Today it's my pleasure to welcome author Ellan Aldryc to the blog with her suggestions of '5 Easy Genre Starters for Those Who Want a Taste of Something New'.
As readers, we all have our favourite genres, but every once in a while, it’s good to read out of your comfort zone. The world of literature is humungous, and who knows—you might find a new favourite in an unlikely place. But dipping your toes into a new genre can be a little intimidating, especially when you don’t know what to look for. Here’s a few light genre starters that might help you discover new horizons.
You might be aware that Space Opera is a sub-genre of science fiction that roughly corresponds to epic tales in the embrace of outer space, but today, I want to talk about ‘Space Opera’ - the novel. Catherynne M. Valente is a superbly funny literary mind that used her talent to ask a most important question: what if Eurosong happened in space and humanity’s survival depended on our performance?
This novel doesn’t alienate the reader with fancy technological terms and places the emphasis on real connections, exploring what it means to be sentient in a hilarious way. Beware, Space Opera might spark a real interest in the genre, and set your standards quite high.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Innocent Mage ebook/dpB0053YQN3Q
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rivers of London ebook/dp/B004K1EC1S
I hope you enjoyed this selection, I’d love to see if you liked any of these books. Do you know of a good genre starter? Comment your suggestions below!
E. L. Aldryc came to the UK to be a literary star fit for the new age, which turned out to be a harder job than she imagined. Foreign, broke, and too anxious to write, she was thrown out of several London Book Fairs - but that's what happens when you try to steal microphones and talk about foreign lands, exotic worlds, and fragile timelines.
Slovenia wouldn't take her back, Spain kicked her out after only four months, and if you really want to know what happened in Cuba, she'll tell you over a drink. E.L. began her prolific collaboration with the Infinite Library in 2018, but she's still on a journey to hone her voice. As their primary narrator on this world, she works with a wide array of voices that have never been heard on Earth before, adapting them for a variety of audiences. When she's not writing, you can spot her in the background of various DJ sets around the world.
What would you sacrifice to become extraordinary?
Elodie Marchand struggles to stand out at the Sight Institute. With so many brilliant minds pushing the limits of AI, alchemy, and nanotechnology, it feels impossible to compete.A stark contrast to her best friend, and the Institute’s unrivalled favourite - Soraya Gourrami.
Soraya’s firm encouragement curbs Elodie’s impatience, and in turn, she helps keep Soraya’s temper in check. A perfect symbiosis.
But all that is about to change with one simple meeting.
When the Institute’s psychic organisation mandates a thorough search for new gifted blood, Elodie jumps at the opportunity to finally reach for greatness.
Even if she may not survive the test, or the process that follows.
Elodie will need all the help she can get to keep her life and sanity through the test that will establish her suitability for a life of duty and prestige. But Soraya’s friendship suddenly comes with a single new rule.
Elodie can never look into her past or future.
But accidents happen. And some secrets are too big and dangerous to keep.
It’s time to choose. Friendship or a chance to claim her true self at any cost?