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message 351: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Ross | 6 comments Hi! I'm Michelle and I live in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I love reading fantasy books, particularly those geared toward young/teen readers. Some of my faves include the Harry Potter series and the Septimus Heap series. There are others, but we'd be here all day if I listed them all.

I also enjoy writing and have enjoyed the success of having poetry published in local papers and small anthologies. However, I shifted gears and now write fiction. My first book, "Elysium and the Dominion's Prophesy" was released in March this year.

I'm looking forward to getting to know some of you and learning about books I might like to add to my ever expanding bookshelf.


message 352: by John (new)

John Beachem | 373 comments Hi Tanya and Michelle, welcome to the group :-). Tanya, your reading speed is most impressive. I'm lucky if I get a book read a month...


message 353: by Donald (new)

Donald (BigDon) Ok. I'm Donald, or Big Don. I am a born and registered citizen of Vermont, but am currently away at college. I've been reading fantasy as long as I have been reading. To name the top members of my list of favorite authors, I would say: David Gemmell, Glen Cook, and Terry Pratchett. Thats is just a few, but my reading spans many types. I look foreward to discussing these, and all that are offered.


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Kat  Hooper (kathooper) | 16 comments I'm Kat. In my real life, I'm a part-time college professor and I've got 5 kids. We live in Florida. In my other life, I'm the administrator at Fantasy Literature , a book review site.


message 355: by Tanya (new)

Tanya (Funkyfairy) John wrote: "Hi Tanya and Michelle, welcome to the group :-). Tanya, your reading speed is most impressive. I'm lucky if I get a book read a month..."

lol its a very expensive curse because i have to own the books if i like them Ally thinks my shelves are gonna fall on me as they're too full


message 356: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Hello! I'm Kristen and I work in a college library by night and a middle school library by day. So I try my best to read both adult and YA books and have always loved fantasy. Some of my favorite YA fantasy authors right now are Rick Riordan, Philip Pullman, Melissa Marr, Cassandra Clare, Eoin Colfer, Jessica Day George. My favorite adult authors include Neil Gaiman, Charles DeLint, Patricia Briggs, Kim Harrison, Maria V. Synder... the list goes on and on. I love reading so much it occupies what little free time I have that is not spent out with my fiance. I tend to read 2 or 3 books at a time and always reach towards fantasy first when choosing a book to read.


message 357: by [deleted user] (new)

I am also a cross genre reader. Do you find yourself alternating genres to keep up with the pace of publication? Sci-Fi this week, Fantasy next, romance, the following....


message 358: by Barbm1020 (new)

Barbm1020 I read mainstream fiction and nonfiction (I like current events) and then fantasy as an antacid when the news upsets me.


message 359: by John (new)

John Beachem | 373 comments Barbm1020 wrote: "I read mainstream fiction and nonfiction (I like current events) and then fantasy as an antacid when the news upsets me."

You must read a great deal of fantasy, then ;).


message 360: by Blurb (new)

Blurb Hi -

Hi everyone -

I'm new to Good Reads. I took a break for a couple years from reading fantasy, but decided to start again in the last couple of months and am now trying to read my way through the best of what everyone has written in the last couple of years -- I'm a pretty fast reader who can read a book in a day if I like it. Past favorie authors include Jennifer Fallon, GRRM and Jordan. For new, I loved the Name of the Wind and I liked (but was a bit underwhelmed after all the hype) Mistborn. After reading what people said here about Michael Sullivan's book, I'm looking forward to reading that as soon as I can find a copy (my BN didn't have one).


message 361: by John (new)

John Beachem | 373 comments Welcome to the site and to the group, Blurb. I hope we can recommend some books you'll enjoy. If you're a fan of GRRM, you might want to try Steven Erikson, for starters.


message 362: by Blurb (new)

Blurb

Thanks! I actually got one of his books from the library and that I'm going to start reading soon




message 363: by Chris (new)

Chris  (haughtc) | 879 comments Hey bunch of new people.....welcome


message 364: by Barbm1020 (new)

Barbm1020 John, you are so right! lol Just finished Neverwhere. It was a great read. Gaiman makes his other worlds very vivid and thrilling, I find.

