I’m a fan of fantasy and sci-fi books — ‘furry’ themes are nice but not necessarily a requirement. Here is a list of books I enjoyed, in no particular order:
- Heartstrikers by Rachel Aaron — a dragon who isn’t ruthless enough for his family has to prove himself as a human in a cyberpunk city.
- Kismet by Watts Martin — a genetically modified anthropomorphic starfaring freelancer gets stuck between powerful corporations that want to control the future of gene modification.
- Starship’s Mage by Glynn Stewart — Starships whose FTL transport is actually magic.
- Neuromancer by William Gibson — A seminal work of cyberpunk fiction concerning a digital heist and a supposedly dead AI.
- Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson — A satirical (yet entirely too realistic) cyberpunk story about a VR world and a virtual drug.
- The Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher — A PI in modern Chicago who is also a wizard solves crimes, burns down buildings, and cracks wise. If the first doesn’t draw you in, skip to number 4 (they’re in loose trilogies, so 4 is a good starting point).
- The Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch — Ocean’s Eleven in fantasy Venice.
- Jade City, by Fonda Lee — The Godfather in fantasy Japan.
- Lightbringer by Brent Weeks — Certain people are born with the ability to use magic dictated by specific colors of light, with a rigorous magic system and a sprawling twisting plot
- A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K LeGuinn — a famous fantasy series about the growth of a young boy into the most powerful wizard in the world, told in a unique style that resembles an oral history
- The Magicians by Lev Grossman — a bunch of dysfunctional undergrads discover that even being admitted to a secret magic school can’t solve their problems.
- Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone — Lawyers are necromancers, and laws and contracts are spells.
- The Laundry Files by Charles Stross — Computers can summon Cthulhu, and the main character is a sysadmin cum secret agent/wizard. The first couple books are deliberate Bond pastiches but the later ones have their own identity.
- Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick — a thief steals more than he bargained for when he gets involved in forbidden magic.