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Subject: You may have created a monster.
Date Posted: 2/25/2008 11:32 AM ET
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I have placed the first of the Jean Plaidy Plantagent series on hold at the library. I will probably have it in my grubby hands by the weekend. This is all  your fault! :) One more genre addiction can't be that bad right?

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 12:51 PM ET
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Absolutely not, Rebecca!!  This is a wonderful and rich addiction--also educational.  I will never regret my love for HF.  Out of curiosity, what other genre are you addicted to?

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Date Posted: 2/25/2008 1:21 PM ET
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It is a great book Rebecca.  You'll love it!!!  You can never be addicted to too many genres IMO. 

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 1:22 PM ET
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Fantasy.  I love it. Can't get enough of it. The odd thing about my newly acquired love of historical fiction is that I don't like romance novels at all and a lot of historical fiction has romance thrown in. I think what helps offset though is the court intrigue and politics. :)

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 1:49 PM ET
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Oooh! I love fantasy too Rebecca. I have kinda been out of the loop with it for a while, meaning I haven't read any fantasy for a few years, but I still love it. I was just telling Valli this morning that I have been wanting to read a good Fantasy lately.

 

I am desperately wanting to get ahold of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, but it is expensive! Have you read The Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey and Juliet Marillier's Sevenwaters Trilogy? Marillier's Daughter of the Forest is my absolute favorite book EVER!!

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 1:52 PM ET
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I gave up on In the Name of the Wind because the next book isn't coming out until 2009! Do you have a library near you? That's the ony way I could afford to read that. I haven't read the Kushiel series but I may have to give it a shot. I really dig George R.R. Martin's series. Lots of politics and some of it is just laugh out loud funny. I will also have to take a look athe other series you mentioned. :)

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 2:07 PM ET
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I second the vote for Juliet Marillier's Sevenwaters Trilogy.  I think I used up a whole box of tissue while reading Daughter of the Forest.

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 2:10 PM ET
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Perhaps I better look into the Sevenwaters Trilogy next week then as I'm already an emotional whackjob this week. ;P

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 4:15 PM ET
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Rebecca, I have a very slightly damaged copy of Daughter of the Forest (PB) that you can have if you'd like it. It's been around my smokin' hubby though and will probably smell of smoke. The damage is very minor, looks like someone turned a few pages with a wet thumb.

If you don't want it, I'm willing to send it to anyone who does. Just let me know.

The Kushiel books are good...and I'm someone who never reads fantasy. I really enjoyed the two I've read so far.

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 4:19 PM ET
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That is so sweet of you! I would love it. :) I will send you a pm./

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 4:40 PM ET
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You're welcome! You'll have to let us know what you think after you read it.

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 4:45 PM ET
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Oh I loved the Sevenwaters Trilogy! Actually I've enjoy all of Juliet Marillier's books but I think the Sevenwaters are my favorite.

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 5:06 PM ET
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I haven't read any of Marillier's other books. They don't seem to get very good reviews. But you enjoyed them Aimee? I guess I'll have to add those to my list of books to get!

I am surprised to see that so many of you have read the Sevenwaters trilogy! I just happened to stumble across it years ago and as I said, Daughter of the Forest has remained my favorite book ever since. It is the only book that I can think of that I have ever read more than once.

FYI, there are two copies of book 1 and one copy of book 2 available (or they were available when I looked about an hour ago) if anyone is interested. You won't be disappointed!

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 6:15 PM ET
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Jennifer, Marillier has another trilogy titled The Bridei Chronicles.  I have only read the first one so far (The Dark Mirror) and enjoyed it very much.  I will be reading the other two as they come up on my wishlist.  This trilogy is based on the real historical characters of Bridei, a young nobleman who ruled the Picts in what is present day Scotland from 554 AD, and his mentor Broichan. 

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 6:41 PM ET
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Yeah I  rercently finished the last book out in the Bridei Chronicles and I really liked them. I thought I read somewhere shes going to write another book for the Bridei Chronicles and hope she does as it didn't really seem finished.  I've also read Foxmask and Wolfskin- these are my least favorite but still thought they were good, if you know what I mean.

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Date Posted: 2/25/2008 7:46 PM ET
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I love fantasy also.  I recommend Sara Douglass.  She has several series.  I have read the Wayfarer Redemption series and the Troy Game series and they are both excellent reads.

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 7:58 PM ET
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Thank you so much for all of your recommendations. :)

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 8:09 PM ET
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Haha you guys! I don't think this was even supposed to be a recommendations thread! Boy, we sure are full of them though aren't we!

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 8:24 PM ET
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The more the merrier! My boyfriend has predicted that I will die in an avalance of books. :)

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 10:27 PM ET
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I'll probably die trying to dig you out just to see what you got!

You're gonna love The Plantagenet Prelude. The whole series is addicting.

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 11:24 PM ET
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I have this vision of being buried under books and yelling "Help me!" only to find a bunch of you from PBS ransacking the piles of books. HAHAHAHA