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So, to take my mins of of things for a while, I thought that I might strike up a conversation with my fellow fantasy lovers, and since I didn't see any immediate threads of this particular kind (do people even read anymore?), I thought I'd create my own.

Anyways, I'd have to limit my favorites down the three different series;

The Dagger and the Coin Trilogy
By Daniel Abraham
So far I've only read through book one, The Dragon's Path, and I'm currently re-reading it, so that I can move into the next book, The Kings Blood. I don't remember much, aside the fact that I was infatuated with it the first time around, and I am still infatuated this time.

The Age of Fire Series
By E. E. Knight
I've read all the way through book five, Dragon Rule, and I have to say that its one of my favorite dragon series ever. The way that Knight explains how the dragons grow, live, and function is completely phenomenal. All of the interwoven stories and characters make it hard to put down.

Deltora Quest Series
By. Emily Rodda
Kind of a younger series in comparison to the first to, but no less amazing. It has some sort of nostalgic feel to me, but I don't get the childish feeling when I re-read the series that I get with other things I used to like as a child. My dream is to some day read the entire series for my friends at lunch, but no one can stay quite long enough.

Well, I've shared mine. Do you like them to? What are your favorite?

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I have to say I'm very partial to the childhood classics, so Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and The Chronicles of Narnia are mine, as well as the majority of Diana Wynne Jones's novels [including Howl's Moving Castle and the Chrestomanci series], Holly Black's Tithe and its sequels, and the Inkheart trilogy. I also remember enjoying the Pendragon series, although I never finished it since the library never updated its collection. And I love the Artemis Fowl series, although once again I haven't read the more recent releases. If we're counting science fantasy too, then anything by Madeline L'Engle is pretty much at the top of the list.

I also remember Deltora Quest! Although I was already "too old" for them by the time I'd discovered them through my younger brother.

Sadly, there isn't much time for recreational reading in college, so I haven't read anything new recently. D:

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I'm too much attached to the Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion - of which came from the same author, anyways. But then, now and again, I also read other novels. Aside from Tolkien's books, it'll probably be the Song of Ice and Fire series since it's quite interesting and the tension! Modern Tolkien indeed - though sadly I haven't finished it yet. There's also another novel of Dracula, I believe... It's this black book with red side-pages (?). I think there's a movie about it....

I'll probably add some more favorites (and they probably will be something about mythology - but for some reason I'm not that interested with Percy Jackson series? Isn't that just strange..) in the future, but I mostly read from fanfiction lately...

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Hmm... I definitely like Lord of Rings series, Chrestomanci series, Dragonriders of Pern series, Xanth series, The Song of the Lioness series, and uh.... Eragon?

Oh and friend got me into the back story of Rise of the Guardians book set.

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My personal favorites are the A Song of Ice and Fire series because of the sheer amount of likeable characters and the deconstructing nature of the series and the Silmarillion because of the fact that its backstory for the main LOTR series. Not sure if The Dresden Files would count as fantasy.

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Ohhh a thread about fantasy books. Now how to classify and sort everything?

Of course I have the Harry Potter books, but I didn't like them so much at the end, it was more something of "now I have to read the last one too because I can't just not read it"

The Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit and the Silmarillion (and the forgotten storys) also have their place in my bookshelf, but I only read them once. Not because I don't like them, far from it, but because (except from the Hobbit) they aren't books for short in between reading sessions in my opinion.

As for Narnia, I'm still somewhere in the 4th? book or something - I didn't really like the group of kids in that book and simply forgot to keep reading. I liked Lucy and without here it wasn't the same anymore.

I read a whole bunch of the Forgotten Realms books by Salvatore, but stopped after I got spoilered and learnd that stuff will happen that I wouldn't like. But the ones I have I read at least twice.

The rest of the time I'm more with urban fantasy
The Black Dagger Brotherhood, a bunch of vampire warriors that are so hard and cool and everything - until they learn about love. Each book covers one of them finding their mate, and at the same time the books are connected through the war agains undead humans.

