Book Suggestions – Farla


I don’t want to spend time on books people already know suck, so as a measurement let’s look to Goodreads and their four-star rating, which Unwind readily manages so we’re not exactly talking high standards here. You can recommend a book with a rating under that, but you have to make a case for why the book’s noteworthy in its failure.

Also, books that aren’t Book One of X are preferred. The current trilogy+ situation takes forever.

I’m not doing Mortal Instruments or anything else by the author because she’s a plagiarist.

I’m skipping things that have already gotten this treatment, No Twilight or Fifty Shades, Inheritance Cycle, Harry PotterHush, Hush or House of Night (done twice!).


The Scorpio Races:

Apparently kids race on freaky water horses that hate them and some of them die, for some reason.

Grave Mercy:

The main character is an assassin I think.


“all the people aged 20-60 dying in a plague, and yet the surviving 60+ crowd keeps around laws that prevent teenagers from working”


I remember it being sort of like a deconstruction of manic pixie dreamgirl, with a guy narrator I hated.

Left Hand of Darkness:

Old and famous novel by Ursula Le Guin. Considered feminist lit.


“Every human 15 and older vanishes, and the town and surrounding areas (later named the FAYZ) are encased within an impenetrable bubble. Many of the people and wildlife develop supernatural powers. ”

The Pledge:

“in a fantasy country, people are divided into different classes and you must stay within your own class. Cue special girl who can speak every class language.”

Troubled Waters

“Female protagonist, political plot (kings and brides), contains an alternate world with a lot of world building things”

Rebel Angels

Sequel to A Great and Terrible Beauty.


I have heard nothing but terrible things about this.


The failures of this book tasted delicious.


“Girl who’s half-dragon in a world where dragons can disguise themselves at humans and currently hold a treaty with humans.”

Dresden Files:

I hated the first book and not enough people agree with me.

Hollow Kingdom:

Supernatural romance with goblins.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

“The main protagonist is a ginormous Sue (Her name is Karou, her blue hair grows out of her head that colour [Incidentally, the author has bright pink hair, which, I’m sure, isn’t natural], she is an artsy art student in Prague despite not being Czeck, she is omg!beautiful and omg!talented and everyone envies ehr artistic skills, she travels around the world on mysterious errands for teeth for her father figure Brimstone, a chimaera, because she is also an orphan…)”


Is not exactly a book but it sure is a something.

Beautiful Darkness:

Sequel to Creatures and part of a four-book series, I guess the author couldn’t fit all the lack of worldbuilding into just one.


Sequel, naturally, to Eon.


Final Matched book, apparently sucks less than the others, but that’s not necessarily saying much.



Sequel to Divergent.

Children of the Dragon (Exalted):

Stop picking rapefests or this is next.


Something something mermaids?

The Culling

“it’s a teen book about a gay boy that ISNT all about his sexuality. My hopes were promptly dashed when I realized the main character is a Sparkley Sue with no real personality except Upstanding Moral Citizen, all the females were horrible, the love triangle made no sense and I STILL have no idea how big the world is because they apparently have the people to just throw them away willy nilly by the hundreds yet all the citizens fit into one stadium.”


“It’s got a strong female character, a well crafted and not overly bleak dystopian world, and the plot moves along at a good pace.
But then after that I think it completely goes off the rails- it seems like the author painted himself into a corner, plotwise, and just couldn’t get himself out of it”

Throne of Glass

“Sociopathic super assassin mary-sue main character, a nonsensical plot which is ignored half the time in favour of relationship drama, massive failures in research and basic logic.”


“In a society where you take a test at the age of ten that determines your intelligence (or something), a girl’s cop (or military-can’t really remember which) gets killed by a teen fugitive. Said girl, who’s some kind of prodigy (though it’s never really made clear), has to hunt down the teen fugitive rebel guy. And, yes, they fall in love.”

Shatter Me

Part of the beloved YA canon along with Wither, apparently?


  1. Lissa says:
    I’d be most interested in The Pledge, Starters, or Beautiful Darkness. I’ve seen good snarkings of a lot of the other books here, and I’m usually not interested in snarkings of books I haven’t read (I haven’t read The Pledge, but the premise sounds fail-tastic). I’ve read Starters and Beautiful Darkness, and they’re both awful.

  2. Curious for your feedback says:
    Have you read ‘Red Rising’ by Pierce Brown?
    It’s wonderfully written, cleverer and more nuanced than most dystopian fics. It has a few issues (numerous interesting minor female character, but the major ones are one at a time, even if they’re very compelling and have their own agency. Also -non graphic, only mentioned- rape is used a bit lightly.) but it delves deep in the worldbuilding and raises a lot of interesting questions. The plot-kickoff is a bit cliché (involves a woman’s sacrifice motivating the start of the hero’s journey) but it was done very well. And the main character is refreshingly intelligent and focused on the important things.

    1. Ember says:
      Hahaha, the title made me think “Is this some anti-communist bullshit?” but nope. NOPE. The “Reds” are the oppressed underclass and the hero wields a sickle. Maybe the trilogy is going to the same “actually, rebellion just makes everything worse, might as well just accept the status quo!” place as most of the shit that gets reviewed here, but for now that’s pretty ballsy.

      Roman names again, though. What the fuck is up with that?

