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Subject: Need ideas on books for my daughter
Date Posted: 11/18/2009 11:14 PM ET
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She is 17, but doesnt' like mushy books, so any books with girls mooning over boys, forget it. She likes fantasy, sci fi, and just really good stories.

At  17 she still loves Nancy Drew if that gives you an idea, and she likes series books. Any ideas for me ?

Date Posted: 11/18/2009 11:37 PM ET
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The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire- Suzanne Collins

Gone- Michael Grant

Hunger- Michael Grant

The Maze Runner- James Dashner

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Subject: Book Suggestions
Date Posted: 11/20/2009 11:40 AM ET
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Megan Whalen Turner - The Thief, Queen of Attolia and King of Attolia

Garth Nix - the Abhorsen Trilogy & the Keys to the Kingdom series


Date Posted: 11/20/2009 4:19 PM ET
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At 17, I'd recommend adult SF/F that does not have much sexual content.  Such as Jim Butcher,  Pat Murphy, Rob Thurman, Ursula Le Guin, Patty Briggs, Wen Spencer, Caroline Strevermer.    Adult relationships without the sex with violence combo.  Less of that teen angst.

Of course, at 17 I was reading Anne Rice.  (Don't recommend that.)

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Date Posted: 11/20/2009 4:26 PM ET
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Has she read Watership Down?  That was my favorite when I was growing up.  And they're rabbits, so there's no romance to speak of.

I'm probably not that much help.  When I was 17 I was obsessed with the existentialists.  C'est dommage.

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Date Posted: 11/20/2009 5:14 PM ET
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The Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfield

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott - I haven't read this series but it's fantasy and there are 3 books now with a fourth coming out.

Date Posted: 11/20/2009 7:18 PM ET
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The series by Michael Scott is awesome. I really enjoyed that series. I can't wait until the fourth book comes out!

Date Posted: 11/22/2009 7:04 PM ET
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I didn't mention this is a non dating 17 year old, very sweet, and never curses. She won't read a book with curse words in it , or be around anyone that does Thanks everyone, I'm going to give her this list and let her check them all out.

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Date Posted: 11/23/2009 5:02 PM ET
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I would try for the Redwall series by Brian Jaques...it seems like it might be right up her alley.

Date Posted: 11/27/2009 10:10 AM ET
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Some good recommendations here - I'd add Lois McMaster Bujold books to the list, particulary the Vorkosigan series.  There are a number of different ways to read it, but for her I'd start with "The Warrior's Apprentice."

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 5:27 AM ET
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I'd second the Bujold recommendations (if she's in a fantasy mood rather than a SF mood the Chalion series by her is also excellent) and add a recommendation of Robin McKinley. I'd suggest she avoid Sunshine and Deerskin, as they have more adult content (though they are fantastic, especially Deerskin, but not for the faint of heart) but the Damar books (The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword) should fit the bill, as would either of her retellings of Beauty and the Beast (Beauty and Rose Daughter), her retelling of Sleeping Beauty (Spindle's End) and her retelling of Robin Hood (The Outlaws of Sherwood).


And if she's up for more challenging reading, a lesser known (brilliant) fantasy author is Patricia McKillip. Her writing is very lyrical, and it has to be read slowly or it can be confusing (because she doesn't go with easy imagery), but it is definitely worth it. Her books are very fairy tale like, with a wonderful sense of magic. I especially recommend Alphabet of Thorn, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, and The Sorceress and the Cygnet (which is often found in the duology titled Cygnet).


Finally, there are always the classics of the genre: Tolkein, Asimov, Bradbury, Herbert -- all have minimal adult content if I recall correctly (though don't hold me to that on Bradbury and Herbert, it's been a while) and if she does enjoy SF/Fantasy she's definitely old enough to get a solid grounding in the roots of the genres. I had read Tolkein's and Asimov's major series twice by that age. :)

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 5:41 AM ET
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1. Rangers Apprentice Series

2. The Last Apprentice Series

3. The Belgariad Series

4. The Mallorean
(Sequel series to the Belgariad)

5. Magicians Apprentice 1 & 2

6. The Land of Elyon Series