This week, the Top Ten Tuesday was about under-appreciated books. I made a list, but then I thought about it some more, and came up with a few books that I either missed, or didn’t fit in the Urban Fantasy genre I chose for the post. Books that very much qualify as underrated.
They all have less than 100 ratings on Goodreads, which is a bit lonely, wouldn’t you say?
Bloody Fabulous; Ekaterina Sedia. An anthology with an editor who’s always produced great books, this one about fantastical fashion. The elaborate taste in clothing of vampires, the magical gowns of the elven court, the robes of a magician–anywhere fashion and fantasy mix, these stories go. A bit of horror, a but of humor, and a lot of glamour.
Heart of Briar; Laura Anne Gilman. A twist on the classic tale of a lover kidnapped by elves, and Jan, the woman who is determined to save him. The elves in this story are truly wicked, but the allies Jan has are pretty terrifying, too. A dark tale, of dangerous gambles, loyalty, and how seductive those who have the power to control your mind can be.
Here and Again; Nicole R. Dickinson. This book has been out for three months, which is long enough to have 100 ratings, I think. It’s a sort of complicated time travel story, more to do with ghosts and visions than the sort that has a machine, or someone with a special gift. A lovely, descriptive setting, and a woman struggling to take care of the family farm after losing her husband. A wonderful story about life, survival, and the bonds of love and friendship.
What’s a book you read recently that hasn’t gotten the attention it deserved?