Oranges and lemons, Say the bells of St. Clement’s…

Posted On 16 August 2016

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Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  The topic this week is:

Top Ten Books With ‘X’ Setting

My choice is ‘books set in London’ and they are as follows:

  1. The Harry Potter series!  This being my Harry Potter month I felt compelled to get this one into the mix.
  2. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – I love this story and the underground stations that dwell below are just brilliant!
  3. Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.  I’ve read lots of the Sherlock Holmes stories so won’t particularly recommend any one.  They’re all great – although perhaps I could nudge you gently towards Hound of the Baskervilles.
  4. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye – I can’t recommend this book enough!  It was just fantastic and I loved it.
  5. Fated, an Alex Verus novel by Benedict Jacka – I’m not fully uptodate with this series but I will eventually catch up!
  6. The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger (Soulless, etc).  Highly entertaining steam punk and tea time shenanigans.
  7. Mayhem and Murder by by Sarah Pinborough – gothic horror on the streets of London – what’s not to love!
  8. A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan – a little bit of a cheat this one in more ways than one.  Lady Trent originates from a place that is like an alternate London and – to be honest the majority of the stories are based elsewhere.  But I do love this series so thought it was worth mentioning.
  9. Vampire Empire by Clay and Susan Griffith – not set purely in London but a good deal of the action takes place there – a world overrun with vampires!
  10. Delia’s Shadow by Jamie Lee Moyer

38 Responses to “Oranges and lemons, Say the bells of St. Clement’s…”

  1. sjhigbee

    What a lovely choice of books – and as I’ve recently published some of my own book choices set in London, I was particularly interested in your selection. I’m impressed that there is only one overlap! I also mentioned the Alex Verus series, but other than that, your offerings are all new to me – I love the look of Jane Steele:)). Thank you for sharing.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Jane Steele was just brilliant. I loved it. I hope you find time and opportunity to pick up a copy. The Verus books I need to catch up on – I know I read the first two but not sure if I continued after that.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Kate @ Midnight Book Girl

    So many lovely choices! I also love England as a setting (how have I not read Mayhem yet? It totally looks like a me kind of book), especially Victorian England, although any time frame or any reality suits- Neverwhere is a prime example. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Mayhem and Murder are excellent gothic Victorian stories – I love Pinborough anyway as she’s just so versatile but if you like gothic horror then this is definitely for you. I would say although they’re both good the second in series is absolutely the best without doubt!
      Lynn 😀

  3. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

    I really want to read Jane Steele! It has been sitting on my shelf since April…. Need more hours in the day!

    • @lynnsbooks

      That is exactly my problem – too many books, too little time – still I don’t suppose we’d want it the other way around – at least this way we have plenty of choice! Definitely, I hope you find time for the Steele book – I adored it.
      Lynn 😀

  4. iloveheartlandx

    Obviously love the Harry Potter books! I’ve never read any of the original Sherlock Holmes books, I should really do that!
    My TTT:

    • @lynnsbooks

      The beauty of the Holmes books is that you can read one of the shorter stories and see if you like it or not.
      Lynn 😀

      • iloveheartlandx

        I may just try that! Thanks for the tip 🙂

      • @lynnsbooks

        No worries. Hope you enjoy if you pick it up.
        Lynn 😀

  5. Risa

    I would really like to read Neverwhere. For some strange reason I haven’t got to it yet… Harry Potter — thumbs up! I find Sherlock Holmes isn’t my cup of tea…:-/

    • @lynnsbooks

      Totally understand about Holmes – not for everyone. I like the quirky sort of humour.
      I love Potter and I think you would love Neverwhere – it’s just, well, firstly it’s Gaiman and secondly I love the play on names for all his alternative London places. Plus Neverwhere has some great characters – not least the Marquis – but I won’t elaborate and spoil it for you.
      Lynn 😀

      • Risa

        I really liked Gaiman’s Stardust. It was so light and whimsical. Neverwhere sounds like it might be the same…am I right? It’s definitely on my to-read radar!

      • @lynnsbooks

        Stardust is great. Neverwhere is also excellent – if you liked Stardust you’ll live Neverwhere (imho). Also The Graveyard Book – which is more a children’s book but I just loved it. Risa, let me know if you do pick one of them up – I would love to know what you make of them.
        Lynn 😀

      • Risa

        Sure! Will do so.:D

      • @lynnsbooks

        Cheers 😀

  6. jessicabookworm

    Great list and I love how you got Harry Potter in – I also got it on to my TTT list today too 😀 I really enjoyed the first book in The Parasol Protectorate series but never got round to the other books; I would like to get back to this series one day.

    • @lynnsbooks

      In fairness I think the first book by Carriger is the best one. I enjoyed the next two (I think I’ve read four out of five) but then started to tail off a little.

  7. Carrie

    i love books set in England! My TTT

  8. Samantha @ Book Minx

    Great picks! I’m bound and determined to like at least one Neil Gaiman book. Neverwhere is on my list to try out.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Neverwhere is great and Stardust but I love The Graveyard Book.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I didn’t realize Vampire Empire was set in London! (Guess the reason it surprises me is I am pretty sure the authors are somewhat “local” for me in NC. Or at least one of them is from here. I think.). Anyway, certainly doesn’t mean they can’t set a book in London.

    • @lynnsbooks

      A Little bit of a cheat that one – basically vampires have taken over certain part of the world – London being a cooler climate is one of their strongholds. The action also covers Scotland and France – the colder parts and then moves to Equatoria – which combines the warmer climates. So fairly mixed but definitely including London.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Ola

    London! ❤ I love this city, and luckily there is a lot of books set there so I can often travel there by reading books.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a great way to travel – you can even visit Middle Earth and outer space by reading!
      Lynn 😀

  11. Caitlin Stern

    I thought about Harry Potter and Jane Steele, but decided that maybe I’d talked about them enough and should give some other books a spot. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Good plan – although at the moment I find myself wanting to talk about both of those books quite often!
      Lynn 😀

  12. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Awesome list, Lynn! But but but, I’m crying because Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series isn’t on here! I’ll just assume you haven’t read it (yet? :D) The whole series is like a love letter to the city, it’s awesome! I think you’d like it 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I can’t believe myself really – I have read the 1st and I’ve had the 2nd waiting forever – i’ve even been to see the author and he’s so nice. I will definitely continue with the series although part of me is held back by thinking the maybe I need to reread the first!
      Lynn D:

  13. imyril

    I’m such a sucker for books set in the city I live, and Neverwhere is definitely part of the mythology of the city ❤

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ahh, I didn’t realise you were in the City – nice. Neverwhere is so excellent! I do love Gaiman.
      Lynn 😀

  14. ChrissiReads

    Brilliant list. 🙂 I love reading London based books!

  15. Ellis Ferrell

    Wonderful list! I love Neverwhere for the puns on the Underground stops although it does make by laugh while riding the tube sometimes. Jane Steele and A Natural History of Dragons are both on my TBR list.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, Jane Steele and the Natural History of Dragons are brilliant – totally different of course, JS is all gothic darkness and a twist (not a retelling) on the Jane Eyre story. A NHoD is great and I love the series but it’s not like full of dragons – it’s more like a study of dragons.
      I hope you get time to read them both though and let me know what you think please.
      Lynn 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love both of those books – I really hope you get a chance to read them.
      Lynn 😀

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