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Looking for book suggestions for reading.

I'm currently finishing up "Fall of Hyperion" by Dan Simmons. Good books, but I don't think I'm going to go on to Endymion and the others. A bit too complex for my brain to handle at the moment.

I've decided I may go more into urban fantasy, since the only examples of urban fantasy I've read are the October Daye books by Seanan McGuire and the Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher, both of which are great series. So I need suggestions for good urban fantasy.

I'm also looking for suggestions in YA fantasy or scifi. I also like YA conventional fiction as well. YA authors I like: J. K. Rowling, Philip Pullman, Monica Hughes, Gary Paulsen, and Maureen Johnson. There may be others, but if so, I forget offhand.

I also liked "Mockingbird" by Kathryn Erskine and "Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher.


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Nov. 21st, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
Zoo City, by Lauren Beukes.

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi.

Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow.
Nov. 21st, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
Dunno about the other two, but Ship Breaker sounds like horror to me, in a sense. I tried reading The Handmaid's Tale once, and was so horrified by the future it presented that I never got past the second chapter.
Nov. 21st, 2011 02:36 am (UTC)
It's a YA dystopian novel. It's no more horrific than the Hunger Games. (Less, actually, though somewhat more believable.)
Nov. 21st, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
I don't like dystopian novels. I've never read The Hunger Games, and I doubt I ever will.
Nov. 21st, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
Ah, sorry. In that case, you wouldn't enjoy Ship Breaker. But I'll still recommend Zoo City.
Nov. 21st, 2011 02:36 am (UTC)
Charles de Lint writes fantastic urban fantasy. Pick any book - they are all great but my favorite is Moonheart.

Second favorite urban fantasy is War for the Oaks by Emma Bull. Her other books - and the ones she writes with Steven Brust - are good too.
Nov. 21st, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)

Wicked Lovely and sequels by Melissa Marr. - Modern day urban fantasy, dealing with the fae

A Great and Terrible Beauty (trilogy) by Libba Bray-- urban fantasy set during the Victorian era. Very interesting characters and world.

The Warrior Heir trilogy by Cinda Williams Chima. Urban fantasy-- fun world building and characters.

Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke. Very cool world, very cool characters.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Also the Graveyard Book.

I'm a big fan of YA, but I'm pretty picky about it, too, so I hope this helps.

Nov. 21st, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
Ah, I forgot Inkheart. I think I read the first two books and gave up on it.

Nov. 21st, 2011 04:44 am (UTC)

I listened to the audiobooks of all of these, by the way, and do not recommend the Inkheart sequels as audio, but you should definitely check out Neil Gaiman, audio or otherwise. I don't think he's written anything bad his entire career.

Also, saw recommendations for Pendragon below, and I really enjoyed that series, but it did get a little tedious in places. I read the first 7, I believe.

Nov. 21st, 2011 06:06 am (UTC)
seconding neverwhere
Nov. 21st, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
I really like a lot of the books/authors you've mentioned and here are some books and series I've enjoyed:

-The Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this series. Some more than others, of course, but on the whole, I really liked it. (Liked Book 3 the best, I think.)
-Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
-Tamir trilogy by Lynn Flewelling
-Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong. Actually, Kelley Armstrong has quite a bit of urban fantasy. Some YA, some (most?) not.

Room by Emma Donoghue
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton

Edited at 2011-11-21 03:36 am (UTC)
Nov. 21st, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
Sorry, Orson Scott Card is a homophobic jackass. I'll not be reading anything of his, no matter how good it may be. But thanks for the other suggestions.
Nov. 21st, 2011 06:06 am (UTC)
yeah. I found that out after ender's game and another book in the series. : /
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Nov. 21st, 2011 04:46 am (UTC)

I second The Book Thief, btw. Absolutely one of the most beautiful books ever written.

And Ender's Game is amazing, but I read it before I knew anything about OSC (1998, 7th grade). I'm not sure I can rec it in good conscience, but it is a cool story.

Nov. 23rd, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
Ehh. I wasn't really aware of, well, anything about him other than the fact that he wrote the Ender and Shadow books. sigh.
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Nov. 21st, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
I second Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy Series YAY!) and Kim Harrison (Hollows Series YAY! :P)
Nov. 21st, 2011 06:12 am (UTC)
A lot of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books take place in Ankh-Morpork which is the largest city on the disc and all his books are generally brilliant.
The Colour of Magic(not all takes place in the city, but a decent amount does)
Guards! Guards!
Men At Arms
Feet of Clay
The Truth
and lots more

Also Mike Carey's Felix Castor series. It may seem like horror from the description, but it really is not. Yes demons and ghost and exorcism is involved, but its not horror. Its basically a modern noir detective novel with fantastical elements. Really brilliant stuff.
Nov. 21st, 2011 06:13 am (UTC)
oh and they're all written so that you do not need to read any of the other books to get right into the story. I suppose you might miss one or two little subtle things, but basically not. I'd say start with Guards! Guards!.
Nov. 21st, 2011 11:57 am (UTC)
I've read and enjoyed the books you mention, so maybe you'll like these.

Urban Fantasy:
Vicki Pettersson's Sign of the Zodiac series (superheroes in Las Vegas trying to live normal lives)
Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series (shapeshifter mechanic gets involved with werewolf and vampire politics)

Fun books:
Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series (indescribable, but a lot of fun)
Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series (steampunk and vampires and werewolves, oh my!)
Nov. 22nd, 2011 07:00 am (UTC)
Seconding the recommendation for Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series.

One of the best urban fantasy series I've read in a while is a trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan which is made up of The Demon's Lexicon, The Demon's Covenant and The Demon's Surrender. It's YA and paranormal (mainly demons and magicians). Four of the main characters are two sets of siblings (family is an important underlying theme). Each book is from a different person's perspective, but they're all really well written and the changes don't impact the story at all. Since you like Maureen Johnson, I feel you'll like Sarah because many of my friends love both of them.

You might also like The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (again, YA urban fantasy).

In terms of 'traditional' YA fantasy, one of my favourite authors is Diana Wynne Jones (I also love J.K. Rowling and Philip Pullman). The series I'd recommend in particular are Howl's Moving Castle and its sequels and the Chrestomanci books. She also has some more sci-fi leaning books.

My absolute favourite YA fantasy author is Tamora Pierce.
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