      1. Gust says:
        I dunno how it’s going to end, since I haven’t finished the last book yet, but it seems to be going for a message “Revolution isn’t clean and perfect, there will be a lot of sacrifices and death along the way, but there’s hope that there will be a better future, which makes it better than just lying down and accepting your fate.”

        Wonder what farla’s going to make of the rape subplot in the first book.

  3. illhousen says:
    Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko.

    It was a big hit on Russian fantasy market back when translations of Western stuff were hard to come by, and I’m curious about your thoughts on it. I’ve read it a long time ago, back when my taste was non-existent, and even then I picked up on how pretentious this book was (holy fuck, it has music lyrics by a popular band just inserted into the text because the protagonist likes them).

    The outright batshittery doesn’t start until book three, as I recall, but there should be enough stuff to talk about, especially since the book has some peculiar problems plaguing modern Russian fiction.

  4. Lud says:
    Has anybody mentioned Ready, Player One?

    I’ve mostly seen glowing praise for it, but…

    I’m not the kind of person that would go to a place where everybody loves the book and say: “BUT WHAT ABOUT-”

    I’m not much of a thinker and even I could find several things that puzzled me, and some narrative choices that felt really empty.  I wonder if you’ve read it and what you thought of it.

  5. Jennifer george says:
    Red Rising — Hunger Games meets Ender’s Game

    On the one hand, this book is full of cool stuff. It has one or two fun plot twists. On the other hand, the character is a huge Marty Sue and there’s a painful thread of misogyny. Possibly my favorite example of this is a woman who randomly doesn’t want her rapist to be punished so it gives the main character a chance to show how he’s so just and strong by punishing the rapist anyway. Said rapist of course gets slotted into loveable rascal position thereafter cause the main character earned his respect by being so tough.

    Throw in some over-the-top purple prose, some self-congratultions from the author for daring to make the lovable rapist bisexual, a 4.2 rating on goodreads, and we have ourselves a sporking. Also, there’s a movie coming out.

  6. Jade Bunny of the Moon says:
    Pegasus by Kate O’Hearn

  7. Gust says:
    Some more books by Jim Butcher!

    Codex Alera – Tried reading, really boring.

    Aeronaut’s Windlass – steampunk thing.

    Not by Jim Butcher: Perfect Ruin. YA dystopia set on a floating city. I’ll quote the Goodreads summary:

    On the floating city, you can be anything you dream – a novelist or a singer, a florist or a factory worker… Your life is yours to embrace or to squander. There’s only one rule: you don’t approach THE EDGE. If you do, it’s already over.

    Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though her older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. There’s too much for her at home: her parents, best friend Pen, and her betrothed, Basil. Her life is ordinary and safe, even if she sometimes does wonder about the ground and why it’s forbidden.

    Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially once she meets Judas. Betrothed to the victim, Judas is being blamed for the murder, but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find—or whom she will lose.

    1. Socordya says:

      Perfect Ruin seems like something that seems very interesting but will inevitably be incredibly disapointing.


      edit: Oh! It’s by the Wither author.


      1. illhousen says:

        Oh! It’s by the Wither author.

        *Runs for the hills.*

    2. illhousen says:

      Speaking of Butcher, I’ve heard from a few sources that he’s planning to write a YA book focusing on Harry’s daughter, though I couldn’t find a quote by him confirming it. Does anyone know anything about it?

      From what I’ve heard, it sounds like a Harry Potter rip-off about a magic school of some kind. So, something to look forward to.

      Morgan Stockhour

      OK, now I’m imagining DF Morgan as a YA dystopia protagonist. It’s hilarious. Love triangles resolved with stabbing.

    3. Socordya says:

      Aeronaut’s Windlass – steampunk thing.

      I looked at the synopsis on the author’s website, and it doesn’t sound like steampunk at all whatever the author says. Just non-medieval fantasy.

  8. K says:
    Dresden Files. If your looking to mind of step out of the big list of books in the official series, maybe just do some of the short stories? Heroet, Last Call, Love Hurts, Day Off and Backup come to mind, or the Bigfoot trilogy, but pick whichever you want. They’re all horrible to varying degrees.

  9. K says:
    Also the new short story Cold Case is also horrible and somehow manages to fuck Molly over even more. Which is saying something, given all that Butcher’s done to her in the last few books of the main series, but he does. It’s like an onion.

    Bonus points: It includes one of the rare POC (though minor/side, of course) characters of this series getting brutalized even further, both to give Molly (and I’m sure eventually Dresden, because of course it’ll loop back around to him, unless Butcher forgets or decides to make him not care) more stuff to angst over, and also just because. Maybe Butcher’s just run out of ideas for what to do with Ramirez, I don’t know. I hope not, considering what Butcher did to the other POC character last time he had that problem. *looks at Susan*

  10. Socordya says:

    The Chemist , by a certain Mormon author known for her illustrious contributions to the supernatural romance and vampire genre.

    Come on, you know you want to.

  11. Raven says:
    The Sword Art Online light novels.  Even just the first one.  If for no other reason than it would be interesting to draw comparisons between it and the Abridged series, which you liked so much

  12. nev says:
    Do you still plan to do Rebel Angels? I like your analysis of the first one, it’s spot on.

  13. illhousen says:

    The Basilisk Murders by Andrew Hickey.

    Hey, remember LessWrong and their brand of craziness? Someone wrote a satirical mystery about them. I’m kinda inclined to read it, but I think I’d rather inflict it on you first.


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