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Subject: Fantasy/Adventure Buddies Wanted
Date Posted: 2/28/2009 5:25 PM ET
Member Since: 7/13/2008
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I'm trying to building up a decent buddy list, so that I can compare the similarity percentages and get some good ideas for new books to read.  Here are some of the books/series that I've read and enjoyed:

-Song of Ice and Fire

-Dark Tower

-Harry Potter


-Locke Lamora books

-Drizzt books

Books I read, but couldn't get into: Eye of the World; Magician:Apprentice/Master; Malazan Book 1

I like some elements of magic and mysticism, but generally perfer it a little more realistic (like Ice & Fire).  I'm not opposed to some good magic though.  For example, the Malazan series' magic was a little too 'out there' for me to follow coherently, so I had a hard time with that book... (I could only make it halfway through)

Also, here's a thread I posted about similarity percentages and the ability to search by them.  Check it out - http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=154936

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 2/28/2009 6:05 PM ET
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Edit - I see we have 46% similarity, which is one of the highest numbers I've seen...I sill don't know how it works.  I have read some of what's on your list, but I read more science fiction and paranormal than traditional fantasy.

Last Edited on: 3/1/09 3:32 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 3/1/2009 6:10 AM ET
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Yes please. :)

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 10:01 AM ET
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If you like Harry Potter I would recommend Diana Wynne Jones' Chrestomanci series.  She has omnibus editions, or I would start with the Lives of Christopher Chant.

Also Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series is excellent.

Debbie - ,
Date Posted: 3/1/2009 12:36 PM ET
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Hi Jamie,

We only have a 30% similarity rating but I like fantasy.  I've been more into paranormal and urban fantasy lately but I like to look at other people's wishlists for ideas for new fantasy reads.  If you like adventure you might try the Rogue Angel series by Alex Archer.  It's about a woman archeologist who is the heir to Joan of Arc's sword and she gets caught up in looking for historical artifacts and there is always lots of action and suspense and Anja the main character is a kick-ass heroine.  She always finds trouble or I guess trouble always seems to find her.  The books are real fast reads.

Paul H. (PaulH) - ,
Date Posted: 3/1/2009 1:01 PM ET
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I've mostly been using PBS to get caught up on a lot of the Star Wars YA stuff by Jude Watson, so my percentages probably aren't going to help you much at the moment!  But you're welcome to add me as a buddy if you like.  My fantasy likes tend to run toward Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan, C S Lewis, Tolkien, Lloyd Alexander, and Robert Asprin, just to name a few.  For SF I lean toward Asimov, Clarke, Bova and H G Wells.  (Well, and then Star Wars fiction, obviously...)

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 5:39 PM ET
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Thanks for all the feedback and the buddy invites.  I appreciate it!