I'll have an actual post at some point soon, honest.
A Dream of Wessex by Christopher Priest
This one of Axel's.
A group of people are participating in an experiment in which they participate in a group consciousness, living in an artificial "projection" of an idyllic future where much of the world's modern problems are solved. The purpose of the experiment is to find out how the world gets there, but the two-year timeline is nearing an end, and the investors apparently don't like the answer they're getting, (which essentially boils down to live simply and eliminate capitalism). So they introduce a new participant, somebody who is a selfish vainglorious asshole who completely derails the projection.
This is the second book in a row with a controlling, gas-lighting, stalker ex driving the conflict.
The Reluctant King by L Sprague de Camp
Another one I don't recognize.
Sword and sorcery escapism, with a hero who goes on quests and continually gets into misadventures. It's cute if you like that kind of thing. There are actually three books here and I quit after the first one because the sequels just seemed to be more of the same. Nothing wrong with it, just not entirely to my taste. Would probably make a fun movie, lots of beautiful damsels and great swordfight scenes.
Darkness, I by Tanith Lee. The third book in the Blood Opera trilogy.
Another one of Axel's.
I did not like this book. Axel suggests that I might like it better if I started with the first book, but in all honestly rich, self-absorbed people who feed on the rest of humanity is pretty much the universe I'm trying to escape from when I read fantasy. Oh, and they also don't get old or sick, so fuck them twice.
Seriously, where do vampires get all their money? Do they like, play the stock market or something?
The Owl Service by Alan Garner
No idea where this came from. It might be mine, I remember reading it as a kid and really liking it.
Three teenagers in Wales get caught up in supernatural events that are all related to the myth of Blodeuwedd. There is plenty of class conflict and anti-Welsh prejudice as well, which is something I hadn't remembered from when I read it the first time. Another thing that really stuck out this time was just how unlikable all the characters are. By the end of the story I was rooting for the ineffable supernatural force to go ahead and stab everybody already.