Kate (kate_nepveu) wrote,

First draft: fantasy of manners / mannerpunk reading list

This is the first stab at a reading list for the fantasy of manners / mannerpunk subgenres that I talked post-before-last. Any more suggestions, descriptions of things I haven't read, etc.? I'm hoping to put this up on a web site as a resource.

Update: superseded by new draft.

Links are to my book log or reviews, unless otherwise noted. (Because I can, that's why.)

(Also posted to rec.arts.sf.written for feedback.)

  • Steven Brust
  • Steven Brust and Emma Bull, Freedom and Necessity. An epistolary novel set in 1849 with a Lymond-type protagonist. It's ambiguous as to whether there's magic.
  • Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign. A volume in the ongoing Vorkosigan series, which was strongly and explicitly influenced by Heyer, Austen, and Sayers.
  • Emma Bull's non-Bordertown novels
    • War for the Oaks. One of the classic works of urban fantasy.
    • Bone Dance. Post-apocalyptic fantasy with an sf feel.
    • Possibly her other novel, Falcon, though it's been long enough since I read it that I'm not sure.
  • Pamela Dean
    • Tam Lin. Set in a small liberal-arts college, and based on the ballad.
    • possibly the Secret Country trilogy, which is a variant on doorway-into-another-world.
  • Charles de Lint. To me these don't have the same prose style or dialogue as the other urban fantasies listed, but they are close cousins in terms of subject matter, so I put them down tentatively.
    • Newford urban fantasies (numerous)
    • Jack of Kinrowan
  • Teresa Edgerton
    • Goblin Moon and The Gnome's Engine. An alternate-world fantasy duology with a Regency flavor and a Lymond/Lord Peter type.
    • The Queen's Necklace. I haven't read it yet, but I understand it to be in a similar vein.
  • Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series. I know nothing about these but that someone in the audience at Readercon recommended the books to me.
  • John M. Ford
    • The Dragon Waiting ( Pam's review). Alternate history of, inter alia, Richard III and the Princes in the Tower.
    • The Last Hot Time. An urban fantasy closely related to the Bordertown universe.
    • possibly Growing Up Weightless, a hard sf coming-of-age tale.
  • Diana Wynne Jones
    • Howl's Moving Castle. Frankly, I didn't like this book, but it was mentioned at Readercon, so I include it for your consideration.
    • Deep Secret, to a certain extent; I think it has a lot of the structural elements, particularly disguise and language, and a bit of the "feel"—helpful, I know.
  • Ellen Kusher, all of her novels:
    • Swordspoint. The classic fantasy of manners novel.
    • Thomas the Rhymer, a ballad-based novel.
    • The Fall of the Kings, co-written with Delia Sherman; set in the same world as Swordspoint. On my to-read list.
  • Andre Norton and Rosemary Edgehill, The Shadow of Albion and Leopard in Exile. These were recommended to me at Readercon by the same person as above, and appear to be alternate history. On my to-read list.
  • Madeleine Robins, Point of Honour. Described as Austen noir at the Readercon talk. On my to-read list.
  • Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett, Armor of Light, Point of Hopes, Point of Dreams. On my to-read list.
  • Delia Sherman, The Porcelain Dove. Haven't read this, either, but it was mentioned at the Readercon talk.
  • Caroline Stevermer: all of her novels under this name are fantasy of manners.
  • Martha Wells
  • Elizabeth Willey's novels: The Well-Favored Man, A Sorceror and a Gentleman, The Price of Blood and Honor. These were summed up by someone else as "Nice Princes in Amber"; I think I've only read the first.
  • The Bordertown shared universe, created by Terri Windling and Mark Alan Arnold (urban fantasy):
    • Anthologies:
      • Borderland
      • Bordertown
      • Life on the Border
      • The Essential Bordertown
    • Novels:
      • Will Shetterly, Elsewhere and Nevernever
      • Emma Bull, Finder
  • Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
  • Patricia Wrede
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