Jane, you mention Sheri Tepper - I haven't thought about her in years, but I remember liking Raising the Stones. Have you read that one?




message 365: by Heather (new)

Heather (gargirl) | 6 comments Hi, I am a book-addicted busy mom. I live in Massachusetts with my boys and my husband. Reading and gaming are my main entertainment. Some of my favorite authors are; Anne Bishop, Christopher Moore, S.M. Stirling, Caitlin Kiernan, H.P. Lovecraft, Jasper Fforde, Tolkien, and Guy Gavriel Kay. I also read a lot of nonfiction and of course gaming books, mostly Call of Cthulhu. (the game I currently run)

I also paint and make crafts and attempt to garden... not very successfully. I seem to have missed out on the gene that makes one a good gardener and, so far, all the books I have read haven't helped! ^_^ I think I need remedial help.

Thanks for letting me join this group. I hope to get here often enough to get to know you all.
~Heather


message 366: by Janny (new)

Janny (JannyWurts) | 761 comments Heather wrote: "Hi, I am a book-addicted busy mom. I live in Massachusetts with my boys and my husband. Reading and gaming are my main entertainment. Some of my favorite authors are; Anne Bishop, Christopher Moo..."

Hi Heather - that's quite a varied list of authors. Where in Massachusetts?


message 367: by Heather (new)

Heather (gargirl) | 6 comments Hi Janny, I am in Western Mass in a fairly rural town but have good access to civilization.

I could list so many more authors that I love no less than those but I have a hard time keeping all their names in my head. Sarah Ash is fairly new and I like her stuff a lot so far. I read Bill Bryson, Mercedes Lackey, James White, Edgar Allan Poe, etc etc. And I am always looking for something new. ^_^ I like all sorts of stuff, most of what I read is Fantasy or Dark Fantasy but I like Sci-Fi, Non-Fiction, Humor, Travel, Horror and some occasional straight-up fiction. The books that make my husband roll his eyes are the ones I read on history. I like to read how people lived day to day, how they fed themselves, how they made clothes and built things, what they did for fun. I also like to read about the history of books and reading which for him is the icing on the cake. ^_^ I think its facinating, he thinks its a snoozefest. lol

Nice to meet you!




message 368: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Hi everyone,

Robin Sullivan kicked me in the butt (kind of) and said that I really should check out the Fantasy group on GR. I am already a member of the Sci Fi and Fantasy book club but am more of a fantasy girl.

I have a ton of books that I like, but I feel that I have barely scratched the surface in such a prominent genre. If only there were 28 hours in a day, I might be able to get more reading done. Fantasy is my love, but I also like good real-life stories/biopics, suspense (was into Dean Koontz for a while), and the occasional romance as long as it's in a book with a plot (i.e. Outlander series by Gabaldon). None of this 5 dollar mass market romance business.

Authors that I have recently read: Tolkein, CS Lewis, Terry Goodkind, Salvatore (Drizzt is the bomb), Guy Gavriel Kay, Michael J. Sullivan (will the 3rd Riyria book come out already???), Melanie Rawn, and Brandon Sanderson. I am also eagerly anticipating the upcomine Wheel of Time trifecta to finish off the whole series.

Anyway, I hope to get some wonderful ideas for new authors to try and new works to read!


message 369: by Libby (new)

Libby | 242 comments Kathy wrote: "Hi everyone,

Robin Sullivan kicked me in the butt (kind of) and said that I really should check out the Fantasy group on GR. I am already a member of the Sci Fi and Fantasy book club but am mor..."


Kathy - good to see you here. I'm in the SciFi / Fantasy group as well and enjoy being in both - especially because like you I'm more Fantasy than SciFi. It's fun to see how the discussions take on a different atmosphere in each group.




message 370: by Heather (new)

Heather (gargirl) | 6 comments Hi Kathy,
I love Drizzt too! He is one of my heroes. Can't believe I forgot R. A. Salvatore in my list. I guess I haven't read my Drizzt books for a while. ^_^



message 371: by Janny (new)

Janny (JannyWurts) | 761 comments Kathy wrote: "Hi everyone,

Robin Sullivan kicked me in the butt (kind of) and said that I really should check out the Fantasy group on GR. I am already a member of the Sci Fi and Fantasy book club but am mor..."


