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Imagezhinu
Feb 12, 2010 10:32 PM CST
Name: Laura
Olympia, WA
I am an unrepentant bibliophile. I own approximately 800 books, fiction and non-fiction, I had to index them and box them up because I don't have room for enough book shelves. I'd say a good 1/3 of them are sci-fi or fantasy of one type or another. I also easily go through over 100 library books a year, almost all sci-fi or fantasy of one type or another. This was one of the main reasons I started this cubit. There are other book sites, but they don't seem to come close to my interests most of the time. I hope to talk about those books I already know as well as being introduced to ones I've missed.

Charles DeLint stories/world is what I was thinking of when I framed this cubit. He takes ancient myths, European, Native American, etc... and sticks them into a modern world, and does it seamlessly and believably. To quote the Wikipedia "Along with writers like Terri Windling and John Crowley, de Lint popularized the genres of urban fantasy and mythic fiction which fall somewhere between classical fantasy literature, and mainstream fiction with a magical realist bent." Though I don't want to leave out true fantasy or sci-fi, as well as modern mythology like zombies, vampires, etc.. or anything else that people feel fits here.

I apologize that this post is so long, but I couldn't manage to cut it down.

Some of my other favorite authors:
John Bellairs - writing between 1966 and 1992 he created wonderful children's stories that I would classify as urban fantasies. He was one of my favorite authors as a child, and they stand up as an adult.
Holly Black - best known for Spiderwick, which are good, the first books I read to my step-daughter and her favorite for many years, I prefer her fantasy targeted at an older audience.
Lillian Jackson Braun - though technically mysteries, Koko seems to have special powers which places it in fantasy to me.
Neil Gaiman - especially Neverwhere, American Gods, and Anansi Boys.
David Gerrold - His Chtorr, post apocalyptic stories are perfectly within the genre and yet unique. .
Tony Hillerman - another author who is technically a mystery writer, but whose stories come so close to the edge of fantasy that I include them here.
Katherine Kurtz - a great urban fantasy writer.
Mercedes Lackey - a guilty pleasure. She's not the best writer, but she is a good story teller.
C.S. Lewis - I only read the Chronicles of Narnia recently, but I think they are correctly placed as modern classics.
Naomi Novik - her Temerarie series is on of the best depictions of dragons I've ever read and it's set in Napoleonic era.
Tamora Pierce - one of my first favorite writers when I came back to reading in middle school, and I still wait eagerly for each of her new books. She is a great young adult fantasy writer.
Mike Resnick - one of the best Space Opera writers out there. He is also a great editor, creating some of the best short story books I've read.
J. K. Rowling - I'm sure everyone knows the writer of the Harry Potter books. Everyone I know who has read them loves them, including my grandmother. J. K. Rowling has done more to get children to want to read than anyone in history and has convinced publishers that children will read books larger than 150 pages.
Madori Snyder - she has written straight fantasy, creating a wonderful world and magic system, as well as urban fantasy set in the old west. All of her stories I've read were well worth it.
Neil Stephenson - As well as his historic fiction stories, which he may be best known for, he writes wonderful sci-fi stories with a unique view.
J. R. R. Tolkien - of course...
Tad Williams - from Tale chaser's song, in the same genre as watership down, to Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, traditional fantasy, to The war of the Flowers, a modern fairy tell with a messed up fairyland, all of his books I've read are different and wonderful.

and single books or series:
Apprentice Adept series and Incarnations of Immortality series - Piers Anthony - though I have grown out of most of Piers Anthony's books, these series I think he hit the right note on and I still think are great series.
The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury - even after we have seen the surface of Mars, these books still spark the wonder of space for me.
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov - the devil in Moscow, but not a horror story and I think it transcends a fiction novel.
Ender's Game sequels - Orson Scott Card - a great sci-fi world, which deals with many serious issues.
Coldfire Trilogy - C. S. Friedman - A great fantasy in space world where fears become real and those with enough will can do magic.
Outlander - Diana Gabaldon - another guilty pleasure, but I really like the stories and she deals well with time travel.
Redwall - Brian Jaques - a children's book, though it holds up as an adult, he creates a wonderful world of talking animals. Redwall is great, but the later novels are hit and miss.
Contact - Carl Sagan - a classic and incredible sci-fi novel that blew me away with the, for lack of a better word, philosophy contained within it.
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Imagewoofie
Feb 13, 2010 9:59 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
Have you read World Enough and Time by James Kahn? From what you've mentioned, it might be something you'd enjoy.
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Imagezhinu
Feb 13, 2010 10:11 PM CST
Name: Laura
Olympia, WA
No I haven't I'll look those up.

Are you suggesting the Star Wars ones or others?
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ImageLiz
Feb 13, 2010 10:34 PM CST
Name: Liz
SF Bay Area, California
I haven't read a lot of the authors you mention, but I'm also a fan of Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Katherine Kurtz, and J.K. Rowling.

