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Thread: Fantasy/Sci Fi Literature
October 11th, 2013 09:54 AM #11Senior Member
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Oooh, more suggestions! Eeeeek!!
Jim Butcher - I was going to get one of these today but the bookshop didn't have book number one in either series! Now, if you don't have book number one you shouldn't display any of the rest of the series, that's my view on this. Likely to change when I'm getting book two, but for now - silly bookshop. NO Jim Butcher for me...
Terry Pratchett - yes, I do love him! I didn't mention him up there, silly me, probably because he and Neil walk hand in hand as far as I'm concerned. He's wonderful and special.
Kalayna Price - definitely want to check this one out! Fae lore, how wonderful. Motherhood has made me realise I need some fast reads sometimes, so that's good.
Raymond E Feist - yes, I've seen his books. There are so many of them though, I get overwhelmed! But they look great.
Jennifer Fallon - sounds great, and she's getting quite good reviews, will check her out too!
Robin McKinley, Beauty - this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, right? I think I've seen it.
Gemma Malley - Declaration - oh, sounds spooky! I will check it out, teen fiction's fine, my brain doesn't work when pregnant anyway so might be a better fit.
David Eddings -The Belgariad - oooooh, this looks good! So pretty and mystic. I will definitely check him out.
Visit to the bookshop ended with six new books (a little bit disappointed I could find only six); Robin Hobb's Ship of Magic, Terry Brooks' The Sword of Shannara, Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Patric Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind, Elizabeth Kerner's Song in the Silence and Lev Grossman's The Magicians. So now I've got reading materials for a few days. Oh, who am I kidding, these books are HUGE. I'm starting with Robin Hobbs and its nearly 900 pages.
Last edited by ottilie; October 11th, 2013 at 10:11 AM.My darling Marian Illyria Aphrodite, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014
October 11th, 2013 10:38 AM #13
The need for a fast read? Dude, I wish I had time to read. Currently there just isn't enough time in the day/week/year!
But try audio books. I've been going through the Dresden Files that way. (It took me a bit to get into the narrator but now it's awesome - allows me to "read" while cleaning, or driving or in your case rocking a baby to sleep and I adore my audible.com subscription. Don't know if it works in the UK but if it doesn't I'm sure there is an equivalent).Aurelia - Endora - Illyria - Lorelei - Merida - Ofelia - Penrose - Tabitha - Viola - Zenobia
Alaric - Anton - Cedric - Dexter - Erich - Felix - Hector - Hendrik - Leonidas - Victor
Engaged to the best Man in the World. (God-mama to Lawrence, a little bundle of sunshine).
October 11th, 2013 11:13 AM #15
Garth Nix??? I must have read the Abhorsen trilogy a thousand times (and that's only a slight exaggeration). The white necromancy, the Charter Marks, the brilliantly named bells, the gates of Death...And I love the fierce characters! Sabriel and Lirael have both lived on my girls' name list before...
Otter, I'm so excited that you picked up NotW and Song in the Silence! I cannot wait to hear your reviews
Everyone else - I am DEFINITELY taking a trip to the bookstore after work. w00t!Zion Nathaniel ~ Solomon Fable ~ Balthazar Wolf ~ Malachi Sparrow nn Kai ~ Ender _____ ~ Caspian _____ ~ Tobias _____
Alice Willow ~ Ophelia Fawn or Ophelia Wren ~ Lucia Pearl ~ Eve Wisteria nn Evie ~ and second-guessing River Selene
Cirina Wryn, Narnia Rose, Luna Seraphine, Parthenia Nyx, Astoria, Illyria, Gwyneira, Farasha, Serafina, Senara, Soraya, Faerydae
Orion Melchior North, Tobias Loki, Edmund, Frost, Oberon, Hawthorne, Kenshin, Bastion, Remiel, Atreyu
October 11th, 2013 12:40 PM #17
You've got a ton of great suggestions already, but I'll throw my hat in: (top to bottom )
Orson Scott Card - I really like the majority of his stuff. He's one of the few writers who can make me cry in less than 10 pages! Ender's Game is great, but he has a ton of other stuff that's also very good.
Salman Rushdie - he's just a fab writer with great ideas. Even his kids books are amazingly inventive and don't feel childish.
Jasper Fforde - I find him so fun and creative. The Thursday Next series is wonderful, and I've liked others from him as well.
Charles de Lint - I've only read Memory and Dream, but it was great.
Jonathan Stroud - Bartimaeus series is really wonderful. Teen series but still really lovely
Robin McKinley - Beauty is very nice, and I've read a few others from her that are also nice. Not as impressive in the writing department as some, but they're nice.
Larry Niven - Ringworld series, I liked it, but it was a little too gritty for my taste, but you might like it. I know they're quite popular.
Terry Goodkind - I read most of his Sword of Truth series as a teenager. They get a bit preachy as you get further into the series, but I liked the first few a lot.Livy/Lucy : Geneva/Gwen : Coralie/Alice : Noelle/Eve
Eli/Bennett : Jude/Zane: Luke/Leo : Levi/Phineas
October 11th, 2013 01:33 PM #19
I'm keeping an eye on this. I need new stuff to read.
