Take a Look at Some of the Most Unique Books I’ve Read!

April 11, 2017     Michelle     Top Ten Tuesday

Being an avid reader of all things fantasy, I get exposed to some PRETTY CREATIVE ideas. Fantasy is one of those genres that really pushes the bounds of the possible. And if you’re a skilled enough writer, you can put pen to paper and make brand new ideas come to life. Here are some of the most interesting and unique ideas I’ve encountered to-date.

Illuminae — This one wins the prize for most unique format, if nothing else. Told through a series of dossier artifacts, a story unfolds involving biological warfare, crazy AI units, and a lone kick-ass girl turned computer hacker. Read my review here.

Resenting the Hero — What do you get when you try to use magic to control the whether? A bunch of hot-head know-it-alls who are likely to get themselves killed. Moore’s Hero series circles around a unique world composed of Sources (who control the weather) and Shields (who protect the Sources), and follows a specific pair who start bending the rules of the possible.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone — While the overall premise (angels vs. demons & forbidden love) involves some rather cliche, if not overused ideas, the details Taylor uses in creating the Chimera race are awesome. This is a completely original idea for a race, world, and culture.

The Others — The idea of shapeshifters and vampires may not be anything new, but the specifics Bishop employs to create the terra indigene is awesome. And this is a great series 🙂 Read my review here.

Shades of Magic — Parallel worlds, interesting magic, great characters, a black market with crazy items for sale. What more could you want? Read my review here.

The Drafter — There are dozens of books dealing with time travel, but none so unique as this. As a drafter, Peri can “draft” back a few seconds, a few minutes, or even longer. But she forgets everything that has happened in the time that she misses. Which means HUGE potential for crazy mind games and manipulations. Not to mention some serious trust issues. Read my review here. 

Myth Adventures — Never has there been a more unique and crazy cast as that envisioned by Robert Asprin. The “demons” are dimensional travelers — beings who can walk between the dimensions. And every dimension has its own challenges and craziness to overcome.

Discworld — Nothing says unique like Terry Pratchett. His imagination knew no bounds, and we are worse off with his passing. With over 40 books in the series, the world is unique and imaginative in a way that can never be recreated. (Now I just need to read them all!)

Ink & Bone — What if the Library of Alexandria hadn’t burned down? And instead The Great Library took over the world? Well, Ink & Bone happens. While the ideas of knowledge-hoarding and dystopian societies aren’t exactly uncommon, the fact that I actually was routing against the library in a book is astounding and worth a mention. Read my review here.

First Truth — The Truth series by Dawn Cook (aka Kim Harrison) follows a not uncommon plot. It’s pretty standard epic fantasy garb. And yet … The actual magic behind the Masters is pretty darned special, and I really enjoyed it!

What unique books have you read lately? What makes them seem unique to you?!

  • Hi there! Yes to A darker shade of magic! What a unique book. Loved it. Must still finish the rest of the series though. One of my friends went crazy for Daughter of smoke and bone – glad to see it on your list as well.

    I didn’t do a TTT on unique books, but on unique characters. Have a look! http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2017/04/top-ten-most-unique-characters.html

    • Michelle

      You absolutely MUST finish the Shades of Magic series! It just gets so amazing! 🙂 I need to read the rest of Daughter of Smoke and Bone; I swear I will get to it eventually!

  • It’s great, seeing Illuminae on so many lists. It is really unique. I actually got my daughter reading it now. I think we’ll try the audio after.

    • Michelle

      Haha, yes, I think Illuminae should win the prize for MOST unique in a lot of ways! The audio is SO GOOD! It was a little jarring at first, but they really did do a remarkable job with it 🙂

  • Emily

    YES, I love the format of Illuminae! And Laini Taylor is amazing, omg. I’m reading Strange the Dreamer at the moment and it’s incredible. A Darker Shade of Magic and Ink and Bone are also excellent, although I still need to read Paper and Fire…

    • Michelle

      I need to read more of Taylor’s books! I’ve actually only read the one >.< I'm looking forward to reading Strange the Dreamer, since I won't have to worry about having forgotten anything before it, lol. I think I liked Paper and Fire even better than Ink and Bone — I highly recommend continuing that series!

  • I’ve been meaning to give Ink and Bone a chance.
    My ttt

    • Michelle

      You really should read it! It’s a lot of fun 🙂

  • I literally just finished A Darker Shade of Magic, and it was definitely an incredibly unique book! I loved the whole parallel world thing, and the idea of different Londons, and the characters were amazing! I’ll hopefully read the rest of the series soon 🙂
    I’ve flicked through a copy of Illuminae in a book shop and the weird formatting actually really put me off. I just thought it would be hard to get into, but so many people seem to have loved it that I think I should probably just get over it and give it a go! 🙂

    • Michelle

      Regarding Shades of Magic: YES READ THE REST SOOOOOONNNN! They are so good! 😀

      Regarding Illuminae: I actually really DIDN’T like the format at first. It just felt weird to get used to. But it honestly didn’t take that long to settle into it, and it’s managed SO REMARKABLY WELL that I honestly can’t imagine parts of it being told in any other way now. I definitely think that impressed me at least as much as, if not more than, the story itself. I can’t recommend giving it a chance enough!

  • Jo Elliott

    I love the Shades of Magic books! Ooh and Ink and Bone is awesome, I totally need to get around to reading the sequel at some point!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/top-ten-tuesday-102/

    • Michelle

      Aren’t they amazing?! You should definitely read Paper and Fire soon! I think I actually liked it better than Ink and Bone 🙂