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inflatable gargoyleSo, as per usual, at Boskone, I met lots of cool people and learned about lots of great books to check out. This is at best a partial list, based on my faulty memory and what notes I managed to jot down. (Some of these I’ve read already; some I have not.)

People who were there:

  • Cerece Rennie Murphy — Check out her Order of the Seers.
  • Tui Sutherland — Wings of Fire series! Also The Menagerie series, set in Wyoming, written together with her sister Kari Sutherland.
  • Hillary Monahan — writes both YA and horror; also uses pseudonym Eva Darrows (Dead Little Mean Girl)
  • Carlos HernandezThe Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria
  • Stephen P. Kelner Jr. — wrote Motivate Your Writing
  • Brianna Spacekat Wu — head of development for Giant Spacekat game company; currently running for Congress
  • E. C. Ambrose — The Dark Apostle series (book 5 just came out)
  • Sarah Beth DurstJourney Across the Hidden Islands and The Queen of Blood
  • Ken Altabef — Alaana’s Way series
  • Jeremy Flagg — Suburban Zombie High (which sounds fun) and the Children of Nostradamus series (superheroes!)
  • Lauren Roy — Loved her Night Owls books (even if I flubbed the name when I mentioned it to her); haven’t read her YA yet
  • Michael Stearns — Blood Guard series (written as Carter Roy)
  • Robert B. Finegold M.D — upcoming urban fantasy including magic affinity based on genetic heritage, Kabbalah, etc. (Described it as “Dresden as written by Harry Kemelman”)
  • William Hayashi — The Darkside Trilogy (about African Americans living on the dark side of the moon before Neil Armstrong ever sets foot there) and The Genesis Science Fiction Radio Show
  • Susan Jane Bigelow — The Extrahuman Union series
  • Leigh Perry — Family Skeleton series
  • Juliana Spink Mills — Heart Blade (book 1 of Blade Hunt Chronicles)
  • Margaret Ronald — the Hunt series (urban fantasy set in Boston)

Books that were recommended:

  • Shadowshaper and Ghost Girl in the Corner by Daniel José Older
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  • On the Edge of Gone dystopia by Corinne Duyvis
  • Bright by Ines Johnson
  • Anything by Rainbow Rowell
  • Tim Powers
  • Andrew Vachss
  • Charles de Lint
  • InCryptid series recommended at one panel; October Day series at another by Seanan McGuire
  • China Miéville
  • Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
  • Nightside series by Simon R. Green
  • The Bookmobile Cat Mystery series by Laurie Cass
  • The Magical Cats Mystery series by Sophie Kelly
  • Regency romances by Juliet Quinn
  • Birthmark Trilogy by Caragh O’Brien
  • Mapmaker’s Trilogy by S. E. Grove
  • Atolia series by Megan Whelan Turner
  • Star of the Guardians series by Margaret Weis

And, of course, what I should have recommended when asked about short fiction and other authors:

Feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments!

Edits because I am forgetful and a bad friend (No, I know that’s not what she meant):

  • L.J. Cohen, a wonderful friend, excellent potter, and brilliant author. Check out her Halcyone series (SF) or Future Tense (YA)
  • John P. Murphy, whose novella “The Liar” just landed on the Nebula ballot
  • Bonnie Schutzman, friend extraordinaire, and author of Bad Fairies, a lovely paranormal romance set in Boston, under the name Alice M. Cole
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  1. My daughter just finished the 9th Wings of Fire book and can hardly wait for the next to come out in July. So I’ll double down on that set.

    • You might want to check out the Menagerie series too, then. And Tui was absolutely charming and a delight to talk to!

      (And I’m going to be making sure my daughter reads all of these books, too.)

  2. Hey! You forgot me! 😉

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