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Subject: Favorite Series?
Date Posted: 1/24/2010 3:04 PM ET
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I am sure there is a post about this, but I can't seem to find a post about it. 


I really enjoy reading books in a series (not necessarily the same genres).  I've read the Twilight Saga, the Sookie Stackhouse series, BDB series, and am now on the Fever series.  I read all types of books.  Do you have a favorite series that you would recommend?

Date Posted: 1/24/2010 4:47 PM ET
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In different genres.....

Black comedy- The Serge Storms series (Atomic Lobster, Nuclear Jellyfish, Cadillac Beach etc)

Humor- P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves series (Code of the Woosters, Ring for Jeeves etc)

Mystery- The Dexter Morgan series (Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Dearly Devoted Dexter, Dexter in the Dark, Dexter by Design), also the Mary Russell series (The Beekeeper's Apprentice, A Monstrous Regiment of Women etc), Stieg Larrson's Girl series (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Girl Who Played with Fire, Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest)

Cozy mystery- anything by M.C. Beaton (Hamish Macbeth series- Death of a Gossip, Death of a Maid, etc & the Agatha Raisn series- Quiche of Death, Spoonful of Poison etc)

Scifi- Douglas Adams' Hitchiker series (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Restaurant at the end of the Universe, Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul etc) & Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series (The Eyre Affair, Lost in a Good Book, Well of Lost Plots etc)

Horror- Preston & Child's Pendergast series (Relic, Reliquary, Still Life With Crows)

Fantasy- Stephen King's Dark Tower series, Harry Potter

Date Posted: 1/24/2010 8:02 PM ET
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Vanessa - Have you read E.F. Benson's Lucia books?  Going by what you have listed above, I think you would love them.  They are completely hilarious and wonderful.

Date Posted: 1/24/2010 8:33 PM ET
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High Fantasy: Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series (starting with Kushiel's Dart; my favorite is Kushiel's Avatar, book #3)

Space Opera: Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series (starting with Shards of Honor; my favorite is A Civil Campaign, book #11, not counting the books in the same universe but not featuring a Vorkosigan)

Science Fantasy: Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series (doesn't matter where you start, as there are discreet story arcs within the series, but all the books are designed to stand-alone; my favorite arcs are the Forbidden Circle duology comprised of The Spell Sword and The Forbidden Tower and the Renunciate trilogy comprised of The Shattered Chain, Thendara House, and City of Sorcery)

Science Fiction Mystery: Isaac Asimov's Elijah Bailey/R. Daneel Olivaw novels (you should really start with I, Robot, even though the first novel is Caves of Steel; I can't say I have a favorite, to tell the truth!)

Alternate History: Jo Walton's Small Change trilogy (starting with Farthing, which is also my favorite)

Time Travel: Kage Baker's novels of the Company (starting with In the Garden of Iden; my favorite is Sky Coyote, #2) but if you count two books as a series then Connie Willis' time travel novels (Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog) edge her out.

Mystery: Dorothy Sayers' Peter Wimsey series (starting with Whose Body?; my favorite is The Nine Tailors)

Young Adult: L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series (very hard to pick a favorite here, but maybe Anne's House of Dreams with an honorable mention to Rilla of Ingleside because I cry the whole way through)

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Date Posted: 1/25/2010 6:43 PM ET
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The Physician;   Book 1   and my favorite,  by Noah Gordon

Shaman:  Book 2

Matters of Choice:  Book 3

The series follows a family of doctors who pass on a gene for touching another person and knowing how to heal their illness.  The first book is set in European and Middle East medieval times,  the second in the Civil War era of the US and the third in modern day USA.  Good novels.

Subject: Thanks!
Date Posted: 1/25/2010 8:08 PM ET
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Thanks everyone!  You've given me a great starting point! I can't wait to get some of these!

