Sophie Schiller

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Sophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up in the West Indies. She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic and far-flung locations. Kirkus Reviews has called her "an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer”. She was educated at American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

A few years ago, the writer Karen Dionne wrote an article for the Huffington Post about why she would never write a disaster thriller. Among the reasons she gives is that during a terrible disaster, the situation deteriorates to the point where the story cannot end well. She thinks the final confrontation with the villain (in whatever form), must be violent. She says, "Readers have limits when... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on April 20, 2018 09:09 • 156 views • Tags: action, adventure, caribbean, colonialism, colony, france, martinique, mt-pelee, romance, st-pierre, thriller, victorian-era, volcano, voodoo, west-indies
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Race to Tibet

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Spy Island

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Jorgenson channels a hunky, heroic bomb-sniffing dog named Thor in this satirical and heart-breaking tale of love and loss. Twenty-something Max Ritchie is already a veteran of several wars and skirmishes from the Hindu Kush to the Tigris (with purpl ...more
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Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique
"Land of Love and Drowning is a novel set in the beautiful US Virgin Islands, filled with lilting, poetic sentences, wonderful metaphors and descriptions. However, the lush, lyrical writing does nothing to save a plot that is convoluted and ill-con..." Read more of this review »
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My father gave me this book when I was in High School and I've held onto it for decades. The book is like a mystical journey by a man named Colin who is growing embittered and cynical as a result of a disfiguring accident. But he could represent any ...more
Mirror Of The Orient by Roland Michaud
"This is not "Orient" as in "the Far East;" it's more "Orient" as in "Oriental carpets" and "Orientalist art" - i.e., Central Asia from Turkey east through Muslim India. The book is a gorgeous, high-concept affair pairing vignettes from 14th-19th c..." Read more of this review »
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Sophie Schiller Hi Philip,
So nice to hear from you! There are lots of ways we can connect, not just through Goodreads. You can always email me at sophieschillerbooks@gmail.com or through my Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/SchillerSoph...

Now, regarding your question, I scrolled through your list of books to get an idea of your reading preferences, and it occurred to me, especially since you mentioned that you like stories with unusual voices or narrative styles, that you might enjoy the Flashman novels of George MacDonald Fraser, especially with your interest in the Great Game and the exploits of Sir Francis Younghusband in Turkestan and Tartary. There's even a book called "Flashman in the Great Game." MacDonald Fraser had such a unique literary voice that I don't think he will ever be equaled. Try one of his novels and let me know what you think. You might be pleasantly surprised!
The only other book that I think fits your requirement would be "Perfume" by Patrick Suskind, which kind of has a creepy narrative voice; however, I'm not sure if my suggestions are what you're looking for. Probably the most unconventional book I've ever read was "Einstein's Dreams" by Alan Lightman, which reads kind of like a cross between physics and poetry. It's an extremely erudite work and so for that reason I would recommend it to you.


Philip Hi Sophie,

I always like stories with unusual voices or narrative styles - anything from Riddley Walker to Illuminae to World War Z to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. However, can't think of many more - so have created a list with those and a couple more, but am looking for other additions and recommendations.

Here's the list: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1... - and if you can think of more to add to it, please do!

Thanks, Phil

P.S. - notice that now you're a "la-de-da Goodreads Author," I can no longer just send you a friendly message like in the old days; can only post a comment like this. Too funny!


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