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Snow themed books

What better time to list the snowy/winter books titles I collected a few weeks ago.

Some of these are wintery throughout, some just have a chapter or two and some I haven't read at all, so can't say.

1. The Tenderness of Wolves – Stef Penney (crime)
2. Dead Cold – Louise Penny (crime)
3. Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow – Peter Hoeg (crime)
4. Ghosts in the Snow – Tamara Siler Jones (hist. crime/fantasy)
5. North Child – Edith Pattou (YA fantasy)
6. Predator’s Gold – Philip Reeve (YA fantasy – book 2 in series)
7. At the Back of the North Wind – George MacDonald (YA classic fantasy)
8. The Long Winter – Laura Ingalls Wilder (YA classic)
9. Northern Lights – Phillip Pullman (YA fantasy)
10. Call of the Wild – Jack London (classic)
11. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis (YA fantasy)
12. The Dark is Rising – Susan Cooper (YA fantasy)
13. Wintersmith – Terry Pratchett (fantasy)
14. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott (YA classic)
15. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame (children’s classic)
16. The Sittaford Mystery – Agatha Christie (crime)
17. The Nine Tailors – Dorothy Sayers (crime)
18. Death and the Dancing Footman – Ngaio Marsh (crime)
19. Ordinary Wolves – Seth Kantner (novel)
20. Dr. Zhivago – Boris Pasternak (Russian Lit)
21. After the Fine Weather – Michael Gilbert (crime?)
22. The Snow Queen – Hans Christian Anderson (children’s classic)
23. Light on Snow – Anita Shreve (novel)
24. A Winter in the Hills – John Wain (novel)
25. Winter Holiday – Arthur Ransome (children’s classic)
26. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Joan Aiken (YA fantasy)
27. The Virgin in the Ice – Ellis Peters (hist. crime)
28. The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula Le Guin (sci fi)
29. The Adventures of Captain Hatteras – Jules Verne (classic)
30. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens (classic)
31. The Fifth Elephant – Terry Pratchett (fantasy)

I'm sure there must be a *lot* more. Looking at the list it does seem that two genres are well catered for - YA fantasy and crime. I'm sure there must be many more in other genres? And I'm racking my brains trying to think of the Georgette Heyer where the hero and heroine get stranded because of snow. Is it Sylvester? Or am I thinking of some other regency romance?

Anyway, thanks to all who contributed and anyone that can add to the list, please do.


A nice bookish day today. I went to Waterstones and was able to enjoy a half hour's browse among the new books. Not much to tempt me really, but I did buy this and also picked up my copy of this which you get free if you have a Waterstone's loyalty card, which I do. It's worth having the card just to get their free magazine, to be honest, as it really is very good, and one of the very few book magazines available in this country. Which always strikes me as a big shame.

More disappointingly I've just given up on a book. I really hate to do this but The Fade by Chris Wooding just wasn't doing it for me. It's hard to put my finger on why because I usually like this kind of sci fi novel. Partly, I think I'm not fond of the kind of female character some male authors write where she's clearly a man in women's clothes. Not much depth there at all to be honest, and the plot is dragging; 100 pages in and I'm still waiting for something to happen. It's a shame. I tend to get annoyed, not just by the wasted money, but also by the wasted reading days. I could have been reading something good!


Not posting a new title, just commenting.

Book #1 leaped out at me. I read The Tenderness of Wolves 2 months ago, and if that doesn't get you frost-bitten, I don't know what will. Fantastic book. Smilla's Sense of Snow is another one. And who doesn't feel frozen between Dr. Zhivago and Call of the Wild?

As for males writing as females, I've had that happen to me. I loved the early Robert Parker crime stories, with Spenser. He now has added a new series with a female detective, and clearly doesn't have a clue how females are. In fact he used his female protagonist to spout what are obviously his views on feminism. After 10 pages, I said, "Nope, I'm out of here." I also had it with another male mystery writer who kept using the word "asshole" with his female private eye. While that could happen, it sounded to me like a male writer using words males would use as opposed to females.

