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« Reply #15: March 12, 2010, 09:18:41 pm »



Gah!  Another thread that feeds my addiction...Dammit, I need *some* time off reading!

Eh, it's not so bad...once Year 12 is over, I'll have more time to read (no-one kill my fantasy.  I don't care that uni will be busier, I will have more time to read.)

I'll have to get in first and reccommend "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R.R Martin.  I feel humbled, ashamed and empowered reading that series.  The writing is simply brilliant.  I write a lot, so reading that is like "Wait, I'm supposed to live up to this?  Crap, I'm gonna suck...", but at the same time, it's proof that it's possible.
The characters are so brilliant and real.  They all have personalities, and they all have motivations, and they simply leap out of the page at you.  I adore this series.
I'm only finished the first book, but I'm working on that....
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« Reply #16: March 13, 2010, 08:20:52 am »

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. It's a children's fantasy/adventure story, but I think it's better for older children, young adults and adults because the inherent word-play tends to go over most young children's heads. It reminds me a great deal of Alice in Wonderland, actually, and it's one of my very favorite books.

I second (third?) The Phantom Tollbooth!  I recommend it to all the parents I know when they're looking for books for their kids to read.

The one I planned to recommend before I saw THAT title is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
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« Reply #17: March 15, 2010, 01:54:54 pm »



Hmm. I really love "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman.


Ditto on that.
I recently enjoyed reading The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett. It's a very silly take on the Pied Piper tale.
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« Reply #18: March 15, 2010, 09:05:23 pm »

I've got a short story suggestion

Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka

A pretty creepy and sad little short story, give it a read, I really love the way he writes.
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« Reply #19: March 15, 2010, 11:26:11 pm »

I've got a short story suggestion

Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka

A pretty creepy and sad little short story, give it a read, I really love the way he writes.

Hehehe, I used to think my life was like The Trial by Franz Kafka!  Cheesy
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« Reply #20: March 18, 2010, 07:27:42 am »

I've got a short story suggestion

Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka

A pretty creepy and sad little short story, give it a read, I really love the way he writes.

Anything my Franz Kafka. Awesome author, and you have to be a little bit crazy to understand what he's saying. It's awesome.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hogdson Burnett. It was one of my favorite books as a kid.
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« Reply #21: March 19, 2010, 04:24:14 pm »

Anything my Franz Kafka. Awesome author, and you have to be a little bit crazy to understand what he's saying. It's awesome.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hogdson Burnett. It was one of my favorite books as a kid.

Well I'm glad to hear that! I loved Metamorphosis so I plan on reading all of his other material as well.

I just bought both "The Brothers Karamakov" and "Crime and Punishment" by Dostoevyski. I haven't actually read any of his literature yet but it comes highly recommended, so I'm sure I'll enjoy!
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« Reply #22: March 19, 2010, 11:11:48 pm »

Anything my Franz Kafka. Awesome author, and you have to be a little bit crazy to understand what he's saying. It's awesome.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hogdson Burnett. It was one of my favorite books as a kid.

A little princess by the same author.  love it.
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« Reply #23: April 01, 2010, 11:07:09 pm »


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« Reply #24: April 06, 2010, 12:34:32 pm »

The Curse of Chalion, by Lois McMaster Bujold.

Seconded.  Smiley Anything she writes is awesome.

The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay. This is the only book from high school English that I went out and bought to add to my collection (it's also the only not-scifi/fantasy novel in my collection).
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« Reply #25: July 31, 2010, 09:17:28 pm »

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. This is a big, fat novel that begs to be lived in over several months. The worldbuilding is on par with Tolkien, the writing with Jane Austen, and the fabric of the story itself is practically mythology.

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Interested?  Grin

Dang, I have started that book twice and both times been distracted away from it!   I have to pick it up again. 
I agree with you, it's a wonderful novel (at least the half that I read  Cheesy) and of a level of craft that you don't usually find in modern writers. 

And since you mention Tolkien, I'll be the cop-out who recommends The Lord of the Rings.  A mammoth read, true, and far from easy, but as enchanting and rewarding as anything you'd find.  Plus, if you take your time with it, you can enjoy it for upwards of a year, or longer.

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« Reply #26: July 31, 2010, 10:38:48 pm »

And since you mention Tolkien, I'll be the cop-out who recommends The Lord of the Rings.  A mammoth read, true, and far from easy, but as enchanting and rewarding as anything you'd find. 

At about 450,000 words, LOTR was mammoth for its time. But it is short compared to some more recent series.  A Song of Ice And Fire and King's Dark Tower series are each about 3 times its length. Then there is Jordan's Wheel of Time series: over 6 times its length.
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« Reply #27: July 31, 2010, 10:45:18 pm »


One that I really enjoyed was Blackstaff by Steven Schend. It's set in Faerun (Forgotten Realms), and is about Khelben. It helps if you have some knowledge of the Realms beforehand though.

Steven also has some short stories out set in his own world that are great reads as well. Smiley
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« Reply #28: July 31, 2010, 10:51:49 pm »

At about 450,000 words, LOTR was mammoth for its time. But it is short compared to some more recent series.  A Song of Ice And Fire and King's Dark Tower series are each about 3 times its length. Then there is Jordan's Wheel of Time series: over 6 times its length.

True, and I love both Martin's and King's work.  My intent was to go with a one-vlume epic, however.   Grin 

King, imho, has written one of the major fantasy epics of our time; alas, being pigeonholed as a 'horror' writer, his contribution likely won't be acknowledged. 
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« Reply #29: July 31, 2010, 11:37:17 pm »


Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I cannot explain it, except that is is a sci-fi/fantasy novel.
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