A good alternate history novel is about as close as I get to enjoying sci-fi or fantasy fiction. Five of my favorites, in alphabetical order by author name, are:
- The Alteration by Kingly Amis (what if the Reformation never happened?)
- The Children of Men by P. D. James (kittens really aren't children)
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (something's not right about this boarding school)
- The Child in Time by Ian McEwan (set in a vaguely alternate future)
- The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (what if Lindbergh were President?)
There are times when a full-sized book list is just too much; when the Top 100, a Big Read, or all the Prize winners seem like too daunting an effort. That's when a short little list of books grouped by theme may be just the ticket.
Inspired by Nancy Pearl's "Companion Reads" chapter in Book Lust – themed clusters of books on subjects as diverse as Bigfoot and Vietnam – I decided to start occasionally posting lists of five books grouped by topic or theme. I call these posts my Five Faves.
Feel free to grab the button and play along. Use today's theme or come up with your own. If you post about it, please link back to here and leave the link to your post in a comment. If you want to participate but don't have a blog or don't feel like posting, please share your list in a comment.