I'm not usually good at keeping up with communities, but I'm a big fan of books - especially fantasy - and my attempts to get friends and family to read my favorites have proven fruitless for the most part. So I thought I'd try to find some people who are actually interested in reading and fantasy so I can finally discuss the words of my favorite authors with people who care.
So in case anyone's itching to chat about, say, future sequels to soem of those great series that are out there, here's some of my
Eragon (first in the Inheritance trilogy) by Christopher Paolini: I JUST finished this, so I haven't gotten to the sequel Eldest yet, but I LOVED this book. If you haven't read it yet, do it! Classic fantasy hero tale, with a tinge of Tolkein to it, complete with dragons, elves, dwarves, witches, and a number of other original creatures; evil tyrants, rebellious uprisings, political strife, surprising twists (that is if you can't deduce them ahead of time by the occasional foreshadowing), arduous journeys, friendships made and lost, and so forth and so on. And if you HAVE read it, please feel free to share your thoughts on it with me, cause I'm totally obsessing and I don't know anyone who's read it.
Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer: Thank god the 5th one is FINALLY coming out in September. I LOVE these books. I've been reading/waiting for them for almost 3 years now, which is long enough to be familiar with Colfer's annoying tendency to write 2 or 3 unrelated books between each AF sequel, forcing us readers to wait ridiculous amounts of time for some new material. I mean, you guys must have heard of these books. They're so famous. They're even making a movie - FINALLY, after postponing it for TWO YEARS. Anyway, I hear he's planning to end with book 6, though he also said that about book 3, so who knows. As Colfer says, theres a fine line between continuing a great story and flogging a dead horse. Or something like that.
Harry Potter by JK Rowling - I don't think I need to say anything on these that y'all haven't already heard. I usually don't get excited about this series until each new book's release date has been announced, because let's face it, who has the energy to be enthusiastic for that long? And you can only reread them so many times before it starts to seem repetitive. But hey, if you've got new theories, I'd still love to hear them.
The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell - I've never heard of these from anyone else, I just found them in a Target one day and thought they looked interesting. I have very good book intuition - anyone else ever experience that? Anyway, I've only read the first 3 out of...I believe there are 7 out, with the 8th one on its way. But if you haven't read them, these books are truly amazing, and possibly the most original and inventive series I've ever read, in terms of creativity. Have you ever seen the show Invader Zim? That's the only thing I can compare them to, but really they're quite different; less parody, less silly and less disturbing, but just as surprising, freaky, and intense. And, at times, almost as disturbing. Stewart's writing tells a gripping, suspenseful, and stirring story of a boy coming of age in a bizarre, dangerous, inspiring, and at times frightening world unlike any we've ever known, yet it deals with real world issues like slavery, political corruption, and moral obligation. Riddell's illustrations are incredibly imaginative and original, displaying creatures and settings never before imagined by fantasy writers. The first book is 'Beyond the Deepwoods,' but it's one of those cases where the books only get better the further you get into the series. So...read them, then come talk to me!
Those are the ones I'm mainly into right now. But here are some others I've read or am currently reading:
Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix (that's where I Got my icon from)
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (I guess this isn't really fantasy, but whatever)
Seventh Tower by Garth Nix
Chrestomanci Quartet by Diana Wynne Jones
Anne Rice's vampire & mayfair witches series
that's about all I can think of at the moment. and i didn't bother mentioning a few others that i've only just started or that i'm not as crazy about.
I'll start looking for recommendations from you guys once I make room on my bookshelves, but in the meantime, I'd love to talk with people who've read some of the books I have. Or let me know about books you're reading that I haven't mentioned, maybe I read them and forgot to mention them. So...looking forward to meeting some of you.