Diana Gill ran Harper Voyager for 12 years before moving to Ace/Roc. Besides reading her vices are caffeine, cocktails, and plane tickets. She’s on twitter as @dianagill.
Having just moved to Penguin and Ace/Roc six months ago, I’ve been reading a bunch of our titles to get acquainted with the list—such hardship for a book lover! Here are some I’ve particularly enjoyed:
Written in Red, by Anne Bishop
I LOVE this contemporary/supernatural fantasy series so much that I begged for galleys long before I worked at Penguin. Featuring a girl named Meg who finds sanctuary among the supernatural Others (who ruled the land before humans ever arrived), these are fabulous books. The Others may resemble the vampires and werewolves you think you know, but Bishop does an amazing job of making them feel and act and think in a very Non-human way. You’ll love Meg and her encounters with the mysterious Others, and the fabulous side characters that will steal your heart (Winter! Mr. Erebus! Thunder!).
Neuromancer & The Peripheral, by William Gibson
It’s not only the 30th anniversary of this sf classic, but Putnam’s publishing the new William Gibson novel, THE PERIPHERAL, 10/28/14! His first novel in years, and his first in more than several years set more into the future—I.Cannot. Wait. (I’ve been stalking my boss for a copy). I really enjoyed re-reading NEUROMANCER recently, and not just because I still kind of want to be Molly–if you haven’t read this seminal cyperpunk work, you should, both for elegant, visceral phrasing, and for our world that is becoming more and more virtual ever day. And because Molly.
Blood Song, by Anthony Ryan
I read BLOOD SONG on the plane to San Diego Comic-Con, and instantly requested TOWER LORD so that I could read it on the plane ride back—these epic fantasies focusing on warrior Val Al’Sorna are that good. If you want great epic fantasy, sworn military brothers, and a fast, fabulous read, these are for you. If you need something to try while GRRM and Pat Rothfuss work on their epics, these are also for you.
Prince of Fools, by Mark Lawrence
The Broken Empire trilogy is very dark, lyrical, bloody epic fantasy, and I couldn’t stop reading it. Now, with the Red Queen’s War, Lawrence stays within the Broken Empire world, but a very unlikely hero—a playboy prince who would much wench and wine than fight or rule. If you like smart, engrossing epic fantasy with neat twists, sly humor, necromancers, dark undercurrents and/or Vikings, try this.
Dune, by Frank Herbert
This is one of my all-time, absolute favorite science fiction novels ever (yes, I have the “Fear is the Mind Killer” speech memorized—geek, c’est moi), so had to put it in. The battle for water is increasingly topical, but moreover, this is just a great space opera with neat tech, galaxies in danger, And gigantic spice/sand worms.
Midnight Crossroad, by Charlaine Harris
And because editors love talking about books they’re excited about—I’ve just read the new Charlaine Harris following MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD that will be out next summer, and it is FANTASTIC. So if you haven’t tried MC yet, do check it out. There’s a lot of strange stuff happening in Midnight Texas that you will not want to miss.
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