July 23rd, 2007

The Librarian

What To Read Next? Meme

Swiped from libwitch     ...

Once the shock of reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for the fifth time in a row wears off, some readers may be wondering what they can read next. So why not start a meme of suggestions?


1. You must copy and paste the directions, rules, and the list so far into your blog and then add three (and only three) books to the list.

2. These three book must NOT already be on the list so far. They must be fantasy or science fictional in nature that those who enjoyed Harry Potter may also enjoy. You must provide your name and a link to your blog and/or website so that people may contact you to ask for more information about the books, if they want. They must be books that you have actually read yourself.

3. You cannot recommend a series; instead, recommend the first book in the series. Terry Pratchett's Discworld would NOT be considered a series; but Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time would. Use your best judgment about whether you're recommending a series or not.

4. You must label the books as either YA (young adult, suitable for the younger fans of Harry Potter) or A (adult, suitable for the not-so-younger fans of Harry Potter). Please be clear about this. It will be understood that anything labelled YA is also recommended for A.

5. If you are an author, you CANNOT recommend your own books. (You can however hound your friends into recommending your books.)

6. Providing a link to information about the books you are recommending is optional.

And here's the list so far:

JLS jlsjlsjls   recommends:
Hmmmm ... let's play the visual side of things (these are all bookstyle graphics).  Probably all A by the definition above ...

1. Fables: Legends in Exile, by Bill Willingham.  Refugees from the worlds of fairy tale and folklore have taken shelter in New York City, where they simultaneously try not to be noticed by the local "mundies" and plan to someday defeat the Adversary and return to their Homelands.

2.  Mage: the Hero Discovered, by Matt Wagner.  Kevin Matchstick is an ordinary guy, leading an ordinary, if lonely, life.  Until he discovers that he's the reincarnation of King Arthur (and Excalibur is now a baseball bat)

3.  Boneyard, volume one ('fraid the volumes don't have unique titles), by Richard Moore.  Michael Paris has just inherited some property from the grandfather he hasn't seen since he was a kid.  When he travels to the town of Raven's Hollow to view this prime piece of real estate, he discovers it's a cemetery.  With rather unusual tenants.

Sammy  libwitchrecommends:
(All are YA novels with some magic, first of a series, and high adult crossovers).

1. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. (YA) A wonderful mix of high technology, magic and adventure, featuring a teenage genius and his bodyguard/butler.
2. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. A new look at Alice in Wonderland, featuring political intrigue, assassins, warfare, and enough the original story to appeal to both adult and teens alike. (YA)
3. Arabat by Clive Barker. Journey with Candy as she enters a new world a discovers the wonders and horrors that awair her there...(YA)

Jennifer Dunne jennifer_dunne  recommends:
1. Piers Anthony, A Spell for Chameleon (YA)
2. Mercedes Lackey, Magic's Pawn (teen)
3. Jane Lindskold, Through a Wolf's Eyes (A)

Three stories of young misfits who discover their true purpose and power, and save the world.

Alex Jay Berman alexjay  recommends:
1. Alma Alexander's Worldweavers (YA)--about learning magic despite yourself; despite being a bust at being he seventh child of a seventh child, and what a Potterhead would call a "Muggle".
2. Diane Duane's So You Want to be a Wizard (YA)--a very up-to-date, very American take on the schooling of new wizards and their first clashes with Evil. Perhaps even better than the Potter books for young adults, as it offers a very good reason why Evil exists and continues to exist. (first in a trilogy)
3. Either Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow or Italo Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (very much A)--we've already got them hooked on the drug of reading with Potter; now it's time for them to start mainlining the hard stuff ...

(Kidding on that last, of course ...)

Patricia Bray pbrayrecommends:
1. Diana Wynne Jones's Charmed Life (YA)
2. Susan Cooper's Over Sea, Under Stone (YA)
3. Lloyd Alexander's The Book of Three (YA)

Patricia's picks are books that are marketed as YA, but that she first read and enjoyed as an adult. Much like the Harry Potter books, come to think of it.

Janni Lee Simner jannirecommends:
1. Lene Kaaberbol's The Shamer's Daughter (YA)
2. Robin McKinley's The Blue Sword (YA)
3. Tamora Pierce's The Magic in the Weaving (Circle of Magic, Book 1) (YA)

(All books that are, one way or another, about learning magic.)

Joshua Palmatier jpsorrowrecommends:
1. S.C. Butler's Reiffen's Choice (YA)
2. Jim Hines' Goblin Quest (YA)
3. Patricia Bray's The First Betrayal (A)