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My 10 Favorite Books or Series
Published on May 2, 2004 By Gamefreak99 In Fiction
Well it's been a while since I've written an entry so I've decided to do one. It looks like theres enough on politics out there already so I'll touch on something that hasn't been mentioned much around here- literature. I frankly love to read and have recently found myself staying up into the wee hours of the mourning to read "just one more page" (gotta love the excuses we make to ourselves). I've read a whole lot of books and am always looking for more so I might as well return the favor and give you all some to buy or check out from your local library (gotta love the government ). Anyways, in no particular order, here they are.

1) Wheel of Time series- I'm on the fourth book now. The first one was kind of slow and I think I started the second one about three times. A week or two ago I picked up the third and now I'm half way done the fourth. The books are a realistic type of fantasy- there's magic and swordplay but it's nothing too crazy. I'm not too fond of the author's writing style, sometimes he seems to write too simply, but the story is quite good. The books are rather long (the 4th is about 1000 pages with a glossary, a godsend) but don't seem to drag on.

2) Dune- Quite possibly my favorite book ever. This is a story of betrayal, love, and a messiah (I'll leave it at that =D). The world seems so deep and everything makes sense. The story is mostly science fiction but with some "mystical" parts throwen in. Alot of connections can be drawen between this series and the above (Aiel vs Fremen, Muad'Dib vs Dragon etc etc). Kind of long but it's all good. I've read the second and third but they really didn't do too much for me so I stopped there.

3) Lord of the Rings- Better than the movies. Tolkeins style is a bit hard for some people but I found it to be readable. I'm sure most of you are familiar with these so I'll just leave it at that.

4) Ender's Game series- Check out Draginol's write up about the book for indepth stuff. I think I've read the first one about four times which is alot for me. It's only about two or three hundred pages but there's no filler. This book has some deep messages about society and forgiveness which I really liked. Get it!

5) 1984/Brave New World- My totalitarian books, BNW being pre-Stalin and 1984 being during/after Stalin. This gives us two different societies, one where everyone is happy and the other one more like the USSR in which people are dragged off during the night, etc. Each is pretty short and scifi-ish and tells alot about who we are and what we're like (or become if we don't do something).

6) Alice in Wonderland- Not too "deep" but quite unique and funny. I espically love the Cheshire Cat and all the puns and oddities of the world.

7) Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series- Quite possibly the best humourous (only?) science fiction ever. The British style humor is great and the books don't take themselves too seriously. Imagine Alice in Wonderland in space.

8) Wrinkle in Time series- I love series' don't I? Anyways, these are quite good. Science fiction type settings with some really odd and imaginative stuff happening. Great stories and characters. I'm not going to spoil anything so go ahead and read them

9) "Drizzt" books- Includes stuff most (PC) gamers will be familiar with, most notably the Forgotten Realms and Icewind Dale type stuff (fantasy setting). The author's style is a bit simple for my tastes but the books are overall good.

10) Mutiny on the Bounty- I was tied between alot of other stuff for this last entry (Tom Clancy books, Da Vinci Code, some of John Grisham's stuff, The Name of the Rose). I'm not quite sure why I picked Mutiny, it just has a good vibe. It's historical fiction about a bunch of people on a ship (the Bounty) who mutiny (who'd a thunk). The writing is an older style which I found quite interesting and good. It drags a bit near the middle but soon picks up again. Good stuff.

on May 02, 2004
Nice write up of some good (and not so good IMO) books. I will toss out my thoughts on them because, well, I suppose I am that arrogant.

1) Wheel of Time series-You are at a good point. The books are still interesting, things are actually still happening. I liked it around book 4, even book 5. By the time I got to book 6 I was getting bored and 7-9 were a complete waste of time. I haven't read 10 yet and refuse to read anything else Jordan writes until the series is done. Once he started milking the cash cow I started losing respect.

2) Dune-Some great ideas coupled with some so-so writing. It still stands the test of time as a seminal work of sci-fi and one day I hope to read more than the just the first book one of these days. As far as the connections between Dune and The Wheel of Time I always saw them more as blatant rip-offs. Yet another reason I lost respect for Jordan.

3) LOTR-Classics. While I don't find Tolkien's style to be the most readable, his skill of crafting a world is unparalleled and worth every bit of respect this trilogy is offered.

4) Ender's Quartet-Really Ender's Game the the Ender Trilogy if you ask me. Ender's Game is quite possibly my favorite piece of sci-fi ever written. And in Brad's article about it I mentioned that I vehemently disagree with anyone who thinks Speaker, Xenocide and Children of the Mind are not as good as Ender's Game. They are superb and sublime character studies. Oh, and the Shadow quartet (trilogy right now with the conclusion on the way) is great as well. I loved to read Ender's Game and then immediately Ender's Shadow. Really opens the story up.

5) 1984/BNW-Read 1984 so long ago I don't really remember. Maybe I only think I read it. Yeah, nothing to say.

6) Alice in Wonderland-Got really sick reading/listening to the AiW Disney book/tape in the car when I was a kid. Ever since then I can't think of this in any way without feeling a little queasy. Not read.

7) Hitchhiker-Despite many assurances that I need to read this I haven't yet gotten around to it. Plan to though.

8) Wrinkle in Time-Have only read the first, but have read it many times. Great book.

9) "Drizzt" books-I really love R.A. Salvatore's style. Yes, it is missing some of the depth of Tolkien, but it is fun, fast, and has a lot of heart. His Dark Elf work is no different. Good read.

10) Mutiny on the Bounty-Not read.

Okay, I have to toss out the series I am currently reading as a recommendation to anyone wanting some epic fantasy. "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn" by Tad Williams is quite possibly my favorite fantasy ever. It is rich, moving, and wonderful every page. His "Otherland" series is great as well. Sure, he has admitted they are self-indulgent, but I love them.
on May 02, 2004
Good viewpoints. Here's some of my thoughts on yours (=D)

- Hmmm, well I guess I'll just see where WoT takes me.

- Dune- I rather liked his style, better than Jordans IMHO anyways. I pretty much lost interest in the sequels when it jumped a couple thousand years in the future :-/

- Ender- I agree, the other books are just as good. Speaker was another book I started a couple times but after you get a little ways through it gets really interesting. Haven't read Children yet but Shadow was pretty good as well. I want to read that one about Peter...

- Alice- It isn't so bad if you read the original book(s)

- Salvatore- Maybe I was a bit too hard on him. I just like having better descriptions and figurative language. To each his own I guess; I still like the books despite his style.

- I've heard a bit about Otherland but haven't gotten to reading them yet. Maybe I'll give it a try.
on May 02, 2004
I would actually go with "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn" first. I think the story is better in that trilogy. Tad Williams' writing can take some getting used to, so that trilogy, with a stronger story, is a better introduction to his style. Actually, you could always go with "Tailchaser's Song" a great cat fantasy. Yep, all about cats and other animals. Very good read though.
on May 03, 2004
Sounds good. What type of fantasy is it?
on May 03, 2004
Hmm, what type of fantasy? Not sure how to answer that. I would classify it as "epic fantasy" because the world Williams builds just feels so alive and vibrant with history and personality. It moves slowly compared to some stuff, but the focus is on the characters and their development across the saga. Very good stuff.