Good book as addicting as Harry Potter?

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  1. kinkster macrumors 6502a

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    Iv been off reading books for awhile, and I'm looking for something that I can really get immersed in. Something that I don't have to force myself to read.

    Any recommendations?
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    You should give us an idea of your age, interests, etc.
    Otherwise, you will be all over the place

    If you are young and female, the Twilight Series
    If you are a guy and like it darker and deeper, Ann Rice's Vampire series
    If you like science fiction, Ender's Game and sequels
    If you like detective stuff, Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series
    If you like really good stuff, Pat Conroy's books

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  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Hey! :mad: Okay, yeah, I do essentially act young and female. :eek: I might as well stop arguing this point. :(

    If you really like Harry Potter as fantasy, some of the great classics of series fantasy might be worth looking at -- even if you've read Tolkien, have you read the Prydain Chronicles (from the 60s), the Chronicles of Narnia (from the 50s), perhaps the Bromeliad (from the 90s) and so on? Even for that matter a few of Mercedes Lackey's books are not half bad ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes_Lackey ). She's definitely a bit geeky in the fantasy sense (I read this a while ago) but she was actually also fairly progressive -- like the Last Herald Mage trilogy of books follows a gay main character.
     
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  5. kinkster thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    16 and male, but I can read "adult level" books or w/e

    Philip Pullmans books and 1984 are some other favorites of mine.
     
  6. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Well, I am old and male, and I read them too, but the target is teen girls :eek:

    You might want to try Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash as well
    I loved Cryptonomicon, but others complain about it


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    i was quite impressed with stephen king's "the dark tower" series.
     
  8. sthursby macrumors member

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    Big shout out to George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series (first book: A Game of Thrones)
     
  9. OutThere macrumors 603

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    The Da Vinci Code is an immersive and straightforward page turner.
     
  10. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    This is a good suggestion :).

    Another good series to read if you are into science fantasy are the Raymond E Feist Riftwar Saga. Magician is the first and it's a wonderful stand alone book to read. A real page-turner :).
     
  11. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Didn't care for it :rolleyes:

    For sci fi you can also consider Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein

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  12. steve knight macrumors 68020

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    the shanara series by terry brooks. he has levers series that are good like magic kingdom sold and a few others.
    James Patterson angel series is good to.
     
  13. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    Fahrenheit 451 is similar to 1984. A very excellent, immersive read.

    A Brave New World also deals with some similar themes and is a good read.
     
  14. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    Tamora Pierce - even though she is supposedly a YA author her books are a lot darker and longer than what you expect.
    Awesome reads. Especially the Beka Cooper series.
     
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    I personally find Dan Brown to be a great writer.
     
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    According to the German Comedy Ambassador in Great Britain - Henning Wehn - you should read a "proper" book: The Berlin Yellow Pages :)
    See here (starting around 7:30):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTpoEe9CojY
     
  17. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    To each his own, I only read the Da Vinci Code was underwhelmed
    I find Pat Conroy a great writer

    I just finished Gorky Park
    Now THAT was a great book

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  18. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    Fixed that for ya ;)

    Enders Game is amazing. I just finished Xenocide for the 4th time. Its such a beautiful and amazing book.
     
  19. twistedlegato macrumors 65816

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    The Da Vinci Code was subpar, but Angels and Demons was excellent.

    I can't wait for his new book, The Lost Symbol :)
     
  20. Swiss Apple macrumors member

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    Is "addicting" an American English term? I've never heard it before :confused:
     
  21. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    It's an everywhere English term.;)
    Yes it is a standard form inside the US. A more common form outside of the states is addictive.
     
  22. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    What about the "True Blood Series" books. I really liked the Shanara series also.

    Lord of the Rings maybe.
     
  23. spaceboots06 macrumors 6502a

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    Or if you want to read something that actually has substance and wasn't written by a snotty crackpot try,

    http://www.amazon.com/Pastoralia-George-Saunders/dp/1573228729

    or

    http://www.amazon.com/Blind-Watchma...=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249777534&sr=1-1

    Both books I bought for my own entertainment and didn't put either of them down until I finished them. Of course people are going to "boo" at the latter, but the former was truly written by a genius. Probably the best short story writer of our time.
     
  24. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    op are you only into scifi stuff?

    if you like adventure novels, clive cussler is really good
     
  25. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I really enjoyed Diamond Age. I thought it was really thoughtful.

    Does the Shannara series ever end? I read a few of those books when I was a kid and, while they were really good (I liked the one where one of the main characters was an outcast Elven girl... her name was Amberle or something like that... erm, Elfstones of Shannara I think), I just ultimately got tired of reading the series.

    Similar issue with Robert Jordan's books except I didn't even make it through half a book. :eek:

    Now to all the points of reading beyond F&SF... there's a world of amazing literary fiction out there. But the structure is different. Literary fiction doesn't come in 700 page novels and it doesn't come in six book epic sagas. But to be honest, I dropped F&SF (literally for years until I read Twilight) and didn't much look back.
     

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