Recommended Reading Lists for Adults

Genrefluent: The World of Genre Fiction from the Author of Genreflecting
Diana Tixier Herald keeps her book up-to-date with the Books of the Week reviews. The archived reviews are listed by author and are arranged by genre in the table of contents. She also provides links to other genre fiction sites and has some information about teenagers’ reading, with some reviews and links.  

A good site for readers advisory in libraries and for readers themselves. This site includes recommended booklists in genre fiction, a discussion area, “hot lists” of forthcoming hardcover fiction releases, and lists of books that received at least one “starred review” in a major journal.  

Reader’s Robot
With about 5,000 reviews, in 21 genres, most readers will find something new and interesting. Browse by category, or search by keyword or by “appeal,” which allows you to choose from a list of characteristics within a genre (e.g., “mystery novels where the focus of the story is on people and the psychology of characters and the author’s style is elegant and ‘literary’”). Any reader may submit reviews for consideration. From a Canadian library system.

What’s Next
A reference for works of fiction in series. Enter a title, author, or name of a book in a series and get a list of the titles in that series. Produced by the Kent Michigan District Library. 

Dangerously Curvy Novels
“This database owes its existence entirely to the fans, publishers, and authors of novels who took the time to add the titles of their favorite stories featuring realistically proportioned heroines ranging from the slightly plump, to the lushly voluptuous, to the largely abundant.”
Designed for the genre fiction reader, this commercial site contains fiction bibliographies, reviews, a pseudonym directory, series listings, and more. All entries are grouped by genre: western, romance, and mystery/suspense, and speculative (science fiction, fantasy, horror) fiction. There are several forums, including an active one for people trying to identify romance novels. Some features require a paid subscription. Searchable. 

Mystery Readers International (MRI)
MRI claims to be “the largest mystery fan/reader organization in the world, open to all readers, fans, critics, editors, publishers, and writers.” The Web site has directories of mystery reading groups, periodicals, and bookstores. There are also archived selections from their quarterly print publication, Mystery Readers Journal, a few author interviews, and a list of the winners (from 1987 onward) of MRI’s Macavity Award for mystery short stories, novels, and nonfiction.

Reviewing the Evidence
Reviews of nearly 2000 murder mysteries and thrillers in print and audio formats. Searchable by keyword, author, publisher, and reviewer. There are descriptions of the reviewers’ backgrounds and reading tastes, and the site welcomes submissions of reviews, titles to review, and links. 

The site’s search engine sorts and displays several thousand reviews by requested plot, character types, structure, prevailing themes, and other attributes. The grist for this reader’s advisory mill is provided by volunteer reviewers (called “scholars” as soon as they write anything about an author). Book searches are divided by genres: science fiction/fantasy, mystery/thriller, literature, romance, biography, and history, and search results include a list of titles with similar features.  

The Reader’s Corner
This site looks messy and disorganized, but has tons of content. Find essays, excerpts from novels, and suggested reading lists of romance, fantasy, and mystery (the “softer side of murder”) novels. Topics for lists include royal romances, the fantasy woman, vampire stories through time, female sleuths, classic train mysteries, and many other themes. 

Candace Robb’s Home Page
Washington mystery writer Candace Robb “is the author of two on-going mystery series featuring medieval sleuths, The Margaret Kerr Mysteries and the Owen Archer Mysteries.” Her Web site includes a biography, newsletter, events page, synopses of her books in English and various European languages with pictures of the book covers of each edition, a list of recommended readings on the Middle Ages, and a map of Owen Archer’s Fourteenth Century York. and The Mysterious Home Page
Mystery fan Kate Derie’s home pages for everything mysterious. Includes general guides and directories of bookstores and publishers, mystery fiction sites, real world crime and law enforcement, authors’ Web pages, characters, conferences, magazines, organizations, film and TV, book reviews, newsgroups, and more. Information about new and upcoming releases is in “Bloodstained Bookshelf.” 

Kathy Reichs
This official Web page for forensic anthropologist and mystery novelist Kathy Reichs includes a brief biography, information about her novels (featuring a female forensic anthropologist, Temperance Brennan, as the heroine), and book reviews.
Online home for mystery writer Martha Grimes. Provides a biography of Grimes, interviews with her, information about the Richard Jury series and other books, a map of England indicating story settings, related links, a discussion forum for readers, and more.

