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Books I Have Loved
Tue 5-Oct-10
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Michelle from Oregon
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Considering all of the book talk that goes on it the various threads, I though maybe it should have someplace to congregate, so......

I am going to finish I Shall Wear Midnight  by Terry Pratchet tonight. He has done it again, and Tiffany is shaping up nicely as I think it was Shereen said. I hope he has time to give her one more story before its too late. How I will miss that man when he stops. cry

I did throw out another recommendation to for the Fantasy folks, and that is Mercedes Lackey's 500 kingdom books, and her Elemental Masters books too.

Does anybody have a recommendation of any other Terry Pratchet type writers? I know its too much to hope, but I have gone through the entire Discworld series, and I need something else!aargh

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Tue 5-Oct-10
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Try Peter James...bases his books around Brighton....earlier ones very good...later ones could be predicatable and too much research ....worth a go though....

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wave Here are some of my  favourite  fantasy authors and books for those of you who enjoy this genre:

Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman   " The Dragonlance series " It starts with Dragons of Autumn Twilight.

Maggie Furey:    The Artifacts of Power series

Garth Nix:        The Abhorsen Chronicles

Trudi Cavanan:   Black Magic Trilogy

If you enjoy fantasy, dragons dwarves, magicians etc  you will love these books.big_hug

 

 


 

 

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danast said:

=If you enjoy fantasy, dragons dwarves, magicians etc  big_hug

 Have them all living in my garden.....I'm looking for something to read.....wink

 


 

 


 

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Tue 5-Oct-10
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started reading a book in france the other week it is so badly writen ,but i cant leave it ,keep going back but dont know why ?

about jewelery trade and family strife ,quite strange, sort of compelling, but crap ,ile be glad when i finish it dohMOS

sit down with a cupa and the urge will subside

Tue 5-Oct-10
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I enjoyed the Abhorsen Chronicles when I read them earlier in the year, but I give a bigger thumbs up to the Painted Man by Peter Brett. It's got a good mix of male and female main characters, and it doesn't feel the need to e-x-p-l-a-i-n  e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g and spoil the story.

One of my all-time favourites is Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy  - a stunning series set in a fantasy world.

And if anyone feels like dabbling with non-fantasty stuff Michael Marshall Smith writes a neat line in fiction with a sci-fi leaning.

Hi. My name's Shereen and I have a book problem. Too many books, too little time.

Wed 6-Oct-10
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MOS said:

started reading a book in france the other week it is so badly writen ,but i cant leave it ,keep going back but dont know why ?


 I have that same problem, when I start a book I have a very hard time quiting on it. I can count on one hand the times I have abandoned a book. They have to be sooooo stupid, or like Shereen said E-X-P-L-A-I-N E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G!

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Wed 6-Oct-10
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George R R Martins Song of Ice & Fire ive read these over and over hes been drip feeding the latest book for years on his website now HBO are making it into a series .

Read all of Terry Pratchett , Anne Mc Caffrey , Marion Zimmer Bradley Darkover series , adore CJ Cherryh but now am struggling for something new , its all got a bit samey

Thu 7-Oct-10
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Hey Michelle, you beat me to this new post by a cat's whisker.  I've notes on my desktop re a new 'Bookworm' thread, but by the time I'd made myself a cuppa, there it was, up and running.  Thanks, Matey.

 

For those who like 'off the wall' humour in a similar vein to Terry Pratchett, I can highly recommend 'The Eyre Affair' by Jasper Fforde.  One of a 'Tuesday Next' series about a literary detective who gets into all sorts of scrapes whilst trying to fight crimes in a parallel universe - book world.  The Eyre Affair is a dastardly plot to  kidnap Jane Eyre from the pages of the original novel, and thus totally wreck the end of the story.  Best to be at least familiar with the real Jane Eyre storyline before attempting to read this, so as to get all the innuendoes etc.  I've read another in the Tuesday Next series, which was also good, but apart from The Eyre Affair I'd recommend starting at the beginning or you won't get the benefit of the character development throughout the series.

