March 12, 2010 1:22 PM Subscribe
Book recs, please? Mystery/alternate history/alternate worlds
posted by pointystick to grab bag (31 answers total) 40 users marked this as a favorite
I hope not to ramble when I explain what I'm looking for as I'm finding it hard to describe. I'm looking for novels (especially series) that combine as may of the following elements as possible.
1) Mystery or intrigue - some sort of good plot. I don't want simply romance.
2) Based in some sort of alternate world that is not too ornate of a fantasy. Magical realism ok. I really like books where the similarity to real life/real earth is either noticeable or played upon (Like in Gaiman's Neverwhere)
3) Historical alternate world is +++++
4) Should not be excessively dark or grim
Basically, I like settings that are close to historical earth but different in some way because a) history unfolded differently or b)there are some fantastical elements. For example, I really liked the aspect of Carey's Kushiel books because of their similarity to the real world (and there maps!) Similarly, I liked Buffy on TV because the world was in so many ways normal except for the vampires.
Sorry if this was long or explained poorly.
Short version: Point of Hopes, Point of Dreams by Scott & Barnett was perfect!
Please hope me find some good books, Hive Mind!