Sisters in Crime
This “is an international organization … interested in promoting the work of women mystery writers.” It “promotes all types of writing in the mystery/suspense genre from cozy to hardboiled, as well as true crime, nonfiction, novels and short stories for readers of all ages.” Site includes adult, juvenile and young adult, and German author rosters with links; membership information; a list of local chapters with links; and a calendar of events.  

Sleuths To Die For
This is the online home for mystery writers Dolores Johnson, Elizabeth Dearl, Edie Claire, Judy Fitzwater, and Leslie O’Kane, “creators of six fabulous female sleuths.” It includes news, author profiles, information about recent and forthcoming titles, tips for new writers, and a short story featuring all six sleuths.

Stop, You’re Killing Me!
At this site, done by a mystery lover, you can search for mysteries by author or series character. The character index may be searched in a number of ways, including occupation, location, diversity, and historical period. There are links to over three hundred author pages and also annotated links to other mystery resources. 

Sue Grafton
Official publisher site for mystery writer Sue Grafton. Provides biographies of Grafton and of the heroine of her novels, Kinsey Millhone. Site includes a list of the author’s novels, reviews, photos, tour schedule, trivia, a discussion forum, and other information about Grafton and her work.  

The Mystery Reader
A searchable collection of reviews for the different genres of mystery novels. “Features” contains miscellaneous information including a list of recommended titles, small presses, addresses for many of the authors, and more. Note: not recently updated.  

The Official J.A. Jance Website

The official site of Seattle-based author J.A. Jance includes a short autobiography, newsletter, book tour schedule, and publicity photograph as well as synopses and commentaries on the Joanna Brady mysteries, the J.P. Beaumont mysteries (most of which take place in and around Seattle), Jance’s thrillers, and After the Fire, a book of poems. 

The Thrilling Detective Web Site
This searchable site contains information on authors, fictional characters, radio and television shows, and comics concerning “any mystery protagonist who is a professional investigator, but not a police officer or government agent.” You can also find stories by new authors, a FAQ, annotated links, and a glossary of terms and abbreviations used on the site. There is also a list of winners of the Shamus Award to honor excellent work in the private eye genre. 

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA)
The Web site for this organization of “over 1200 sf and fantasy writers, artists, editors, and allied professionals” includes links to member authors’ Web sites, full-text online fiction, and calendars of public appearances. There is information about the organization’s Nebula and other awards and articles about the craft of writing, electronic piracy, publishing and other scams aimed at writers, and ergonomic problems affecting writers.
This science fiction and fantasy site features short stories; articles; book reviews, excerpts, and synopses; author interviews and profiles; television and movie reviews; and both general and topical discussion forums (including writing, horror, film and TV, games, and art).  

The Bujold Nexus: Lois McMaster Bujold Home Page
The official site presents biographical and bibliographical information on the Hugo and Nebula award-winning science fiction and fantasy author of the Miles Vorkosigan/Naismith series. See reviews of her novels, links to her fan club (Miles’ Minions), mailing lists, and more. Searchable. 

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book List Site
“This site is a comprehensive bibliography of science-fiction and fantasy authors and their books.” Includes a list of works for each author, as well as links to official and fan Web sites. Browsable by author, with cross references to pseudonyms.  

Ursula K. Le Guin
Official Web site of the writer. There is biographical and bibliographical material, some essays on writing, a few poems, links to online stories, excerpts from her works, information about her recent works, a calendar of public appearances, and some translations by Le Guin of Gabriela Mistral poems.  

Wondrous Worlds of Terry Brooks
The Web site of Seattle-based science fiction author Terry Brooks features news, a biography, bibliography, Ask Terry, and What’s Next sections. There is also a Druid Vault (archives), excerpts from the novels, chat, links, and a forum.  

J.R.R. Tolkien
Presents the fantasy world of Tolkien’s books. It includes a short biography of the famous author, some of his artwork, interviews, video and audio files featuring readings from his books, a contest, and information about the books. From publisher HarperCollins. 




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