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2006 Reading List

1. Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop
2. Stargate Atlantis: Rising by Sally Malcolm
3. Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop
4. Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop
5. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
6. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
7. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
8. Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
9. Angel-Seeker by Sharon Shinn
10. Jovah's Angel by Sharon Shinn
11. The Alleluia Files by Sharon Shinn
12. Angelica by Sharon Shinn
13. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
14. Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier
15. Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier
16. Stargate Atlantis: Reliquary by Martha Wells
17. Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
18. Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey
19. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
20. Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
21. Velocity by Dean Koontz

In progress: Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz and The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold (yes, I read multiple books at once)
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I see you read quite a lot of books by Lois McMaster Bujold. What kind of books does she write? Same question for Juliet Mariller.
LMB's most recent books are fantasy; her earlier ones, which I'm reading now, are scifi. Juliet Mariller is fantasy, too, although a tad bit more historically-based. Great stuff all.
Bujold writes science fiction and fantasy. Nowadays, mostly fantasy (Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls, Hallowed Hunt is one series; she's also got a duology coming out called The Sharing Knife). All her writing is lyrical, in the sense that her prose at times comes close to poetry, but this is more pronounced in her fantasies. She also tends to be heavier in symbolism and that kind of thing in her fantasies, which considering how tightly woven and packed with meaning her sf stories are is saying quite a lot.

She started with sf, and for a lot of her hard-core fans that's quintessential Bujold: a whole long series of books set in one universe, mostly about a character named Miles Naismith Vorkosigan and his family and friends, though there are a couple of books about others in that universe. Within that series, though, there's a lot of variation in sub-genre. The Warrior's Apprentice and The Vor Game are space opera, Diplomatic Immunity and Cetaganda are murder-mysteries, A Civil Campaign is a romantic comedy, etc. Most of her Vorkosigan books are collected in trade paper anthologies, now. Although the books form a series, they're written so that each book can stand on its own. You can read one of her short stories, the Mountains of Morning, at Baen's Free Library:

She's my absolute favorite author.