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Discussion in 'Book Search & Suggestions' started by hungergames1989, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. hungergames1989

    hungergames1989 New Member

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    I've only read a handful of books throughout my life... and never really considered reading a worthwhile past-time until I started reading The Hunger Games... that was the first time that I was actually obsessed with a book so much that I was physically incapable of putting it down. I'd stay up nights late just to finish it... but unfortunately, THG only has 3 books and I've finished them :sad:

    Anyway, I bought Don't Blink by James Patterson a few days ago hoping it'd be awesome seeing as how the author is so famous. I finished it in a couple of days but I came away quite disappointed. It just seemed riddled with cliches and etc etc. It seemed as though the author wrote it fully intending it to one day become straight to DVD movie.... :lol:

    Anyway, if you have a moment to spare, what are some books to look forward to in these genres?

    Suspense... - anything as gripping as the films Enemy of The State or The Phone Booth?

    Fantasy - I've looked into Game of Thrones but I'm not sure yet.

    Realistic Science Fiction? - I've read Contact by Carl Sagan twice actually and liked it quite a bit, especially because of how realistic the world was but each read took me several weeks. I also tried the complete edition of Stranger In A Strange Land, but a year later I still haven't finished it.
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    I may edit this and add more...
     
  2. D.L. Severn

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    I could probably suggest some Fantasy to you but it is a very broad genre, any clues as to what may interest you would help figure out what you might like. Do you like epics that involve magic and made up worlds? Do you like fantasy where animals show qualities like humans (Watership Down, The Book of the Dun Cow, Redwall)? Do want fantasy that takes place in our world? Do you like real world historical fantasy? What about fantasy about mythology? What about Dark fantasy, which would have elements of horror in it, or futuristic fantasy. Do you like the idea of fantasy that involves parallel universes? As you can see, fantasy has a lot of categories, any idea of what you're particularly interested or not interested in would help.

    As far as suspense goes, I am a big fan of the Michael Slade novels which are a mixture of crime, mystery, thriller, horror, and action.
     
  3. hungergames1989

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    Fantasy about mythology seems more to my liking, and so does fantasy that takes place in our world... maybe...

    I'd be up for anything though as long as the story is good and allows me to connect with the characters, almost on a personal level like The Hunger Games did..

    Velocity by Dean Koontz also seems like it has a terrific story... That's not fantasy though, its suspense...
     
  4. Manly Reviews

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    Try picking up a copy of Starship Troopers if you want good sci-fi. Its one of the best books I've ever read.
     
  5. kelstan

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    Ooo, or Stranger in a Strange Land if you like Heinlein.
     
  6. WickedWitch

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    You might like:
    Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
    The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

    Also, I would suggest that you check books out of the library instead of buying them.
     
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    Fantasy - The Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher.
     
  8. hungergames1989

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    Honestly, I prefer buying books. Then I could always sell them on ebay if end up not liking them or don't plan to read them again...

    Anyway, today at Walmart I bought the smaller paperback edition of The Hobbit, and The Passage by Justin Cronin.

    The Passage by Cronin seems like it would last me a long time since I'm a slow reader...
     
  9. D.L. Severn

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    Ok, perfect, so my suggestions would be...

    American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
    Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
    Incarnations of Immortality series by Piers Anthony
    Earthsea cycle by Ursula K. LeGuin
    Ysabel by Guy Gaverial Kay
    Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine
    The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
    Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
    The Nightside series by Simon R. Green
    The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
    Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman
    The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
    The Magicians and The Magician King by Lev Grossman
    Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
    The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    Oryx and Crake by Margeret Atwood
    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    The Emberverse series by S. M. Stirling
    A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

    not in any particular order. Hope some of these can appease your desire for good reading material.
     
  10. O.G.G.

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    Try "Avalon" by Stephen Lawhead...
     
  11. Fiamma

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    If you like fantasy, I highly recommend Patrick Rothfuss's Kingkiller trilogy. Unfortunately, the final book hasn't been published yet, but the first two are spectacular. They are thick, but not hard to read. I found the story to be very engaging.

    If you're looking for some YA dystopian future reading, Ally Condie's Matched or Veronica Roth's Divergent are also really good reads.
     
  12. O.G.G.

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    I liked Rothfuss' "Name of the Wind"...
     
  13. Fiamma

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    Wow! You're the first person that I've come across who has also read it. I'm assuming you've read the second one?
     
  14. O.G.G.

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    No... I mostly do the fantasy stuff as a diversion.
     
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    I also loved "The Name of the Wind" but never got around to reading the sequel (so far).
     
  16. hungergames1989

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    Hmmm, I finished The Hobbit but its going Ebay now. Lol... I didn't really like that book.

    The Passage started off REALLY good... In fact I was loving it almost as much as The Hunger Games up until the time skip. It has been pretty good as well, but there are some sections that are just needlessly long and uninteresting. I still like it enough to finish it but I hope it gets better.
     
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    Ooh, you should. It's pretty long, but it's fantastic.
     
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    Life of Pi, Yann Martel
    If you like realistic fantasy, have you tried Terry Pratchett? His discworld novels are captivating, his characters are your best friends (or worst bosses), and his cynicism is amazing. He says it like it is...
     
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    The Twilight series might be a good next read for you. Even if you've seen the movies, the books were great. Also there's the new Insurgent series by Victoria Roth. I haven't read them yet but have them on my Kobo and am excited. Holding off cuz the 3rd one isn't out yet. They sound like they're going to be right down the same alley as Hunger Games.
     

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