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Fairy Tales… with a Twist

 

Fractured, inside-out, uncensored, or reimagined…these are new tellings of familiar stories delivered as mysteries, romances, thrillers and science fiction.

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My sources are unreliable, but their stories are fascinating: what to read if you liked Gone Girl and the Unreliable Narrator

Gone girl : a novelDid you read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl?  Did you love it?  Was it because the characters were so darn nice?  Just people you’d really like to know in real life and have over for dinner?

Thought not.

It was for the twists and turns, right?  The never quite knowing what was really going on? And of course to find out What Really Happened In The End, yes?

Here are more stories with unreliable narrators, stories that will yank the narrative rug out from under your readerly feet in the most delightful and unpredictable of ways.

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If you like Game of Thrones, why not try…

pizap.com13737439847881George R.R. Martin’s epic Song of Fire and Ice series is wildly popular, both as novels and as the tv miniseries.  The following suggested reads share with GoT exquisitely developed worlds (some parallel fantasy universes, some purely historical) in which their extensive casts of characters play out the epic stories filled with dynastic war, political machination, intrigue, romance, the quest for power, and the struggle to keep the world safe against mysterious forces.

Here is what George R.R. Martin is reading.  Call, text, chat, email us or stop by the library to place requests.

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Funny Fiction

funny fiction“Funny” is a subjective thing.  Some of these authors and books are laugh-out-loud funny, some are snicker-behind-your-hand funny.  Some are witty and literate, some are gross-out humorous.  Some are laugh-until-your-sides-split books and others are laugh-through-your-tears books.  Gentle and light, or dark and twisty, there’s a flavor of funny for every reader!

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If you like The Hunger Games….

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The Hunger Games

Catching Fire

Mockingjay

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Also check out this chart from Lawrence Public Library to pick the best Hunger Games readalike match for you!

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Stephen King readalikes

IMG_0217Stephen King is often called the Master of Horror with his knack for bringing to life the most terrifying of nightmares and placing them squarely in the everyday world.  His fast-paced plots, whether set in the real world or in peculiar fantasy universes, take the reader into ever stranger and more twisted territory.  His short stories, an often under-appreciated element of his body of work, range in tone from gruesome and surreal to inspirational.  Several of his works have been adapted as movies: The Green MileHearts in Atlantis, The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining, Carrie, Stand By Me, and Misery are just a few. 
 
And when you’ve read everything there is to read, what should you read next?  Try these authors…

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