Adult Book Lists: Novels That Combine Genres

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Lauren Beukes / FIC BEUKES
The Shining Girls
A time-traveling serial killer is impossible to trace-- until one of his victims survives. In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. He stalks them through their lives across different eras until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and starts hunting him back.
(Also available in ebook)

Michael Chabon / FIC CHABON
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
In a world in which Alaska, rather than Israel, has become the homeland for the Jews following World War II, Detective Meyer Landsman and his half-Tlingit partner Berko investigate the death of a heroin-addled chess prodigy.
(Also available in audiobook)

Susanna Clarke / FIC CLARKE
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
In nineteenth-century England, all is going well for rich, reclusive Mr. Norell, who has regained some of the power of England's magicians from the past, until a rival magician, Jonathan Strange, appears and becomes Mr. Norrell's pupil. Strange joins Wellington's campaign against Napoleon and lends the army his supernatural skill on the battle field. But as Strange's powers grow, so do his ambitions.
(Also available in audiobook, ebook, and DVD)

Diana Gabaldon / FIC GABALDON
Outlander
Claire Randall is a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. She is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
(Also available in audiobook, ebook, and DVD)

William Goldman / FIC GOLDMAN
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of Love and High Adventure
Westley, a farm boy, goes off to seek his fortune shortly after declaring his love for Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world, but their relationship is put to the test when his ship is captured by pirates and she is summoned to become the bride of the prince.
(Also available in DVD)

Seth Grahame-Smith / FIC GRAHAMES
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: the Classic Regency Romance--Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem
As a mysterious plague falls upon the village of Meryton and zombies start rising from the dead, Elizabeth Bennett is determined to destroy the evil menace, but becomes distracted by the arrival of the dashing and arrogant Mr. Darcy.
(Also available in audiobook, graphic novel, and DVD)

Steven King / FIC KING
11/22/63
On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, president Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King takes readers on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.
(Also available in large print, ebook, and DVD)

Katherine Neville / FIC NEVILLE
The Eight
Catherine Velis, a computer expert for a large accounting firm, is punished with reassignment to Algeria. Before she leaves, she is approached by an antiques dealer who wants her to assist him in collecting the pieces of a very old chess service, which when all of the pieces are reassembled, gives the players a game of unlimited power.

Audrey Niffenegger / FIC NIFFENEG
The Time Traveler's Wife
Passionately in love, Clare and Henry vow to hold onto each other and their marriage as they struggle with the effects of Chrono-Displacement Disorder, a condition that casts Henry involuntarily into the world of time travel.
(Also available in audiobook and DVD)

Claire North / FIC NORTH
Touch
"He tried to take my life. Instead I took his. It was a long time ago. I remember it was dark, and I didn't see my killer until it was too late. As I died, my hand touched his. That's when the first switch took place. Suddenly, I was looking through the eyes of my killer, and I was watching myself die. Now switching is easy. I can jump from body to body, have any life, be anyone. Some people touch lives. Others take them. I do both."

Helen Oyeyemi / FIC OYEYEMI
Boy, Snow, Bird
The Snow White fairy tale is brilliantly recast as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity. In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty-the opposite of the life she's left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman, who is passing for white. Boy, Snow, and Bird, Boy's dark-skinned daughter, confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.

Benjamin Percy / FIC PERCY
Red Moon
This novel is a literary thriller set in the American West. Werewolves live among us. They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers. They change. When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero. Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy.
(Also available in ebook)

Carlos Ruiz Zafon / FIC RUIZAFO
The Shadow of the Wind
Barcelona, 1945-just after the war - a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again. Daniel selects a book, The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax, and loves it so much that he sets out to find the rest of Carax's work. To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying eve-ry copy of every book this author has written. In fact, he may have the last one in existence. Before Daniel knows it his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona's darkest secrets, an epic story of murder, magic, madness and doomed love.

P. D. James / FIC JAMES
Death Comes to Pemberley
It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy em-barked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy's magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth's sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy's sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball. But now, Pemberley is thrown into chaos after Elizabeth Bennett's dis-graced sister Lydia arrives and announces that her husband Wickham has been murdered.
(Also available in large print, audiobook, and DVD)

Neil Gaiman / SF GAIMAN
American Gods
Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana, and his wife Laura. But just days before his release, Shadow learns that Laura has been killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job as a bodyguard from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. This job takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of ec-centric characters whose fates are mysteriously inter-twined with his own. Shadow learns that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, leg-ends, and myths are more real than we know.
(Also available in Spanish and ebook)

Catherynne M. Valente / SF VALENTE
Radiance
Severin Unck's father is a famous director of Gothic romances in an alternate 1986 in which talking movies are still a daring innovation due to the patent-hoarding Edison family. Rebelling against her father's films of passion, intrigue, and spirits from beyond, Severin starts making documentaries, traveling through space and investigating the levitator cults of Neptune and the lawless saloons of Mars. Severin is a realist in a fantastic universe. But her latest film, which investigates the disappearance of a diving colony on a watery Venus populated by island-sized alien creatures, will be her last. Though her crew limps home to earth and her story is preserved by the colony's last survivor, Severin will never return.
(Also available in audiobook and ebook)

Jo Walton / SF WALTON
The Just City
Created as an experiment by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, the Just City is a planned community, populated by over ten thousand children and a few hundred adult teachers from all eras of history, along with some handy robots from the far human future - all set down together on a Mediterra-nean island in the distant past. Apollo, stunned by the realization that there are things mortals understand better than he does, has arranged to live a human life, and has come to the City as one of the children. Then, a few years in, Sokrates arrives - the same Sokrates recorded by Plato himself - to ask all the troublesome questions you would expect.
(Also available in ebook)