Author Spotlight – Seanan McGuire

This is something new that I’m trying out! Occasionally, when I’ve read a good number of books by an author, I’d like to try and do an Author Spotlight. The goal of which is to compare their work across a series, and see what other books they have that I’d like to check out. Ideally, I’d like to have completed multiple series if possible when looking to do this, but since the fifth book in the Wayward Children series came out this month, I thought that Seanan McGuire would be a good first candidate to explore.

McGuire is a very interesting author to me, as I’ve just barely scratched the surface of what she has available to read, even after having read five books by her. For starters, she operates under her name, as well as her pen name Mira Grant. Just under her real name, she has written six series, most of which are ongoing. The longest of these is the October Daye series, which currently has 14 books in it. She also writes comics, science fiction, fantasy, and across many other genres.

There’s a lot to unpack with McGuire’s writing, and some of her series have been going on for over 10 years. I’m not yet sure if I’m ready for the type of commitment that requires a ten year series, but I’m open to trying them and seeing how they are.

Here’s what I’ve read of Seanan McGuire: the 5 books in the Wayward Children series. I have reviews out for all of them, and for the most part I’ve definitely enjoyed what they’ve done. Books three and five were not my favorites, but if her other books are even remotely like books two and four then I definitely think I’ll enjoy them. I’ve mentioned this in my reviews, but McGuire writes very lyrically and flowery (at least in the Wayward Children series). I don’t know how this will work in her Mira Grant works, but I’m definitely interested in finding out.

The next book of hers that I’d like to tackle is Middlegame, which is on my TBR for this month, but I’m not sure if I’ll get to finish by the end of the month.

The sheer volume of her novels, both as Seanan McGuire and as Mira Grant is somewhat intimidating, so I think I’d like to start with the first books of each of her longer series, as well as a few of her standalone. As Mira Grant she tends to write more in the horror/thriller category, which I’m also known to enjoy.

So here’s my list of the next three books I’d like to check out by Seanan McGuire:
1. Middlegame
2. Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1)
3. Into the Drowning Deep (as Mira Grant)

We’ll see if I end up getting to these soon, but I’d like to see if her writing stays consistent across more books and series.

-Siobhan

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