Hi Kathy - -

I generally tell Guy Kay readers to try Sarah Zettel - her Isavolta series is brilliant, done with style, with lovely characters. She also writes splendid SF.

I'd suggest, in Salvatore's bent, David Gemmell.

If you liked Sullivan, you may also enjoy Dennis Mckiernan.

If you liked Melanie Rawn - try Katherine Kerr or Jennifer Roberson.

I've read Sanderson and C S Lewis, too, but I can't think of a tight match, there, off the cuff. I've started Acacia by David Anthony Durham - his writing of characters has sort of the same "feel" to it, as Sanderson, but truthfully, I'm not far enough into the work to determine how it will strike me, yet.


message 372: by Chris (new)

Chris  (haughtc) | 879 comments Welcome Heather.....and Kathy, though we've spoken already....glad Robin kicked your butt over here....


message 373: by Kay (new)

Kay (Saharial) Hello Everyone
I'm Kay in england - i have always been a fan of fantasy - though i prefer urban and folk lore based work like charles delint. I adore robert holdstock's mythogo wood series and of course - tolkien!
also a big fan of Terry Brooks shannara series :) and first got into them about 20 years ago!
i devour books and go through about 5-8 a month depending. I used to work in a second hand bookshop and i write short stories and fiction


message 374: by John (new)

John Beachem | 373 comments Welcome to the group, Heather, Kathy and Saharial :-).


message 375: by Barbm1020 (new)

Barbm1020 Kay, I've read some Charles DeLint books and found them quite memorable. I think it would be better if I knew the Canadian towns, but the characters and the magic system are great.

Urban fantasy is wonderful to me. Neverwhere is a great example. A bit remeniscent of the old New York-based TV series "Beauty and the Beast" - don't know if that played in England?


message 376: by Jaime (new)

Jaime (SolemnFolly) Hello, all!

I'm a 33 yr. old IT guys from Long Island, NY (though originally I was an upstate boy) and the Fantasy genre had been my favorite ever since I was a kid and my mom gave me a collection of Narnia books. I moved from those to the old TSR Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms books (so many trilogies, so many dog-eared pages in my youth). Then I found Tolkien and later Brooks, and I've never looked back.

My favorite authors include JRRT, GRRM, Jordan, Goodkind, Brooks, McKiernan, Weeks, Cook, Erikson, Rowling, Gaiman, Eddings, Feist, Williams, Salvatore, and Howard. I enjoy all kinds of Fantasy - epic or high to hack n' slash and everything in between.

I'm a fairly voracious reader, and recently converted over to the Kindle because I was fast running out of room for my "library" in my apartment. I enjoy reading all kinds of fiction, though I always seem to return to Fantasy.

I hope to take part in the monthly book readings soon, and hope to join in on some fun conversations!



message 377: by John (new)

John Beachem | 373 comments Welcome to the group, Jaime. You really do sound as though you like anything that could possibly be labeled "fantasy" :-). Of all the authors you listed, the only one I haven't read is McKiernan. In fact, I'm drawing a blank on the name (though in my defense, it's been a long day). Anyway, welcome aboard. Look forward to chatting with ya.


message 378: by Chris (new)

Chris  (haughtc) | 879 comments Welcome, Saharial and Jaime...


message 379: by Janny (new)

Janny (JannyWurts) | 761 comments John wrote: "Welcome to the group, Jaime. You really do sound as though you like anything that could possibly be labeled "fantasy" :-). Of all the authors you listed, the only one I haven't read is McKiernan. I..."

Hi to Saharial, and Jaime. What a list of books! That's quite a spread.

John - Dennis McKiernan would be the "opposite" of R. E. Howard - he writes very lovely, lyrical stories with a faerytale like feel to them - they are sweet reads, have plenty of action, plucky characters, and a lot of heart. I am always startled - because I don't "think" I'm that heavily invested, until somebody dies and I am shocked to find I'm crying! These reads are not like Martin, not that gritty - more in line of heroic myth.

