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2008 Favorite Books

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Yep, it's that time of year, when I foist on you my list of the books I enjoyed most in 2008. Some of them I've already mentioned, some not. And if my codes or spacing comes out goofy, I hope you'll forgive me. I have had a mean nasty cold that turned into something like strep throat last week, so my head is a little spaced. Just let me know if I mess up and I'll try to fix it!

Tammy Pierce's 2008 Favorite Books, behind the cut


YA = teen readers (12+)
(ah) = alt. history
(b) = of interest to boys
(c) = contemporary
(f) = fantasy
(gn) = graphic novel
(hi) = historical
(hr) = horror
(m) = middle reader
(nf) = nonfiction
(sf) = science fiction
(th) = thriller

YA/Teen (and some middle reader) books

Alexander, Alma -- SPELLSPAM (f)
Bodeen, S. A. -- THE COMPOUND (c)
Bunce, Elizabeth C. -- A CURSE DARK AS GOLD (f)
Cashore, Kristin -- GRACELING (f)
Castellucci, Cecil -- THE QUEEN OF COOL (c)
Chima, Cinda Williams -- WIZARD HEIR, THE (f)(b)
Clare, Cassandra -- CITY OF ASHES, CITY OF BONES (f)
Clement-Davies, David -- THE TELLING POOL (f)(b)
Collins, Suzanne -- HUNGER GAMES, THE (sf)(b)
Connor, Leslie -- WAITING FOR NORMAL (c)
Cornish, D. M. -- LAMPLIGHTER (f)(b)
Coville, Bruce -- DARK WHISPERS (f)
Davidson, Jenny -- EXPLOSIONIST, THE (f)
Delaney, Joseph -- REVENGE OF THE WITCH (f)(b)
Doctorow, Corey -- LITTLE BROTHER (sf)(b)
Durst, Sarah Beth -- OUT OF THE WILD (f)
Ferraiolo, Jack D. -- THE BIG SPLASH (c)(b)
Flanagan, John -- BATTLE FOR SKANDIA, THE; BURNING BRIDGE, THE; ICEBOUND LAND, THE; RUINS OF GORLAN, THE; SORCERER OF THE NORTH, THE (f)(b)
Fletcher, Charlie -- IRONHAND, STONEHEART (f)(b)
Flinn, Alex -- BEASTLY (f)
Friesner, Esther -- NOBODY’S PRIZE (f)
Gaiman, Neil -- GRAVEYARD BOOK, THE (f)(b)
Galante, Cecilia -- HERSHEY HERSELF, THE PATRON SAINT OF BUTTERFLIES (c)
Goodman, Alison -- EON: DRAGONEYE REBORN (f)(b)
Grimly, Gris -- BORIS AND BELLA (f)(picture book); WHERE MADNESS REIGNS: the art of Gris Grimley (nf)
Haddix, Margaret P -- UPRISING (hi)
Harris, Joanne -- RUNEMARKS (f)
Harrison, Mette Ivie -- PRINCESS & THE HOUND, THE (f)
Ibbotson, Eva -- COUNTESS BELOW STAIRS, A; SONG FOR SUMMER, A (hi)
Jones. Diana Wynne -- CHARMED LIFE (f) (xth reading)
Link. Kelly -- PRETTY MONSTERS (f) (short storiesl)
Malley, Gemma -- DECLARATION, THE (sf)
Marr, Melissa -- INK EXCHANGE (f)Mature readers_
McNish, Cliff -- ANGEL (f); BREATHE (hr); THE SILVER CHILD; THE SILVER CITY; THE SILVER WORLD (sf)
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert -- PRINCESS BEN (f)
Ness, Patrick -- KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO, THE (f)(b)
Nimmo, Jenny -- GRIFFIN’S CASTLE (f)
Pearson, Mary E. -- ADORATION OF JENNA FOX, THE (sf)
Pfeffer, Susan Beth -- DEAD AND THE GONE, THE (sf)
Pixley, Marcella -- FREAK (c)
Plummer, Louise -- FINDING DADDY (c)
Plum-Ucci, Carol -- STREAMS OF BABEL (sf)(b)
Pullman, Philip -- ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE NORTH (f)(b)
Roberts, Judson -- DRAGONS FROM THE SEA (hi)
Schlitz, Laura Amy -- DROWNED MAIDEN’S HAIR, A (hi); GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES! (medieval monologues)
Scott, Michael -- THE ALCHEMYST (f)(b)
Sedgwick, Marcus -- MY SWORD HAND IS SINGING (hr)(b)
Service, Pamela -- YESTERDAY’S MAGIC (f)(b)
Shaw, Susan -- BOY IN THE BASEMENT, THE (2nd reading) (c)
Shusterman, Neal -- UNWIND (sf)(b)
Singleton, Linda Joy -- DEAD GIRL WALKING (f)
Trueman, Terry -- CRUISE CONTROL (c)
Ursu, Anne -- THE SHADOW THIEVES (mr)(f)(b)
Vaught, Susan -- STORMWITCH (f)
Wasserman, Robin -- SKINNED (sf)
Werlin, Nancy -- IMPOSSIBLE (f)
Weyn, Suzanne -- BAR CODE TATTOO, THE (sf)
Wiess, Laura -- SUCH A PRETTY GIRL (c)
Wittlinger, Ellen -- PARROTFISH (c)
Yeomans, Ellen -- RUBBER HOUSES (c, verse)
Yolen, Jane & Coville, Bruce -- ARMAGEDDON SUMMER (2nd reading) (c)
Yolen, Jane & Stemple, Adam -- PAY THE PIPER (f)


