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Subject: Good Books Wanted!!!
Date Posted: 1/13/2008 1:30 AM ET
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I'm stuck in a rut reading the same authors over and over. I was wondering if there are any good books other than from Diana Palmer and Catherine Coulter.

Just let me know what type of book it is, the title and author. It has to be a fast  moving, or at least not slow for chapters at a time, since  I have a really short attention span.

Thank you!!!

Date Posted: 1/13/2008 4:37 PM ET
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diana wynne jones the chronicles of chrestomanci on my shelf right now

Date Posted: 1/13/2008 9:02 PM ET
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I have the first few books of Piers Anthony's Xanth series on my shelf right now. I also have L.E. Modesitt Jr. and Raymond E. Feist's Krondor the Betrayal.

The Piers Anthony books I understand to be fairly fast moving if you are interested in that sort of book. :)

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 12:14 AM ET
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Ummm - don't misunderstand this question, but did you mean to post in the fantasy section?  The authors you mention are romance authors, so I'm a little puzzled.  Unless, of course, you are trying to switch genres in which case you came to the right place. 

Presuming you're looking for fantasy, and new to the genre I'd suggest the Earthsea books by Ursula K. Le Guin, especially the first three - Wizard of Earthsea, Tombs of Atuan, and The Farthest Shore.  They are often classified as young adult, but they are good reads no matter what your age.

Also, try the Pern series by Anne McCaffrey.  Again, quick and fun reads that are often classed as young adult.

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 12:31 AM ET
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for fast paced really good reads try Matthew Reilly, his sci/fi are superb & he also writes a fiction series on a man called Scarcrow & his crew. If you like movies like Raiders of the Arc you will love his work; 7 deadly wonders & 6 sacred stones are fantastic; Temple stands on its own; Contest has to be a classic; I really enjoy F paul Wison's repairman jack series;

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 9:34 PM ET
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orson scott card has alot of fantasy, though he has been classified as sci fi for the most part.  very fast moving books. i have a few on my bookshelf. 



Date Posted: 1/21/2008 9:01 AM ET
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also have a deal on the pier anthony books right now.  have to remove a few right now though b/c of another deal but should have 13 left. :)

Subject: Book ideas
Date Posted: 2/5/2008 11:45 AM ET
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I've posted this in response to Katrina's thread, but I cannot recommend enough Lois McMaster Bujold's Curse of Chalion -- a stunning novel, really that is fraught with incredible language, really deep characters and a plot that keeps things moving and interesting.  She has some follow up novels to this one, but they are not really a series -- they are all independent books. 

If you like really inventive and sparkling fantasy and easy reads, I recommend almost anything by Dave Duncan although his Chronicles of the King's Blades are probably his best.  I also really loved his Man of His Word series -- really takes kind of traditional and even "young adult" fantasy images and then twists it around into something new and wonderful. 

Date Posted: 2/8/2008 8:12 PM ET
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Rob Thurman's two books are really good.
Date Posted: 2/24/2008 9:21 AM ET
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Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books.  She has a series of trilogies that are very easy to read.  They tie in to each other , but can be read alone.

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 11:11 AM ET
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Keri, both Coulter & Palmer have some very good Fantasy Romance books.

Cassandra, if you check out my notebook entries, you will find lots of suggestions. The 2nd one includes afew historical only romance, but other than that, all of the first and last entries are SciFi/Fantasy fiction (very little of the SciFi being hightech, not my thing :)

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 8:25 AM ET
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I can highly recommend "Outlander" (first of a series) by Diana Gabaldon. Romance, time travel, and very addicting.

From Amazon: "In Outlander, a 600-page time-travel romance, strong-willed and sensual Claire Randall leads a double life with a husband in one century, and a lover in another. Torn between fidelity and desire, she struggles to understand the pure intent of her heart. But don't let the number of pages and the Scottish dialect scare you. It's one of the fastest reads you'll have in your library."

Enjoy finding new authors!