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Hello, my people, i am BORED with every single book i own.

I need some suggestions, as I havent bought anything in forever, because we have no money, nor have i gone and sat in a bookstore for a while, because there are none near here and because we have no money.

I like fantasy, sci-fi, YA, and any combination thereof. Ive read every book set in Valdamar, Pern, Tortall (except for Bloodhound, but i havent found it yet) and Damar. Ive inhaled the Vorkosigan books, liked David Eddings older stuff, reread Jane Yolen's weird stories more times then I can count. I like fairy tale retellings, i like shippiness, i like interesting characters with a snarky bent.

Any suggestions?


Have you read the Bartimaeus Trilogy? Snark galore, mostly in the first book. I was a little bored with the second but the third was great and ended on a fantastic note. It's YA, kind of Harry Potter... if Harry Potter was abused and had no friends.

Jonathan Stroud

1. The Amulet of Samarkand
2. The Golem's Eye
3. Ptolemy's Gate

ETA: I've been lurking for a while, may have commented before, found you for some graphics, I think.

Edited at 2009-05-12 08:04 pm (UTC)
i havent! ive heard of them, or i at least recognize the titles. ill have to check those out, thanks! and welcome aboard. :)
Posse of Princesses by Sherwood Smith

Have you tried anything by Gail Carson Levine? She does a lot of retelling of Fairytales.

Anything by Patricia C Wrede, especially the Enchanted Forest Chronicles (4 books) and Sorcery and Cecelia and its two sequels (Regency with Magic). And Mairelon the Magician and Magician's Ward.

Ummm, let me think of others...
Did you like Gail Carson Levine's books? I loved Ella Enchanted, but I thought she lost the spark after that.
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Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Dreamhunter and Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox
The Thief, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (caveat: don't read about any of them until you've read the previous ones or you risk being spoiled.)
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge
Tigana, The Lions of Al-Rassan, and the Fionovar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay
The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Freedom and Necessity by Steven Brust and Emma Bull
Everything on this list is new to me, except for the Guy Gavriel Kay books. I love Fionovar like mad. I like the others ok, but when I was at home, i picked up the Sailing to..wherever books, which Ive already read and remember enjoying, but I couldnt focus on them. Bleh.

Thanks for the recs, I'll look into them!
This is not actually a serious suggestion but I have found myself on trashy romance novel trip.. highly entertaining, lots of lols and quite distracting. Of course, high-brow and high-quality entertainment is something else but hey..

Serious suggestion:
The Old Kingdom-trilogy by Garth Nix (Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen). OMG EPIC. And probably the best (YA) fantasy books I have ever read.

Also, the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon is my current favourite right now.. I just love her story-telling and the richness of her characters, the in-depth descriptions of everything. <3
i rarely rarely read trashy romance, and that's generally only when i am absolutely desperate for any reading material and have already read every single thing available including the cereal boxes.

I've read the Abhorsen books, and I really didnt care for them. They were ok, but I wasn't invested in the characters.

Outlander..I think Ive heard of those. What are they about?
The Vlad Taltos series by Steven Brust.
I've read the back of those several times, but have never gotten around to read them. What are they about? I dont even remember.
Okay, I don't know how much help I'm going to be considering I've only ever read one Pern novel (and didn't finish it because I felt guilty about how long I'd been borrowing it and gave it back), and the Damar books. But I love fantasy, and a little sci-fi, so:

- Robin Hobb's Farseer, Liveship and Tawny Man Trilogies; My favourite books ever without a doubt. About fate and future and the impact one small person can have just by living. Also about dragons, the dying out of and possible rebirthing of them, and how they and humans used to live among one another and influence one another.

- Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel books; intensely plotty, the main character is a courtesan/spy who lives in a country where the motto is "love as thou wilt" leading to various male/male and female/female pairings, and BDSM. Depends what you're into reading. I LOVE IT. Even when the plot gets so clever it's impossible to follow you just sort of ride it out and enjoy it.

- Sci-fi; I picked up C.S Friedman's book "In Conquest Born", and unlike a lot of sci-fi which gets too wordy and kind of boring, I flew through this one. Races that hate one another and people with scary psychic abilities, two main characters drawn together by hate. That's what I remember; it needs a reread!

Jennifer Fallon; The Second Sons Trilogy, another intensely plotty one, so many clever twists and turns. Such an easy read (for me) regardless of the clever intricacies of the plot. A lot of different and varying, interesting characters.

Lian Hearn's Tales of the Ohtori; probably YA, I never really thought about it. Set in Japan (you could probably tell), the story of a young boy saved by a Lord and adopted into his household. There are various Tribes lurking in the shadows with heightened abilities; some are trained assassins. There are five books altogether but the first three make the original trilogy. Not the best books ever but an enjoyable read.

I probably gave you enough to go on ;)
Ive read the Farseer and Liveship books, and enjoyed them. I should reread the Liveship, because I dont think I ever finished the series.

Ive heard many many good things about Kushiel, but somehow i find the plot of pleasure/pain a little squicky. i have no idea WHY, as I happily read fic that has much weirder ideas, but..tell me more about it?

the others are new to me, and Ill have to check them out!

..and yes, i read. alot. i read alot more as a kid, so that's why my books are all hopelessly old.
Flora Segunda! YA fantasy trilogy (2 books published so far). Cool characters, and awesome worldbuilding.
Is that the title or the author? *g* Will look into them, thank you!
If you haven't checked it out, I think the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett would be right up your alley. It's got snark galore, and the most awesome Death every written. The first book is The Colour of Magic, but you certainly don't have to read them in order (I haven't, unfortunately, but they're all insanely enjoyable either way). I also like the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin, which starts with A Game of Thrones, but I have to warn you that it's the opposite of Discworld as far as tone goes. Where Discworld is light and humorous, SOIAF is incredibly dark and gory. I love the characters, though, and it's a really good read.