Subject: a couple ideas
Date Posted: 1/25/2010 9:15 PM ET
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 I really enjoyed most of the series you listed in your post, so here are some suggestions in the same genre:

  • The Lords of the Underworld (Gena Showalter) - very similar to BDB but a little steamier. Starts with Dark Night. 4 in series so far.
  • Immortals After Dark Series (Kresley Cole) - a good cross between BDB and Fever. Well written. Starts with A Hunger Like No Other...one of the best in the series. 6 in series so far.
  • Anita Blake Series (Laurell Hamilton) - Sookie Stackhouse with a vengance. Starts with Guilty Pleasures. 17 in series.
  • Demonica Series (Larissa Ione) - like BDB but steamier. Starts with Pleasure Unbound. 3 in series so far (#4 to be released soon)

If you want a great series in other genres:

  • Outlander series (Diana Gabaldon) - time travel but EXCELLENT series and well written. 8 in series.

Hope this helps.

Date Posted: 1/26/2010 6:00 PM ET
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In the YA category, Darren Shan's Cirque du Freak series is outstanding.

Date Posted: 1/26/2010 6:42 PM ET
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Robyn Carr's Virgin River series

Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye and Ghost Hunter's mystery series

so far J.D. Robb's 'in death' series though I'm only on book #4

I did like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series but it's gotten on my last nerve :( though I was good til about #12 ..

Date Posted: 1/26/2010 8:21 PM ET
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For quick mystery  I like Augusta Goodnight stories. 

Date Posted: 1/26/2010 8:28 PM ET
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I only have suggestions from the Paranormal side...

I LOVE the Fever series...the ones by KMM. I can't wait for the final one.

I like Kim Harrison's The Hollows series. And it looks like #1 and #3 are available now.

Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

Morgan Kingsley series by Jenna Black.

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 6:45 PM ET
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Fantasy - Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea series is somewhat LOTR-esque (5 books & several short stories).  Mary Stewart's Arthurian Saga (5 books): the first 3 tell of Merlin's origins and the rise of Arthur from Merlin's perspective.

Sci-Fi - Dune by Frank Herbert is one of the towering classics of the genre, often compared to LOTR.  The universe he creates is every bit as rich and fleshed out as Tolkien's Middle-Earth.  Very well written, too.  And with 6 books in the original series, 2 prequel trilogies co-written by his son after Frank's death, and a couple other wrap-up books, it'll last you a while.

And of course the series I've been pimping constantly, Diana Gabaldon's Outlander and its Lord John spin-offs are truly excellent.

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 9:12 PM ET
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Now now now. . . just because there is a destiny or a quest involved doesn't mean the books are LotR clones. . . the Earthsea saga and the Dune series are classics in their fields because they did stuff differently, and have been cloned in turn. . . both are wonderful though, and rightfully deserve the recommendation. ;)

Date Posted: 1/30/2010 5:19 PM ET
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My fave series are the Sookie books. But here's some others that I am readign and enjoying.

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (Urban Fantasy-cooky/nerdy but sexy Wizard in Chicago)

Hamish MacBeth and Agatha Raisin series by MC Beaton (these are just funny and I am in love with Hamish)

The Game series by Christine Feehan (paranormal romances-peopel with psychic powers falling in love and having sex-what more could you want?)

The Ghost And series by Alice Kimberly (I've only read book 1 but I loved it-Modern day widow/bookstore runner solves murders with PI murdered in the 1940's)

The Ladies #1 Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith (not really detective books but about the daily lives of Botswana's first lady detective Precious Ramotswe and her partner Grace Matkutsi)

Virgin Flowers series by John Sandford (spin off of the excellent Prey series-Virgil is a ladies man affetionately knows as That F-ing flowers to his coworkers-but he gets the case solved even while he's sneaking off to go fishing or "compromise" a witness)

The Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig (a little historical espionage, a little historical romance, a little comedy, a little modern romance)

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 2:38 PM ET
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FictFact.com has a "Most Popular Series" List that should give you tons of ideas. Right now one of my favories is at the top, J.R Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. It is a paranormal romance/vampire series. I also agree with Coutney, another of my all time favorites is the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. Can't wait until Shadowfever comes out in Dec!


