What's a good novel to read?
I'm kinda into sc-fi/fantasy at the moment. I've read the Eragon & Uglies books recently and really enjoyed them. Any suggestions? I'm just looking for some enjoyable & casual reading.
I'm definately NOT into space themes or vampires....
Since I am getting so many suggestions for Harry Potter, I will add another edit onto the question. Yes, I have read the Harry Potter books (several times). Though assuming is an ignorant thing to do, I assumed that people would consider how famous the HP books are and not bother to post them. Either way, yes, I have reaad them.
- marqueen71Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time.
Herge (a.k.a. Georges Prosper Remi):
The Adventures of Tintin (24 volumes)
Ingraine the Brave
Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath
The Thief Lord
Fablehaven, Rise of the Evening Star, and Grip of the Shadow Plague.
Bridge to Terabithia
Orson Scott Card:
The Gammage Cup (One of my favorites when I was young)
The Whisper of Glocken
Artemis Fowl, The Arctic Incident, The Opal Deception, The Lost Colony, The Artemis Fowl Files: A Companion Book, and The Graphic Novel.
The Witch World, The Web of the Witch World, Three against the Witch World, Year of the Unicorn, Warlock of the Witch World, Dragon Scale Silver, Dream Smith, The Toads of Grimmerale, Spider Silk, Sword of Unbelief, and Sarsthor's Bane.
Ursula K. LeGuin:
Earthsea, A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, Tales from Earthsea, The Other Wind, and Voices.
Diana Wynne Jones:
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Charmed Life, The Lives of Christopher Chant, Witch Week, The Magicians of Caprona, and Mixed Magics.
The Song of the Lioness Series - Alanna: The First Adventure, In the Hand of the Goddess, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, and Lioness Rampant.
Protector of the Small Series - First Test, Page, Squire, and Lady Knight
Night of Wishes
The Neverending Story
A Walk in the Wolf Wood
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Story of King Arthur and His Knights - There are several collections of stories about King Arthur.
C. S. Lewis:
The 7 volume Chronicles of Narnia is a tale of good against evil with very definite Christian influences. Lewis was an atheist who because of his friendship with Tolkien became a Christian. This strongly affected his writing.
The seven books are as follows:
The Magician's Nephew; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; The Horse and His Boy; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; and The Last Battle.
Also by C. S. Lewis - The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce.
The Golden Compass
Maximum Ride Series - The Angel Experiment, School's Out Forever, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, and The Final Warning.
Mediator Series - Shadowland, Ninth Key, Reunion, Darkest Hour, Haunted, and Twilight.
The Fire Within, Icefire, Fire Star, and The Fire Eternal.
Donita K. Paul:
Dragonspell, Dragon Quest, Dragon Knight, Dragon Fire, and Dragon Light.
Redwall Series - Redwall, Mossflower, Mattimeo, Mariel of Redwall, Salamandastron, Martin the Warrior, The Bellmaker, Outcast of Redwall, The Pearls of Lutra, The Long Patrol, Marlfox, The Legend of Luke, Lord Brocktree, The Taggerung, Triss, Loamhedge, Rakkety Tam, and High Rhulain.
Wildwood Dancing and Cybele's Secret
Edwin A. Abbott:
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (The sequel, Sphereland is by Dionys Burger. It is possible to purchase both in one volume.)
J. R. R. Tolkien:
The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Two Towers, and The Return of the King; Silmarillion; also Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
At the Back of the North Wind
Storms of Vengeance is John's first novel and I've been told that it is part of a series of 8 to 10 books. There is a murder mystery to be solved. Who did it and why? There is a mythical Lorradda Stone to locate. There are three parallel stories as we follow the actions of three different groups of people. There are also some ogres, two elves, several sorcerers, a troll, and one very impressive river monster. The book ends with a cliff hanger. One reason that young people gave for liking Harry Potter was the detail in the stories. They will find plenty of detail here as well. The title of the second book in the series will be The Hunter and the Marked.