The Sookie Stackhouse Novels/Southern Vampire Mystery. True Blood is based on this. Except, it isn't as explicitly violent and pornographic as the stupid TV series is. And after the first or maybe second season the storys are totally different too, at least that's what I learn from reading wiki-articles about the seaons. For the most part the books are funny and easy going -if something bad happens (and that happens all the time) the focus isn't on the blood but on what Sookie feels and how she copes with everything.

And what I also really like is the Mercy Thompson Series - a coyoty amoung werewolves. I like how Mercy is totally different and keeps doing things that are dangeres because she want's to protect everyone. And I like the various werewolfs and how they get to be important one by one for different reasons. Put that together with evil vampires, stupid humans and faes with different agendas, you get books that keep being exciting.

Books for the future:
I read the first Book of A Song of Ice and Fire just a while ago after having it and not gettng further than a few pages for years. THe TV Series (that I didn't watch) made me take the book out again and this time it was interesting - although I still have a problem with the many plots running side by side, that keep interrupting the plot you're reading atm and that you find most interesting. But if I need a new series to read, that would probably be the one I'd go for.

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I love any books by:
L.J.Smith- she wrote the Vampire Diaries, the Secret Circle, and the Night World. She was writing about vampires way before Stephanie Meyers made them popular. I love her use of imagery and plot. . The plot is exciting and takes my breath away.
Cassandra Clare- she wrote the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series. I love her use of strong female characters with hidden talents. It makes me feel empowered. I love Tessa's power in the Infernal Devices. She can take them shape of any person by holding something that belonged to them. i wish I could do that all the time.
Cinda Williams Chima- she wrote the Heir Chronicles and the Seven Realms Series. I love the magic and adventure in the books. It makes me excited to literally see the sparks fly.

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Cassandra Clare- she wrote the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series. I love her use of strong female characters with hidden talents. It makes me feel empowered. I love Tessa's power in the Infernal Devices. She can take them shape of any person by holding something that belonged to them. i wish I could do that all the time.


Oh yeah, Mortal Instruments was rather good too, for the first 3 books. With the 4th and the first of Infernal Devices I only thought "Yeah, more of the same problems that occure in every book. Problems between the boys and the girls - I would have thought that Clary and Jace are ok now, but nooooo"
But the first three I could read again.
I totally forgot them because they are my mothers books and not mine. Same with..

the Fever Series. A girl goes to Ireland to tell the Police that they can't just stop to investigate her sisters murder. Of course, as it takes place in Ireland, there is a bunch of Fea, she learns she has powers to defeat them and she obviously has never read a fantasy book because she makes every mistake possible. Oh and I wouldn't forget Jericho Barrons, the hot guy with many secrets.

The Rover Series from Mel Odom. I had to take the book to see what it was called in English because I thought along the lines of "The Halfling" or something like that. So.. each book has a halfling protagonist, it's not always the same one because the first gets an important position in the town and becomes older, so he found another halfling who would go for him on adventures. As always, halflings have more luck then sense and get lots of help, but in the end they manage to do something nobody would have thought possible.

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I have to say that while I enjoyed the first three books of The Mortal Instruments when they came out (back during my first two years of high school), now...the love triangle thing is overdone, and I find the series as a whole, while witty and charming, to be...cliché-ridden. It's like going back to a childhood favorite and realizing everything that's wrong with it - I can't enjoy it anymore.

It's hard to find good urban fantasy that doesn't just cater to the Twilight crowd, though.

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David Eddings. Anything and everything he's written, more or less. (...Let's not talk about the ending to the Dreamers series, though. And I still need to read the Tamuli and the Elenium.) The Redemption of Althalus is probably the most well-read book in the entire house, and although it's a doorstopper I read it whenever I'm bored.

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens is a firm favourite as well.

I have the first four Mortal Instruments books, but I only got a little into the second. Because... Clary and Jace are apparently related? but they're still... carrying on a romance??? no stop what are you doing (also ugh just give me urban fantasy that is URBAN FANTASY not romance dressed as urban fantasy)

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no stop what are you doing (also ugh just give me urban fantasy that is URBAN FANTASY not romance dressed as urban fantasy)


Congratulations, you have accurately summed up my entire problem with novels. WHY MUST THERE BE ROMANCE IN EVERYTHING?