Sessha covered so many of mine! It's not fair. :P Because we all know I have fab taste ( ) I'll let you know which ones of Sessha's I also recommend.
EDit -- I was going to comment last night right after Sessha, but we ended up at the hospital. So I didn't read through everything and am just going to post my suggestions and sorry about repeats.
Isaac Asimov - I agree with Sessha. A must read
Terry Brooks - Love Brooks. I think you would really love his Magical Kingdom books. The first is Magical Kingdom for Sale - Sold! It's very funny and cool.
Madeleine L'Engle - I grew up on these too! They're beautiful and so great. I freakin' love Charles Wallace to death and Meg is amazing.
C. S. Lewis. - Duh.
Anne McCaffrey - Love her as well. These were some of my first fantasy books after Tolkien.
Christopher Paolini -- I love these books, but I have to warn that he didn't do like Rowling did when it came to aging his writing. When he wrote Eragon, I was in 7th grade (12), when he wrote the next, I was like 15, then I was like 18 for the next and then the fourth came out. He doesn't age his writing to accommodate that his audience who started the series grew up. It made me sad that he wrote the 4th book for 12 year olds still (language and grammar not too good) and didn't seem to realize we were all 10 years older. Despite that, Love the world.
Anne Rice -- I love her books The Witching Hour, Lasher, Taltos etc. Love. I'm going to hate myself a little for admitting this, but I love her Sleeping Beauty book. They're classified as erotica and come wrapped in cellophane is how bad they are. It's all torture and sex and darkness in a re-imagined Sleeping Beauty world.
Patrick Rothfuss -- I like Name of the Wind. I was iffy on the second as I have to warn you that Kvothe suffers a personality shift for no good reason (and that really bothers me) and there are places where people start talking in rhymes and iambic pentameter for no reason. However, it's still great and you should still read them.
R. A. Salvatore - Drizzt Do'Urden. Nuff said! -- YES! And not Nuff Said! Jarlaxle and Entreri!! I'm going as Jarlaxle for Halloween. This man is amazing. I've read all of these books...oh I don't know how many times. Every time I reread I find new stuff. Love it all! Besides that, he's a really nice man. We've been talking via email for the last few years. And so you know, this is from Bob's own mouth, Drizzt rhymes with pissed and Guenhwyvar is Guinevere :P
My own suggestions:
Joe Abercrombie -- His First Law trilogy is amazing. It's very dark and gritty and he likes to take fantasy cliches and twist then around and up side down. He's very much into reinventing those sorts of things. Some of my favorite fantasy characters are in his books now: Shy South, Nicomo Cosca, Caul Shivers... I love his other three books too, but those first three are great.
Brent Weeks -- I love his Lightbringer books. He's only got 2 out, but the third should be out this summer. The first is called the Black Prism. I don't like his Night Angel books as much as they're very Japanese sort of and that's not my thing.
Katherine Kerr -- I've been reading her Deverry series. Daggerspell is the first. It's all ancient Ireland and other such and reincarnation and love and death.
Scott Westerfeld --This is YA fantasy, dystopia stuff. I love his Uglies and Pretties series.
John Connolly -- Love The Book of Lost Things. It's the only book I've gotten to the end of then immediately turned back to the front and read over again. I love all of his books.
Ray Bradbury -- Of course. He's an amazing sci-fi author. The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and Fahrenheit 451 are my favorites. Something Wicked This Way Comes is great too.
Tanith Lee -- Men, gods, demons. 'The Flat Earth' series is great and it inspired Neil Gaiman's Sandman.
Michael Moorcock -- Elric the Red. Love it.
Laurell K. Hamilton -- If you want vampires and supernatural and romance and sex...here you go.
Cornelia Funke -- Inkheart! I love Dustfinger. I love her other books too, but Inkheart is the best. :P
Gregory Maguire -- The Wicked Years. He wrote Wicked, Son of a Witch, and etc. Not really fantasy I guess, but I love them.
Ursula K. Le Guin -- The Earthsea cycle. Apprentice wizard can't handle is powers.
Darren Shan -- I really like his Demonata books, his Lord Loss books. Very bloody in places. It's YA but gorey.
Kirstin Cashore -- YA again. The Graceling Realm is a really interesting magical book.
I have to give you a warning about Terry Goodkind. The first books is great, they go downhill from there. His women morph from badass women into "I cry all the time and can't use my awesome magic." He also using rape A LOT. The main woman almost gets raped in pretty much every book and there's no reason for it. He uses it as a plot device like it's no big deal. When you read those scene, it makes you uncomfortable because it really feels like he enjoys writing them. Also, it's one of those "The hero is a farm boy who can't do anything but then he magically learn how to do EVERYTHING in a day (sword fighting, magic using, etc)." AND Goodkind will tell you himself that his books are all about socialism and objectivism and the like. Very preachy. His main guys tend to say things like "If you don't do things our way, we'll kill every man, woman and child." And at one point the main guy sends his soldiers to the bad guys homeland to "kill every woman and child and salt the fields so nothing grows." It's terrible.
I know I have more, but my brain isn't working. I'll be back later.
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