Today’s guest If You Like is from Kari P, who takes us to a genre far, far away to explore the wonderful world of Sci Fi, Fantasy and Paranormal…. Are you ready for magic, witches and wizards, oh my?
If You Like…Semi-Nerd Books or Nerd “Lite”
As a child I loved Star Trek. This is a fact I have been trying to hide ever since I realized throwing up a certain Vulcan hand gesture on the playground didn’t earn the respect I anticipated. After many years of trying to downgrade just how nerdy I am I decided to embrace it. I love Star Trek, maybe you don’t like to get that Sci-Fi, so I present to you a list of books I consider “Sci-Fi or Nerd Lite.” Just a small dose of the paranormal in your reading!
Harry Potter (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling)- My gateway drug. Look friends this is the book that brought me back to the light. Oh, I tried to resist, but is was futile. I loved every second of all these books. If you have never read them, do. The world that JK Rowling has invented in just incredible, not to mention a wonderful story line. Don’t just watch the movies, take the time and read the series, it will make you regret not getting your letter from Hogwarts.
The Southern Vampire Mysteries (Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris)- These books are also affectionately called True Blood, but please don’t judge a book by its TV show. A small town cocktail waitress has a secret, she can read minds. Vampires have come out in the open due to a Japanese invention of synthetic blood. Sookie is drawn to Bill, the first vampire she has ever met. Someone in town is killing people who associate with Vamps. This book is part mystery, part romance, and part Sci-Fi.
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness- Holy Awesome, Batman! For me this book rolled a lot of my favorite Sci-Fi into one. Vampires, demons, romance, oh my! A witch doesn’t know she is a witch, falls for a Vamp who she is unsure if she can trust, etc, etc. The second book in the series has time travel as well. I stalk DH’s webpage like every other day looking for info on the third and final book.
Game of Thrones by George RR Martin- Okay, so if you have seen these books you know they are not physically Sci-Fi lite; but enjoyable they are. Firstly the world Martin has created is incredible. Just the scope of it is insanity. Secondly, George ain’t scared to kill off characters so don’t get too attached to anyone. If the size of these tomes intimidates you, the HBO series with the same name does the books justice. They actually follow the books really well.
Percy Jackson and the Last of the Olympians by Rick Riordan- Again, please don’t judge a book by its movie. This book series was written for middle school audiences but I enjoyed them just the same! A modern day young man finds out that his father is Poseidon, the Greek god, bad stuff ensues. Like Harry Potter, I really enjoyed the world within our world storyline.
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry- what Sci-Fi list would be complete without a little zombie action, huh? This book is set in a zombie apocalypse future. A kid has to take a job as a zombie killer in the family tradition. I don’t always love the zombie action but this one was really entertaining.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot- I wanted to throw this non-fiction in even though it isn’t technically Sci-Fi. HeLa cells are used in just about every science related experiment there is. This is the story behind HeLa (Henrietta Lacks). Her cells forever shaped science. This book was challenging for me due to some personal history of cancer in my family, but overall super interesting.
Thanks so much, Kari! For me, I’d have to add Bee Ridgway’s time jumping The River of No Return, Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate, and a dual dose of Lois McMaster Bujold, with her Chalion books on the Game of Thrones-ish fantasy side and her Vorkosigan Saga on the Sci Fi side. There’s also Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age, although that might be a little more Sci Fi and a little less Lite.
What are your favorite “Nerd Lite” novels?