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Recommended Reading by Professionals…with Alex Gordon

In this series, I ask various publishing professionals (including authors, bloggers, editors, agents etc.) to recommend 2-3 authors or books they feel haven’t received the recognition they deserve.

Today’s recommendations are by Alex Gordon. Alex Gordon, author of the supernatural thriller GIDEON, resides in Illinois. She is currently working on JERICHO, the follow-up to GIDEON. When she isn’t working, she enjoys watching sports and old movies, hiking, and the company of her dog.


Night Calls/Kindred Rites/Spiral Path (Katharine Eliska Kimbriel)–When it first came out in 1996, Locus described Night Calls as ” Little House on the Prairie with werewolves, vampires, and magic.” It is that, but more. It’s a coming-of-age story of a girl, Alfreda Sorensson, growing up in an alternate historical early 1800s Michigan Territory. It’s a witch-in-training story. It’s a story about family, and choices, and growing up. Night Calls and Kindred Rites were originally released in the late 90s, but the author has reissued them and released the long-awaited third book, Spiral Path.

There is also a scene in Night Calls that has stayed with me since I first read it in 1996. I won’t tell you which one, but I bet at least some of you will be able to guess after reading the book.

The Drake Maijstral trilogy (The Crown Jewels/House of Shards/Rock of Ages (Walter Jon Williams)–I have seen these books described in so many places as “SF comedy of manners,” and that’s a spot-on description. Drake Maijstal is an “allowed burgler” in a galaxy-spanning empire ruled by the Khosali. Elvis Presley is worshipped. The importance of ratings, being seen, having style, ring so true today given the swirl of online gossip sites and reality TV shows. Witty banter is committed. These are just enjoyable, forget-the-world, curl-up-with-a-cup-of-cocoa (or a glass of wine, or a fine single malt)-and-read books.


Stay tuned for the next post where we get more reading recommendations from Ferrett Steinmetz!

About Kristin Centorcelli (842 Articles)
Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).
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