Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

what books should i read if...?

I like the Harry Potter series, books by John Grisham, Dan Brown, and DJ McHale?

I know it's a broad spectrum, but of the sci-fi, fantasy, and fiction genres, what do you recommend?

15 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    If you liked Harry Potter...

    -The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

    -Midnight Magic by Avi

    -The Lost Years of Merlin by TA Barron

    -The Last Unicorn by Beagle

    -Over Sea, Under Stone by Cooper

    -So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane

    -The Wise Child by Furlong

    -Dark Lord of Derkholm

    and Howl's Moving Castle by Jones

    -The Book of Earth by Kellogg

    -A Wrinkle in Time by L'engle

    -The Wizard of Earthsea by Le Guin

    -Ella Enchanted by Levine

    -The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

    -Moorchild by MacGraw

    -The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by McKillip

    -The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

    -The Squire's Tale by Morris

    -Midnight for Charlie Bone by Nimmo

    -Mister Monday

    and Sabriel by Nix

    -Eragon by Christopher Paolini

    -Sandry's Book by Tamora Pierce

    -The Golden Compass by Pullman

    -The Lightning Thief by Riordan

    -The Wizard's Apprentice by Somtow

    -I am Mordred by Nancy Springer

    -The Amulet of Samarkand by Stroud

    -The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

    -Curses, Incorporated

    and Never Trust a Dead Man by Vivian Vande Velde

    -Book of Enchangtments

    and Dealing with Dragons by Wrede

    -Wizard's Hall by Yolen

    -A Plague of Sorcerers by Zambreno

    If your like John Grishham, try these authors...

    * William Bernhardt

    * Jay Brandon

    * Harlan Coben

    * William Coughlin

    * Willam Diehl

    * Philip Friedman

    * Joseph Garber

    * John Lescroart

    * Philip Margolin

    * Steve Martini

    * Brad Meltzer

    * Patrick O'Shaughnessy

    * Richard North Patterson

    * Barry Reed

    * Nancy Taylor Rosenberg

    * Lisa Scottoline

    * Carsten Stroud

    * Robert Tannenbaum

    * Scott Turow

    If you like Dan Brown, try these books...

    John Case , The Genesis Code (mythological, religious aspect)

    Deborah Crombie mysteries, especially A Finer End (similar content) and her Kissed a Sad Goodbye (historyhistory mixed with mystery)

    Clive Cussler (action element)

    Nelson DeMille (action element)

    Umberto Eco , especially The Name of the Rose (murder in medieval abbey) and Foucaltâs Pendulaum (Templar history)

    Michael Frayn , Headlong (good art mystery)

    Thomas Gifford , The Assassin (well-written thriller about an ancient and deadly secret society, its roots deep in Church history, which takes murderous action...)

    Robert Hellenga , The Sixteen Pleasures (no mystery, but quest within the art/museum/library/convent world of Florence)

    Michael Jecks (mystery series featuring Sir Baldwin, a Knight Templar)

    Julie Wallin Kaewert , Untitled: A Bookloverâs Mystery (lighter tone...aspect of different slant on a significant historical event that affects prominent people). This book is part of Booklover's Mystery series.

    Sue Monk Kidd , The Secret Life of Bees (the feminine divine aspect)

    Glenn Kleier , The Last Day (feminine divine, Catholic Church)

    Robert Ludlum , The Icarus Agenda (adventure aspect)

    Katherine Neville , The Eight (historical quest, Freemasons, solving chess riddles)

    Iain Pears (well-researched art history mysteries and thrillers)

    Lewis Perdue , Daughter of God: A Novel of Art and Faith When God Was a Woman (actually suing Dan Brown for plagiarism!)

    Daniel Quinn , Story of B, and many of his other books

    Jonathan Rabb , The Book of Q, and The Overseer (religious conspiracy aspect)

    Daniel Silva , The Confessor (secret society within Catholic Church)

    Barbara Wood , The Prophetess (feminine divine, suppression by Catholic Church

  • 1 decade ago

    Robert Ludlum

    * The Scarlatti Inheritance (1971)

    * The Osterman Weekend (1972)

    * The Matlock Paper (1973)

    * Trevayne (1973, writing under the pen-name Jonathan Ryder)

    * The Cry of the Halidon (1974, writing under the pen-name Jonathan Ryder)

    * The Rhinemann Exchange (1974)

