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message 1: by Jenna, I'd be free if not for Temper & Edgewalker (last edited Aug 08, 2018 10:54PM) (new)

Jenna Kathleen (jennakathleen) | 4424 comments Mod
I have to say, this post happens to be going up on this day because yesterday was (view spoiler).

What are everyone's favourite coming of age stories? :)


Em Lost In Books (emlostinbooks) | 2317 comments Happy birthday Jenna!!

1) Boy's Life
2) Black Swan Green
3) Norwegian Wood


message 3: by Miche (new)

Miche | 2939 comments Happy belated birthday, Jenna!

I will think a bit more before posting my choices.


message 4: by Lundos (new)

Lundos | 392 comments Jenna wrote: "I have to say, this post happens to be going up on this day because yesterday was [spoilers removed].

What are everyone's favourite coming of age stories? :)"


Happy birthday! Are you now 'of age'?

I find one of the life hacks are staying young. ;)


message 5: by Tammie (last edited Aug 09, 2018 06:31AM) (new)

Tammie | 3887 comments I'm not sure what my favorite coming of age stories are but happy birthday Jenna!


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Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7025 comments Mod
Happy belated Birthday Jenna!!!! Did you have a nice day? :)


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Chris  (haughtc) | 1628 comments Happy birthday, Jenna!

I can't believe I missed it. I have failed as your stalker ;)

Hope it was great at least.


message 8: by Jenna, I'd be free if not for Temper & Edgewalker (new)

Jenna Kathleen (jennakathleen) | 4424 comments Mod
Thanks everyone!


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Jenna Kathleen (jennakathleen) | 4424 comments Mod
Lundos wrote: "Happy birthday! Are you now 'of age'?"

Based on what most fantasy characters do when they come of age - master the art of the sword, magic, etc., win a war, defeat an evil sorcerer - I don't know if I'll ever come of age!


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Virginie | 5795 comments Happy birthday Jenna! :D


message 11: by Jenna, I'd be free if not for Temper & Edgewalker (new)

Jenna Kathleen (jennakathleen) | 4424 comments Mod
Niki Hawkes wrote: "Happy belated Birthday Jenna!!!! Did you have a nice day? :)"

It was pretty normal since it was a Wednesday. I'm going surfing on the weekend though so that should be pretty fun!


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Jenna Kathleen (jennakathleen) | 4424 comments Mod
Chris wrote: "Happy birthday, Jenna!

I can't believe I missed it. I have failed as your stalker ;)

Hope it was great at least."


Coming from almost anyone else, this would be super terrifying. ;O


message 13: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new)

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7025 comments Mod
Ooh yeah that does sound fun. :)


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Ahdam (snowlocke) | 2409 comments Happy Belated Birthday ay ay ay ay


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Scott  Hitchcock (lostinthewarrenofchaos) | 8082 comments Mod
Happy birthday Jenna.


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Narilka | 2476 comments Happy birthday Jenna!


message 17: by Petrik (new)

Petrik (petrikleo) | 1546 comments Happy birthday Jenna!! Favorite coming of age stories..

-The Faithful and the Fallen (I think this one counts for coming of age)
-Blood Song
-The Realm of the Elderlings.


message 18: by Anni (new)

Anni | 5020 comments Happy belated birthday Captain ;) Hope you have a lot of fun surfing!

And my favourite coming of age stories, I'm not good with genre definitiins, but I think these will do:

- Assassin's Apprentice
- The Dragonbone Chair
- The Traitor's Son (Rebecca Gable)


message 19: by Miche (last edited Aug 11, 2018 09:48AM) (new)

Miche | 2939 comments After some consideration, the ones that came to mind:

1. Stormlight Archive (Dalinar's arc especially)
2. Long Price Quartet
3. Inda


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Mayim de Vries | 2864 comments 1. Inda [high five Miche!]
2. Blood Song
3. Harry Potter? :P No really, nothing else comes to my mind O_o


message 21: by Chris (last edited Aug 11, 2018 10:48AM) (new)

Chris  (haughtc) | 1628 comments There's nothing wrong with Harry Potter. It's ultra popular and meant for youngers, but it's very well written and the depth of world-building and character development is superb. It definitely deserves consideration in this category.

I'll name The Lord of the Rings as well, even though it's pretty standard fare and trope. But in a sense, it invented the tropes and became the gold standard, and it's the primary reason I'm a fantasy reader.