Adult books

Aaron, Jason (writer), Guera, R.M. (ill.)(gn)Mature readers
SCALPED 1: Indian Country; SCALPED 2: Casino Boogie
Aaron ,Jason (writer), Stewart, Cameron (ill.) (gn)Mature readers
OTHERSIDE
Anderson, Barth -- MAGICIAN AND THE FOOL, THE(f)
Azzarello, Brian (writer), Risso, Eduardo (ill.) (gn)Mature readers
100 BULLETS: 1st Shot, Last Call
Beagle, Peter S. -- LINE BETWEEN, THE (collection)
Bear, Greg -- QUANTICO(sf)
Box, C.J. -- BLUE HEAVEN(th)
Cagin, Seth & Dray, Philip -- WE ARE NOT AFRAID(nf)
Chabon, Michael -- GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD (hi)(b)
Connolly, John -- THE REAPERS(th)
Eckerly, Pete -- APOCALYPSE STONE, THE(th)
Evans, Bill & Jameson, Marianna -- CATEGORY 7(th)
Faust, Cynthia -- MONEY SHOT(th)
Fielding, Joy -- HEARTSTOPPER(th)
Franklin, Ariana -- MISTRESS OF THE ART OF DEATH; SERPENT’S TALE, THE(th)
Goodman, Alison -- KILLING THE RABBIT(th)
Greer, Germaine -- THE FEMALE EUNUCH (nf) (3rd reading)
Gregory, Philippa -- THE BOLEYN INHERITANCE(hi)
Grisham, John -- LAST JUROR, THE; PAINTED HOUSE, A; RUNAWAY JURY, THE; TIME TO KILL, A (th)
Harris, Charlaine -- DEAD UNTIL DARK (f) (2nd reading)
Hayes, Jonathan -- PRECIOUS BLOOD(th)
Hecht, Daniel -- PUPPETS(th)
Heyer, Georgette (xth time readings), (hi) -- DEVIL’S CUB, THE; SPRIG MUSLIN; VENETIA
Kay, Guy Gavriel (f)(4th reading of series) -- LONGEST ROAD, THE; SUMMER TREE, THE; WANDERING FIRE, THE
Kellerman, Jonathan -- OBSESSION(th)
Ketchum, Jack -- GIRL NEXT DOOR, THE(th)
King, Laurie -- A DARKER PLACE; TOUCHSTONE(th)
Komunyakaa, Yusef -- DIEN CAI DAU (poetry) (nobody faint)
Krakauer, Jon -- UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN (nf)
Lippman, Laura -- WHAT THE DEAD KNOW(th)
Logan, Chuck (th) -- AFTER THE RAIN (2nd reading); HOME FRONT (3rd reading); BIG LAW, THE; PRICE OF BLOOD, THE; VAPOR TRAIL (2nd reading)
Monette, Sarah & Bear, Elizabeth(f)Mature readers -- COMPANION TO WOLVES, A
Moore-Emmett, Andrea -- GOD’S BROTHEL(nf)
Munroe, Jim (writer), Salgood, Sam (ill.) (gn) -- THEREFORE, REPENT!
Olsen, Gregg -- CRUEL DECEPTIONS(nf); A COLD, DARK PLACE (th); A WICKED SNOW(th) (2nd reading)
Parker, Robert (th) -- CEREMONY (xth reading); GOD SAVE THE CHILD (xth reading)
Parker, T. Jefferson -- STORM RUNNERS(th)
Picoult, Jodi -- CHANGE OF HEART(c)
Shinn, Sharon -- FORTUNE AND FATE(f)
Simone, Gail (writer), Caldwell, Talent (ill.)(gn) -- GEN 13: Best of a Bad Lot
Slaughter, Karin -- BEYOND REACH(th)
Staub, Wendi Corsi -- IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE (th) (2nd reading)
Thomas, Ross -- FOOLS IN TOWN, THE(th)(xth reading)
Walton, Jo -- HALF A CROWN; HA’PENNY(ah)
Weir, Alison -- INNOCENT TRAITOR (hi)
Whedon, Joss (writer), Jeanty, Georges (ill.)(gn) -- BUFFY: the Long Way Home
Willingham, Bill (writer) & var. illus. (gn) -- FABLES 9: Sons of Empire; FABLES 10: The Good Prince
Wilson, G. Willow (writer) & Perker M.K. (artist) (gn) -- CAIRO



I hope you didn't go insane, what with the abbreviations and the lj-cut! So here it is, and I've already started on next year's books. So much to read, so little time. I hope you found something good. Feel free to ask. I can't promise I'll remember everything--for everything on this list, there are three or four books I didn't like--but I'll do my best to be of help!

