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Any recommendations for cosy or novels (or short story collections!) to sink my nose into? I'm thinking along the lines of Elizabeth Bear's white space novels, or basically anything by Becky Chambers.

Wow, thanks for all the suggestions everyone, sorry if I don't manage to respond to them all individually! Will start adding them to by bookwyrm profile: feel free to follow me over at @petrichor@bookwyrm.social too if you want more bookposting... :BlobCatBlush:

@petrichor I've been reading Chilling Effect (or well, by now the second book) by Valerie Valdes lately - maybe a bit more thriller-y than cozy, but a pretty easy read!

I can also *strongly* recommend pretty much everything by Geron Kees: iomfats.org/storyshelf/hosted/ -- especially the Charlie Boone series. It's more written for YA in some ways, but it's very intricate and comfy worldbuilding pretty much across the board, and also an easy read!

CW for mild sexuality, though. But their stories always make me feel better! Also they have a very particular writing style, where most stories start out reading like a 'normal' story without sci-fi/fantasy elements, but I can assure you that it doesn't stay that way :)

@petrichor (If reading on a mobile device, try iomfats.cryto.net/storyshelf/h instead, which is my proxy that strips all site layout)

@dadegroot @petrichor Can second Ben Aaronovitch. Also Jodi Taylor’s St. Mary’s and Time Police series.

@petrichor Becky Chamb—ooh you already know her.

Goblin Emperor and the sequel is very cozy and heart-warming and good

@elilla I was convinced for ages that I'd read Goblin Emperor but it's not in any of my ebook accounts and I can't remember anything about it so I must have imagined it. Thanks for the reminder, it's going on my list!

@petrichor I like KB Wagers NeoG novels. Found family coast guard in space.

@petrichor Ken Liu short stories, maybe ? (I don't know under what name they're edited in english, sorry)

@riff @petrichor The Paper Menagerie! I don't know that I would describe them as cosy, per se, but I would recommend the collection.

@LauraC_rter @riff Ooh OK, I enjoyed his Three-Body Problem trilogy so this sounds great! I feel like you've recommended it to me before Laura...

@petrichor I think that you are confusing Ken Liu and Liu Cixin :)

They have quite different styles, Ken Liu is ... warmer, i guess ? Less hard-sciencey, more human-centered, maybe ?

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@riff well, the thing to remember is that cixin liu is part of the hegemonic group in china and is being critiqued for it... (heck, i even know a translator who absolutely refuses to translate him) whereas ken liu is part of the diaspora. @petrichor @LauraC_rter

@riff @LauraC_rter Ah I got confused because Ken Liu did the English translations of Three-Body Problem and Death's End so they showed up when I searched for him, sorry! 🤦🏻

I feel sure I'd read some of his own original work, possibly in a short story collection at some point. Anyway...

Complete tangent, but I noticed a distinct difference in style for Joel Martinsen's translation of The Dark Forest, and found it harder for read than the other two.

@petrichor no problem, errors happens ^^

For the english translations of Three Body Problem, i can't tell : i've read it in french, and all three books by the same translator :)

@LauraC_rter

@riff Ah yes, that would make a difference! My brain doesn't contain enough French to read both and compare but would be fascinating.

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@petrichor for the translation issue, i remember reading/watching somewhere that part of the (scientific) exposition in some of his books were cut 'cause of literary conventions being different (chinese sf makes use of conventions that feels more fresh there 'cause it hasn't been used so much whereas in the english-speaking sf sphere, it's old and tried/tired) and i can't recall which books it was @riff @LauraC_rter

@petrichor @riff second for love his short story collections. I loved “The paper menagerie” so much

@petrichor Have you read Martha Wells' Murderbot diaries? Highly recommended. You may lalso ike the Neo-G series by K B Wagers - liike coastguards in space
goodreads.com/series/271022-ne

@Kay @lj That's two recommendations for NeoG, definitely going to be taking a look at these, thanks. Found-family coastguard in space sounds great!

Loved all the Murderbot Diaries, although I see there's a couple of new short stories I may have missed... Looking forward to Murderbot's next adventure!

@petrichor @Kay I'm always deeply uncomfortable recommending my own books, but I write character-based SF&F, with strong found family themes.

@lj are your books published? Do you use another author name? I don't see you on Goodreads so you're unlikely to be in my local library or bookshop

@Kay I write as LJ Cohen. For some reason, Goodreads insists on putting punctuation & have me listed as L.J. Cohen

There's a pinned post w/all 8 titles & links in my profile.

@petrichor @lj I enjoyed the NeoG books (so far and waiting on more) and also K B Wagers' previous series. Very space opera. Different found family + real family + aliens
bookseriesinorder.com/k-b-wage

@petrichor I really love Madeleine L'Engle. I know she's a classic, but I often return to those novels I loved as a kid

@petrichor I read so many SFF books it's hard to know where to start. Or to stop. Locus and Hugo Awards lists are good for more explorations. Check out N K Jemisin if long books are OK.

@petrichor Ilona Andrews has a number of series, some of which get into cosy/ romance genres. I prefer a bit more kickass but she does those too.

@petrichor You might like Connie Willis as well, novels like To Say Nothing of the Dog and Doomsday Book.

@chewbacca Ahhh, read those already and loved them, so you're definitely speaking my language! Really enjoyed the idea of time-travel as being so restricted by the laws of physics that it's only useful to historians. I wonder if she's written anything new recently...

@petrichor

You could check out both of @vicorva 's books.
Lovely books!

And I really like del's recent story they published. @welshpixie

@maloki Loved @vicorva's Non-Player Character, and Books & Bone has gone on my list, thanks! Now to seek out @welshpixie's book...

@hammerj My brain thinks I have, but the more I look the more I think I'm misremembering! 😅

It's gone on the list, anyway, thanks!

@petrichor My pleasure! Oh I also have really liked Nathan Lowell's books - the Quarter Share (etc.) series is a slice-of-life in space that does some neat things with masculinity, the Tanyth Fairport series is a lovely fantasy quest about an older woman finding her place.

@petrichor
I'm not familiar with the authors you listed but Martha Well's Cloud Road series is one of my favorite fantasy stories of the last decade.

@gryphonEschmidt Well I enjoyed her Murderbot Diaries series so will definitely be giving this a try, thanks!

@petrichor I just finished Chambers' Psalm for the Wild-Built. I actually find Martha Wells Murderbot Diaries strangely cosy even though there can be a lot of action.

@otfrom I love everything Becky Chambers writes! I have Prayer for the Crown-Shy on preorder and I really hope there's a full length follow-up to To Be Taught, If Fortunate.

@daylightatheism @petrichor those have been fun, I did the first two on audiobook, narrated by the incomparable Kevin R. Free of Welcome to Night Vale.

@lonflobber @daylightatheism Oh yes, I loved the Murderbot Diaries books! "Having an emotion" has entered my lexicon 😂

@petrichor I really like Autonomous by Annalee Newitz, if you’re into some sci-fi with AI’s, bio-hacking discussions, human-bot relationships, and piracy. Maybe not entirely cozy, but it deals with interesting themes in a light manner.

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