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Help me find some good books if you want to!

Discussion in 'Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror Books' started by Kjellmo, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. Kjellmo

    Kjellmo New Member

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    Well, I guess the title says it all.

    A little background info om my reading:
    Harry potter series
    Lord of the rings series
    The hobbit
    Stephen King: The dark tower series (Haven't read the last ones yet tho)
    Narnia
    Twilight series
    Inheritance series.

    I noticed that several of these books end up in the "books for children" section in this forum, but I still posted this here as I'd like to expand my horizon a little bit. Maybe some more mature books would be the thing?

    Before I continue I have to confess that the fantasy vocabulary might be non-existing here...

    I can tell you that I like stories where the author creates a world of his or her own. Harry potter was alright as Rowling managed to create a new world within the normal one, but I prefer Paolins and tolkiens approach where they create an entirely new world. I actually loved the Twilight series, but I turned my brains off for all the romance. I can read about it, but preferably not to the same extent as in the Twilight series. The only "must" is some form of magic. Hopefully combined with something mythical (dragons or other things) or supernatural. I can definitely read a book without magic too so feel free to recommend other books too.

    I really hope you could help me, as I've got a year to kill in the Army..
     
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    Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, maybe?
     
  3. mmyap

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    Hmm, at the risk of getting my rear end handed to me for being too juvenile in my suggestions.... Since you enjoy alternate world/fantasy sorts of tales may I suggest Brian Jacques and his Redwall series?

    I'm a forty-ish woman who read some of this series (which are abundant) aloud to my kids when they were young and realize that they were wonderful reads no matter what age you were.

    They are actually about animals that are humanized and live in a sort of medieval alternate universe.

    I loved these books. :blush:
     
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    Well, The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett should be right up your alley :) Discworld has it all.. It's an absolute must for all Fantasy readers.

    Author of G.E.N.I. Genetically Enhanced Natural Intelligence (Check out the book on Eloquent Books, or any other online bookstore...)
     
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    You might like the Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher (although these are urban fantasy novels.)
    "The Dresden Files is a series of fantasy/mystery novels written by Jim Butcher. He provides a first person narrative of each story from the point of view of the main character, private investigator and wizard Harry Dresden, as he recounts investigations into supernatural disturbances in modern-day Chicago."

    Maybe the Xanth novels by Piers Anthony?
    Maybe Bedlam's Bard or The Last Herald Mage series by Mercedes Lackey?
    I really like the the Darwath books (The Time of the Dark, The Walls of Air, etc.) by Barbara Hambly. She has also written many other books about wizards such as The Rainbow Abyss and The Magicians of Night.
     
  6. Kjellmo

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    thank you

    you have definitively given me something to consider. Og there are any other good sugestions out there, I would be happy for each and every one. Thanks to the ones that have responded so far!
     
  7. benzrf

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    My Personal Top Four

    I can't tell you that you'll like all of these, but here are my top four favorite series and trilogies:

    High Fantasy:

    Pendragon Series(not the Arthurian Saga), Starts with The Merchant of Death,

    Abhorsen Trilogy(doesn't have to do with horses), Starts with Sabriel.

    Low Fantasy:

    Young Wizards Series(not as cheesy as it sounds), Starts with So You Want to be a Wizard(also not as cheesy as it sounds),

    Midnighters' Trilogy(bordering on sci fi but not quite), Starts with The Secret Hour.

    By the way, most of these are classified as YA books at most of the libraries I've been to, although a couple might be slightly younger than that.

    Hope this helps! Please email me at benzrf@gmail.com if you like them, I have a host of other suggestions.
     
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    You could try the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R R Martin (starts with A Game of Thrones)
     
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    Robin Hobb's Farseer series is pretty damn good and fits what your looking for pretty well.
    Robin Hobb's Home

    Jane Lindskol Through Wolf's Eyes isn't bad either but its not as good of a series as Hobb's or Martin's. Martin's series is amazing but he is dragging ass about finishing it so you may just want to hold off till he either dies or does finish it.
     
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    I would like to back up WickedWitch's suggestion of the Xanth series, it has some "mature" content, if you know what I mean, but it's still good(if the first two books are anything to go by). The end of the second book is brain-bending, though.

    The basic idea here is that Xanth(a small country shaped like Florida) is a place where everything and everyone is magic. Everyone has some kind of "talent", from being able to summon storms to just being able to make a spot appear on the wall for a short while. Bink(that's the main character), however, doesn't have any kind of talent at all, and he's shunned.(That's the premise of the first book, A Spell for Chameleon, anyway.)
     
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    A good new book is a classic old one if you want to reread it (Animal Farm, for example)
     
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    I second this recommendation. :)
     
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    I Liked all the Books you mentioned...

    Just wanted to throw out a new book I just read. It is Feather Book One By Abra Ebner. It is part of a three book series. I really liked the adventure and journey I was taken on. The book really sucked me in and kept my attention. I read it all in one day, I just couldn't put it down. I feel it is one of the better books I have read in a while. It doesn't come out in book form until Early February, but is available in Kindle form, also available at mobipocket. I bought it off of the Feather Book Series website, I hope this helps.
     
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    The classic Beowulf, which had a mass influence on Tolkin. Eragon , if your favoritism is fantasy; although, I have not yet read this series, only by its prominence can I presume it will be a distinctive read.

    Also general British or European history which to me, reads like a fantasy novel while also being a bit edifying and is where much fantasy and fairy tale novels are derived from.
     
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    EarthSea series is a great read in my opinion.
     
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    • A Wizard of Earthsea
    • His Dark Materials
    • The Sword of Shannara
    • Wizards First Rule
    • The Belgariad Series
    • The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
    • Wheel of Time Series
    • A Song of Ice and Fire
    • Twilight
     
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    WHAT THE HELL?? Doesn't anyone remember the Dragonlance Series (Weis/Hickman)? I'm pretty sure that they are required reading if you are a true fantasy-dork. It's the closest thing to Lord of the Rings as you're gonna get.

    Second runner up would be ANY of Jennifer Fallon's books.
     
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    I would suggest the Wheel of Time series. It's meaty, 11 books plus a prelude. If you enjoy a real indepth story, this fits the bill.

    Also, try my book, Dark Lord Rising. It's character driven and I hope very entertaining.
     
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    Currently Reading:
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    I love brian Jacques! his is a very creative author




     
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    I'll second or third or whatever this :D

    Redwall is a great series.

    I'll toss my hand for the Temeraire series as well. One of the few fantasy series I've read that has made me smile/laugh out loud at work on break...

    And last, I say check into Dragonlance. I powered through the first three books in under a week a few months ago.

    Good luck and enjoy :)

    Totally missed this...

    And never read anything by Goodkind. He's a douche on paper and during interviews.

    Edit again: George R.R. Martin is fantastic :D So a second on A song of Ice and Fire.
     

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