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Old 03-13-2004, 12:20 PM   #361
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The last months I've been reading the Dune series by Frank Herbert. Great books!
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Old 03-13-2004, 01:50 PM   #362
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I'll always love the Narnian Chronicles and Lewis' Space Trilogy, but I don't read very much fantasy other than Tolkien.
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Old 03-13-2004, 01:53 PM   #363
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Ooops... I'm really sorry for double posting here, but I read George MacDonalds fantasy stories too. Argh! How could I forget about George? I've got a quote from one of his stories in my signature!
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Old 03-13-2004, 07:28 PM   #364
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There are so many other fantasy books out there that are as good as Tolkien's.

Narnia is good for Children and Teenagers... I should know.

The Death Gate Cycle is really well done, and reminds me of Tolkien's very much. I would suggest it to anyone who likes reading magical fantasy.

The Shadow Wars (I think that's what it's called) are also quite well done. They aren't LotR, but still are very good fantasy books.

Acorna is very interesting. It's a Sci-fi fantacy type book, and I'd recomand it to anyone. They are very well done.

At the moment, those are the only other books that I've really been reading that fit into this catagory, though though the Star Wars books are really cool too.

It's cool to see that other people read the same books as me.

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Old 03-14-2004, 12:21 PM   #365
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I was brought up on fairy stories, myths and legends so I suppose I was always going to like LOTR, but as I read it at a fairly young age, it made a really big impression and I found I couldn't 'get on' with much fantasy afterwards. It's almost as though I can only have one alternate world to get into. But, there's a few fantasy works I do like, although these all seem to be more on the 'children's' side, apart from Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast.

I loved His Dark Materials - I can't stop telling people how good this is. After I finished it I felt very disappointed that there were no more books in the series to read. I've also enjoyed Harry Potter; yes, she does seem to 'steal' things, but the plotlines keep me wanting to read more. I do tend to wind up Potterites a fair bit, but I secretly enjoyed the books!

I'm thinking of trying 'Shadowmancer' - I hope it's good.

From my younger years I liked the Earthsea books, which I must read again soon. No-one here has mentioned Alan Garner. Did anyone read 'Weirdstone of Brisingamen'? That was a fantastic book, recommended for kids of all ages. And Watership Down was great, an especially well read book growing up in the 70s and 80s!

In the realms of sci-fi, I'm a big fan of Kurt Vonnegut - recommended are Slaughterhouse-5, Breakfast of Champions, Slapstick. I also like JG Ballard, and Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World' is a must for everyone! Read it now!

And for something completely different, some other books I do like to harp on about would include 'Possession' by AS Byatt (recommended for fans of Victorian poetry), 'The Wasp Factory' by Iain Banks (disturbing), 'The Secret History' by Donna Tartt. Also, I enjoy Jane Austen, the Brontes, and Thomas Hardy (all available at bargain prices so no reason not to read them!). I also like some travel and political books, and I especially enjoy poetry!I could go on for ever here....

I'm beginning to get on a bit, that's my excuse for having read so much! And yes, I have read Beowulf.
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Old 03-16-2004, 04:57 PM   #366
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I thought I had posted this already, but I guess I didn't.

I really like the Anita Blake vampire hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton. Its NOT for kids, but older teenagers and adults would like it, if they're ok with slightly gory scenes every now and then, light romance scenes and a lot of action! I like it anyway.
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Old 03-21-2004, 08:09 PM   #367
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Well, besides Tolkien, I have read...

Terry Brooks, all of his "original" works. But I've found repeated readings get very annoying. The endless endless descriptions!

His Dark Materials: I was thinking of Discworld when I picked this up. I hated it. I felt it was blasphemous, and I didn't really understand it.

Discworld-I've only read the first one, but it's great! Can't wait until the other books come in.

Narnia-They were good, but I got less and less impressed as I went along.

ALL of the Redwall books...boy do they get monotonous. And those stupid hares!!

My Dad's very big on sci-fi, so I've read some Heinlein.

George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin, and The Princess and Curdie, and also a book of short tales. Very nice.

Ursula LeGuin, read "Wizard of Earthsea" and own the third volume but am waiting for the second to come along.

There's other stuff too...I just can't remember...
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Old 03-22-2004, 03:41 PM   #368
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Lhundulinwen, the Anita Blake books are a tad bit more than "light romance." They talk about things in there that even most adults would find scary.
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Old 03-22-2004, 04:44 PM   #369
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I've grown up with fantasy as a part of me. When asked (in 2nd grade) if trees could talk, without hesitation I said "yes," even before I read about the ents in LOTR. Needless to say, I would probably give you the exact same answer!