I belong to a Reading Group and we had the original Jane Eyre on our reading list last year.  I was not looking forward to it as I hated the book when I was a wee lass, but after reading Jasper Fforde I really enjoyed it, and reading the 2 books made for great Reading Group discussion.

 

Another favourite - 'A Prayer for Owen Beaney' by John Irving.  Again, off the wall, but in a totally different way.  Very funny in parts, but also quite touching.  This one really divided the Readers Group at my old workplace - some loved it, some hated it.  Makes for interesting discussions, and reminds me I must check out others by John Irving.

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Fri 8-Oct-10
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kayerunrig said:

George R R Martins Song of Ice & Fire ive read these over and over hes been drip feeding the latest book for years on his website now HBO are making it into a series .


My brother saw one of their fiming sites in Tollymore Forest last weekend. He was out for a walk with friends when they came across a whole area of forest covered in fake snow, a load of horse trailers and a load of huge lights strung up all over.

http://www.twitpic.com/2uli08

And my desk neighbour has spotted a castle front set that's been built in a quarry in Magheramourne - she lives out that way and drives past it every day.

It's very exciting for little old Norn Iron.

Fri 8-Oct-10
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Heather E said:

Another favourite - 'A Prayer for Owen Beaney' by John Irving.  Again, off the wall, but in a totally different way.  Very funny in parts, but also quite touching.  This one really divided the Readers Group at my old workplace - some loved it, some hated it.  Makes for interesting discussions, and reminds me I must check out others by John Irving.


That's one of my all-time favourite books (it's A Prayer for Owen Meanry" BTW) and it inspired me to read loads of his other stuff. Of them all "The Hotel Newhampshire" stood head and shoulders above the rest.
Fri 8-Oct-10
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Thanks, Shereen.  That one goes straight on my wish list.  Sorry about the misquoted title doh (it was from memory, and I read it about 2 years ago).  Interested readers, please note.ok

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Heather E said:

Thanks, Shereen.  That one goes straight on my wish list.  Sorry about the misquoted title doh (it was from memory, and I read it about 2 years ago).  Interested readers, please note.ok


 

Did you notice I mis-quoted the title too? thumbs_down

Sat 9-Oct-10
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I'm also a Prachett fan. I've not read all of them though,which is probably just as well as I've plenty to work my way through and won't be as upset as the avid folks when he hangs up his quil.

I also love Robert Rankin, who writes "far fetched fiction"often involving an alternative past where Tesla pefected the wireless transmission of electricity and victorians all had flying cars and digital watches, very steampunk 😀

I heartily recommend Rankin if you like things quite silly, and so does Pratchett (he says Rankin is oneof the few authors who always make him laugh).

Apart from that I don't really do fantasy or sci-fi. I quite like comedy stuff, and grew up loving Tom Sharpe,though at times he can be a bit puerile. The Wilt books (apart from the last one,which seemed to be a re-hash of the plots of several previous non-wil books) are good (the first one got made into a film I believe, with Gryff Rhys-Jones), and The Throwback is my favouritest of them all.

I've lately become a big fan of a guy called Christopher Moore, who does similarly silly sorts of things, including "Lamb: the gospel according to Biff, Christ's childhood best friend" which attempts to fill in the missing years between Jesus finding out he was supposed to be a messiah aged 12 or so and starting his ministry at 30. It had me in stitches.

I have a bit of a secret weakness for Mary Wesley too (in a non comedy way, obviously), though I have noticed that many of her stories revolve around a little girl who didn't fit in as a child in some way or other.

And who doesn't love Agatha Christie?

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Sat 9-Oct-10
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Michelle - thanks for introducing me to Mercedes Lackey.  I've read up on her online and just ordered a 'nearly new' copy of The Fairy Godmother.  Another one to sit on my Chirstmas Books shelf for the long winter nights.  Thanks, Matey.ok

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