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Books Maureen needs to read

February 5, 2012

Magic themes in a school setting:

Tam Lin– Pamela Dean (bonus- one of my favorites ever) Faerie myth in college setting

Hex Hall– Rachel Hawkins. Student body includes vampires, werewolves, witches. 

Magic system in urban setting:

Diane Duane’s Young Wizard series. Start with So You Want To Be a Wizard

Sunshine– Robin McKinley. Because I like how she put magic charms into her world, sort of as taboo, but sort of as a given. Also bonus vampire.

Vampires who don’t, ahem, suck. Or sparkle.

The Historian– Elizabeth Kostova. Scared the pants off me in a very good Dracula sort of way.

A Discovery of Witches– Deborah Harkness. Vampires and witches in academia at the doctoral level. I disagree with one major plot point (a romance) but otherwise, love it.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2012 5:01 pm

    Looks like I have some books to add to my ‘list’. 😉 These sound awesome!

  2. February 5, 2012 11:33 pm

    Great list!

    Tam Lin is fantastic. I read it in college – a friend recommended it to me saying, “This is THE book for English majors.” Now that you’ve reminded me of it, I think I’d like a reread.

    I don’t know the others, but I’ve heard good things about Sunshine. I’ve read a few of McKinley’s other books (I liked Outlaws of Sherwood). I’m not a fan of vampire fiction but I think I could trust her to do something different with it.


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