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Any other fantasy buffs care to share their favorite authors?
Or were you looking for something in another genre? :) If so, can't really help there.
Also, Jennifer Robinson (or Roberson?) the Tiger & Dell novels, there are 4 that are good, the 5th one isn't as good, but still OK. (or is it 3 that are good, and the 4th is mediocre?)
Also, 11 is a perfect age for a first reading of Kipling's "Puck of Pook's Hill" and "Rewards and Fairies". It is absolutely delightful to read them across the years and understand more and more of the characters and situations.
Also... Edith Nesbit's "Five Children and It" is hilarious.
[edited by: vmcknight at 8:39 pm (utc) on July 1, 2003]
Chronicles of Narnia. I think I read the whole set at least 7 or 8 times through, and my favorites out of it more times than that.
The LOTR trilogy, definite yes. Hobbit first though.
I also used to ADORE The Wizard of Oz series. It's so absurd and fun... might be a bit "young" compared to Mr. Potter, but they're really fun books.
Though seriously, I would wait till Mr. Jordan finishes writing the Wheel of Time, at this point, rather than start, read all ten books, and then have to wait another two years for the next book, and another two years till the last one (he said repeatedly it'll be 12 books, but I'll not believe it till it's over at this point - been reading the series since I was 14, about 12 or so years ago.)
I also must endorse Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising series. It was good. I reread it recently and now that I've actually studied medieval celtic mythology I'm not as taken with it as I was then, but it's great when you're starting out. Not too dark or scary, despite the title; engagingly written, and really fascinating.
Harry Potter was a bit fluffy, and quite predictable. Good read, but...
Susan Cooper's not so predictable, and Tolkien's by no accounts whatsoever fluffy in the slightest.
But they're great series, and fabulous foundations of literary knowledge. if you're into the genre at all. Outside of the genre I don't remember much of what I read. ;-)
yeah - the waiting sucks - I only just discovered Mr Jordan last summer and read the first nine books back to back to back....I'd never done any reasearch on it so I had no idea there was a tenth book in the works until I was closing in on the end of nine and nothing was resolving
Imagine the suffering those of us who've been waiting more than a decade have gone through. :(
However, the size & scope of what Robert Jordan has done in that series can't be ignored, the way I see it, he has redefined 'epic' fantasy like nobody else since JRR Tolkein. :)
Of course, I'm a huge fan, so the above is way out of tune with 'actual reality' and only represents my skewed perception of such 'reality'.
LoTR: Great books. I read them when I was 20 for the first time, and absolutely loved them - I had tried to read "The Hobbit" when I was younger, but just couldn't get into it. I guess it just wasn't the right time for me to read them.
Also, Madeliene L'Engle is pretty good. I liked "A Wrinkle In Time" and "A Wind In the Door" better than some of her other ones, though.
Ursula K. LeGuin's Earthsea Trilogy (with a 4th book, written in the last 5 years or so) are also really good. I think the second one, "The Tombs of Atuan" is my favorite of these.