Sunday, April 17, 2011

Aproaching 200, Taking Requests

My latest review, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin is the 190th work I've reviewed on Random Comments. Looks like I will hit 200 sometime in May. When I approached 100, I let the readers of this blog make suggestions of what it would be and I ended up reviewing Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. Not a book I would have picked otherwise but I enjoyed reading it a lot. What's more, it is one of the most popular reviews on Random Comments. Only my review of Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel has attracted more hits. So let's see what you can come up with this time.

Which author or book have I shamefully omitted in my coverage, who do you think I should read given my reading habits (see review index for the complete list) or what book would you just like my opinion on?

A couple of rules. Since I am still failing to review a decent number of books by women, let's limit this one to female authors. It has to be in a language I can read, so Dutch or English. Please don't name book six in a twelve book series I haven't read (I will consider book one). Don't name your own book, there are other ways to get that reviewed ;) and last but not least, pick something you're reasonably sure is still in print or I won't be able to get a copy in time. The most interesting, outrageous suggestion will get the review. Motivated suggestions stand a better chance of being picked.

I'll leave comments open for a week. So what'll it be?


  1. I told you on fantasy realm that i got a book for you :P . Following up on several posts you've made over there I think you still haven't read this one.

    Title: The Hythrun Chronicles - Wolfblade
    Author: Jennifer Fallon

    It's also translated in Dutch and this is the first part of a trilogy.

  2. I think you should review this one :
    - The Many-Colored Land by Julian May (part one of a series of four).

    Good Luck & congratulations with the good work, Kat (aka morgaine)

  3. I would suggest The Tough Guide To Fantasyland by Diane Wynne Jones.

    1. The author's a woman. More so, she was a Grand Old Lady of fantasy. Unfortunately, she died March 26th, 2011.
    2. The book is (still) available in English
    3. It's a stand alone. Said that, it isn't a novel, but a kind of something.

  4. I'll second The many colored land by Julian May. That series was really great.

  5. Jo Walton - Among Others. I've read rave reviews about it, and I've heard of people who hated it. Must be an interesting read. :)

  6. There's a few you could try, but I don't see much amusing fantasy in there. No Pratchett for instance. Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair is a MUST for mine.

  7. Some interesting suggestions there. It is going to be a harder choice than last time I see ;)

  8. I'm going to be evil and suggest three. All published fairly recent.

    1. God's War, Kameron Hurley
    2. Lavinia, Ursula Le Guin
    3. The Orphan's Tales, Catherynne Valente

  9. All right, that's more than enough suggestions. I'm going to look through them tonight and write a separate post on what number 200 will be. Thanks for participating!