Most geeks don’t venture outside the realm of sci-fi and fantasy unless there geekiness extends to the all-out bibliophile dimension. My doors are open to all sorts of fiction, and I found some wonderful gems that will take you to magical places while fulfilling your desire for realism, drama, romance, or mystery. These books rank among some of my all time favorites, and I really want to share them with those of you either stuck in the fantasy section or those of you who just want to dip a toe in to see if you might enjoy a little magic in your life.
1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This is ranked super high on my all-time favorite book list. I have to say Erin Morgenstern is a magician. She transports you to a world where magic seems possible if only hidden in this beautiful book, The Night Circus. I could fan girl over this book all day to be honest. The circus makes for a wonderful setting in which two magicians duel in a battle of creativity and wonder. The characters are rich in layers of development and cloaked in allure and mystery. The romance in this story is as beautiful as the magic, and you are left feeling complete, and covered in chill bumps by the time you finish. It’s been a little over a year since I read it so I’m ready to read it again!
2. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
This book is for those of you who like books a little rougher around the edges, where the characters are realistic and completely surrounded by the gray area. In the world Grossman spins, the world of those who read Narnia or Harry Potter becomes real, and the characters experience it as the hardcore reality, and not some child’s fantasy. While some could read this book for the magic, this is a great coming-of-age story for those who did read Harry Potter, and are ready for something with a bit more depth and a lot more internal conflict. This book can be read for fun or for intellectual/emotional stimulation. I would definitely recommend it to college students of the Harry Potter generation who now find themselves stuck in the grown-up fiction section.
3. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
This book had me thinking a million different things, and I wasn’t sure of anything until the end. This book was an amazing read with a bit of everything: romance, adventure, time-travel, and a whole bunch of mystery. If you like H.G. Wells or Victorian gothic novels at all, this is a must read. If you like steampunk, this is a must read. This book is laced with so much cool history you want to go and google the stuff to see if it’s true. Set in Victorian London, Palma writes three awesome plots that miraculously connect to create a book that would make an awesome movie.
Map of Time Website
These were just a few quick reviews, but if you have any questions about the books or how to get your book reviewed by me, please leave a comment!