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Subject: Fantasy Books Recommendations?
Date Posted: 1/12/2009 4:31 PM ET
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I need some recommenations for books to read. Does anybody want to suggest any?

Date Posted: 1/12/2009 8:27 PM ET
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hmm well, have you read the Kitty series by Carrie Vaughn?  Kitty & the Midnight Hour, is the first in that series.  Patricia Briggs writes a couple of great series, The Mercy Thompson series, and I forget the other one, as well as some stand alones When Demons Walk was very good.  I also highly recommend World War X by Max Brooks, and The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Maric Acevedo, think Angel meets X-files, the first in a series.


Subject: Fantasy book recommndations
Date Posted: 1/12/2009 9:19 PM ET
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Have you tried Wen Spencer? 'Tinker' and 'Wolf Who Rules' are two with the same characters; 'A Brother's Price' is a stand-alone. I also like Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, starting with 'His Majesty's Dragon' - set during the Napoleonic Wars, only with dragons.
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Date Posted: 1/13/2009 7:37 AM ET
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Have you read the fantasy standards? JRR Tolkien (everything by him, the book Silmarillian was just as fascinating as LOR), Mists of Avalon (The tale of King Arthur  told through the eyes of the women) by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Redwall series by Brian Jacques, HArry Potter? Also some authors my daughter (who reads more fantasy than I do) likes are Meredith Ann Pierce, Tamora Pierce,  Neil Gaiman.

I am not sure what level you are looking for but my daughter read the Edge Chonicles by Paul Stewart and enjoyed it. I read the first one and found it well written and imaginative, but a little gross. I think it was written to entertain pre-teen boys.  There are also a lot of Dragon books which I enjoyed, but my daughter didnt, such as the Eragon series.  I also really liked Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel by Susanna Clarke (kind of a Charles Dickens meets Harry Potter). And some classics like Gullivers Travels, Dr. Dolittle, and T. H. White's novels are very good.

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Date Posted: 1/13/2009 9:27 AM ET
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I second Patricia Briggs, her Mercy Thompson series is one of the best, she also has a series starting with Dragon Bones, that is also

really good.  Jim Butcher writes the Dresden Files starting with Storm Front , it is a really good series about a wizard P.I.

hope this helps :)



Date Posted: 1/13/2009 12:17 PM ET
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One of my new favorite fantasy authors is Brandon Sanderson.  I like his stuff because it's not the same old wizards and dragons stuff, and there are unique twists on magic.  His Mistborn trilogy was fantastic, as was Elantris.  Can't wait to see what else he comes up with after he finishes Wheel of Time for the late Robert Jordan.

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 2:32 PM ET
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Kate Elliot Crown of Stars series. I am really enjoying it.

Terry Pratchett- discworld series

katie Mac Alister- her dragon series (says its romance but its more urban fantasy) is funny.

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 3:06 PM ET
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Jim Butcher's Dresden Files (10+ book series)  @ crime fighting wizard

Shanna Swendson's Katie Chandler "Enchanted" series (series w/ up to 4 books now I think) @ a woman who can see "cloaked" otherworld beings & helps Merlin save the world of Magic

But my BEST suggestion -- & what I usually do when I hit a "what do I read next" pothole --- grab an anthology of short stories & you just may be surprised to find a new fresh author you like!!  That's how I found Jim Butcher and the Dresden Files.   The short stories allow you to pass over one if you aren't into it, aren't long enough to take forever to get through if you force yourself through one you don't like but just long enough to give you a taste of an author's writing style and if it's a fit for you.

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Date Posted: 1/13/2009 4:19 PM ET
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George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series--starts with A Game of Thrones. I love the series, but I'm a little impatient that it's taking so long for the next installment to be published!

I have also enjoyed Christopher Paolini's Inheritance series so far--starting with Eragon.

I loved Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter!

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 7:46 PM ET
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I have just begun reading fantasy novels, but I have read "The Obsidian Trilogy" from Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. Which I really liked and has great reviews from the club.  Also "The Black Magician Trilogy" from Trudi Cavavan, was another one that I enjoyed.  I'm still waiting for the last book from both of these series to be posted.  I can't wait to read them!

Date Posted: 1/16/2009 2:32 PM ET
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You must read the Miles Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold.

I second the recommendations for Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, and Brandon Sanderson.

You might also try the epic fantasy books by Carol Berg, although she does like to put her characters through some harrowing experiences.

I found Robin Hobb's Liveship Traders trilogy to be incredibly absorbing.

I've also been reading the space navy-style Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell.

You can also try the Repairman Jack novels by F. Paul Wilson.