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frigidfire86
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Default  Posted: 11:38 PM, May 2nd (Wednesday)

I read a lot, several books a week usually. I've gotten to the point where I've reread all my books several times (some of them dozens of times) and am getting a little tired of it. So, here's a list of what I've read. Any recommendations of books that are similar?

Terry Goodkind
- Debt of Bones
- The Sword of Truth series
- The Omen Machine
- The Law of Nines

Matthew Reilly
- Seven Deadly Wonders
- The Six Sacred Stones
- Five Greatest Warriors

James Patterson
- Witch & Wizard trilogy
- Daniel X

Stephanie Meyer
- Twilight saga

George R.R. Martin
- A Song of Ice and Fire series

Amanda Hocking
- Trylle trilogy

Lauren Oliver
- Before I Fall
- Delirium
- Pandemonium

Becca Fitzpatrick
- Hush Hush
- Crescendo
- Silence

Tad Williams
- Shadowmarch books

Lauren Kate
- Fallen
- Torment
- Passion

Christopher Paolini
- Inheritance cycle

Robert Jordan
- Wheel of Time series

P.C. & Kristen Cast
- House of Night series

Cynthia Hand
- Unearthly
- Hallowed

Liz Braswell
- The Nine Lives of Chloe King

John Marco
- The Eyes of God trilogy

David Pelzer
- A Child Called It
- The Lost Boy
- A Man Named Dave

Lauren DeStefano
- Fever
- Wither

Richelle Mead
- Vampire Academy series

Neil Gaiman
- American Gods

Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
- Red Riding Hood

J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter

J.R.R. Tolkein
- The Lord of the Rings

Alyson Noel
- Immortal series

Stephen King
- The Dark Tower series
- The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
- The Green Mile

Suzanne Collins
- The Hunger Games trilogy

That's all I can think of at the moment. Obviously there are tons of other books by Stephen King, Neil Giaman, etc that I'll get around to reading. I'm looking for other authors' books to read though.

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Default  Posted: 8:36 PM, May 6th (Sunday)

Have you read the LEFT BEHIND series? Tho based on the book of Revelations, its not a pteachy, religious read. I recommend it.


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Default  Posted: 12:04 AM, May 7th (Monday)

Jim Butcher is an author that you may enjoy. His Dresden Files series is great.

You may also look at the series by Nanny Wurts starting with The Curse of the Mistwraith.


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Default  Posted: 6:31 AM, May 8th (Tuesday)

Not everyone is a fan of J R Ward, but I enjoyed the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Some people also like books by Karen Moning!



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Default  Posted: 8:05 AM, May 8th (Tuesday)

Check out James Clemens' Banned and Banished series.


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Default  Posted: 9:59 AM, May 8th (Tuesday)

Have you read the Kim Harrison "Hollows" series? That's pretty good.

Also, check out Kelley Armstrong - she is one of the most phenomenal writers I have had the pleasure of reading. I can't wait for her new stuff to come out!


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frigidfire86
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Default  Posted: 5:17 PM, May 9th (Wednesday)

I bought four more books two days ago and am already done with them, too. I really think I read too much. I need a new hobby, or to live in an enormous library.

The books I just read are...

Dan Wells
- Partials

C. C. Hunter
- Born at Midnight
- Awake at Dawn
- Taken at Dusk

I tend to pick up the young adult novels when I'm really bored and just need something to read quickly until I get my hands on something amazing. I really do prefer series instead of a stand alone book. A series, trilogy, etc give the author a better opportunity to really develop a story and make it incredible.

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Default  Posted: 9:40 PM, May 9th (Wednesday)

Two authors I have recently discovered and read....

Thomas Greanias

Glenn Cooper

Use this link to find more authors, etc:

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/


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frigidfire86
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Default  Posted: 12:17 AM, May 10th (Thursday)

As soon as I have time to go out and buy some books I'll get started at all your suggestions. I'm tempted to buy a Kindle or Nook just to have them available immediately, but I really like the feel of a book in my hand. I did read The Selection by Kiera Cass tonight. It was good, not great, but good. Thanks ya'll for your recommendations. :)


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Default  Posted: 4:32 PM, May 11th (Friday)

I just bought Jessica Andersen's prophecy series. Now I just have to have time to read them!