Recent love goes to Red Sister, with the final book of the trilogy still to come out.

To add a dark horse, I'll go with The Talisman. I love this story and the richness of it all...


message 22: by Miche (new)

Miche | 2939 comments Mayim wrote: "1. Inda [high five Miche!]
2. Blood Song
3. Harry Potter? :P No really, nothing else comes to my mind O_o"


I was going to say Harry Potter too, but in the end I left it out because it spans for 7 years only. :)


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Scott  Hitchcock (lostinthewarrenofchaos) | 8082 comments Mod
Miche wrote: "I was going to say Harry Potter too, but in the end I left it out because it spans for 7 years only. :) "

I'm not saying either of us is right or wrong, merely different on this.....

I guess our definition of "coming of age" is different. I would consider HP perfect in that definition. Coming of age to me is a teen story where they reach the age of 18-20 in the course of the events. Or generally grow up in some fashion.

So to me Inda one and two and the first LPQ but really not SA from your list.

Because of my tighter definition the only book from the fantasy genre that really gave me that Goonies, Some Kind of Wonderful, The Outsiders, Weird Science, John Hughes anything......pick a ubiquitous 80's movie of this genre feeling was Dawn of Wonder which was terrific.


message 24: by Miche (new)

Miche | 2939 comments I was going more from Dalinar's arc, not the whole series. We kind of go back and see how he started and how his journey brought him to that awesome point. :)


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Scott  Hitchcock (lostinthewarrenofchaos) | 8082 comments Mod
Miche wrote: "I was going more from Dalinar's arc, not the whole series. We kind of go back and see how he started and how his journey brought him to that awesome point. :)"

I know but that's small part of one character's story in a tale with hundreds if not thousands of characters. Granted he's one of the big three to this point.

Now Lyft coming of age will be an F'in relief. :P


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Miche | 2939 comments Lyft is your favorite. I knew it! lol


message 27: by Scott , Karsa Orlong (new)

Scott  Hitchcock (lostinthewarrenofchaos) | 8082 comments Mod
Miche wrote: "Lyft is your favorite. I knew it! lol"

Only if Mallick Rel is yours. :P


message 28: by Miche (new)

Miche | 2939 comments Scott wrote: "Miche wrote: "Lyft is your favorite. I knew it! lol"

Only if Mallick Rel is yours. :P"


Hahahah. He is on your vip list too. :P


message 29: by Scott , Karsa Orlong (new)

Scott  Hitchcock (lostinthewarrenofchaos) | 8082 comments Mod
Miche wrote: "Scott wrote: "Miche wrote: "Lyft is your favorite. I knew it! lol"

Only if Mallick Rel is yours. :P"

Hahahah. He is on your vip list too. :P"


His self proclaimed title alone.


message 30: by Miche (new)

Miche | 2939 comments Scott wrote: "His self proclaimed title alone."

Don't remind me... It was infuriating!


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Scott  Hitchcock (lostinthewarrenofchaos) | 8082 comments Mod
Miche wrote: "Scott wrote: "His self proclaimed title alone."

Don't remind me... It was infuriating!"


(view spoiler)


message 32: by Jenna, I'd be free if not for Temper & Edgewalker (new)

Jenna Kathleen (jennakathleen) | 4424 comments Mod
Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone :)

My top coming of age stories that are coming to mind:

1. Bloodsounder's Arc
2. Blood Song
3. Can't decide between a bunch of series I haven't finished yet - Shadow Campaigns, Faithful and the Fallen, Legends of the First Empire, Realm of the Elderlings


message 33: by Petrik (new)

Petrik (petrikleo) | 1546 comments Jenna wrote: "Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone :)

My top coming of age stories that are coming to mind:

1. Bloodsounder's Arc
2. Blood Song
3. Can't decide between a bunch of series I haven't finished y..."


Bloodsounder's Arc is amazing!!! Not really sure if that counts as a coming of age story but it's a very underrated series imo!


message 34: by Jenna, I'd be free if not for Temper & Edgewalker (new)

Jenna Kathleen (jennakathleen) | 4424 comments Mod
Petrik wrote: "Jenna wrote: "Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone :)

My top coming of age stories that are coming to mind:

1. Bloodsounder's Arc
2. Blood Song
3. Can't decide between a bunch of series I have..."


Not sure if it counted either, but I found Arki was very child-like in the first book and he really grew :)
I would totally agree - way too underrated!


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