Summer Reading - the Cool List

The Complete Elfquest Volume 1 - Richard Pini, Wendy Pini Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice - A.S. Byatt The Icewind Dale Trilogy Collector's Edition - R.A. Salvatore The Terror - Dan Simmons Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic - Jennifer Niven The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the Northwest Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909 - Pierre Berton The True Deceiver - Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Ali Smith Winter's Tales - Karen Blixen, Isak Dinesen Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Høeg, Tiina Nunnally Folktales of the Amur: Stories from the Russian Far East - Dmitri Nagishkin, Gennady Pavlishin, Emily Lehrman

I know its summer, and we are all suppose to be talking about beach reading, but screw that.  If you are like me and live in a place that gets muggy and hot, nothing is better than reading a book where people freeze.  So here's a list.


1. Elfquest - I know that this seems to be a rather strange book and series, but part of it does take place in frozen north.  And you can feel the cold because unlike certain comic book illustrators, the Pinis have characters dressed for the cold.


2. Elementals by A. S. Byatt.  Both hot and cold in this one.  And what happens when they meet.


3. Icewind Dale Trilogy - what can be better than D&D in the far, frozen, North?  Ice dragons included.  As well as an elf that should be played by a man named Elba.


4. The Terror by Dan Simmons - slow paced but engrossing story of the Franklin voyage.


5. Ada Blackjack- the true story of a seamstress who survived alone in the arctic


6. The Arctic Grail - Breton's wonderful story of the search for the Northwest Passage.  Lots of people freeze to death here.


7. Snow Angels - an underloved mystery set in Finland.  This book deserves more attention than it gets.


8. The True Deceiver - In Jansson's short novel, it is unclear which is colder - the people or the environment.


9. Winter's Tales - Dinesan's short story collection is wonderful.


10. Smilia's Sense of Snow - a whole novel and mystery centering around snow.


11. A Cold Day for Murder - the first book in the Kate Shugak series.  Takes place in Alaska, and free for kindle.


12. The Dead of Winter - a interesting murder mystery with an unusual choice of teller.


13. Folktales of the Amur - you know that section of Russia that has those beautiful tigers?  These tales are from there.