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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books

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This week's top ten list focuses on the best of the best in worlds and settings! I don't know about you, but the more realistic the picture in my head is as I'm reading a book, the more memorable and enjoyable the book is for me. I'm not saying there needs to be pages and pages and pages of details and no plot, sometimes minimal is best, but these are the books that jump out at me when I think of vivid worlds and settings.

Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings

Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews- I love the Kate Daniels series, and one of the reasons why is because of the great detail in setting the stage for each story, and the details of the creepy, creepy villains in each story.  On a semi-related note, I am so excited for Gunmetal Magic, whose release date is almost here!

Tinker by Wen Spencer- set in an alternate Pittsburgh where part of the elf domain overlaps the human one, it's the story of physics wiz Tinker and her friends and how she falls in love with an elf lord.  It's a fantastic story and one of my favorites!

The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook- This is such a unique and fun series!  Full of romance and adventure and steampunk goodness, it's another book I find myself recommending over and over again.

The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers- I haven't read this book in a long time but it is zany and fun!  It's such a fun (and illustrated!) mix of elements that's hard to describe.  I'm feeling the need to reread and review so I can really discuss it properly.  Note to self!

Cold Magic by Kate Elliot- I love this series!  It's a fun mix of alternate history, adventure, romance, and mystery, and with the third installment in the trilogy on the way, I'm super excited.  This is how the author describes the series on her websiteRead an Afro-Celtic post-Roman icepunk Regency fantasy adventure with airships, Phoenician spies, the intelligent descendents of troodons, and a dash of steampunk whose gas lamps can be easily doused by the touch of a powerful cold mage.

Enough said.

On the Edge by Ilona Andrews- Yep, both series from this author make the list.  This series has a totally different feel from the Kate Daniels books but is awesome nonetheless.

The Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh (not all of which is shown here)- Good lord I love this series!  So much action and so many details, each one is a treat in and of itself, and taken together the whole experience is just...wow...I love how details from previous books come into play in later ones.  Keeps me on my toes!

The Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole (again, not all shown here)- As if the snark and romance in these books isn't enough, there are also a variety of really great settings that keep this series fresh but are also important to the stories being told- Scotland, tropical islands, demon realms, you name it!

A Hint of Frost by Hailey Edwards- Have I sung enough praises for this book yet?  Nope, I didn't think so either.  This book features a unique world where magic exists in a subtle way, but is still important, and where people and spiders share interesting characteristics.  It is SO HARD to wait for the next book in this series to come out.

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal- The setting and fantasy elements of this book are really what set this book apart.  Incorporating the weaving of glamour as essential training for young ladies of quality totally changed the tone of the story.  I highly recommend this one as well.
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