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Subject: Wizard Books?
Date Posted: 10/18/2009 2:35 AM ET
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What are some good 'Wizard' books to help curb my addiction to Harry Potter? If my friends see me reading the books one more time, they might just take them away for my own health. Any suggestions? It doesn't have to be young adult either. Anything that will help me get a fix would be great. 

Date Posted: 10/18/2009 2:45 AM ET
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Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher.  Starts with Storm Front.

A College of Magics and A Scholar of Magics by Caroline Stevermer.  Published as adult, reissued as YA.

Sunshine by Robin McKinley.  (Father's family is wizards.)

Retriever series by Laura Anne Gilman

Dragon Blood and Dragon Bones by Patty Briggs

Date Posted: 10/18/2009 3:18 AM ET
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A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin.

Transformation by Carol Berg

Second Sunshine by Robin McKinley, but it's more about vampires than wizards. . .

Almost anything by Patricia McKillip, but especially Cygnet, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, Alphabet of Thorn, Od Magic . . . oh, right, I should stop now. . . ;)

The anthology Wizards: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy is surprisingly strong. It's edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois. Very few of the stories were total misses, and some were absolutely wonderful -- for instance, Kage Baker's "The Ruby Incomparable" and Peter S. Beagle's "Barrens Dance."

 

And if you don't mind a fair amount of sex, Jacqueline Carey's newest book Naamah's Kiss is a good place to pick up her major series -- it jumps a hundred years or so from the first six books and has a whole new cast of characters, so you shouldn't need to read the others first (though you should -- they are incredible). It also has a great deal of magic, and a dragon. :)

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Date Posted: 10/18/2009 9:09 AM ET
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I liked Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist.

If you're interested in a dark and brooding kind of "wizard", Elric of Melnibone by Michael Moorcock is good.

Also, you may want to try Eragon by Christopher Paolini.  Not a big fan myself, but a lot of people that like Harry Potter like this series, too.

Date Posted: 10/18/2009 11:51 AM ET
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The Chrestomancie series by Diana Wynne Jones are delightful - you can read them in almost any order.

Date Posted: 10/18/2009 5:17 PM ET
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Thanks so much! Now I just need to figure out where to start! :) 

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 12:15 AM ET
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The Magicians and Mrs. Quent was a very intriguing novel. Not sure if it's what you are looking for but it's worth a read anyways.



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Date Posted: 10/19/2009 9:34 AM ET
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Celtica by Robert Holdstock is a great book that features Merlin from Arthurian legend.  The book, which is the first of a series, intertwines Merlin with Jason and the Argonauts, in a story that is entertaining as well as thought-provoking (and hey!  It's on my bookshelf!).

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 3:11 PM ET
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Try  Stephen R. Donaldson's series "Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever".  Not exactly a wizard book, but I think you will find them engrossing.    Liri

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 9:23 PM ET
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A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K Leguin  (first in the Earthsea trilogy)

Wizard's First Rule, by Terry Goodkind (first in a series of several books that is still unfinished)

 

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 12:46 PM ET
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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke!  And Gene Wolfe's Wizard Knight books are very good.

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 8:03 PM ET
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The Coldfire Trilogy (starts with Black Sun Rising) by C. S. Friedman

Young Wizard series by Diane Duane

The Accidental Sorcerer by K. E. Mills

Date Posted: 10/22/2009 11:13 AM ET
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My favorite wizard series starts with "Magic Kingdom for Sale....SOLD"  by Terry Brooks.  He just came out with a new one in the series...."A Princess of Landover"

Date Posted: 10/22/2009 5:39 PM ET
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Or if you like comic books, Neil Gaiman's "Books of Magic" which have some (marked) similarities to the Harry Potter books.  Or you can read T.H.White's Arthurian classic, The Once and Future King who likely inspired both Gaiman & Rowling.

There's always the big grand daddy of wizard tales, La Morte d'Arthur by Mallory, but it's a bit of a slog.

Not wizard books, but Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy is mind bogglingly good, and is a coming of age tale, so you might enjoy it.

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 12:50 AM ET
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As a fellow Harry Potter fan, I completely understand where you're coming from!  Someone recommended it already, but I have to agree with them - check out Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind (the first book in the Sword of Truth series).  I just finished up book 6 of the series and am just waiting for my copy of the audio book of book 7 to get to the library :)

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 10:48 PM ET
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I really have to go with the Diana Wynne Jones books.  She is fantastic, I don't understand why she isn't more popular in the U.S.  I would recommend starting with The Lives of Christopher Chant. 

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 5:50 PM ET
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Or, The Tales of Alvin Maker series by Orson Scott Card. Starts with "Seventh Son".

These are considered classics!

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 8:02 PM ET
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The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I haven't read it, but I'm starting that one next.

Date Posted: 11/1/2009 5:19 AM ET
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I'll second Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke and add another vote for Le Guin's Earthsea books.

I also suggest:

The Complete Compleat Enchanter by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt
The House of the Stag by Kage Baker
The Traitor by Michael Cisco

Date Posted: 11/1/2009 5:36 PM ET
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I personally can't think of anything less like Harry Potter than Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.  Yes, the titular characters are wizards/magicians but the similarities end there, and the jump from the easy-reading YA style of Rowling to the stiff, period-specific style that Clarke uses is enourmous.

Date Posted: 11/1/2009 6:46 PM ET
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Ms Ankle brings up the matter of the greatest wizard story of all time. The great American poet E.A. Robinson took on Merlin for about 100 pages of blank verse (don't knock the verse form; it was Shakespeare's stock in trade) once. The work is titled, simply, Merlin. Easy to find on the Gutenberg Project. He gives a new and interesting intrepretation to the part where the seriously neurotic bitch Vivian avenges a supposed grievance against Merlin and seduces him more or less and seals him up in a tree. (proving once again, there is no fool like an old fool; or maybe just another version of "The Squirrel and The Railroad Track.")

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 12:30 PM ET
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I personally can't think of anything less like Harry Potter than Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

Finnegan's Wake?

The Maltese Falcon?

The Story of O?

This is fun!

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 10:45 PM ET
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"I personally can't think of anything less like Harry Potter than Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell."

"Finnegan's Wake?

The Maltese Falcon?

The Story of O?

This is fun!"

 

LOL  That was milk-out-nose funny!


You left out American Psycho and Lolita

OK.  I suppose I should have said "I can't think of a book about wizards that is less like Harry Potter than Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell."

;)

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 8:43 AM ET
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My favorite YA books similar to HP are Jenny Nimmo's Charlie Bone series. They aren't wizards but they have the school background and magic "talents." I also like Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series.


For light reads I used to really like Piers Anthony's Xanth series but I kind of grew out of them or got tired of them or something.   They were my first foray into fantasy. I started reading them at 14 and have hardly stepped out of the genre since then.


The books that caught me and held me the most were Jordan's The Wheel of Time series.  I blame that series for bad grades my last semester of college.  The books were much more intriguing then Org. Chem and Bacteriology.  I'm not sure how the series will go now that he's passed on though. I haven't read the new one yet.  They are so detailed if I don't reread before the new one I end up lost.

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 12:00 PM ET
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You left out American Psycho and Lolita

And The Grapes of Wrath and Out of Africa.  I hope your keyboard is okay.