As a writer you have to lure your reader into believing the story is real and that you, the writer, are invisible. When you get the sense that the writer is peeping through, it wrecks the story. Thanks for sharing, but sorry you lost money on it.
I've had The Tenderness of Wolves for ages and really must get around to it, as I know I will like it.

It does seem to me that quite a few men don't know how to write female characters. I know it isn't easy but female authors do, by and large, seem better at writing men than vice versa. In a recent read - In the Woods by Tana French - the author really impressed me with her main male character, he was spot on. One excellent male writer of women characters, imo, is Terry Pratchett. Also Alexander McCall Smith.

I can't see many women using 'asshole' on a regular basis! I would have thought the author's editor should have picked up on that.
Probably the editor was a male and thought that was par for the course!

Thanks for the suggestions with Tana French. I agree with you on Terry Pratchett, but he is such a gentle man with such sharp insights, I'm not surprised.
It was "Sylvester", but snow brings the two together in one or two short stories in the "Pistols for Two" collection as well. *sighs at your snow* I'm actually having the inverse problem these days, of female authors writing their "men" like women (in m/m novels), insipid romance novel heroines to be precise (too many of which, incidentially, have dramatic snow scenes).
Thank you! I *thought* it was Sylvester but wasn't sure. It's a miracle I remembered and I think I only did because Sylvester is one of my favourite Heyers. It never used to be but it's snuck up on me over the years. I also thought about Pistols for Two so perhaps my memory is not as bad as I thought. LOL.

Yes, it's amazing how many writers of m/m fiction or fanfic seem to love 'feminising' one of the pair. I hate it personally. One of the attractions of m/m fic for me is that it's two 'men' in a relationship. If I want m/f (and sometimes I do) I'll read some het or a lurid romance. :-)

Thanks for commenting!
Ditto! I've been hesitantly (due to what people reading her now said) rereading these most important books of my upbringing, and appreciate tiny details in Sylvester all the more now (than I already did in general back then).

I wish for an equal affectionate relationship in published m/f novels, too, so you can guess my frustration in either realm *sigh* I had really thought that in slash fandoms I finally found like minded peeps, not just more inequality! *lopsided grin*
Book love.

Now I know quite a few of the crime ones and have read them - plus, of course, the TP ones.

Talking of TP what about 'Hogfather' and also did you know there's a programme on tonight (after MC) about him and Alzheimers?

I, like you, hate to give up on books and never used to. I'd plough on and on but now I don't. I can tell within the first few pages, certainly the first chapter and so call it day then if it isn't grabbing me.
I thought about Hogfather and couldn't remember if there was snow in it or not. Given its theme there ought to be didn't there?

You make me feel a lot better about giving up on books, m'dear.

Thanks for reminding me about the TP doc. I knew it was on sometime but not that night. Did you see it? I thought it was excellent. I know he hates being referred to as 'brave' but he really is, imo. An amazing man. I almost cried for him when he was doing the reading. And there was one woman at the con, who spoke, that I met at the Red Rose con. She's the kind of fan generally referred to as a 'nutter'. LOL.

Did you see Simon Brett on BBC breakfast TV this morning? Such a nice chap.

And thank you for your e.mail, which just arrived safe and sound.
I'm pretty sure there is. As you say there should be given it's theme, as it's about the equivalent of Santa Claus. There are also a couple of other Agatha Christie ones that came to mind: 'Hercule Poirot's Christmas' and 'The Adventure Of The Christmas Pudding'.

Oh, good.

You're welcome - and the second part is on on Wednesday. We haven't watched it yet, you know us, record it and . . . Ah, that kind of fan.

I didn't, no. But from what I've heard about him in other things he really is.

Oh, good. I'm glad it arrived safely - one never knows.