Oh, and I second the recommendation for Patricia C. Wrede. Dealing with Dragons was my absolute favorite book in middle school and early high school. Cimorene kicks endless amounts of ass. :3
Discworld is love! How can anyone not love a flat world riding on the back of four elephants standing on the back of a giant tortoise who is swimming through space?

Ive read Song of Fire and Ice, but it didnt make a huge impression on me. might have to look them up again.

and yes, I LOVE the Dealing with Dragons books! Cimorene is awesome. She defeats wizards with soap and water!
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Have you read Changer and Legends Walking by Jane Lindskold? They're right up there in my top five favorite books. They're myths retold, really. Awesome.
i havent! I'll have to look for them! Thanks!

and i love using friendsfriends. i find such interesting people!
I also recommend the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett, the Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix, and the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. Another writer you might like is Robin McKinley. She's done different takes on fairy tales, most of which I've really liked. Sadly, I'm not really a fan of her short stories. Mercedes Lackey has also written interesting takes on fairy tales that you might like to check out.
Read, read, read, and read! :)

and i dont tend to like Lackey's other stories, for some reason. it's weird, but it's true.
Oooh, I've been in a reading mood lately too, which is fortunate since my internet and computer are both rather crap at the moment.


- Seconding/thirding the Garth Nix Sabriel series. It's a great story about magic and necromancy with strong female characters, and as an added bonus, the author is Australian!

- Kate Constable's The Chanters of Tremaris series, the first book being The Singer of All Songs. Another great Aussie author, this is an intriguing fantasy tale where spells are cast using singing. I really liked the characters and the nice little romance.

- Isobelle Carmody's Obernewtyn Chronicles. I cannot recommend this enough, it's one of my favourite series. Set in a world struggling to its feet after 'the Great White', people are discovering that some now possess strange powers, including telepathy, coercion and speaking to animals. One girl learns her destiny is to save the world, which would be a lot easier if she had any social skills to speak of. Elspeth is one of my favourite heroines - she's gifted and powerful and yet she can never say the right thing and I love that she's an emotional cripple. Lots of wonderful secondary characters as well.


- Seconding/thirding Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series. It's epic. Set in an alternate Europe, Phedre is a courtesan marked by Kushiel's Dart, meaning she is born to enjoy pain in a...uh...sensual way. She's also a gifted linguist and well-trained spy and gets into more adventures than the Famous Five. Wordy and brilliant, I love Carey's world.

- Anne Bishop's The Black Jewels Trilogy. There are other books in the series now but the original series is the best. Daughter of the Blood is one of my favourite books EVER, so believe me when I say check this baby out. I can't even begin to summarise the story, but the world is amazing, I love the magic/power/caste system, and the matriarchal society just works so well. Also, there's a trio of male characters called Saetan, Daemon and Lucivar. It's awesome.

- Kristen Britain's Green Rider series. Great fantasy that reminds me of the old-fashioned hero-fantasy. Karigan is riding home when she finds a dying messenger with two black arrows embedded in his back. She takes on his message to the king, gaining powers and adventures as she goes. Great story, annoying love story since the third book was 20349283048029384 pages long and still no resolution.

- Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series, the first of which is Moon Called. One of the best urban fantasy/paranormal romances out there. Mercy is a shapeshifting coyote who hangs out with werewolves and occasionally meets up with her vampire friend, who incidentally drives a van. Great humour, great characters and an interesting world.

- Kylie Chan's Dark Heavens trilogy, first book White Tiger. I'd recommend these a lot more if the main character wasn't the biggest Sue that ever did Mary, but they have some great martial art sequences and an interesting take on Chinese gods. Plus the main character is Australian! (I don't see many Australian characters in fantasy novels, so I have to take what I can get!)

- Charlaine Harris - you can read the Sookie books if you're so inclined, but I like her other series about Harper Connelly, the first of which is Grave Surprise. I like her relationship with her step-brother; also she solves mysteries.

In the fairy tale retelling I think someone mentioned Robin McKinley before, if you haven't already check out her book, Beauty. It's a quick read and might not even be YA - it was in the Junior section in my library. She also wrote a vampire book called Sunshine which was a bit dreamy for my liking but had a nice style regardless. I also have to recommend Diana Wynne Jones for Howl's Moving Castle and one of my favourite YA books, Fire and Hemlock.

I can probably go all night so I'll stop now, but give these a go if you can. ♥
I've noticed that several people have recommended Terry Pratchet, Robin McKinley, and Patricia Wrede, all of whom I adore. For Robin, you want to read Beauty, Blue Sword and Chalice. I also love everything written by Diana Wynne Jones (except for Aunt Maria). You mentioned that you like the Vorkosigan books--have you read Lois' Chalion books or the Sharing Knife series? Both of those are excellent.

In new YA authors, I've enjoyed several of Hilari Bell's works and Alma Alexander. Right now I'm on Cornelia Funke (I've enjoyed Inkheart and Igraine the Brave).
I'm a big fantasy/sci-fi fan myself. I just finished something that I found in the "horror" section of my local bookstore that, I can't for the life of me, figure out why it was there, but it was one of the most wonder-tabulous books I have ever read. Definately worth a peek. Boy's Life by Robert McCammon. It was delicious.

p.s. - How do I friend you? I'm in love with your fic.
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