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I finally got some of the Chrestomanci novels and had a chance to read them. They are published towards young adults and are some very good fantasy books. I think a lot of adults miss out by avoiding the younger readers section because they think people might think them odd if they read them.

These books are fun and in a really interesting world. I’ve noticed in a lot of Jones’ books that she keeps parallel worlds as a constant. This one too has parallel worlds in which some are linked. The Chrestomanci is a position held by a very powerful enchanter whose job is to keep fellow magic users from abusing their power and trying to rule over those who don’t have magic ability.

The both books below are actually two books in one, with volume 1 containing Charmed Life and The Lives of Christopher Chant. Volume 2 contains The Magicians of Caprona and Witch Week. All four are very good, with the last two switching up the type of heroes and plot, which in my opinion is a very good thing. A series stagnates if it just reuses the same old plot over and over. There is a third volume in the Chrestomanci series but I don’t have it yet. I’m planning on getting it as well as a few other books of hers.

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Doh, I haven’t posted anything since September. >< I’ve been so busy lately, but still manage to read almost every day. I’ve had these books at the house for several years because I heard good things about them when I was living in Louisiana, and her Sookie Stackhouse novels are set in a small town right outside of Shreveport Louisiana.

The world is just like ours except that a few years ago the Japanese invented a blood substitute, which has allowed the vampire community to come out “of the coffin” and announce their prescience to the world since they no longer need to feed on humans to survive.

The books are about a woman in her early 20s who is a telepath, which she refers to as a impairment, since it makes life pretty difficult, and relationships more so. Two years after the vampire’s announcement, Sookie meets her first vampire, Vampire Bill. I lol’d when I read that. XD Anyways, she can’t “read” Bill so she totally falls for him and I don’t blame her. So that’s the start of the first book, and they are a mystery book because she solves crimes by using her ability and Bill’s help.

I haven’t read a mystery book since I was a kid, but I don’t know if Encyclopedia Brown books count… XD I’ve read the first 4 and have the 5th through 7th on the way in the mail. I really enjoyed them; I find the characters very detailed, nicely written, plus when she talks about places in Shreveport I know where most of the places are. ^^ I also think the art for the books is pretty fun.

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He’s well known for writing a series called the Shannara series.  I read about 6 or so from that series so far.  Its good stuff, but I recently started another series by him called the Word & Void.  It’s modern day and is really well written.  I just looked it up on Wikipedia, and it says that this series is actually a prequel to the Shannara books.  That’s pretty interesting, but I haven’t read the book that is supposed to link them, it’s called The Genesis of Shannara.  I do actually have one of his later Shannara books on tape, K and I listened to it on a trip two years ago.  Pretty cool, I liked how he uses ruins of older civilizations as areas in his novels.  I guess that makes sense then that he then merges the current world to a post apocalyptic world with the later fantasy world.

 

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My husband introduced me to his writing several years ago.  Most of what he writes takes place in the land of Midkemia, and he has greatly detailed on most of the entire world through the many books he’s written about the world.  The 1st book that he wrote about the world, and the one I recommend reading first is Magician: Apprentice then the Magician: Master.  These are the first two books in the Riftwar Saga.

You can tell Feist really loves his characters, he really gives them a lot of depth of personality.  Many of the books of the world are about Pug, an orphan who becomes a great magician.  But the stories actually cover centuries of time, and Pug is still alive in them all.  I’m not gonna give that away, very interesting stuff ^^  But some of the books are about other people whom run into Pug at some point or other and their stories overlap, while the main focus of the book is still on the main characters, not Pug.

Magician, found at wikipedia

A fun author who’s written several novels, my favorites of which are American Gods, Stardust and the collaborative work with Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens. Good Omens is my favorite out of the three because I like the lightheartedness of it, but American Gods and Stardust are awesome too.

I wasn’t very thrilled with the movie adaptation of Stardust because it felt too rushed to me. I wish they had worked more on the transitions because I understand time constraints but it was just too much to put into 2hrs.

