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Subject: Am I just a kid at heart?
Date Posted: 5/5/2008 5:29 PM ET
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I haven't read a whole lot of Fantasy books and those I have were read years ago.  With the exception of 1 Terry Pratchett book.

I found the post on "the best of the best" authors VERY helpful, especially the link to the Fantasy Lit site, as I want to read a few fantasy books again.

Here is my question... I find that most of the books I am drawn too seem to be young adult or kids fantasy books.  After thinking about it, I think it is because more of those books have a portion of their theme around animals and I am a big animal lover.  So, am I destined to always read the kids fantasy books or are there series/authors out there with this type of theme that I am just no aware of?

Any help/suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 2:48 PM ET
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There's a thread here that you might find helpful. 

Subject: Thanks
Date Posted: 5/6/2008 3:20 PM ET
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Thanks for the link.  I did notice that once again, most are written for youth/young adult...guess I am just a kid at heart.

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 11:11 PM ET
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I hadn't really read most of the books on that thread, so I wasn't sure.  I have read the Robin Hobb books, though.  Have you read those? 

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 12:38 AM ET
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I'm glad you found the FanLit site helpful! We have a page for kids and young adult books, too, BTW.

I just finished reading and reviewing a YA book by Patricia Wrede: Dealing with Dragons. I actually listened to the audio production and it was really good!   http://www.fantasyliterature.net/wredepatriciac.html



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Date Posted: 5/7/2008 11:23 PM ET
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Heyla Natalie,

I've found myself in the same predicament recently. There are definately some good adult based fantasy revolving around animals. Depending on what you want you might appreciate

The Valdemar Series by Mercedes Lackey. The Companions are human level or better intelligences in the body of horses. There are also human level intelligence Dragons in some of the books as well.


The Chronicles of the Cheysuli by Jennifer Roberson is a good series as well. (I think I mentioned that one in the linked thread from the previous poster) The Cheysuli are a magical race that bond with an intelligent animal that is their lifelong companion and also allows the human bondmate to assume the animal shape.

The Ghatti Series by Gayle Greeno is also a fun one that centers around cats.

A stand alone book is Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams who's protagonist is an orange tabby cat.

Also if you posted the names of some of the books you have enjoyed perhaps we could steer you towards others that might interest you. If you like dragons there are a bunch more that I could suggest.

Feel free to PM me if you like and I can try and steer you towards some others.

Trish



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Subject: THANKS
Date Posted: 5/8/2008 2:49 PM ET
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Thanks everyone for the great suggestions (and keep them coming).  I did order a couple of books, Summon the Keeper (The Keeper's Chronicles, No 1) and Path of Fate, Author: Diana Pharaoh Francis.  Has anyone read these?  If so let me know your thoughts.  I am pretty sure that these are again more for juvenilles, but I am still looking through everyones suggestions.

Thanks again

 

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 1:21 AM ET
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Natalie,

I have read Summon the Keeper, and two sequels, and liked them all.  I agree that it is hard to find stories with an animal theme that are not in the YA genre.  Two of my favorites, The Pig, the Prince, and the Unicorn and it's sequel, The Demon Pig, by Karen A. Brush (the only two books she's written AFAIK), definitely fall in that genre.  So, I think, does the Redwall series by Brian Jacques.

I heartily second the recommendation for Tailchaser's Song, and also recommend The Book of the Dun Cow, by Walter Wangerin.

We just picked up another cat-themed book the title of which I cannot recall off the top of my head, it's by Diane Duane.  But it looked good.  I'll check the library and post the title when I find it.

My wife has recommended The Pig Plantagenet, by Ellen Andrews.  Hmm.  I think we like pigs.

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 10:07 AM ET
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Thanks for the info.   I will check these out too.

Yes, it does sound like you guys like pigs --lol. 

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 1:01 PM ET
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Yup, pigs it is.  I just found Pigs Don't Fly by Mary Brown in our library (haven't read it yet, but any novel that has a "blaspheming dog" in it is bound to be good).  The Diane Duane novel about cats is The Book of Night with Moon.

I also just remembered the Spellsinger series by Alan Dean Foster. 

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 1:35 AM ET
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The Book Dragon, by Donn Kushner.  Excellent read about a dragon and his bond with a book, and the people who love them.  Definitely in the YA category.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 5:25 PM ET
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Diane Duane's books are all very good. The Book of Night With Moon and To Visit the Queen are her two cat books, they are linked to her Young Wizards series.

The Catfantastic collection of short stories revolving around cats are a lot of fun to read. I believe there are 5 of them, all edited by Marvin Greenberg.

The Golden Cat and The Wild Road by Gabriel King are from the point of view of cats.

You might also enjoy Chris D'Lacey's FireStar trilogy (also called David Rain's Dragons). Cats, squirrels, and polar bears play a large part in these books along with the dragons.