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Elbi Sun 26-Feb-17 16:48:52

I've read a lot of very 'real' books lately and would like to read something more... magical. Not full-on Fantasy but the books I've really loved over the years have been atmospheric with a hint of magic or the supernatural. Often they've been set in buildings with secrets, buildings that are almost a character. Human characters that are emotionally well-drawn also a bonus... Historical fine. I don't ask for much! wink Any suggestions?

myoriginal3 Sun 26-Feb-17 16:51:24

M.R. Carey. "The Girl with all the Gifts"

Just what you're looking for.

ThereAreNoGhostsHere Sun 26-Feb-17 17:30:17

Have you read the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch? They might appeal. Some magic and fantasy and crime and London all together. They're not bad, and that's coming from someone not keen on fantasy.

AdaColeman Sun 26-Feb-17 17:35:28

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Elbi Sun 26-Feb-17 17:53:02

Ooh this is exciting smile I haven't read any of those! Looking them up now... Thank you

SatsukiKusakabe Sun 26-Feb-17 18:08:28

The Bone Clocks and Slade House by David Mitchell.

Slade House only appears once every nine years, and people aren't seen again once they visit...

lemonpoppyseed Sun 26-Feb-17 18:09:58

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

FurbysMakeSexNoises Sun 26-Feb-17 18:12:50

The Night Circus and The Magicians trilogy

RemusLupinsChristmasMovie Sun 26-Feb-17 18:14:11

Have you read any Isabel Allende?

Thegiantofillinois Sun 26-Feb-17 18:14:17

Anything by Angela Carter.

Thegiantofillinois Sun 26-Feb-17 18:15:46

Neil Gaiman or Nick Harkaway, although I suppose they're more obviously fantasy.

Sleeperandthespindle Sun 26-Feb-17 18:16:31

Anything by Alice Hoffman would fit the bill.
Ive just finished 'Bitter Greens' by Kate Forsyth which was magical and unputdownable.

Thegiantofillinois Sun 26-Feb-17 18:17:31

The Gracekeepers. The Honours. Possibly Finding Martha Lost, although I ended up being disappointed in it.

DoItTooJulia Sun 26-Feb-17 18:18:32

YY to the Snow Child and Johnathon Strange and Mr Norrel both great reads and fit the bill entirely.

Thegiantofillinois Sun 26-Feb-17 18:20:22

Station 11. Probably more post apocalyptic, but the idea setting up a travelling Shakespeare troupe after the end of the world is more towards more light hearted end. Ooh, The Blind Assassin.

CMOTDibbler Sun 26-Feb-17 18:20:37

If you haven't read the Ben Aaronvitch books, you are def going to want to try them.

You could also try Phil Rickman - either his Merrily Watkins series, or the non series ones. In many of them you can't decide whether something supernatural is actually supposed to be going on, or whether its peoples imagination. December is particularly good.

Thegiantofillinois Sun 26-Feb-17 18:22:34

Lexicon by Max Barry. All about the power of language.

AdaColeman Sun 26-Feb-17 18:24:25

YY to Angela Carter, especially Nights at the Circus and The Magic Toyshop

WhyHasAllTheRumGone Sun 26-Feb-17 18:25:53

Another vote for Ben Aaronovitch, they really are brilliant.

Elbi Sun 26-Feb-17 18:32:27

Oh totally agree on Angela Carter - she's my favourite and I LOVE Nights at the Circus and The Magic Toyshop.

MadeinBelfast Sun 26-Feb-17 18:33:45

If you want something a bit 'light' some of the Cecilia Ahern books have a magical 'undertone' e.g. 'Thanks for the memories'.

AdaColeman Sun 26-Feb-17 18:34:10

The Languedoc trilogy by Kate Mosse, Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel.

Maylani Sun 26-Feb-17 18:37:30

Another vote for Isabelle Allende!

Elbi Sun 26-Feb-17 19:23:30

I'm having a delightful evening looking up all these suggestions - thank you everyone! Thegiantofilllinois I nearly hyperventilated at the premise of Station 11 - sounds fab.

exexpat Sun 26-Feb-17 19:28:55

I'd second/third the recommendations for Phil Rickman and Ben Aaronovitch. Also Nick Harkaway.

Also, if you are open to translated fiction, then you might enjoy some Haruki Murakami (A Wild Sheep Chase, 1Q84, After Dark, Norwegian Wood etc) or Taiichi Yamada (Strangers, I Haven't Dreamed of Flying For a While).

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