You might try C.S. Lewis' cosmic trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength). I haven't read them since I was a kid but I remember enjoying them. They're quite different than the Narnia books and more adult oriented but still quite good (as I remember them at least)

Have you read Tolkien's Silmarillion? I remember trying it and couldn't quite get through it, but I think I was 10 at the time so it may be worth another try now that I'm grown up! LOL

Some other authors I enjoyed...the caveat is most of these I read when I was a kid and haven't re-read since then (due to lack of time, not lack of interest)
Anne McCaffery's Dragonrider series
Katherine Kerr
Patricia Kennealy Morrison
Ursula K Le Guin
Rosemary Sutcliff
Guy Gavriel Kay
Imagewoofie
Feb 13, 2010 10:35 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
Oops. One title, "World Enough and Time." Nothing to to with Star Wars (at least that I know of). There's also a sequel called "Time's Dark Laughter." I didn't care too much for the sequel...it's kind of out there, but the first book was pretty neat.
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Imagewoofie
Feb 13, 2010 10:39 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
Oh, yes, the McCaffrey Dragonriders books are to die for. Have you checked out any of the new ones co-authored with her son Todd? He has also written some on his own and they're every bit as good, I think.
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Imagezhinu
Feb 13, 2010 10:43 PM CST
Name: Laura
Olympia, WA
Yes, I've read the Silmarillion, but I must admit that the book on CD version is the best thing I've found to put you to sleep. What one of my Profs referred to as paper chloroform. I do love the stories though. I was a history major, so I'm somewhat used to it.

Ursula LeGuin is one of my absolute favorites; I don't know how she managed to not make the list above. Though I know who several of the others are, I haven't gotten around to reading them.

My current reading project the Witchworld books by Andre Norton, except I didn't have any of them to read so I'm reading The Dragon Book, a short story book, at the moment. My brother got me Gates to Witchworld for my birthday (Jan. 6th).
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Imagezhinu
Feb 13, 2010 10:55 PM CST
Name: Laura
Olympia, WA
The Library only has the Star Wars ones, but once again I'll put it on my list to watch out for.
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Imagezhinu
Feb 14, 2010 12:49 AM CST
Name: Laura
Olympia, WA
Hey, I just noticed, right now we're all west coast people.
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Imagewoofie
Feb 14, 2010 10:28 AM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
Are you familiar at all with Jack Chalker? His stuff deals a lot with metamorphoses, a little out there, but I really liked his Soul Rider series and the Well of Souls series. He has written a lot of books, but those are my favorites. Those series definitely have to be read in order, tho, or they will make no sense at all.
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Imagezhinu
Feb 14, 2010 10:07 PM CST
Name: Laura
Olympia, WA
No, I'm not familiar with him, I will take a look.
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Imagejmorth
Feb 21, 2010 7:10 PM CST
central Illinois
My reading preferences were originally shaped by H P Lovecraft and his disciples (and contemporaries Robert Howard and Clark Ashton Smith).
Modern authors of magnitude are Dan Simmons (The Terror, Hyperion, Illium) and the duo Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs (Aloysius Pendergast series)...
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Imagezhinu
Feb 21, 2010 7:47 PM CST
Name: Laura
Olympia, WA
I haven't actually read H. P. Lovecraft, though I always mean to, I have some issues reading horror, but very rarely get frightened by horror movies. I do have multiple stuffed Cthulhus and one of them was mine and my brother's "mascot" on our UK trips. Here he is at Loch Ness. So, I know a bit about his writing.

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Imagezhinu
Mar 5, 2010 6:37 PM CST
Name: Laura
Olympia, WA
Well, I just read How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier. It's a young adult book, but I thought it was great, I read it in one sitting. It's a pretty cool world too, I'm checking out some of her other books and will let you know what I think.

Quoting:In New Avalon, most everyone has a personal fairy. Charlie, 14, has a parking fairy; if she is in a car, a perfect parking spot is found on the first try. But since Charlie doesn't drive and hates exhaust, she thinks she's been cursed. Her friend Rochelle has a clothes-shopping fairy that makes everything look perfect on her, and her sworn enemy, Fiorenze, has an every-boy-will-like-you fairy. Charlie's attempts to starve her fairy away by walking everywhere just collects her demerits for lateness at New Avalon Sports High, where it is all sports all the time. When the water polo star virtually kidnaps her in his car for his illegal purposes and the "pulchritudinous" new boy on whom she has a crush falls for Fiorenze, Charlie needs to get drastic. She and Fiorenze forge an alliance and hatch a plan to switch their fairies, and she learns to be careful about what she wishes for. With the every-boy-will-like-you fairy, girls turn on Charlie, and she wonders whether Steffi likes her or if he is just responding to her fairy. Charlie is totally likable, smart, and sarcastic, a perfectly self-involved, insecure teen. At its core, this is a typical coming-of-age story, but the addition of the fairies, the slightly alternative setting, and the made-up slang make it much more. This "doos" (brilliant) fantasy will not be ditched.—Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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Imagewoofie
Mar 8, 2010 8:36 AM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA zone 5a
Ha! That sounds like a fun story. I'm not above reading young adult novels. I'll have to check our library.
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lakesidecallas
Mar 20, 2010 8:30 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Have you read the Susan Cooper books- The Dark is Rising series? That's a good one- for young adults but I never read it until adulthood and loved them. Also a book of hers called Mandrake, that is a hard to find but a scary book- starts off with government deciding all foreigners should leave England. I'm terrible at book synopsis, so you can read a review here:
http://www.amazon.com/Mandrake-Susan-Cooper/dp/B0000CM7B4
Imagezhinu
Mar 26, 2010 2:21 PM CST
Name: Laura
Olympia, WA
No I don't think I've read that one, I'll look it up.
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