Series of Books

@emeraldisle (13158)
United States
April 16, 2007 6:30pm CST
I love to read book series. Some can be very good. If you were going to recommend some series of books which would you recommend? For myself I'd recommend these, these aren't in any particular order :): 1. The Incarnation of Immortality Series by Piers Anthony 2. The Deeds of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon 3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowlings 4. Dragon Riders of Pern by Anne MacCaffery 5. The Donovan Legacy by Nora Roberts 6. Xanth Series by Piers Anthony 7. The Adept Series by Deborah Turner Harris and Katherine Kurtz 8. The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice 9. Alex Cross Series by James Patterson 10. The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons by Dan Brown not quite a series but close enough That's a good list I think. Anyways I want to find what you would recommend so I know what to look for next. So share a way.
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@judyt00 (3504)
• Canada
16 Apr 07
With a few exceptions we love the same books. I hate Anne Rice and wasn't thrilled with Dan Brown or Nora Roberts, (but I'll read them if I find them cheap). I'd add the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz, in fact anything by him and anything by Charles de Lindt. And for a good laugh, the Diskworld series by Terry Pratchett!
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
17 Apr 07
I saw the Odd Thomas mentioned in another thread. I'm going to have to look into that one. Now I read the one series by Terry Pratchett, Magic Kingdom for Sale..Sold. I think that was his. I liked that one.
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@krebstar5 (1267)
• United States
17 Apr 07
After seeing your lists, I think that our tastes might overlap a bit. I don't usually read that many series books, but I do have some reccomendations. 1) His Dark Materials Books by Philip Pullman. - They are about to become a movie, but you should still read them. They are written for yound adults, but the story is just too good to be ignored by adults and the story gets better and more complicated as you read each book. And the ending, wow! The individual books are called The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. I would try to describe the plot to you, but I'm not sure I would do it justice. 2) Red Dwarf Books - There are 4 of them that are based on the tv series, but these books expand the stories to make them more unified and cohersive. Thankfully, they are still hilarious. Also, the last two books go in two complete different directions from the same point in the second book. It's two possible outcomes of one event and it's really interesting to see how each author differently envisioned what would happen. 3) Dark Angel Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce - Not your usual vampire book and the ending is quite surprising. 4) Earthsea Novels - Ignore that terrible tv movie they made. These books are so great and if you like Harry Potter you should really check them out.
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• United States
17 Apr 07
It's been so long since I read the Earthsea trilogy that I forgot about them. They're beautifully written and the characters are so interesting that you really want to know what happens to them as you go through the series.
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
17 Apr 07
I happen to like several young adult books :) I know many are very good and really are for any age. I think I stared to read the Dark Angel series but not sure. I know I read one about the Vampire Diaries I think it was. I could only find the first two at our libraries here. They were young adult as well. The other series you mentioned sounds interesting and I'll have to see if I can find it here. Our libraries don't always have that much for young adult but I hope they have it.
@krebstar5 (1267)
• United States
17 Apr 07
Oh, I am so glad to know taht I'm not the only one who reads young adult books. I mean, so of them are just so good and there is something to be said for a nice light read. The Darkangel bookes are: The Darkangel, A Gathering of Gargoyles, and The Pearl at the End of the World. I thought that might help you remember if you hacve read them or not.
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
17 Apr 07
Let me say I loved the Harry Potter collection and Angels and Demans and The Davinci Code were all good books. My favorites are also V. C. Andrews - Flowers in the Attic series and Right now I am reading Dean Koontz - Odd Thomas. After Odd Thomas there is Forever Odd and also another book I am into this series now.
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
17 Apr 07
The Flower in the attic series was great by V.C. Andrews. She has a few other series I liked as well but I can't think of their names off hand. Most of hers I've liked.
17 Apr 07
The second series, that was started by V.C.Andrews and finished by Andrew Neiderman was The Casteel Series (Heaven, Dark Angel, Fallen Hearts, Gates of Paradise and Web of Dreams). There are several more series' that were inspired by Andrews and published under her name that were actually written by ghost writer Andrew Neiderman. For more information please see here... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_C._Andrews
• United States
17 Apr 07
My all-time favorite series is the Dune novels by Frank Herbert. Science-fiction fantasy series that's tops is His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. If you like historical fiction with a strong military flavor, I highly recommend the Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell--all 21 of them (so far). And I guess I couldn't leave out Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles.
@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
17 Apr 07
That sounds like an interesting series, the Sharpe One. I did like the Wagon West series and also the one by John Jakes, the Kent Family Chronicles. I forgot about them until you mentioned the historical fiction.