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Default  Posted: 3:37 PM, May 13th (Sunday)

Try Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series - it's great. Lindsay Buroker's Emperor's Edge series - I think she only has e-books though. Zero Sight series by B. Justin Shier. Shelley Adina, Lady of Devices series. I'm really into steampunk lately! Most of these are e-books but they are cheaper than buying the real thing. I love using the Kindle!


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Default  Posted: 9:21 PM, May 17th (Thursday)

Also, check out Kelley Armstrong - she is one of the most phenomenal writers I have had the pleasure of reading. I can't wait for her new stuff to come out!

THIS!
My friend recommended it to me after reading the first one saying it is Twilight for adults. Much much better and the series will keep you busy for a while. I couldn't really get into the YA series (but I'm not opposed to giving it another try), the Otherworld is amazing


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Default  Posted: 10:37 AM, May 18th (Friday)

I always recommend Glen Cook:
Dread Empire Series
Black Company Series

Barbara Hambly:
Darwath Series (Fantasy/Horror)
Benjamin January Mysteries (Historical Fiction / mystery)

Other Gaiman books I liked more than American Gods were Neverwhere and Stardust. If you don't mind graphic novels his Sandman series is excellent, probably his best work imo.

Anything by Terry Pratchett.

Books of Swords by Fred Saberhagen is old school fantasy. Not great but I'd put it on par with Goodkind and Jordan at the very least.


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Default  Posted: 8:38 AM, May 24th (Thursday)

Have you tried Justin Cronin's "The Passage"? Its a whopper of a book (appx. 750 pages!) but I just finished it and its fantastic. Part Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" and part Stephen King's "The Stand" (both of which I also recommend) yet wholly original and entertaining.

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Default  Posted: 4:01 AM, May 27th (Sunday)

The Passage rocks indeed, yet it has an open ending and there are supposed to be follow ups.

I LOVED your post as I always am looking for new mind-blowing books, so I am going through the list of yours that I haven't read yet (most I have though).

I hope my recommendations will be helpful. I don't recommend crap, so probably they will be in the same kind of mood that you are looking for, books that transport you completely to another world.

Please please please pm me if you like what you are reading. I love hearing reactions to books I recommend

Ernest Cline
Ready Player One (Especially if you love video games, underdogs and the '80. This book just makes you smile a lot)

Kristin Cashore (must read fantasy series)
* Graceling
* Fire
* Bitterblue

Veronica Roth (Great universe, original. Will love them I promise)
* Divergent
* Insurgent
* Book 3 still being written

Marie Lu (great YA, can't wait for more)
* Legend

Gayle Foreman (Love in it's truest form, books hunted me for months)
* Should I stay
* Where she went

Erin Morgenstern (A very dark fairytale like book, loved it, devoured it)
*The Night Circus

Ransom Riggs (book is weirdish, open ending, will have follow up)
* Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children

Maggie Stiefvater (one trilogy, one stand alone, not fantastic, but good)
*The Scorpio Races
and
* Shiver
* Linger
* Forever

Laini Taylor (start of trilogy, great book)
* Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Scott Westerfield (simple YA, but entertaining)
* Uglies
* Pretties
* Specials
* Extras

Ally Condie (okayish series, not that good, but still want to know where it will go)
* Matched
* Crossed
* Reached (coming this fall)

Laura Hillenbrand (completely different genre, brilliant story of survival)
* Unbroken

Stieg Larsson (you will love the Characters)
* The millennium trilogy


So, that will get you through 2012 I think!!

Also, things I do NOT recommend, did read them but disliked them:
Kamie Garcia&Margaret Stohl series in the Beautiful Creatures. (Just plain horrible. Really horrible and annoying past the first chapters)
James Dashner the maze runner series (original concept, very bad worked out story)
Cassanda Clare mortal instruments series. (Also good idea, but did NOT find this good writing or well thought out, it's just too many times "yeah right" feeling)

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Default  Posted: 12:01 AM, June 18th (Monday)

My favorite series of books is the Patricia Cornwell series featuring a character named Kay Scarpetta. Kay is a medical examiner and delves into very interesting cases throughout her career. I own all the books in this series, and have read them dozens of times!


