I was thinking about the themes of marriage and parenting in Heinlein and remembered how To Sail Beyond the Sunset handled the middle-aged husband dumping his wife for a younger woman and also the teenaged children who haven't been raised right...and even the black domestic servants....different from Farnham's Freehold and yet also not that different....
Originally Posted by Storm Bride
I started reading spec fic in the late 70s/early 80s, but most of what I was reading was a lot older. The biggest trends I've noticed were/are the upsurge of cyberpunk style books in the late 80s/early 90s, and the massive resurgence of fantasy, especially urban fantasy, which seems to have happened sometime in the last 10-15 years or so...but it might be longer than that, as my time sense has become really unreliable over the last couple decades. I do agree that there seem to be a lot more female authors now, as well.
Urban fantasy, especially the vampire-focused stuff, seems to have really taken off. I'm not sure if Buffy was a cause or an effect, but I always think of her as being in at the beginning, yk? (And, I never dreamed that the incredibly bizarre original movie was going to spin off into something so...widespread.)
I started in the early 80s, and yes, read a lot of older SF. I mostly bought paperbacks, comics, and magazines at my local newsstand -- tended to buy short story anthologies, because I had a better chance of finding at least one story I liked. More than once I bought a novel and then couldn't read it - waste of my allowance. Then I'd follow up on authors I liked in my library's limited collection or through bookstores in the city. I walked into a bookstore downtown in about 1989 and asked for "Science Fiction by women authors that isn't about dragons." and got some great recommendations that set me up for the 90s in many ways.
Cyberpunk really left me cold, didn't read much of it. CJ Cherryh was my fave for harder SF.
I saw the Buffy movie in theaters too, and agree that it was crazy that a series and a big Vampire Novel Trend would emerge from that wierd, not-very-popular film...
I really enjoyed S. M. Stirling's Island in the Sea of Time series and am waiting anxiously for the next novel in his Dies the Fire series. I could do without the S&M and torture scenes he writes in some of his other books, though.
I love some of Guy Gavriel Kay's fantasy novels, too. And Dave Duncan has a neat take on Sword and Sorcery, when I'm looking for guys in chainmail, not just chicks.
Originally Posted by Breathless Wonder
I seriously LOVE, LOVE LOVE Terry Pratchett, and am so very sad that he has the early stages of Alzheimer's. His YA books are as enjoyable for me as his adult books.
I think Neil Gaiman would count in this catagory too. I particularly enjoyed "American Gods", "Anansi Boys" and of course, "Good Omens".
The Stephen R. Donaldson series that begins with "The Mirror of Her Dreams" is one of my favorites as well.
Breathless Wonder, I have to say that Prachett can be funny but I've never been a big fan of his -- so many people I know just love his books, though.
Ditto Neil Gaiman. I've always meant to read Donaldson.
[QUOTE=jalilah;15678347]I have been hopelessly addicted for over a year now to different kinds of fantasy fiction. It all started with Twilight Saga. I'd never read a vampire book until then and was never even interested! /QUOTE]
There are a *lot* of paperback series of young-woman-dealing-with-vamps/weres/fairies/demons out there right now, aren't there? They are all starting to blur together....Besides the authors you mentioned, I like Melanie Rawn's Spellbinder and sequels about Holly McLure best.
I've picked up a few of the Rogue Angel series
-- didn't realize it was a franchise with different Harlequin authors doing different books. That explains why a couple have been pretty good and one was so awful I'll never read another.
Stayed up late last night finishing a book in this genre, M.L.N. Hanover's Unclean Spirits, and I liked that well enough that I'll look for the sequel.