For fantasy, I liked his book Voyage of the Fox Rider very much, that's a good place to try out his Mithgar series, as it pretty well stands on its own. I also loved his one SF book, Caverns of Socrates, about futuristic "real time" gaming - which is probably his most sophisticated work, with the most grit and depth of the whole spread.


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Leslie Ann (LeslieAnn) | 224 comments Hi to all the newcomers!

Saharial, a.k.a. Kay--Terry Brooks is one of my fave authors and the man most responsible for setting my feet on the road to becoming a published author. If it hadn't been for his kind words to me at the L.A. Times Festival of Books in 2001, I might not have ever written my fantasy trilogy.


Allison (The Allure of Books) (inconceivably) hi everybody! I can't believe I just found this group...you are (and have been) reading a ton of stuff I've either already read or am interested in reading.

I love a lot of YA fantasy, most recently my favorites are Graceling by Kristin Cashore and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins...and my favorite of all time is, of course, Harry Potter.

I have recently started His Dark Materials and the Sevenwaters Trilogy, both of which I've seen some comments about around here.

I noticed y'all read Name of the Wind not too long ago, I just bought the paperback version, I plan on reading it soon.


message 382: by DavidO (new)

DavidO (DrgnAngl) | 185 comments Hello,

I'm new to this group. I mostly like reading epic fantasy, my first experience in the genre was The Chronicles of Narnia, and I suppose I've been trying to find books just as good since then. My favorites are Harry Potter, Narnia, Wheel of Time, and the Amber Series. I look forward to discovering more authors here.


message 383: by Jo-Ann (new)

Jo-Ann (joannmrodriguez) Welcome David,

I loved reading the Chronicles of Narnia. They inspired me to become an author...

Jo-Ann



message 384: by Chris (new)

Chris  (haughtc) | 879 comments Hi and welcome, David and Allison.....we're almost at 666 members now...


message 385: by Chy (new)

Chy (Satuawany) Hellow there.

I've wanted to join a book club for a long time, but it's never been convenient for me to go to meetings. So an online book club is perfect. I also see that you guys have read or are about to read a lot of things I have either read or have had sitting on my shelf begging to be read for a while.

I didn't start really getting into fantasy until a few years ago. My gateway books were those in the Vlad Taltos series by Steven Brust. They remain some of my favorite books.

Oh, I'd read a few fantasies before that, but those were the books that made me seek fantasy for the sake of fantasy.

Since then I've discovered and grown to love Robin McKinley, and even, in a strange and somewhat frightening way, RA Salvatore. I follow Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series, but that's more of an addiction than a true love.

Other than that, it's hard to pick out "favorite authors" because I've only read one book by each of a few others, and while I really liked them, it doesn't feel right to then say, "That's one of my favorite authors."

I'm looking to discover more authors and more books. I'm also craving some good discussion from all different viewpoints. Can't wait to see how it goes.


message 386: by Jo-Ann (new)

Jo-Ann (joannmrodriguez) Hi Chy,

You will love goodreads, there so much good stuff here.

Jo-Ann


message 387: by John (new)

John Beachem | 373 comments Welcome to our fast-growing group, David and Chy.


message 388: by Janny (new)

Janny (JannyWurts) | 761 comments Oh, cool, a Steven Brust reader, and another who appreciates Zelazny.

Hello David and Chy.


message 389: by DavidO (new)

DavidO (DrgnAngl) | 185 comments Hello Janny, John, and Chris.


message 390: by Chy (new)

Chy (Satuawany) *delight* Zelazny's on my list of "gotta read."

Thanks for the welcomes, everybody.




message 391: by Colin (new)

Colin Taber Hi all,

I signed up to join the group a few days ago, but neglected at the time to drop in and say hello.

I'm more an epic fantasy reader, with a good dash of popular science and history thrown in. Some good reads of late have been George Martin's series, Collapse by Jared Diamond, and a host of Viking histories.

