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Looking for a bit of whimsy....


I was wondering (as I got so many cracking reading ideas the last time I enquired) if anyone could suggest yet more books for me.

To be honest with you im not sure if the books I have in mind actually exist but im desperate for a bit of whimsy.

I like fantasy books but not really the dragon and and goblin kind but Im fine with ghosts, vampires, curses, magic, princesses, princes, mystery and romance and im not bothered if its a book from the adult or the teen section. Im also not fussed if the story takes place in the present or the past.
I just want something a bit different and I adore movies such as Big Fish, Stardust, Harry Potter, Edward Scissorhands and the t.v show Pushing Daisies so I guess im looking for something that captures the charm and quirkiness of those. 

I'd be very grateful for any suggestions that you could throw my way.

Thank you. ♥

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sakkebomb
Dec. 17th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
Wicked by Gregory Maguire. Whimsy but not your typical whimsy. It's fantastical though that's for sure. It's not exactly charming, but I loved it and I like similar things to what you referenced in this post.
pleasant_valley
Dec. 18th, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
Thanks for the reply. :)
I've read Wicked, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (which was my favourite Maguire book) and Mirror, Mirror but haven't got round to reading "Son of a Witch" yet.
shlafe
Dec. 17th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Have you read the book Stardust?

If you like historical romance, read Julia Quinn's series on The Bridgertons. I think the first one is called The Duke and I. I laughed a lot when I read them, upbeat and funny.
pleasant_valley
Dec. 18th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
Thanks.
Added the Bridgerton Series to my list, they sound fun.
I adore the book Stardust its one of my absolute favourites.
alovecycle
Dec. 17th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
maybe you would enjoy st. lucy's home for girls raised by wolves by karen russell?
it is a collection of short stories that i really really love.
pleasant_valley
Dec. 18th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
Love the sound of that. Thank you. :)
jawastew
Dec. 17th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
I love all of those movies/tv shows!

I recommend Wicked (and the other two books in that series, Son of a Witch and A Lion Among Men), Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and Mirror, Mirror. I also recommend The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. It's not fantasy, it's fiction, but it has a wonderfully whimsical feel to it that I think you may like. :)

Edited at 2008-12-17 08:22 pm (UTC)
pleasant_valley
Dec. 18th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
Glad we share the same taste in movies/tv shows. :)
I've read Confessions, Mirror Mirror and Wicked but still need to read Son of a Witch and A Lion Among Men.

I actually had The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay in my hand at the library the other month but ended up getting distracted by something else instead. I think i'll pick it up next week because from what you've said and what I've read about it I think it'll be something that should appeal to me.
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marycatelli
Dec. 17th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
whimsy
John Barnes's One For the Morning Glory

Robin McKinley's Beauty

Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles (Talking to Dragons etc.)

Hope Mirrlees's Lud In the Mist -- though that one can be interesting to get your hands on
pleasant_valley
Dec. 18th, 2008 05:04 am (UTC)
Re: whimsy
Thanks for those.
I've read Beauty and really enjoyed it and I've been trying to get Lud in the Mist for about 3 months now so I know exactly what you mean by it being interesting to get your hands on.
"One For The Morning Glory" sounds like something that i could go for.
lutine
Dec. 17th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
You might like the Faerie Wars series by Herbie Brennan.
pleasant_valley
Dec. 18th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion.
Have added the series to my ever increasing "must read" list.
idoiir
Dec. 17th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
The Sabriel series by Garth Nix is a pretty good one. Not really like those TV shows or movies, but I've always loved them.

And Gregory Maguire books are a pretty sure bet.
unfettrdphoenix
Dec. 18th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
I second the Sabriel series.
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devi42
Dec. 17th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
Someplace to be Flying by Charles De Lint
Dreams Underfoot By Charles De Lint (this is a collection of short stories).
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman.
pleasant_valley
Dec. 18th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
Great suggestions.
Dreams Underfoot sounds pretty interesting and Practical Magic is already high on my to-read list.
beeblebear
Dec. 18th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard book.
Jeff Noon's Automated Alice
Kushner's Thomas the Rhymer
Anything by Jonathan Carroll, thoygh he does tend slightly towards horror sometimes.
pleasant_valley
Dec. 18th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
Thank you for these.
I'm especially liking the sound of The Ghost in Love by Jonathan Carroll.
My local library has a lack of Neil Gaiman books in stock but I think its time that I ordered some or actually spent some money and purchased a few!
The Automated Alice book sounds interesting too.
yoda_gouda
Dec. 18th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
Jasper Fforde's The Big Overeasy is a different sort of whimsy, but whimsy nonetheless IMO.
pleasant_valley
Dec. 18th, 2008 05:21 am (UTC)
Thanks. :)
This sounds genius! Added to my must-read list.
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kidkai
Dec. 18th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
The Princess Bride by William Goldman sounds very much up your ally. You may also enjoy The Neverending Story by Michael Ende.

I always recommend the Tamir Trilogy by Lynn Flewelling to people seeking fantasy recs. It is excellent.

The Heir books by Cinda Chima are quite decent. They're YA but very good. I've read The Warrior Heir and The Wizard Heir. There is a third that I've yet to read.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray was surprisingly interesting. Another YA.

Also, Rob Thurman has a set of books that are not great literature but they're darned fun.
Nightlife
Moonshine
Madhouse
Deathwish

And, if you've not read His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass), that'll satisfy.
pleasant_valley
Dec. 18th, 2008 05:28 am (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestions.
Have read and loved The Princess Bride and im currently 3/4 through A Great and Terrible Beauty which I'm really enjoying.
I've also read The Golden Compass (which I really liked) but still haven't got round to reading The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.
The Rob Thurman books sound interesting and I'm shocked that I never thought to seek out The Neverending Story - that is most certainly one I must read.
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summer_moth
Dec. 18th, 2008 10:01 am (UTC)
Hmm...Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke? It's long but brilliant and definitely whimsical!

Or the Millenial Contest series by Robert Sheckley & Roger Zelazny, which starts with Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming

Or, in fact,
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Or the Millenial Contest series by Robert Sheckley & Roger Zelazny, which starts with <i>Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming</i>

Or, in fact, <Forever After</i> edited by Roger Zelazny, which is a collection of short stories that tell a whole coherent story like a novel, about what happens <i>after</i> the heroes have defeated evil & saved the kingdom in a typical fantasy story (does have a dragon in one of the stories though...)
summer_moth
Dec. 18th, 2008 10:01 am (UTC)
Gah! Sorry - html fail! :-(
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count_fenring
Dec. 20th, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)
I'm a little surprised he hasn't shown up....
Peter S. Beagle's work, while generally pretty emotionally affecting, has some of what you seem to be looking for.

Recommend A Fine and Private Place, The Last Unicorn, Innkeeper's Song, and his short story collection, Giant Bones (By FAR the best single-author short story collection I've ever read).
pleasant_valley
Dec. 21st, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
Re: I'm a little surprised he hasn't shown up....
Thank you so much. They all sound perfect.
sadisticred
Dec. 21st, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
No one has mentioned Tamora Pierce books. I love every book of hers. And I think she fits the whimsical fantasy genre perfectly.
Two of my favorite of hers are Trickster's Choice and The Songs of the Lioness series.
pleasant_valley
Dec. 21st, 2008 06:47 am (UTC)
Thank you - have added them to my list!
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