    * The Road to Gandolfo (1975, writing under the pen-name Michael Shephard)

    * The Gemini Contenders (1976)

    * The Chancellor Manuscript (1977)

    * The Holcroft Covenant (1978)

    * The Matarese Circle (1979)

    * The Bourne Identity (1980)

    * The Parsifal Mosaic (1982)

    * The Aquitaine Progression (1984)

    * The Bourne Supremacy (1986)

    * The Icarus Agenda (1988)

    * The Bourne Ultimatum (1990)

    * The Road to Omaha (1992)

    * The Scorpio Illusion (1993)

    * The Apocalypse Watch (1995)

    * The Matarese Countdown (1997)

    * The Prometheus Deception (2000)

    A Series of Unfortunate Events by: Lemony Snicket

    * The Bad Beginning

    * The Reptile Room

    * The Wide Window

    * The Miserable Mill

    * The Austere Academy

    * The Ersatz Elevator

    * The Vile Village

    * The Hostile Hospital

    * The Carnivorous Carnival

    * The Slippery Slope

    * The Grim Grotto

    * The Penultimate Peril

    * The End

    The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis

    - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)

    - Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia (1951)

    - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)

    - The Silver Chair (1953)

    - The Horse and His Boy (1954)

    - The Magician’s Nephew (1955)

    - The Last Battle (1956)

    Ann Rice

    Novels: (Chronological)

    * Interview With The Vampire (1976)

    * The Feast of All Saints (1979)

    * Cry to Heaven (1982)

    * The Vampire Lestat (1985)

    * The Queen of the Damned (1988)

    * The Mummy (novel) (1989)

    * The Witching Hour (novel) (1990)

    * The Tale of the Body Thief (1992)

    * Lasher (1993)

    * Taltos (novel) (1994)

    * Memnoch The Devil (1995)

    * Servant of the Bones (1996)

    * Violin (novel) (1997)

    * Pandora (novel) (1998)

    * The Vampire Armand (1998)

    * Vittorio the Vampire (1999)

    * Merrick (2000)

    * Blood and Gold (2001)

    * Blackwood Farm (2002)

    * Blood Canticle (2003)

    * Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (2005)

    * Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana (2008)

    Sidney Sheldon

    # Master of the Game (1982)

    # If Tomorrow Comes (1985)

    # Windmills of the Gods (1987)

    # The Sands of Time (1988)

    # Memories of Midnight (1990)

    # The Doomsday Conspiracy (1991)

    # The Stars Shine Down (1992)

    # Nothing Lasts Forever (1994)

    # Morning, Noon and Night (1995)

    # The Best Laid Plans (1997)

    # Tell Me Your Dreams (1998)

    # The Sky is Falling (2001)

    # Are You Afraid of the Dark? (2004)

    Angie Sage

    * Septimus Heap, Book One: Magyk (Released 2005)

    * Septimus Heap, Book Two: Flyte (Released 2006)

    * Septimus Heap, Book Three: Physik (Released 2007)

    * Septimus Heap, Book Four: Queste (Released 2008)

  • Lamya
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    O.o Guess what?I love the Harry Potter series , like Dan Brown & John Grisham.

    Try Brad Meltzer. Like I said, I too was a fan of John Grisham, but frankly speaking, I find Meltzer's writing much better and his stories more thrilling - my favorite was The First Council. The Millionaires, and Dead Even were awesome too.

    I also read one by Michael Connelly recently - 'The Closers' it was called. Again, I quite enjoyed it, and so I guess he might be a good author in general, so check his works out too.

    Then there's Sidney Sheldon. A word of caution there, though. His stories are mighty good - fantastic in fact- but they're mostly too racy & not suitable for kids(if you know what I mean) =S

    Plus here's a list of books I've gathered, though not yet read, but are somewhat in similar genres and writing styles:

    Monkeewrench by PJ Tracy

    Fifth Angel and Fourth Perimeter- Tim Green

    Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt

    Wicked - Gregory Maguire

    Blood Work - Michael Connelly

    Cause of Death - Patricia Cornwell

    The Talbot Odyssey - Nelson DeMille

    The Devil's Code - John Sandford

    Bergdorf Blondes by Plum Sykes

    White Teeth by Zadie Smith

    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

    P.S.: Do add to the list. I'm planning to go on a shopping spree for thrillers, fantasies and mysteries this summer =D

    Source(s): Enjoy and have a great summer....
  • 1 decade ago

    Authors like John Grisham: Richard North Patterson, John Lescroart

    If you like the science fiction and fantasy of Harry Potter and the Pendragon series, you might like books by Stephen King. Odd Thomas, Strangers, and Watchers (among others) by Dean Koontz also fall into that genre.