Right now I'm reading Robin Hobb (I've not tried her before) and am also starting Erikson's series. Brent Week's Shadow trilogy and Name of the Wind are waiting for me in the wings. There's been a great buzz about Name of the Wind, so I look forward to reading it.


message 392: by Chris (new)

Chris  (haughtc) | 879 comments Welcome Colin and Chy....

The Name of the Wind is highly recommended, though you'll be wanting Book 2 immediately and it's not quite finished yet.




message 393: by Colin (new)

Colin Taber Hi Chris,

Yes, I've heard some of the chatter about it. At least it's not as late as Martin's "Dance with Dragons"

I'm not far into the Erikson series, Malazan, and while I was only getting there slowly, I'm now starting to get more drawn in. I suspect that might push "Name of the Wind" back in anycase, plus there's always real life trying to intrude.

We'll see how it all goes.


message 394: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana (TatianaJB) Good morning!
I'm also new here and joined with the purpose to find a place to chat about books in genres I am interested in. None of my friends or acquaintances read fantasy books for some odd reason...it completely boggles my mind. Just off the top of my head some of the books I have devoured (and enjoyed) are: LOTR, Harry Potter, Wheel of Time, Song of Ice and Fire, and much more. Currently I am flying through the Discworld series (I'm on Equal Rites), which I am enjoying immensely! I hope to come here more frequently to pick up ideas for what to read next or to add to my bookshelf of pending books!!!
Tatiana



message 395: by Chris (last edited May 01, 2009 07:39AM) (new)

Chris  (haughtc) | 879 comments Colin - you're not kidding. Tolkien is releasing books at a faster rate than Martin and he's been dead for 35 years. Oh, and I very much love the Malazan series too....

Welcome, Tatiana.....you have a good list there too...


message 396: by Libby (new)

Libby | 242 comments Tatiana wrote: "Currently I am flying through the Discworld series (I'm on Equal Rites), which I am enjoying immensely!

Tatiana - always glad to have another Pratchett fan. The Discworld series only gets better as you go so you'll love it! If you love Terry you'll likely like everything by Neil Gaiman - start with Good Omens which is by both of them and up next for this club. Also, I'm currently reading my first Connie Willis novel - To Say Nothing of the Dog and LOVE it. I know I'm behind the times on this one but I just hadn't heard of her until recently. Same kind of very funny paraody.



message 397: by John (new)

John Beachem | 373 comments Welcome Colin and Tatiana. Great to meet two more GRRM fans :-).


message 398: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana (TatianaJB) Colin wrote: "Hi all,

I signed up to join the group a few days ago, but neglected at the time to drop in and say hello.

I'm more an epic fantasy reader, with a good dash of popular science and history th..."




Colin! What did you think of Jared Diamond? I have spent quite a bit of time reading his work.



message 399: by Martha (new)

Martha (tilla) | 180 comments Hi - I'm a huge fantasy fan - love Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series; also enjoyed The Name of the Wind and Sarah Monette's Labyrinthine series. Scott Lynch (Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies) and am waiting IMpatiently for Republic of Thieves. Terry Pratchett is another favorite and he's got a ton of stuff out.


message 400: by Colin (last edited May 02, 2009 07:23PM) (new)

Colin Taber Tatiana:

I read Collapse a little while ago, and I thought it was great. The odd chapter slowed down, but overall it was an entertaining and solid read. Guns Germs & Steel is on my horizon now - in fact, he must be due for something new soon!

Collapse How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

As I read Collapse, I also read The World Without Us, and have worked some of the ideas from both of those books into my own (failing societies and the decay of infrastructure with the passage of time). Too much fantasy is static, with little real history, or even glimpses of a future looming on the horizon.

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Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series has a good effort at solid history founding the world, but too much fantasy will happily host 10,000 year old cultures/empires/cities which from all accounts have changed little over such long timespans.

I don't just want a solid and dramatic story, I want it in a world that could be real (not just physically, but in regards to its history and societies). Mountains might take an age to wear down, but certainly not cities, empires and peoples.

Nothing stands still.


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