Time for another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of the Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s topic is: Ten Underrated Books in my Genre
Bry: I think that historical fiction is an underrated genre in general, so this could apply to basically any historical fiction that has come out. Since I’ve already discussed my favourites in this genre and those I’d most readily recommend, I am going to do most underrated in my second favourite genre, Horror. Due to time constraints this week, I only had time to come up with 2, apologies!
1. Michael Slade’s Special X Series: Michael Slade shaped the way I do horror, the way I view the genre, and de-sensitized me from a lot. He is graphic, he is cruel, but he is also brilliant and will lead you down the most thrilling twisted rabbit hole and keep you guessing right to the end. There is not a single one of his books that will ever go exactly how you think, and the amazing depth of historical and popcultural background will awe you. In my opinion, this local Canadian writer is a MUST on every shelf.
2. Mira Grant’s Newflesh series – how is this not like one of the best selling things of all time? This unique take on the zombie apocalypse not only provides an interesting theory for the virology/epidemiology nuts out there, it is a fascinating treatise on human nature, and how we respond to massive life-altering events. The most fascinating aspect of thiss novel is that though zombies are present, they are not even close to the focus of this series. Heck, the dead may be walking, but there is a presidential race to be won, and media to cover! Amazing.
Fry: I don’t super have a specific genre and I feel like I don’t have a lot of these. So, let’s just jump on into this thing.
1. Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane- I feel like I mention this series a lot and then I remember that there hasn’t been a new book in AGES and then I pine a little and get really sad. I’ve said it before it’s not going to be everyone’s favorite series. Chess is an unashamed drug user and I’m pretty sure she’s not going to change. The series does have a downtrodden awful gritty realism going for it, and in the land of fluffy werewolf sex, banging in the bathroom while on a date is way more interesting.
2. I’ll back Bry up with Mira Grant. Just anything by Mira Grant. I’m not far enough into her paranormal series to make a decision one way or another, but I do like her writing and her Sailor Moon fanfic and her love of cheese.
3. Dan Well’s Partials sequence… Which I need to finish. But! Let’s just be happy that it exists and is so far much different from all the dystopian offerings out there. I honestly don’t see how it could end okay. Really. I don’t. I’m a little worried about this last book.