    If you're more into YA Fiction under the fantasy/science fiction genre, I would recommend A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, The Guardians of Time trilogy by Marianne Curley, Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, and The Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathon Stroud.

    Happy reading!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I'll take the John Grisham question. Dennis Lehane is a far better writer, and his books fall between police procedurals, mysteries, and slice of life mostly in the Boston area. Boston comes alive as do the police and the criminals who are trying to survive. Shutter Island has a great twist ending, but Mystic River is thus far his masterwork. It was a very good movie adaptation also. Richard Price's Freedomland is the best book about the relationship between the police, the unfairly targeted African-American community and the Media who observe it all.

  • 1 decade ago

    Books by Clive Barker and Stephen King are good reads (but not for the faint of heart). In the Forest of the Night, Demon in my View, Shattered Mirror, Halo: Ghosts of Onyx and some Tom Clancy books are good reads too. If you're in to the Star Trek series they have books out there as well. And if you like graphic novels, there are some out there that fit in the sci-fi, fantasy and fiction genres (I say some because not all graphic novels are available in the states). You should also try books from the Magic the Gathering series.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    As an avid reader, I suggest the following:

    If you like John Grisham - then try Jeffrey Deaver (the Lincoln Rhyme books).

    If you like Dan Brown - then try WEB Griffin (any of his series -he has a few).

    If you like Harry Potter - then try R.A. Salvatore (especially the Drizzt Do'Urden series) or Raymond Feist & Janny Wurts (Daughter of the Empire Trilogy).

    Source(s): Me - Avid Reader w/more than 400 books owned.
  • 4 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you like John Grisham, I would recomment Ken Follett. And try Lord of the rings :)


    Oh and maybe Stephen King but it's difficult to say whether he's good or not I think.

    And you should maybe take a look at Judith Lennox books. But I guess that's not your genre.

    Aaand a very good thing to read is Charlotte Link!

    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Try some of these:

    Neil Gaiman is an amazing author! Any of his books are good.

    Any books by Scott Westernfeld or Neal Shusterman are really good too.

    A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

    Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

    The Princess Bride by William Goldman

    13 Little Blue Envelopes and Girl At Sea by Maureen Johnson

    Abarat by Clive Barker, Make sue you get the hardcover version though!!! If you liked the first one be sure to check out the next book in the series Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War.

    Daughters of Destiny series: Keeper of the Winds by Jenna Solitaire, If you enjoyed the first one check out the next three books in the series. Keeper of the Waters, Keeper of the Flames and Keeper of the Earth.

    The Abhorsen Trilogy (Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen) by Garth Nix

    The Maximum Ride series (The Angel Experiment, Schools Out Forever, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, The Final Warning) by James Patterson

    His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) by Philip Pullman

    A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels and The Far Sweet Thing by Libba Bray

    The Riddles of Epsilon by Christine Morton-Shaw

    The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill, If you liked this one, check out the next two Blade of Fire and The Last Battle of the Icemark.

    The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding

    Inkheart and Inkspell and Inkdeath (coming soon!) by Cornelia Funke

    The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

    Holes by Louis Sanchar

    Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

    The Inheritance Trilogy by Christopher Paolini

    The Chronicles of Narnia (7 books) by C.S. Lewis

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

    The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

    Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

    The Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughton

    The Wind Singer, Slaves of the Mastery and Firesong by William Nicholson

    The Sight and Fell by David Clement-Davies

    Source(s): Enjoy!
  • 1 decade ago

    I love Meg Cabot (Heather Wells & Queen of Babble) and Sophie Kinsella's (Shopaholic [soon to be movie] & Remember Me) books. I am in the process of reading Emily Giffin's (Something Borrowed & Something Blue, Baby Proof) books. They are all great authors!

    For a young adult/teen I recommend Meg Cabot's young adult books. She is the best author. Also best selling. She wrote tons of books including the Princess Diaries (Movies based on her books), Mediator (upcoming movie), 1-800-Missing (TV show based on her books), Jinx, and more. She has adult books too, so you can grow with her.

    If you want more info or meg cabot's website email me.

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