Something Old, Something New, Something like Piranesi –– Books Recommendation

Something Old, Something New, Something like Piranesi –– Books Recommendation

 

Recently I started reading Piranesi by Susanna Clarke due to how heavily it has been recommended to me by friends and the internet and I must say, it is one of the oddest books that I have managed to read to date.

So far, I don’t really have a verdict on the book just yet since I’m still only a few chapters into the novel myself, but I already know that Piranesi will be the kind of book that I would recommend to friends and family simply just to play around with them. It is odd enough that sometimes as a reader I question what I am reading, yet at the same time, it made sense enough for me to want to keep reading to figure out what is going on. 

Now, for you readers who love Piranesi, you have come to the right place (hopefully). Because in this post, your girl will be dishing out a handful of books that gives off the same vibe––or at least similar vibes––to Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. So if you happen to be a fan of Clarke’s Piranesi, then say no more, this post is for you. 

 

 

 

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1. The Golem and the Jinni (The Golem and the Jinni #1)

 

Genre : Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mythology

Type   : Duology

Status : Completed series 

 

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Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic, created to be the wife of a man who dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free.

Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker’s debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.

 

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2. The Night Circus

 

Genre : Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Romance 

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published

 

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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

 

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3. Tainaron: Mail from Another City

 

Genre : Fantasy, Science Fiction 

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published

 

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Consists of a series of letters sent beyond the sea from a city of insects. Nominated for the prestigious Finlandia prize, this is a book of changes that speaks of metamorphoses that test all of nature from a flea to a star, from stone and grass to a human.

 

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4. Lud-in-the-Mist

 

Genre : Science Fiction, Fantasy

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published

 

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Lud-in-the-Mist, the capital city of the small country Dorimare, is a port at the confluence of two rivers, the Dapple and the Dawl. The Dapple has its origin beyond the Debatable Hills to the west of Lud-in-the-Mist, in Fairyland. In the days of Duke Aubrey, some centuries earlier, fairy things had been looked upon with reverence, and fairy fruit was brought down the Dapple and enjoyed by the people of Dorimare. But after Duke Aubrey had been expelled from Dorimare by the burghers, the eating of fairy fruit came to be regarded as a crime, and anything related to Fairyland was unspeakable. Now, when his son Ranulph is believed to have eaten fairy fruit, Nathaniel Chanticleer, the mayor of Lud-in-the-Mist, finds himself looking into old mysteries in order to save his son and the people of his city.

 

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5. The Silent Land

 

Genre : Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Adult Fiction

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published

 

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When Jake and Zoe are buried under a flash avalanche while skiing in the French Pyrenees, they miraculously dig their way out from under the snow–only to discover the world they knew has been overtaken by an eerie and absolute silence. With their phones cut off, and the village evacuated of every living soul, the young married couple begin to witness strange, unsettling events neither one can ignore. As the days wear on, they are forced to confront frightening possibilities as they attempt to survive and escape the silent land they now inhabit.

 

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6. The Ten Thousand Doors of January

 

Genre : Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published

 

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In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

 

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7. The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books #1)

 

Genre : Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, Gothic

Type   : Tetralogy (4 books)

Status : Completed series 

 

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Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals from its war wounds, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julian Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets––an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

 

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8. Titus Groan (Gormenghast #1)

 

Genre : Fantasy, Science Fiction, Classics 

Type   : Trilogy 

Status : Completed series 

 

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Starts with the birth and ends with the first birthday celebrations of the heir to the grand, tradition-bound castle of Gormenghast. A grand miasma of doom and foreboding weaves over the sterile rituals of the castle. Villainous Steerpike seeks to exploit the gaps between the formal rituals and the emotional needs of the ruling family for his own profit.

 

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9. Collected Fictions

 

Genre : Short Stories, Classics, Fantasy, Philosphy, Magical Realism

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published

 

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Jorge Luis Borges has been called the greatest Spanish-language writer of our century. Now for the first time in English, all of Borges’ dazzling fictions are gathered into a single volume, brilliantly translated by Andrew Hurley. From his 1935 debut with The Universal History of Iniquity, through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, these enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display Borges’ talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language. Together these incomparable works comprise the perfect one-volume compendium for all those who have long loved Borges, and a superb introduction to the master’s work for those who have yet to discover this singular genius.

 

 

 

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