Reading and Writing

I finished my second novel today.

Unfortunately, I haven’t written the middle yet, or even most of the beginning, since I revised the plot after I realized that it resembled too many popular fantasy stories.

I wrote the last chapter of Isaac Phael’s story today, the one with the imagination-less person who gets a partial cure. I can’t tell you what I got for that yet, but just let me tell you… Never mind, I won’t tell you that either. So anyway, I must now go back and start writing the middle, then finally start editing. Maybe.

Guess what? I’ve got a lot of books that I think you should read if you like fantasy.* Let’s start a list, shall we? They shall not be in any particular order. If it is a series to be suggested, I shall write out the title of the first book only.

  • Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo. This has recently been reprinted in a new edition entitled merely The Gateway. This is by Obert Skye. Also by him is the Pillogy, the first book being Pillage, about dragons. Very good.
  • Fablehaven. This series gets better as it goes on, but it is still extremely good at the start. By Brandon Mull.
  • The Fire Within, by Chris D’Lacey. This is true hardcore fantasy; where the author tampers with parallel universes, time travel, worlds where imagination rules life, and dragons and their darker counterparts. What is also interesting in this first book is where the main character writes a book, then everything he wrote happens to him. Fun, eh?
  • The Amulet of Samarkand. This is the first in the Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud. This book is quite funny, utilizing footnotes, sarcastic narration and a half protagonist, half antagonist. It is very interesting in its plot, portraying the hunger for power so common in the world. The other books by this author are not so great as the original trilogy.
  • Chosen, by Ted Dekker. This is speculative fantasy, and quite good at that.
  • Fall of a Kingdom, by Hilari Bell. This wasn’t the best series all in all, but it caught me up as it neared the end. Its story mimics the conquest of Rome through Arabic countries (or maybe Persian. I can’t tell.) Not exactly for younger readers, as it contains a few choice words here and there.
  • The Door Within, by Wayne Thomas Batson. This is also speculative, and is great all through. The author has a childish style, tending to use too many useless jokes (the kind that little kids use and adults feel compelled to laugh at for fear of hurting the kid’s feelings) and exclamation points, but the story is great.
  • Ranger’s Apprentice; The Ruins of Gorlan, by John Flanagan. This is a great story, funny and adventurous, and brilliantly written. The characters are vivid and humorous as they interact with each other. Very good.
  • Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke. This is good. Very good. Very very good. This book is writing like you see in classics like War and Peace, where unbelievable twists throw you off your guard. It is mainly showing what a book would be like if it got out of the hands of the author. I love it.

I can’t think of much else at the present, though I might write later posts adding on to this list. I’ve given my suggestions– it’s your turn. What do I need to read?

*I will not include either the Lord of the Rings or the Chronicles of Narnia, since if you like fantasy, you probably have read those. Also I shall leave out Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus; Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle; and Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series, though they are all good.

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  1. These sound great!
    The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede are really good, but they’re aimed toward younger kids. The Graveyard Book By Neil Gaiman is… well, there aren’t really any words to describe it, other than weird. But it’s good nonetheless.

    • And congrats on *finishing* Isaac!

      • Thank you! I’m still writing– I’ve gotten Isaac to give up Feiron for the purpose of telling his brother about the imminent doom of the known worlds. Of course, it was hard for Isaac to let him go, but it was necessary. Feiron’s purpose was sort of filled.

    • Patricia C Wrede… that name rings a bell. Ah, yes; she was the author of the Star Wars books, the ones based off the movies. I know this because I was probably the only Star Wars fan who read the books before he saw the movies. Thanks for the suggestions!

  2. Erin

     /  January 19, 2012

    Thanks for making this list! Besides for Ranger’s Apprentice and Inkheart, I haven’t read any of those books yet.
    The Princess Bride by William Goldman. If you get through those couple 50 to 100 page chapters, it’s a really good and humorous book. Also, Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. Yes, definitely Poison Study.


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