Anyways, here are some of my fantasy faves:

1) The Chronicles of Narnia: I read these when I was younger, and I liked them a lot. I havn't read them recently though...hmmm...*scribbles something on already large "To Do" list*

2) His Dark Materials: Yes, it seemed a bit blasphemous to me to (or at least to my religion). It was very good writing/plot. However, to my consternation, i recently picked up these books and found them mindnumbingly boring. I don't know what happened, but I didn't get past the middle of chapter two.

3) The Magic Circle and The Circle Opens Series: I found these books wonderful and facinating! I have yet to read Pierce's other books, but I can't wait to do so! A very highly recommended read!

4) The Edge Chronicles: Home to my most favorite book character ever: Twig! (I know, not LOTR, but he's so cool!) THese books are amazing! Plus, they have illustrations here and there, spattered across the pages, making it an easy and enjoyable read.

5) The Enchanted Forest Chronicles: For younger readers, but I take every chance to read them to my sisters. A twist on your average fairy tale!

And lastly,

6) Faerie Wars: Very enchanting book. Newly published (I think). Wonderful!

Well, I think that's quite enough for the moment! Bye Bye!
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Old 03-23-2004, 01:55 AM   #370
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Currently I'm stuck on Terry Pratchett. I'm swallowing his books every night, can not lay those down until my eyes water, to be honest (that's why poor me is always so sleepy in the office every morning)

But they definitely have good read on them , Highly recommended
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You are right Finwe! I was only on the 2 or third book when I wrote the post. Later on in the series, it gets really gory and rather dirty. But I still like them. I'm on "Bloody Bones" right now, and it is one of the stranger books. It has some really gross scenes, but there is a really great scene where some of the characters are explained a little better. Definitely an R rated series, I think. Great dialogue, and the characters are really believable. Wouldn't read if scare easily!!!
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Old 03-25-2004, 04:39 PM   #372
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Oddwen- Ah, nice to see another person who actually knows who George MacDonald is. No one I talk to seems to have heard of him. And I know what you mean about the Redwall series! Brian Jaques needs some new material. How many times can he write the same plot over and over? The first few were pretty good though. Heh, hares... (I think I'll sing about food now, wot wot!)
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Old 03-28-2004, 09:14 PM   #373
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I am currently reading The Mists of Avalon, and I recently finished The Once and Future King.
I am very much enjoying Avalon. This is the first book I've read in a while that I hold up high with LOTR. The way that it is written just allows the imagery to flow, unforced, into my mind. I've finished part 1 of the book, and I'm on my way through the rest of the story. I just love the perspective that the book gives... not your typical view of Arthurian Legend.
King, on the other hand, I really disliked. Well, I liked the first part, but after that I think it went down hill. My complaint about this book is that I don't like the style in which it was written, and I don't like how most of the characters were written. Too many of them seem like spoiled brats in this book, and they are very two dimensional. I don't mean to be rude to those who like this book, this is just my opinion.
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Old 04-09-2004, 06:53 AM   #374
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The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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Old 04-09-2004, 08:17 AM   #375
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Hmm hmm... let's see...
  • The Chronicles of Narnia-Wonderful, wonderful books... all except The Last Battle, that one really bored me. My favorite ones in the series are The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Silver Chair.
  • Harry Potter-Read this before Tolkien, though after I first read TLotR, it was replaced. I used to read it, but...The Order of the Phoenix was just so, so bad that I hated it! (Plus she killed Sirius)
  • David Eddings-Read his books a few years ago after my friend's mom recommended it to me, and I really liked it, especially "The Elenium" series.
  • Terry Brooks-Though I've only read The Sword of Shannara, and thought it was pretty good, but I'm too lazy to read the others =p

Anyone have any good must-reads? I need some more fantasy to read... all I've been reading lately are manga and Sherlock Holmes =_=
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Old 04-09-2004, 09:34 AM   #376
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Old 04-09-2004, 12:27 PM   #377
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I've read The Chronicles of Narnia, the Xanth series by Piers Anthony, and a few books a series about dragons, but I can't remember their titles. One was Heart's Blood, I know that much. I forget the author too, but they were rather good.
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Old 04-11-2004, 01:51 PM   #378
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Well, I've read a few. Here they are:

Weis and Hickman's Dragonlance: Chronicles, Legends, The War of the Souls, and just starting the Raistlin Chronicles

and

Mists of Avalon

Not a bunch. But I hope these count.
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4) The Edge Chronicles: Home to my most favorite book character ever: Twig! (I know, not LOTR, but he's so cool!) THese books are amazing! Plus, they have illustrations here and there, spattered across the pages, making it an easy and enjoyable read.
Sirithheruwen, I could not agree more! They are brilliant, although I think actually all the 'heroes' of the seperate books begin to resemble Twig - for example, Rook Barkwater in 'The Last of the Sky Pirates' and 'Vox'. Twig is brilliant though - I also like Maris in 'The Last of the Sky Pirates' and 'Vox'.

HerenIstarion - have you tried The Monstrous Regiment? It has to be one of the best books even from Terry Pratchett - plus it includes the excellent Vimes, another book character who I can't get enough of. Night Watch is another of the best Discworld books, as is Mort.
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Old 04-12-2004, 09:26 PM   #380
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I loved the Chronicles of Narnia and I am just getting into the Heritage of Shanara series by Terry Brooks. I also read a really good one called "something rich and strange"
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Let's see! There are so many fantasy books I enjoy. some of my favorites are
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • The Space Trilogy (also by C. S. Lewis)
  • Books by Mckillip (I don't know the authors first name but they are very good)
  • The Star Wars series (my brother got me started on those)
  • Books by Levine (Ella Enchanted is great! You should hear the book on tape)
  • Books by Geaorge Mcdonald (Lilith, The Princess and the Goblin, ect...
  • Roses Daughter by Mckinley (she is an awesome writer to!)
  • ect...
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I read Hobbit and Lotr 15 or soyears ago, but Silmarillion only seven years ago. The unfinnished tales were translated this year, so I only finished reading of it, and now I'm confused about some characters and events, since there are several very different versions of them ( like Galadriel's story)

After Lotr, I read lots of SF, and for fantasy books, I can recommend several series:
- The cronicles of Amber - R.Zelazny (great fantasy books, there are 10, but I read only 5)
- The annuals of Thomas Covennant - Donnaldson ( different, but good. 6vol)
- The Book of the new Sun - G. Wolfe ( 5vol, great, but dark. Feels a bit like you are in a nightmare, and can't wake up!)
- Earthsea - U.LeGuin (original)
- Discworld, but you all know it well
I don't remember all the original titles, sorry

Now I'm in dilema whether to start Tolkien's HoME (I don't have heart to start 1-10, so you can recommend the realy importat ones. if you want), or to start Jordan's "Wheel of time" serial, which is also demanding, since they only translated the first two vol., and when I think about reading it in english...
In Serbia, in this moment, Martines's serial "The songs of Ice and Fire" are very popular, but I havent read those yet. People mostly read the firs two vol. since the other two aren't published yet here (but will be very soon)and say it's very interesting, fast, in different style completely (not so epic, more realistic). I'll read it soon, for sure.
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The first books in the fantasy-genre that I read when I was younger was the Chronicles of Narnia, so of course Aslan has a special place in my heart

Since my eyes were opened for the world of fantasy I've read a lot of different series, but my favourite (after Tolkien of course) author is David Eddings. He's really good at making the reader feel as if one knew the main characters. After finishing 10 books with them, you feel as if you've lost a friend. Besides, sometimes the books are very funny (at least for the ones who know the main characters).

I also like the books of Harry Potter. I know it's a bit childish but I don't care, they're good
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I read several of the Xanth novels by Piers Anthony but I thought they got so boring becaus the story was always so close that of the other books that i read that I gave up on him. Eventually his "jokes" got on my nerves.
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The Chronicles of Narnia~ Of course most people have already mentioned it, but it deserves repeating, great books!
The Fifth Sorceress~ I'll admit this isn't the greatest fantasy book ever written. If my friend hadn't bought it for me I probably never would have read it. While it starts out slow it gets better and better as it goes on. I recommend reading it if you're really into wizards and prophecies and stuff like that.
The Alanna Series~ Great "girl power" books if that's a good term for it. All about a girl who wants to be a knight and disguises herself as a boy so she can make her dream come true. All four books are great, but I think the first one is the best. I say read them espicially if Eowyn is your favorite character.
Any Star Wars book~ I love Star Wars as much as I love LOTR and I'd read anything related to Star Wars in a minute.
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Ah, yes, Star Wars. New Jedi Order. Very good books.