There are three stories in Volume I of The Belgariad: Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, and Magician's Gambit. Volume II of The Belgariad has two stories: Castle of Wizardry and Enchanters' End Gambit. If you are looking for grand adventure and plenty of detail it is here. Some may object to the slow progression and limited action of this tale. A sorcerer and his daughter, a sorceress, have gathered together a group of individuals to fight evil. It seems that the particular make-up for this group is necessary based upon an ancient prophecy. The group includes: the Nimble Thief, the Man with Two Lives, the Blind Man, the Dreadful Bear, the Knight Protector, the Horse Lord, the Bowman, the Queen of the World, and the Mother of the Race that Died. A young boy named Garion, who was raised by his Aunt Pol, is caught up in all of this, though he doesn't know why. But then, is she really his Aunt? There is so much detail that I have not as yet confirmed there are no mistakes in the mapping of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed The Belgariad and look forward to reading the sequel, The Mallorean.
The Mallorean Volume I: Guardians of the West, King of the Murgos, and Demon Lord of Karanda by David Eddings
The Mallorean Volume II: Sorceress of Darshive and The Seeress of Kell by David Eddings
Polgara, the Sorceress by David Eddings
Belgarath, the Sorcerer by David Eddings
The Wee Free Men - Tiffany Aching and a clan of six inch tall blue men attempt to rescue her brother and stop an invasion from Fairyland.
A Hatful of Sky - The second Tiffany Aching novel.
Wintersmith - The third Tiffany Aching novel.
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld)
Other books in the Discworld Series - The Colour of Magic, Witches Abroad, Sourcery, Wyrd Sisters, Thief of Time, Small Gods, and Mort.
Though Asimov is usually thought of as a science fiction writer, Magic is a collection of his fantasy short stories.
The Dresden Files - Storm Front, Fool Moon, Grave Peril, Summer Knight, Death Masks, Blood Rites, Dead Beat, Proven Guilty, White Knight, and Small Favor.
The Sword of Shanarra, The Elfstones of Shanarra, and The Wishsong of Shanarra.
The Mage Winds Trilogy - Winds of Fate, Winds of Change, and Winds of Fury.
Velgarth Series - Exile's Honor, Exile's Valor, Take a Thief, Arrors of the Queen, Arrow's Flight, and Arrow's Fall
Diana Tregarde Trilogy - Burning Water, Children of the Night, and Jinx High.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Raymond E. Fiest:
Magician: Apprentice and Magician: Master
The Riftwar Saga (Magician, Silverthorn, A Darkness at Sethanon)
Krondor's Sons (Prince of the Blood, The King's Bucaneer)
Serpent War Saga (Shadow of a Dark Queen, Rise of a Merchant Prince, Rage of a Demon King, Shards of a Broken Crown)
Riftwar Legacy (Krondor: The Betrayal, Krondor: The Assassins, Krondor: Tear of the Gods)
Honored Enemy: Legends of the Riftwar
Conclave of Shadows Saga (Talon of the Silver Hawk, King of Foxes, Exile's Return)
Dark War Saga (Flight of the Nighthawks, Into a Dark Realm, Wrath of a Mad God)
Raymond E. Fiest and Janny Wurts:
Empire Trilogy - Daughter of the Empire, Servant of the Empire, and Mistress of the Empire.
Runelords - The Sum of All Men, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Wizardborn, The Lair of Bones, Sons of the Oak, and Worldbinder.
Odd Thomas Series - Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, Brother Odd, and Odd Hours.
Farseer Trilogy - Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin's Quest.
Patricia A. McKillip:
The Riddlemaster of Hed, Heir of Sea and Fire, Harpist in the Wind, Riddle Master's Game, and Riddle of Stars.
Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell
George R. R. Martin:
A Song of Fire and Ice Saga - A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance of Dragons, The Winds of Winter, and A Dream of Spring.
Malazan Book of the Fallen Saga - Gardens of the Moon, Deadhouse Gates, Memories of Ice, House of Chains, Midnight Tides, The Bone Hunters, Reaper's Gate, and Toll the Hounds.
