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  1. § Bobby said on :

    Hmm. That’s a broad request. I’m a fantasy/sci-fi geek myself. Check out Door into Ocean. The author is Joan …something Polish I think. Sci-fi themed, but explores incredibly well how to completely different cultures attempt to understand each other. A theme that is applicable today and across the ages.

  2. § Dave said on :

    If you want to stick with the “magic/fantasy” genre (particularly ones that are currently being made into movies), there’s always the His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass). With the first movie coming out this year, you could jump on those pretty quick.

    Those are really the only “good” books I’ve read recently.

    There’s also Christopher Moore - most of his stuff is damn-ass funny. Of his work, I highly recommend the following: Lamb, Fluke, and The Lust Lizzard of Melacholy Cove.

  3. § Michael said on :

    My instinctive response is to point you toward Jane Austen. Even if you’ve read any of the novels before, they’re a pleasure to re-read. Pride and Prejudice is OK for starters, although I usually recommend Sense and Sensibility - the first fully mature novel, and one in which Austen deftly pulls off a neat stunt and a scene that’s a daring tour de force. Move on to Emma, the autumnal Persuasion, and the challenging but rewarding Mansfield Park if you like either of the others. Northanger Abbey, despite a number of fine moments, is best left to fans; there are further rewards in the satirical novella Lady Susan and the other juvenilia, as well as in the two unfinished novels (Sanditon, The Watsons).

    “Jane Austen can in fact get more drama out of morality than most other writers can get from shipwreck, battle, murder, or mayhem.”
    – Ronald Blythe


  4. § K said on :

    The Kushiel’s Legacy trilogy by Jacqueline Carey.

  5. § said on :

    Funny I should read this tonight, I was just shopping for the first books in the series tonight. My son has read all of them from his school library, and I haven’t read a one. Coming up in August we have several hours of waiting in airports and flying coming up, and I figured the first books in paperback would be ideal.

    My recommendation is Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. In fact, said son (11 years old) on my recommendation started this series maybe 4 months ago and is up to the fifth book already. Many other King books and short stories intersect into this series, too.

    Another set that comes to mind is the Bachman books collection of his first four stories. None of them are related, but they are all good stories, my favorite being “The Running Man".

    Another good read and an interesting concept is the duo of Stephen King’s “Desperation” and Richard Bachman’s “The Regulators". Both stories feature the same cast of characters, although some of the personalities change between the books.

  6. § Liz said on :

    Out of all the ones I have, what I tend to reccomend most is a series by Mercedes Lackey (co authored by David Freer and Eric Flint) starting with “Shadow of the Lion". This alternate reality mideival Vencie. So far, there are 2 written by the trio, and the third written solo by one of the guys.

    Good stuff. So is her solo (and some co-authored with Rosemary Edghill)series that starts with “Bedlam’s Bard".

  7. § James said on :

    Anything by Robert Rodi (just fun books, easy to read, and quick). I’m reading “God’s Politics” right now by Jim Wallis and enjoying it, but I shall withhold recommending it until I have turned the last page :-)

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