Stuff and Nonsense: Top 10 Tuesday: Beach Reads


Top 10 Tuesday: Beach Reads

I played a little fast and loose with this week's Top 10 Tuesday topic, "beach reads," to give you some of my favorite fantasy and science fiction novels featuring big bodies of water. If every wave has its shore, than there's a beach somewhere in each of these novels!
  1. The Changeling Sea by Patricia McKillip: sea dragon makes mischief after a local girl hexes the sea for taking her dad
  2. The Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski: all-female inhabitants of an ocean-covered moon recruit a man from another planet to share their lives, because Philosophy
  3. The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin: wizard and companion set sail on a voyage to discover who is sucking all the magic out of the world
  4. Fortune's Fool by Mercedes Lackey: the Sea King's amphibious youngest daughter runs reconnaissance for him and falls in love with a Drylander
  5. Jingo by Terry Pratchett: mysterious sunken "island" rises up from the depths of the ocean and everyone wants to plant their flag in it
  6. Raider's Ransom by Emily Diamand: girl returns from a fishing trip to discover her village ransacked and much mischief afoot
  7. Singer from the Sea by Sheri S. Tepper: noblewomen are dying in childbirth while noblemen and commoners florish on a watery Earth colony
  8. The Snow Queen by Joan Vinge: on another watery planet, The Winter Queen seeks to rule forever by harvesting the blood of creatures revered by The Summer People
  9. The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler: fatherless girl raised on a boat takes a swimming lesson and her legs turn into a fishtail
  10. Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits by Robin McKinley & Peter Dickinson: six stories linked by water ("The Sea King's Son" and "A Pool in the Desert" are two favorites).


  1. I haven't read any of your beach reads but they all sound awesome!

    My TTT

  2. I love your twist on the topic. These are all new to me, which is great since I plan on being at the beach a lot this summer.

    Tanya Patrice


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