@claudia413 (4284)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I really loved the Left Behind Series also. I could hardly wait for the next book to come out. Mine were all passed on to my daughter-in-law, then on to my sister and my cousin after that. They will continue to be passed on to someone inside or outside the family...anyone who loves to read. My favorite author is Nora Roberts. I loved her Circle Trilogy, Key trilogy, Donovan Legacy series, Chesapeake Bay series and several other series she wrote. She also writes as J.D. Robb and has a fantastic series of 25 or so books that take place in the mid-21st century and follow the same main characters...they are fantastic, and I just got the latest one from my cousin today. Another good series is Fern Michaels' "Sisterhood"...about 7 very different women who are out for revenge for wrongs done to them. I'm on book 4 right now. Very good reading. Fern Michaels also has several series that were very good.
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
17 Apr 07
I want to check out some of Nora Roberts other series. What I have read of hers I have enjoyed. She's a fantastic author. Fern Michaels' I have heard of but I can't say for sure what books of hers I've read. I'll have to check into the "Siterhood" one. That sounds good.
• United States
16 Apr 07
I liked most of the Left Behind series. But, I want to warn people that it is based on bible prophecies. So, if you don't want to read anything related to that, then don't read this series. I also like some children's series such as Anne of Green Gables and the Chronicles of Narnia. For mysteries, I have liked the Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn series by Tony Hillerman. On Gather.com, I saw someone recommend another series called Big Stone Gap. I like reading books in the series. I enjoy seeing the same characters going through new adventures and problems.
@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
17 Apr 07
Same here. If I liked the characters I want to know what happens to them after the one story ends. Having a series can really work out well. Now the Xanth series follows several generations which is very neat. I also like when sometimes they take a minor character from one book and make them a major one in a later. It means you have to pay attention to what you are reading.
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• United States
18 Apr 07
An old Hippie Era series "Seth Speaks" "Conversations With God" - very similar to the "Seth Speaks" series nothing from Llewellyn as I find that publishing house to generic
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
19 Apr 07
Well I don't know either one of those. Can you tell me what more they are about? I'd love to know. I know from other discussions we have some similar tastes so I will probably like them but enquiring minds want to know.
• United States
19 Apr 07
The Seth series as well as Neale Donald Walsh's Conversations With God series are both premised on the spirituality of life. That talking with God is not so much talking with the Christian God of the traditional American upbringing; but talking with the Universal Force of light and love, the Being that binds. They are both series that just make you feel great after you have read them.~Donna
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• United States
19 Apr 07
If I'm going to read fiction, I want blood, guts, gore, and crime! ~Donna
• United States
17 Apr 07
Oh I love books in a series too! They're really great. You can get into a story and it keeps going. Here are some of the ones that I love - aside from some that you named (HP & Dan Brown). The Avalon series by Marion Zimmer Bradley (The Mists of Avalon, The Fall of Atlantis, ect) Heaven series (or the Castell Family series) by V.C. Andrews Flowers of the Attic series (or the Dollanganger family series) by V.C. Andrews The Lord of the Rings series including The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis Well those are my favorites anyway :)
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• United States
17 Apr 07
I browsed over the others to see if I might have missed anything or to see if there was something that might interest me and I see a LOT of people said the Bible. WOW. I wasn't expecting that in this discussion.
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
17 Apr 07
I read the first one in the Avalon Series, actually have it, but didn't know about the others until recently. I have to find them and see about reading them. V.C. Andrews is a great author. I've loved most of what I've read by her including the two you mentioned. I know there were others but my memory isn't what it used to be. I figured the Bible would show up from someone. I agree the stories in it can be very good no matter what your relgion.
@dopey22girl (3327)
• United States
17 Apr 07
The only series I can think of that I've really been following is the Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella. It goes in this order: Confessions of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic and Sister, Shopaholic and Baby. I don't know if these are the type of books you like, but I think they are great! I also would recommend the Harry Potter series, but it seems you have already listed that. :)
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
17 Apr 07
I haven't heard of them but I'd be curious to know what they are about. I like a variety of books. I read just about anything. It just depends on if the story I find interesting.
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@moira20 (226)
• Philippines
19 Apr 07
Hi, I also love the Shopaholic series! But I haven't read Shopaholic and baby yet. =)
• United States
17 Apr 07
I have to admit that most of those I haven't heard of, let alone read. But I do have most of the Harry Potter books, just haven't read them yet. As for the ones I'd recommed: 1. Abarat Series by Clive Barker 2. Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger) by V.C. Andrews 3. Heaven (Casteel) by V.C. Andrews 4. Key Trilogy by Nora Roberts Those are my top ones for a series of books. I tried to think of a fifth one and I am drawing a blank, though I know its probably back there in the back of my head somewhere. lol
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
17 Apr 07
If you like Nora Roberts you'd probably like The Donovan Legacy by her. It deals with cousins who are hereditary witches and have to deal with the real world. They were very good. They are very well thought out storylines.
