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July 19: Ten Books Set Outside The US (I don’t know about you but sooo much of what I read is set in the US and I love finding new recs of stuff set outside of it!)

This is tough, because though fantasy and sci fi are technically outside the US, I think I’d better stay on the same planet!

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1. Rivers of London: Body Work; Ben Aaronovitch. London, clearly. A graphic novel with supernatural investigations.

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2. Jane Steele; Lyndsay Faye. Also London. Murder meets Jane Eyre.

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3. A Most Extraordinary Pursuit; Juliana Gray. Mostly in the Mediterranean, including Crete. Adventure, romance, boat travel.


4. Kalahari; Jessica Khoury. Kalahari Desert in Africa. Genetic experiments hunting teens in the desert.

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5. White Heat; M.J. McGrath. Set in Canada, on Ellsemere Island. One of those books where the setting–harsh, but beautiful–is its own character.

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6. The Underground Girls of Kabul; Jenny Nordberg. Set in Afghanistan. About bacha posh, girls dressed as boys for a period of time.

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7. Baking Cakes in Kigali; Gail Parkin. Set in Rwanda. Family and baking.


8. Nation; Terry Pratchett. A possibly real tropical island. Thought-provoking disaster.

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9. A Curious Beginning; Deanna Raybourn. More London. Investigations and taxidermy.


10. A Beginner’s Guide to Paradise; Alex Sheshunoff. Several islands in the South Pacific. About leaving it all behind–or not.


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

12 responses »

  1. I haven’t read any of these, but I would like to read Jane Steele. I’ve heard great things about it.

    Here are some of the books I’ve read outside the US:

  2. Genetic experiments hunting teens in the desert??? Need. read. Need!

    My TTT.

  3. tiareleine says:

    Murder meets Jane Eyre? I’m intrigued. And I’ve been meaning to read something by Lyndsay Faye anyway.

  4. Random Reads says:

    I haven’t read any of these books but they all have beautiful covers 🙂

  5. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I’ve heard of White Heat, but otherwise these were all new to me. My TTT.

  6. Mari says:

    Murder and Jane Eyre? I might have to try to this book!

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