So, still going old school for this post, but how can we talk about women to read in SFF without Lois McMaster Bujold? I was/am a latecomer to her books — it was only when the Curse of Chalion was recommended to me on a writer’s forum that I’d even *heard* of it. She’s not usually stocked in my local bookshop (and why that is, when she’s such a prominent SFF author, along with other award winning female SFF authors, is a post for another time…). I couldn’t even order in the sequel, but had to borrow it. And this sequel won a Hugo, a Nebula and a Locus award for crying out loud!
Anyway…I was late getting to her. But once I started…well, once I started I could not stop. I’ve still got about a bajillion books of hers to read, but I’ve loved every one so far. Curse of Chalion is in my ‘top five books of any genre, all time’ list. Threads are woven together with subtle expertise, the world-building is fantastic, the description flowing and not overblown, the MC is intelligent, not your typical hero, but so believable and likeable…I love that book so hard, it gives me that I Am A Talentless Hack feeling.
Not just a one off either — every book I read of hers evokes such things in me I cannot describe. I haven’t even started on her most famous series, the Vorkosigan saga, yet. At least partly because I know that’ll be it for quite some time, reading wise.
In conclusion — read her books. Now.