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WyndiWingfall wrote:
Emmarrr wrote:
no stop what are you doing (also ugh just give me urban fantasy that is URBAN FANTASY not romance dressed as urban fantasy)


Congratulations, you have accurately summed up my entire problem with novels. WHY MUST THERE BE ROMANCE IN EVERYTHING?


Because teenagers/young adults like romances :D

The most (or least - depending on the viewpoint) I can come up with is the Fever Series where the girl is attracted to a guy but doesn't trust him. Two books or so later they have some kind of relationship, but it isn't such a big part of the books, I can't even remember how much they really liked each other.

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I personally find romance-dominant novels to be kind of grating. I don't have the patience to put up with romance in general, and when it's poorly written to cater towards my age group...bleh. I do like subtler or more realistic romances, though: I guess I just don't like it when it's blatantly obvious that the romance is the entire point of the novel, and all the action is just a costume for it.

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..I really forget something that with the movie should be obvious. That those books are internationally known. Somehow I don't belief that this could apply to a book by a german author.
Now I'm really curious how the names changed. I guess Capricorn is still Capricorn? But what about "Staubfinger" the guy with the fire-tricks? What's his name?

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i practically only read fantasy
the list below is in no way complete
eragon
everything by tamora pierce
mercades lakey's valdemar universe
the iron druid chronicles
there are probably more that i can't think of now

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Harry Potter's a pretty common item on these lists, so I won't beat the dead horse by saying it again, but I'll add the Winding Circle 'verse by Tamora Pierce and the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik (which is excellent and I highly recommend it, especially if you like historical fantasy and dragons).

I also really highly recommend the Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix. (He also wrote the Seventh Tower series and the Keys to the Kingdom series. They're both really awesome. Heck, I'd recommend basically everything by Garth Nix. He was my go-to favorite author for years lol, and then I fell in love with Haruki Murakami's prose but they definitely write in different genres so it's not like there's really competition there. Tamora Pierce and Garth Nix, on the other hand... yeah, okay, that's a hard decision lol.)

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Although I read most of a HP series when I was kid before the first movie ever came onto the big screen, I don't read novels much anymore, but I still hold onto a few that I adore and would read over and over again if I wanted to. Now my time's just occupied, but here's the list of those I wouldn't mind reading over and over.

In a spoiler b/c big post if you want to learn more, but I have them listed here.

  • Vampire Hunter D
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Vampire Hunter D - Written by Hideyuki Kikuchi & Illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano
The back of the first book reads as follows;

"12,090 A.D. It is a dark time for the world. Humanity is just crawling out from under three hundred years of domination by the race of vampires known as the Nobility. The war against the vampires has taken its toll; cities lie in ruin, the countryside is fragmented into small villages and fiefdoms that still struggle against nightly raids by the fallen vampires-- and the remnants of their genetically manufactured demons and werewolves.

Every village wants a Hunter--one of the warriors who have pledged their laser guns and their swords to the eradication of the Nobility. But some Hunters are better than others, and some bring their own kind of danger with them..."

This series is a fantasy/sci-fi, so there's a ton of steampunk into this series. It's also being printed into a manga, which has stunning artwork. The series follows the various jobs of the vampire hunter, coming across werewolves, changelings, ghosts and of course, vampires. The way it's written is just a masterpiece and I'm sad not many known of this author's amazing work. Best thing is, you're not required to read them all in order!

  • Skulduggery Pleasant
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Skulduggery Pleasant - Written by Derek Landy
The back of the first book reads as follows;

"Meet Skulduggery Pleasant: wise-cracking detective, powerful magician, sworn enemy of evil.

Oh yes. And dead."

This has to be my all-time favorite hands down in second place with Vampire Hunter D. This series is just both funny and serious. Filled with magic and amazing adventure of a skeleton detective and his faithful 12+ year old sidekick who fight forces of evil and save the world countless times. I just love this series and can not put it down, it sucks me right in! This is a strong recommendation if you need something easy to read and just to have a kick-back time giggling here and there.