@lreddell (172)
• United States
17 Apr 07
Oh my. The Pern series by Anne MacCaffery is one of my very favorites. You should these series: The Sword of Truth - Terry Goodkind Crown of Stars - Kate Elliott Outlander - Diana Gabaldon All three of these series are awesome! I loved every one of them, and have even re-read them from time to time. You won't be disappointed, I promise. I also love the Harry Potter books and cannot wait till the next movie releases this summer = woo hoo! Hugs
@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
17 Apr 07
I know I read the Sword of Shannarra by Terry Goodkind. That was a long time ago though. I really enjoyed that one. I just never got a chance to read any more in the series, either the library didn't have them or I was interested in other things besides fantasy at the time. I go in spurts for different genres.
• United States
17 Apr 07
Right now I am reading the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series by George R.R. Martin and I love it! I can't say that I'm a fan of fantasy (but I can't say that I'm not a fan either, since I really haven't read that much of it) but a friend who IS into fantasy recommended this so I gave it a try. The books are in the fantasy category, but not so "out there" that they are hard to read if fantasy is not your thing. The characters are very deep and draw you right in. Lots of action and plot twists and turns.
@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
17 Apr 07
These sound interesting. I'll have to check them out :) Thanks for letting me know. I love fantasy. If you want to read some more I'd suggest the two I mentioned by Piers Anthony. Both are great fantasy series.
@MsTickle (25007)
• Australia
17 Apr 07
There are a few that come to mind but I don't know the name of the series. The authors & genres are Maggie Furey...fantasy. Janet Evanovitch....humour. The Elijah Bailey Novels....Isaac Asimov...sci-fi. James Herriott...humour, animals. I found the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles a bit heavy going but my favourite book of hers was The Mummy. The Da Vinci Code to me was a bit ordinary but the marketing was brilliant. Great post.
@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
17 Apr 07
Thanks :) I'm glad you liked it. I did ready the Mummy by her and it was good. I also liked the Witching Hour series. She has quite the imagination and gives some nice twists to things.
• United States
17 Apr 07
Wow! Some great ideas of books in there. I LOVED the Vampire Chronicles and also the Dragon Riders of Pern. I haven't read any of the others, but thanks for the great ideas! ;)
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
17 Apr 07
Oh you're very welcome. I hope you enjoy them. They are all a bit different but if you liked the Dragon Riders of Pern you would probably like both series by Piers Anthony. They are fantasy based.
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17 Apr 07
A few of my favourite series of books that haven't been mentioned so far are... The Rats Trilogy - James Herbert The Dark Tower - Stephen King Darren Shan Saga - Darren Shan I am at the moment on the forth book of The Vampire Chronicles and I have also read and enjoyed the Dollanganger and Casteel series by Virginia Andrews which have already been mentioned a few times.
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@Stiletto (4597)
17 Apr 07
I haven't read most of the books you've listed but I did love "The Vampire Chronicles" and I've also read quite a few of James Patterson's books which I enjoyed. I think I'm the only person in the Western world that hasn't read a Harry Potter book and knows nothing about them because I haven't even seen the movies either! I notice others have mentioned it but I would say "Lord Of The Rings" would be my recommendation and also "Little Women", "Good Wives" and "Jo's Boys" by Louisa M Alcott. I loved those books when I was growing up.
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• United States
17 Apr 07
You know me, all Harry Potter, all the time. I would, however, suggest the Dragonlance Chronicles and Legends from the same genre.
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@jeanena (1615)
• Bucklin, Kansas
17 Apr 07
I dont have anything to add you already had my favorite series in your list. Piers Anthony -Xanth series is awesome.well maybe check out the Jorian series by L'Sprague de Campe .
• India
17 Apr 07
i m not much into the reading thing bt i generally read sidney sheldon have read jeffrey archer for a while read chetan bhagats "five point someone" and "one night at callcenter" i've read dan browns da vinci code also read mr abdul kalams book wings of fire
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• Philippines
17 Apr 07
The Holy Bible is the best for all people, even if not Christians. There are many things that can be learned from it, any situation in life, any problem, there's always an answer there. I recommend that you should have the Holy Bible.
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