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Date Posted: 2/6/2010 4:56 PM ET
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If you can find them the Burke series by Andrew Vachss & the Repairman Jack series by F. Paul Wilson are AWESOME! :)

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Date Posted: 2/8/2010 3:53 PM ET
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The Dragonkeeper series by Donita K. Paul

Harry Potter


Left Behind (the kids)

This Island  Gloria Whelan

and several of beverly lewis's series

Date Posted: 2/22/2010 12:17 PM ET
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The series that I personally collect, because I like them so much that I can read them over and over and still enjoy are all fantasy/sci-fi books by:

Anne McCaffrey: Pern, and Pegasus series in particular, but Acorna books are good too

Mercedes Lackey: She has LOTS of different series, Heralds of Valdemar is probably my favorite, but her Bardic Voices books are good too.

Katherine Kerr: I don't remember the name of the series, but some of the books are Daggerspell, Darkspell, etc

L.E. Modesitt: Spellsong Cycle is another of my favorite series. Modesitt has some other great series (Saga of Recluse) but the Spellsong Cycle is the one I really like.

Subject: Many favorites!
Date Posted: 2/22/2010 12:34 PM ET
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-Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling

- Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis

- The Dresden Files - Jim Butcher

- Mercy Thomson Series - Patricia Briggs

- The Hallow Series - Kim Harrison

- Kitty series - Carrie Vaughn

- Percy Jackson and the Olympians - Rick Riordan (yes, I am a greek mythology nut)

- Dragon Champion series - E.E. Knight (The first book was great, if a little detailed and dragged out, I might continue the series)

If I think of more, I will post. I have a whole notebook full of book titles and authors.

Date Posted: 2/22/2010 2:18 PM ET
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Fantasy - The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (first book: The Eye of the World) - probably my favorite series of all time, but it starts slowly, so if you decide to give it a shot make sure you give it a couple hundred pages to catch your interest (if you do get into it, you'll be more appreciative of why it started so slowly)

Young Adult - Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (first book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)

Young Adult - Tunnels series by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams (first book: Tunnels) - the first book is okay; I really, really liked the second book, Deeper (which gets a little darker); just finished the third book and wasn't quite as impressed.

Date Posted: 2/23/2010 3:03 AM ET
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Stephanie Evanavich's Stephanie Plum series are fun, quick reads. I have almost all of them available on my bookshelf. Check it out!:P

Date Posted: 2/23/2010 5:50 PM ET
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The Patrick O'Brien Aubrey/Maturin sea novels. I think there are about 19 or so. The movie Master and Commander (with Russell Crowe) was made from two of them combined. They are great.

Date Posted: 2/24/2010 5:47 PM ET
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Ditto Percy Jackson (first book: The Lightning Thief) and the Dark Tower series.

If you like chick lit, there are 3 books by Freya North that are not technically a series, but are basically 3 sisters' stories from their points of view at roughly the same time: Fen, Pip, and Cat.

William Goldman is one of my favorite authors, and he has a habit of writing books in pairs: Last Summer/Come Winter, The Marathon Man/Brothers.

William Martin writes historical thrillers (a la National Treasure) that are pretty good. I think the first was Back Bay.

Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, starting with The Golden Compass, is good if you aren't particularly religous.

If you are religious, CS Lewis' Narnia Chronicles are pretty classic.

The series that's updating Pride & Prejudice started out well. Definitely start with the original, though in order to truly appreciate them.

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 10:36 PM ET
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You should check out FictFact.com. You can keep track of alltheseries you are readingand get some great recommendations.

It has a most popular series list and a book release calendar.

You can also get notified when new books come out. Also, ithasa link on each book to PBS so you can order books really easy.