I’ve wanted to get Annasi Boys but haven’t got around to it yet XD It’s a sequel to American Gods. I’ve also read Neverwhere which is a really good read. It makes me want to go explore London :D

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Written by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell. Fun reads with a dark side to it like the Spiderwick books. The books take place in this world called “The Edge”, which is basically a giant floating island, or at least is as far as anyone can tell. The main means of transporting goods is by use of floating airships that use this buoyant rock to maintain their altitude. There is also this gigantic floating school/city called Sanctaphrax built on a enormous chunk of floating rock, held down by a chain. There are sky pirates and all sorts of creatures good and evil. The books have a witty charm to them and the details about the world are captivating, and the artwork is awesome too. I definitely recommend them.

The link to the official random house Edge Chronicles site, really nice looking and interactive:

http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/edgechronicles/

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Are a fun young adult series that my husband and I read out loud to each other :D They were written by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. It has a dark feel to it but also a loving one because of how much the siblings care for each other. I haven’t seen the movie yet but I hope to soon. The artwork for the books is incredible, which is because it was drawn by Tony DiTerlizzi, who is one of K’s favorite artists.

I love the fey creatures in the book and the attitudes they’re given, especially Thimbletack. And Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You and The Spiderwick Chronicles: Care and Feeding of Sprites are beautifully drawn. The artwork is immaculately detailed in DiTerlizzi’s wonderful style.

I highly recommend this book not only to younger readers but to everyone!

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A little bit ago I posted asking for Suggestions? and ripplecloud brought up Diana Wynne Jones. So I’ma write about Diana Wynne Jones. I’ve got Howl’s Moving Castle and Castle in the Air at home. I picked them up recently at the local bookstore cause I liked the Ghibli movie. I can’t believe how different the book and the movie are, basically Miazaki just took the characters and the world and wrote a new story. My husband and I both loved Miazaki movies but he’s got a quote that sums up Miazaki’s stuff really well, “He (Miazaki) tries to guilt you into living in the dirt” XD Cause most of his movies are about how us humans are ruining the earth and making all this destructive technology. My favorite movie of his is Spirited Away.

But back to Jones, the books are awesomely written, the world is fantastic, the characters are lovable and witty and overall great reads! Castle in the Air is very clever and amusing and am looking forward to reading it again and also to give it as a gift to my two young nephews when they get a little older.

Diana Wynne Jones on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_Wynne_Jones

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Fairlady-z posted a couple days ago about Anne McCaffrey in my Suggestions? post, so I wanted to talk a little on McCaffrey. One of her books I read recently is No One Noticed the Cat, and I thought that was pretty fun. I’ve also read her The Tower and Hive series about 10 years ago, maybe longer XD I don’t think I’ve read the last two books in The Talent series that if I remember correctly is a prequel to the Rowan stuff. I liked that series and I’ve been meaning to try reading something from her Freedom series to see how that is but haven’t gotten around to it yet XD. But she’s such a prolific writer I may never get around to reading all of her stuff lol. I also wanna check out her The Brain & Brawn Ship series and The Crystal Singer series too. Anyone read those?

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Shadowrun is an RPG (Role Playing Game) is heavily influenced by Gibson’s vision of the future, where corporations hire “shadowrunners” who are basically mercenaries for hire who have specialized skills be it hacking, magic, weaponry or sneaking. They then infiltrate rival companies and either sabotage or steal information as requested by their employer.

Very fun campaign system that makes you think on multiple levels at once because the companies have not only physical security systems but also magical/astral and online ones as well. There are also the traditional fantasy humanoids in this game as well, including Elves, Dwarves and Trolls. They are called metahumans and started appearing as magic began to reemerge into the world.

Oo, I was reading over the wiki article and they have a very good breakdown of why the world (alternate future) happened the way it did:

“The emergence of magic, the outbreak of the VITAS plagues (Virally Induced Toxic Allergy Syndrome), the Computer Crash of 2029 (caused by a complex and nearly unstoppable computer virus called “The Crash Entity”), the Euro-Wars, in which the western-European countries once fought off an invasion from neo-communist Russia and then a pan-Islamic invasion like that of 800 years ago, and the fevers for independence of Amerindian tribes, Chinese provinces, etc. left the world’s governments tumbling and falling. With the fall of the existing political structures, mega-corporations emerged as the new superpowers.” - wikipedia, Shadowrun

Very fun game and is just as fun to read up on the history (future?) of it.

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