  • Pendragon
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Pendragon - Written by D.J. MacHale
The back of the first book reads as follows;

"Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby.

He is going to save the world.

And not just Earth as we know it. Bobby is slowly starting to realize that life in the cosmos isn't quite what he thought it was. And before he can object, he is swept off to an alternate dimension known as Denduron, a territory inhabited by strange beings ruled by a magical tyrant, and plagued by dangerous revolution.

If bobby wants to see his family again, he's going to have to accept his role as savior, and accept it wholeheartedly. Because as he is about to discover, Denduron is only the beginning..."

Now this series is one I started and liked, I'm a bit behind, kind of re-reading it. It has two different views; one is in present time, written in the third person, while the second is written like a journal (which is exactly what it is) and is written in first person. It's full of magical places and interesting worlds that I honestly wish to go see (Cloral is possibly the one I'd like to see, it's the second book). I can't say much without spoiling it.

  • Bonechiller
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Bonechiller - Written by Graham Mcnamee
Back of the book reads as follows;

"Where the wind has teeth and the chill can kill...

Danny is sick of running. Harvest Cove is the latest nowhere place he's drifted through with his dad. In summer, people come to stay in cottages on the vast lake. In winter, Harvest Cove is a ghost town hidden away in Canada's Big Empty. Danny's been running forever, but Harvest Cove might be his last stop. The place has a way of making people disappear.

As the cold sets in, the town turns to ice. Danny and his new friends stumble on a centuries-old nightmare. They start seeing things. Impossible things.

In this frozen wasteland, something is hunting them down. And in winter, there is no escape from Harvest Cove."

It's a kind of mystery/thriller with a bit of fantasy thrown into it. It summons up one of the oldest Native American man-beasts known to most of the people where I live, and it's been one of the first few episodes in the Television Series, "Supernatural". I'd tell you what it is, but it's best if you figure it out yourself. This is one I could read over and over. My mother even loved it!

  • Dead of Night / Rot&Ruin
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Dead of Night / Rot&Ruin - Written by Jonathan Maberry
Back of Dead of Night reads as follows;

"A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side effects. Before he can be buried, the killed wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang... but a bite."

Back of Rot&Ruin reads as follows;

"Benny Imura couldn't hold a job, so he took to killing.

In the zombie-infested world Benny has grown up in, teenagers must work once they turn fifteen-or they'll lose their food rations. Benny isn't interested in taking on the family business, but he reluctantly agrees to train as a zombie killer with his boring big brother, Tom. He expects a dull job, whacking zombies for cash. What he discovers is a vocation that will teach him what it really means to be human.

As his worldview is challenged again and again by the lessons he learns from Tom, Benny is forced to confront another horrifying reality: Sometimes the most terrible monsters are human."

Where can I start with this guy. He's possibly the number one Zombie novelist I have heard of and is amazing with his works. I am a huge zombie fan, so this is something I could get lost into over and over again. The way the books tie together make it even more amazing! Dead of Night is it's own book while Rot&Ruin is for a younger audience, but somewhat ties with Dead of Night. Amazing! My parents even like his work!

  • Left Behind
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Left Behind - Written by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins
Back of the first book reads as follows;

"In one cataclysmic moment, millions around the glove disappear.

Vehicles, suddenly unmanned, careen out of control. People are terror stricken as loved ones vanish before their eyes.

In the midst of global chaos, airline captain Rayford Steele must search for his family, for answers, for truth. As devastating as the disappearances have been, the darkest days may lie ahead."

Now I honestly didn't think I would get into this series, but I did! It's semi-religious as it follows the bible in the Book of Revelations. It's a long and semi-tough read, but I couldn't put it down. It's an alternate end-of-the-world than zombies and it's heart racing and just makes you go "omg" at some parts. I'm still reading the series, in the middle of book 3, "Nicolae". And yes, this book is a movie!


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