do think testing the waters is important…I just wish there was a little more consistency in the “off genre” picks I end up liking. Does anyone have any suggestions based on these random favorites?
- Ready Player One by Ernst Cline
- The Passage by Justin Cronin
- Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey
- A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
- Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
What are your favorite books that don’t quite fit into your usual genre?