And, I don't think that this was mentioned, but Passages are very good. I think that's what they're called.

I'll vouch for Narnia any time!

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Sirithheruwen, I could not agree more! They are brilliant, although I think actually all the 'heroes' of the seperate books begin to resemble Twig - for example, Rook Barkwater in 'The Last of the Sky Pirates' and 'Vox'. Twig is brilliant though - I also like Maris in 'The Last of the Sky Pirates' and 'Vox'.
Yes, Rook did seem to resemble Twig quite a lot, and unfortunately, I haven't been able to get my hands on "Vox" yet. Grr. I hate living in the U.S.
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Old 05-08-2004, 02:30 PM   #388
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I have read Chronicles o/ Narnia, First two wrinkle in time books, harry potter, a book by Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey called "Elvenbane", and teh Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey, also some SW books.

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Oh, Dragon Riders of Pern... forgot about those. I just finished The White Dragon. Also, read the Acorna books... very good. I started on the Eye of the World... and boy, that book is LONG. But good. That's Robert Jordan, if you were wondering.

Interesting pic. But I'd suggest putting it n the 'What happens when I am bored' thread. That's what to do with those things, as our little group of LotR picture makers see fit to share them. That's Middle-earth Mirth, if you please. I don't feel that this is the place to post pictures.

Star Wars is good. Not fantasy, but good. Read it!

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The Dragon-Riders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey, His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman, Sabriel etc. by Garth Nix, Neverwhere and Stardust by Neil Gaiman, Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip, Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson and Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling are my favorite fantasy/fiction books.

I also used to read the Wheel of Time series, but didn't get farther than the fourth book because the slow pace of the plot was irking me.
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Old 05-13-2004, 02:57 PM   #391
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I've gotten a few new ones. These are about the World of Darkess an Rpg game, set in modern times(does that count?). Their written, by Greg Stolze, its a trilogy. Ashes of Angel Wings, The Wreckage of Paradise, and the Seven deadlies. The first few chapters are good so. The books about Exalted are also good books to read, I recommend them.
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Old 05-13-2004, 05:04 PM   #392
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Douglas Adams is awesome! Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a must read and when you're done with that check out his Dirk Gently series
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I just started The Eye of the World as well. That is long, but it is really good so far. I also like the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. I started the Chronicles of Narnia, but I don't like them very much.
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I'm working on the Eye of the World, and have determaned that it must be about as long as the entire Lord of the Rings... each book, that is. But it's really good so far.

Also, the book, Borderlands, is really good. Check it out.

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All of these books sound so interesting... I need to get to the bookstore or library and read some of them!

Some of the books I have read are:

~ "The Lost Years of Merlin" series- the stories of Merlin as a teenager (quite humorous, but wonderful just the same), with interesting foreshadowing of his older years.

~ The Enchanted Forest books, including the "Book of Enchantments", consisting of other, smaller stories from the same fantasy land

~ "A Wrinkle in Time"

~ many "Star Wars" books- as Eowyn Skywalker stated, are very good

~ and some of "Harry Potter"
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Well I've read almost every book by Raymond E. Feist. I have enjoyed every book I've ever read by him. Also I've read all the Harry Potters and enjoyed them all, they keep getting better. His Dark Materials is a good series, that I've just recently read. Artemis Fowl and the Chronicles of Narnia are also very good. I also like the book Eragon, but the other two books haven't been written yet so I dont' know how good the series is going to be.
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I LOVE Raymond E. Feist. I read Magician several times and I read all of the books that take place in Midkemia.

Also after seeing Harry Potter I decided to read the third book again. I think the third book is my favourite though it can change.
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I suggest you try David Eddings "Belgariad" series, Mercedes Lackeys "Heralds of Valdemar" series, Jennifer Robersons "Chronicles of the Cheysuli" series. . ..........Lady Kealin
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i love The Golden Compass trilogy by Philip Pullman and The Sabriel Trilogy by Garth Nix. um... im also a big fan of the adult Left Behind books by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. Those books are totally awesome. weeee!!! three cheers for fantasy novels!!!!!! hip hip hooray!!!!! im so silly. im sorry. forgive me.
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I recommend wandering aimlessly through the library and reading whatever catches your eye. I've found some great books that way.

Also, The Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O'Shea is excellent.
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