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JasperCreek



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    30th of Jan '18 @ 9:47 PM


anyone read any good books or series of books lately?

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    31st of Jan '18 @ 12:20 AM


I'm also looking for some good suggestions! smile_yawn.gif
I've been considering reading the Harry Potter series... again. But if there is anything good out there that people would recommend, it'd be fun to start something new!




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    31st of Jan '18 @ 9:34 AM


It's not recent but my favorite series of books are from Robin Hobb.

First Cycle: The Farseer Trilogy
Second Cycle: The Tawny Man Trilogy
Third Cycle: The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy


The 2 other story in the same world are really good too.

The Liveship Traders Trilogy
The Rain Wild Chronicles

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And at the moment I'm reading book 4 (of 7) from a series of book from Maxime Chattam. Autre-Monde (Other World)

Sadly it's in french, and there is no traduction.



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    31st of Jan '18 @ 10:24 AM


One of my favourite series is the Sword of Truth series. The first book is Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind and it's amazing! It's been a while but I remember being captivated by it.


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    31st of Jan '18 @ 12:59 PM


@JasperCreek @Nati So glad you asked.

There are so many books out there to read! It all depends on what you like, really.

There are a lot of contemporary YA books that are extremely popular, but I don't read a lot in that genre, so you may notice them missing off my list. (PS: many of the ones I've listed, I named the first book, but they are actually trilogies or series)

Firstly, if you just have no idea, lists are overwhelming, and you don't want to think about making the decision, then I'll make it for you: Pick up any book by Brandon Sanderson. Mistborn is my recommendation. Elantris, Steelheart, or many of his others are also good choices (just don't start with the Stormlight Archive smile_unsure.gif).

But onward to genre...

Straight-up Fantasy
- Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson is not only an excellent standalone, and an even better trilogy, it's a very good choice for where to start with his books. He is THE name in fantasy right now. His lectures and podcasts are pretty much what taught me to write.
- Name of the Wind by Pat Rothfuss - beware, the third book is not out yet and he's a slow writer.
- Song of Ice and Fire - the books are much, much, much richer and complex than the TV show. An old fantasy classic, despite the recent trendiness.
- Earthsea: most of Harry Potter is based on ideas that can be found in Earthsea. Ursula LeGuin passed away last week, sadly. She's widely regarded as one of the most well-respected fantasy authors of all time.
- The Deathsniffer's Assistant: I need to plug this book written by one of my agent's other clients. It's SO creative, and I have a mad crush on the main character. It's not an age-old classic like the rest of these books, but it's really really good! Second book came out recently, and keep an eye out for the third!

YA Fantasy
- Leviathan by Scott Westerfield has it all: steampunk machines, fantastical beasts, a prince on the run, and a girl pretending to be a boy so she can join the airforce.
- The Hunger Games - of the popular YA Dystopian books taking the industry by storm, the Hunger Games is by far the best.
- The Giver - however, as long as we're calling dystopian a subgenre of fantasy, I must point out, they are ALL taking from the Giver, which is a genius, heartfelt masterpiece you can read in one afternoon.
- The Golden Compass - Richly complex and beautifully executed. Not recommended for the theologically sensitive.
- Sabriel - Massive nostalgia with this one. Dark fantasy feel. The Abhorsen manipulates spirits of the dead using seven different-pitched bells - usually trying to send undead *back* to the seven layers of the underworld. But that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Urban Fantasy
- I'm not the best one to recommend these because I don't read very widely in the genre. There are all sorts of awesome series that are worth looking up.
- One series, however, that I LOVE love love, is the Dresden Files. If you haven't read it yet, what are you waiting for? It's fun, it's adventurous, it has magic and explosions and mystery and crime, and it's just the most fun you'll have reading a book any time soon.

