I tried this out a couple weeks ago. Here we go again! I always like getting recs for books or movies especially if there are little threads like ‘hey, you’d like this because this character reminds me of such in such’ or ‘this feels like a progenitor to that.’ Here’s this week’s Tuesday Trio!
In this trio we have a lot of connections. First off all three involve deteriorated, moldy old cities of similar advancement the second two with canal like cultures, and all with very distinct upper and lower classes. They also have protege situations where characters have to learn to exist in the opposite lifestyles than they were accustomed. Street rat in the upper class. Upper class person forced to sort out life on the street. Weeks’ series could almost be read as a side story to Cherryh’s. The universes are so similar. In Pratchett’s Discworld series, there is a character named Carrot who is so very much like Logan in The Way of Shadows. If you like any one of these books I’m sure you’d like the other two. Check them out!
Night Watch, by Terry Pratchett (Amazon/B&N)
One moment, Sir Sam Vimes is in his old patrolman form, chasing a sweet-talking psychopath across the rooftops of Ankh-Morpork. The next, he’s lying naked in the street, having been sent back thirty years courtesy of a group of time-manipulating monks who won’t leave well enough alone. This Discworld is a darker place that Vimes remembers too well, three decades before his title, fortune, beloved wife, and impending first child. Worse still, the murderer he’s pursuing has been transported back also. Worst of all, it’s the eve of a fabled street rebellion that needlessly destroyed more than a few good (and not so good) men. Sam Vimes knows his duty, and by changing history he might just save some worthwhile necks—though it could cost him his own personal future. Plus there’s a chance to steer a novice watchman straight and teach him a valuable thing or three about policing, an impressionable young copper named Sam Vimes. (via Amazon)
The Way of Shadows, by Brent Weeks (Amazon/B&N)
For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city’s most accomplished artist. For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly – and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics – and cultivate a flair for death. (via Amazon)
Angel with the Sword, by C.J. Cherryh (Amazon/B&N)
In Merovingen, a watery canal-laced city, much like Earth’s Venice, society is segregated along class lines between the lower and upper cities. Against her better judgment, Altair Jones, 17, rescues an unconscious man from a canal near her poleboat. She is fascinated by Mondragon’s good looks and elegant ways and begins to fall in love with him. Even though she knows there is no future for a water rat like herself with such a man, she decides to watch over him and rescue him from his enemies; enemies who turn out to be the most powerful people in the upper city. (via Amazon)