R. Scott Baker:
Prince of Nothing Trilogy - The Darkness That Comes Before, The Warrior Prophet, and The Thousandfold Thought.
The Forever War
The Wizard Knight
The Wheel of Time Saga - The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, The Dragon Reborn, The Shadow Rising, The Fires of Heaven, Lord of Chaos, The Path of Daggers, Winter's Heart, Crossroads of Twilight, and Knife of Dreams.
A Memory of Light - The twelfth and last novel in this series will be completed by Brandon Sanderson since Robert Jordan passed away on September 16, 2007.
A Spell for Chameleon (First in the Xanth Series)
T. H. White:
The Sword in the Stone
The Once and Future King
John Steinbeck (for older readers):
The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights
Stephen R. Donaldson: (most definitely for older readers):
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, and The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.
The Mirror of Her Dreams and A Man Rides Through.
Anne McCaffrey:Source(s): http://booksandmore4kids.googlepages.com
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Well, I'll go with the more "well known" ones first. Science Fiction wise, there's "A Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams. That is the first book in the series, so it'll hopefully keep you going for a while. Louis Lowry's books are a little short but very thought provoking.
I'm more of a fantasy reader myself actually. Look up "A Great and Terrible Beauty" by Libby Bray for a historical fiction/fantasy type book.
For some heavy reading, but very good fantasy writing, try the Wheel of Time series. Very thick books and 11 (soon to be 12) in the series. The author (Robart Jordan) is sometimes referred to as "the next Tolkien"
For a dark kind of fantasy book, read Holly Black's books, Tithe, Ironside and Valiant, although not necessarily in that order. I can't remember which one is the first one.
For a change, you may want to try historical fiction. My two current favourites are "the raging quiet" by sherryl jordan and the "Tales of the Otori" series. Romance is a big part but not the main part of those books- just a warning, as not everyone enjoys romance.
Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin, is a very unique fiction book about the afterlife. It's really interesting too. I put it last because I'm not quite sure where it classifies...
Last, but not least, Isobelle Carmody is a wonderful author for both genres.
These are just off the top of my head. I hope you enjoy them though! :D
- chorleLv 71 decade ago
The Artemis Fowl series and Greagor the Overlander series. Robert Asprin's Another Fine Myth and most books by Terry Pratchett are fun. In audio Nina Kimberly , Space Casey and Half Share are pretty good.Source(s): itunes, spacecasy.com, podiobooks.com for audio
- 1 decade ago
Try the classics:
The Count of Montecristo by Alexander Dumas
The Little Prince by saint Exupery
The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
Memoir of a Geisha
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
House of the Spirits and Eva Luna by Isabelle Allende
Five People you meet in heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
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- 1 decade ago
The Looking Glass Wars is a good book. Its a fantasy-twist on Alice and Wonderland. Its definately worth the read.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Harry Potter books are really good
- j153eLv 71 decade ago
"The Great Divorce," C. S. Lewis,
"The Martian Chronicles," Ray Bradbury,
"Hidden Camera," Zoran Zivkovic,
"A Wrinkle in Time" series, L'Engle,
"The Neverending Story," Michae Ende,
"The Soulless One," Mark Prophet.
- 1 decade ago
Peeps by Scott Westerfield who did Uglies :)
Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. Popular book ;)
Glass Houses, Dead Girls Dance, Midnight Alley- Rachel Caine
Midnighters by Scott Westerfield
Blood and Chocolate by Annett C. Klause
uh... i think thats the ones i like. :P
- )tomorrow(Lv 41 decade ago
oh i LOVE the Uglies! one of my favorite books is The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. She also has other great books...The Ear the Eye and the Arm. Hers are more sci-fi than fantasy i would say.
- MindStormLv 61 decade ago
"Alanna: The First Adventure" by: Tamora Pierce (My favorite book, strong girl character, great plot and action)
"When Lightning Strikes" by: Meg Cabot (Interesting story, good light read)
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (coming of age story dealing with meaningful issues)