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Default  Posted: 10:01 AM, June 18th (Monday)

The Crying Heart Tattoo by David Lozell Martin.

I have this book for about 15 years and will never get rid of it.

Read the reviews on Amazon for yourself.

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Default  Posted: 2:34 PM, June 18th (Monday)

Following a recomendation from Lady V, I am on Karen Moning's last book of the Fever Series. I honestly didn't care that much for the first book, but I stuck it out and have enjoyed each book sequel progressively more.

There are 5 books in the series, the 4th one (that I just finished last night) was HOT.

Thanks for the book list!


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Default  Posted: 3:54 PM, June 23rd (Saturday)

Recently I've read:

Gayle Forman
- If I Stay
- Where She Went

Meg Cabot
- Vanished books

Scott Westerfield
- Uglies quartet

E L James
- Fifty Shades trilogy

Richelle Mead
- The Golden Lily

Lauren Kate
- Rapture

Veronica Roth
- Divergent
- Insurgent

Alyson Noel
- Saving Zoe
- Faking 19


I still have a lot of your recommendations left to read, and a few others that I've come across on my own. Thanks for all your help!

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Default  Posted: 4:53 PM, June 23rd (Saturday)

You like Gaiman, so you'll like Terry Pratchett. I didn't see his Discworld series in your list. It's enormous, and they can pretty much be read in any order (although the very first one he wrote is The Color of Magic).

Warm up for Discworld by reading the Gaiman-Pratchett teamup Good Omens. It's the funniest book about the apocalypse you'll ever read. I've given away four or five copies of it.

If you like Arthurian stuff I highly recommend Jack Whyte's Camulod Chronicles (starts with The Skystone, then there are about a half-dozen more along with a couple of spinoffs.


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Default  Posted: 8:50 AM, June 29th (Friday)

Kristin Cashore's Seven Kingdoms trilogy Graceling, Fire and Bitterblue

I love Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series too
Outlander
Dragonfly in Amber
Voyager
Drums of Autumn
The Fiery Cross
A Breath of Snow and Ashes
An Echo in the Bone


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Default  Posted: 8:54 PM, June 30th (Saturday)

Anne Rice 's Vampire Chronicles. The first in the series is Interview with the Vampire.


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Default  Posted: 8:59 PM, June 30th (Saturday)

I'll throw out a few of my favorites, given in the fantasy you've listed, you have the Wheel of Time :)

Roger Zelazny's - Nine Princes of Amber Series. (shorter books)

David Farland: The Runelords Series. (wins my most original idea award)

David Eddings - The Belgarion Series (and the sequels). ('Cause they are classic fantasy).

Just finished "Storm Front" in the Dresden Series, by Jim Butcher - good read!


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Default  Posted: 3:01 PM, July 9th (Monday)

Currently reading:

Book 2 Song of Ice and Fire books.

Wish I had read more, but my reading time has dropped a lot and those books are quite huge.

Frigidfire86, thank you for this topic and thank you for choosing some books of my list... it feels so good to know I recommended books that you enjoyed, it's like traveling through the same experience and emotions that a book can give you.

Hope this summer I can finish your list, still about 10 books left to read though!


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Default  Posted: 3:10 PM, July 9th (Monday)

osca, you're very welcome for the list. It's not a list of all the books I've read, just the ones I reread all the time. I've recently been obsessively rereading "The First Confessor" by Terry Goodkind. Ah-ma-zing!!! I still have tons left to read from this thread. It should keep me occupied until this deployments ends.


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Default  Posted: 5:06 PM, July 10th (Tuesday)

I second Justin Cronin's The Passage. Could not put it down. Currently reading In the Garden of Beasts about Nazi Germany. Eye opening historical account of Hitler's rise.


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Default  Posted: 7:50 AM, July 12th (Thursday)

Yeah. The passage is good, but no word on the sequel is there??

And started the garden of beasts. But pretty heavy stuff and can't get into it well.

Will go Back to
The
Recommendations when I have more
Time. My reread list is quite similar. But on one is always Potter. A world to drown in


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