Straight-up Sci-fi
- Foundation: If you haven't read sci-fi before, start here. There are no words for how much genius is in Asimov's books.
- I, Robot: Also a good collection of short stories for getting started in Asimov-type sci-fi.
- Dune: When you're ready to move up to the big guns, Dune is a giant among mortals. Dune is genius. Dune is genre-defining. Dune is to sci-fi what LOTR was to fantasy.
- Neuromancer: If you want a challenge, this is one of the best sci-fi books of all time, but it's so complex and confusing, a book has never made me feel so dumb. It's brilliant, it almost single-handedly created the cyberpunk genre, and it has some of the most beautiful prose ever written in sci-fi, but it's NOT for the faint of heart.
- Ender's Game: You can't read sci-fi and not read this book. It's a fast, easy read (technically YA, and very short), but full of clever ideas smashed together with super exciting Battle-Room fights. It's actually the "underdog sports movie" archetype, underneath all the spacey stuff.

Horror
- Stephen King is the master here, and I recommend starting with Salem's Lot or Carrie, simply because that's where I started.
- For a YA/Horror crossover (described as "teenage Dexter&quotsmile_wink.gif, I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells is a really good read. (Dan Wells also wrote a lot of good YA fantasy and dystopian - have not read them myself, but recommend looking into them)

Romance
- Pride and Prejudice is one of the best romances ever written. I do personally enjoy Emma as much if not more, but I have to say, P&P has a staying power beyond the rest of Jane Austen's works. People who like romance often read it multiple times throughout their lives. It's the pinnacle of the genre.
- Ever wanted to a read a regency romance in a fantasy setting? Mary Robinette Kowal, apart from being super friendly and lovable, is also an excellent, super-historically-accurate romance writer. Accurate except for the magic part, that is. Check out Shades of Milk and Honey to embark on the adventure.

Serious Classics
- One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest - takes place in a mental hospital and I'm not even sure what to say about it, other than that it's memorable and powerful.
- East of Eden - I personally thought this one was much better than Grapes of Wrath.
- Lord of the Flies - Absolute classic. One of those books everyone must read once in their lives.
- 1984 - Similarly. Especially today, there's some deeply unsettling foresight that feels like it predicts what's going on in the world. While often listed alongside Brave New World, I think 1984 is superior in every way.
- Watership Down - Very unique. Criticized for being misogynistic in places, but still touches on some powerful topics. Do not be fooled; it features rabbits and they made a cartoon out of it, but it's not for kids.
- A Clockwork Orange - In case you feel like reading something extremely disturbing, this powerful classic gets you on a deep, psychological level. It's very short, surprisingly so for the impact it has. To this day I refuse to see the movie. The book was unsettling enough.
- Tess of the d'Urbervilles - Like Jane Austen, only depressing.
- To Kill A Mockingbird - I almost forgot to put this on the list because I assumed everyone's already read this one in high school.

Books I Have Not Read But I Hear Are Extremely Recommended
- American Gods
- Little Women
- Jane Eyre
- Catch-22
- The Scarlet Letter
- Love in the Time of Cholera
- Wheel of Time
- Starship Troopers
- MANY more! Look up on google "Top 10 -genre of choice- books"!

Here is the node, you who hate change and fear revolution. Keep these two squatting men apart; make them hate, fear, suspect each other. Here is the anlage of the thing you fear. This is the zygote. For here "I have lost my land" is changed; a cell is split and from its splitting grows the thing you hate—"We lost our land." The danger is here, for two men are not as lonely and perplexed as one. And from this first "we" there grows a still more dangerous thing: "I have a little food" plus "I have none." If from this problem the sum is "We have a little food," the thing is on its way, the movement has direction.


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    31st of Jan '18 @ 2:27 PM


@Megrim

can confirm that american gods is extremely good!

and clockwork orange is one of my favorite books smile_heart.gif i tried to watch the movie, but the tone didn't feel the same. i think kubrick really did it a disservice

aside from clockwork orange, two of my other favorite books aaaaare

- house of leaves by mark z. danielewski
- good omens by neil gaiman and terry pratchett !



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    2nd of Feb '18 @ 12:55 PM


I just noticed the total irony that I was all "Grapes of Wrath isn't that good!" and then I have a quote from it plastered all over the forums in my signature xD

Here is the node, you who hate change and fear revolution. Keep these two squatting men apart; make them hate, fear, suspect each other. Here is the anlage of the thing you fear. This is the zygote. For here "I have lost my land" is changed; a cell is split and from its splitting grows the thing you hate—"We lost our land." The danger is here, for two men are not as lonely and perplexed as one. And from this first "we" there grows a still more dangerous thing: "I have a little food" plus "I have none." If from this problem the sum is "We have a little food," the thing is on its way, the movement has direction.


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    3rd of Feb '18 @ 10:22 PM


Please Ping me in every suggestion! I’m looking for new books as well smile_heart.gif

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    8th of Feb '18 @ 1:49 PM


@JasperCreek @Nati @Hamchung77

Hi! I've been doing a lot of reading, so here are some of my recommendations!

Speak by Lousia Hall - sci fi, maybe? - This novel explores the creation of artificial intelligence. It shifts between five different characters lives (from different time periods) to tell the story. I 100% recommend it if you're into history, the future, robots, or just good story-telling!

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle - young adult science/fantasy - This one's a classic!! I haven't read this in years but I still am thinking about it. It's an adventure of a high school girl through time and space to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. Plus, it's being made into a movie as we speak! Gotta read the book first~

Gossamer by Lois Lowry - young adult fantasy - This ones a quick and wonderful read! Here's part of the summary from Goodreads: "Gossamer explores the conflicts between the gentle bits and pieces of the past that come to life in dream, and the darker horrors that find their form in nightmare. In a haunting story that tiptoes between reality and imagination, two people—a lonely, sensitive woman and a damaged, angry boy—face their own histories and discover what they can be to one another, renewed by the strength that comes from a tiny, caring creature they will never see."

Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami - magic realism?? - Murakami is my all-time favorite author, and Dance, Dance, Dance is quintessential Murakami! I honestly don't know how to explain the book but please read it or look into it if you ever have the chance.




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    16th of Feb '18 @ 5:33 PM


Here are a few great books, not in any order:
How to train your dragon, Warrior Cats, Harry Potter, Minecraft: The Island




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    5th of Mar '18 @ 3:51 PM


I´m re-reading the warrior cats book series again. They are my favorite!

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    10th of Mar '18 @ 9:48 PM


I highly recommend the Red Rising series. It's sort of a cross between hunger games/harry potter/enders game. Very easy and entertaining read and I think many of you here would enjoy it.

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    14th of Mar '18 @ 9:17 AM


@JasperCreek @Nati Mushishi (or Mushi-shi I've also seen it spelled) is the most wonderful, wonderful series, and my personal all time favorite. I even have the TV adaptation, complete episodes and feature. Yes, I would HIGHLY recommend Mushshi. smile_heart.gif



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    14th of Mar '18 @ 10:00 PM


Posted by @Megrim


@JasperCreek @Nati
Leviathan by Scott Westerfield


I'm SO mad that you mentioned Leviathan when there are UGLIES and MIDNIGHTERS!!

Scott is my favorite author and I can't believe you dd his best books dirty like that..



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    16th of Mar '18 @ 7:55 PM


@Cowpro I bought Uglies for my next read actually! Though, I'm still barely in the first quarter of American Gods, so it may be a while...

Here is the node, you who hate change and fear revolution. Keep these two squatting men apart; make them hate, fear, suspect each other. Here is the anlage of the thing you fear. This is the zygote. For here "I have lost my land" is changed; a cell is split and from its splitting grows the thing you hate—"We lost our land." The danger is here, for two men are not as lonely and perplexed as one. And from this first "we" there grows a still more dangerous thing: "I have a little food" plus "I have none." If from this problem the sum is "We have a little food," the thing is on its way, the movement has direction.


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    16th of Mar '18 @ 7:57 PM


@Megrim ok ok good...

There are actually 3 books (lowkey 7??) in the Uglies series..

Uglies, Pretties, Specials.

Then there is another stand alone book in the series, Extras.

And he just announced that he will be releasing 3 more books in the same universe and I honestly, cannot wait!!



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    18th of Mar '18 @ 6:58 PM


I'm not the best at actually finishing books, but I'm enjoying The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. Currently, I'm reading Blood and Gold. Her writing has always been so...exquisite. And descriptive.



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