Here's to a 2009 full of interesting books!

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jmeadows
Jan. 2nd, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
I've been eyeing those Alma Alexander books for a while but haven't yet picked one up. I take it you've read them all and enjoyed them?
tammypierce
Jan. 3rd, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
I've been eyeing those Alma Alexander books for a while but haven't yet picked one up

I've read the first two--if the third's out, I haven't gotten my hands on it yet. I really like them. She weaves magic and computer technology in a genuinely unique and believable way. She even has a character who has an allergy to magic. The restrictions the adults place on the kids are realistic, as are the methods the kids employ to get around the restrictions.

I feel like I'm not putting it well, but I felt like this was a book that might well be taking place in our world, that these are people and situations I could recognize. I totally got wrapped up.
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thelasteddis
Jan. 2nd, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
I loved the Princess and the Hound! That was an awesome book. And I seriously loved the cover, for some reason. Maybe because my dog (who we had to put down a few years ago) had those same eyes.
tammypierce
Jan. 3rd, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
I loved the Princess and the Hound!

The story was not at all what I thought it would be! And the cover is so gorgeous, especially if you love big dogs, as I do!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 2nd, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
Those books look great. Too bad I am at the end of my school break, so I won't have time to read most of them. :(
tammypierce
Jan. 3rd, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
Too bad I am at the end of my school break, so I won't have time to read most of them.

There's spring break, and summer, and weekends, yes? All is not lost, surely?
wirelesstouch
Jan. 3rd, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
Yay! This is definitely helpful in finding books to read.
tammypierce
Jan. 3rd, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
This is definitely helpful in finding books to read.

I live to serve. Also to help fellow reading addicts! ;-)
laureen_kreen
Jan. 3rd, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
Yay a list! I always hate looking for books because I never know if they are any good, I prefer going off someone elses' recommendations. Hurray! :D
tammypierce
Jan. 3rd, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
I prefer going off someone elses' recommendations.

If you want details, just ask!
amor_demi_alma
Jan. 3rd, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
So glad to see "Parrotfish" on here; that made me smile.
Also Bruce Coville's name. I'm the biggest fan of Full Cast Audio EVER. :D
tammypierce
Jan. 3rd, 2009 05:08 am (UTC)
Also Bruce Coville's name. I'm the biggest fan of Full Cast Audio EVER.

Yeah, I kinda like those people, too.

Actually, you reminded me! I have to put DARK WHISPERS up there--I read it, or he read it to me, as he was writing it!
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phdelicious
Jan. 3rd, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
Oooh, this is totally going in the memories for the next time I need suggestions for new reading material. Thanks.
eddly_ness
Jan. 3rd, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
I love that you have a number of Graphic Novels in your list... I don't feel that graphic novels, as a media are given enough serious attention by many people... and I truly adore them.
tammypierce
Jan. 4th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
I don't feel that graphic novels, as a media are given enough serious attention by many people...

They're getting more attention now as an art form (Shaun Tan's ARRIVAL picked up a number of awards last year, like Alison Bechdel's FUN HOME the year before, and Gene Luen Yang's AMERICAN BORN CHINESE). I could be wrong, but I think all three of these were up for the National Book Award, which is pretty serious attention, and other awards and "best of" lists have followed.

Also, with the drive to get more boys reading, teachers and librarians are turning to graphic novels, because the high action content appeals to guys.

I love them, too, but then, you noticed that!
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jkatkina
Jan. 3rd, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
If you're interested in some more graphic novel goodness, you should give Pride of Baghdad a read. It's beautiful, and it's about lions, so double win.
tammypierce
Jan. 4th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
you should give Pride of Baghdad a read.

I did--it was on my list last year! It's such a splendid book!
smoooom
Jan. 3rd, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Here's to a 2009 with a Bloodhound in it!!!!!

APRIL 29th here we come (Not that I'm excited about it or anything)
tammypierce
Jan. 4th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
(Not that I'm excited about it or anything)

So am I!
sammyiam
Jan. 3rd, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Still waiting for George RR Martin to finish A Dance of Dragons, his next book in A Song of Ice and Fire. In the mean time, I'm reading the Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone by Greg Keyes. :) I love these lists! There's so many good books, it's always so hard to choose where to go next.
tammypierce
Jan. 4th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
I'm reading the Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone by Greg Keyes.

Isn't that a great series? I've got the third, but I found I have to go back and re-read the first two to get into it, so I'm trying to whittle down my stacks of thinner books first.

I love these lists!

Thanks! I love sharing books I like!
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lovelylies
Jan. 3rd, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
Have you read Micheal Scott's second one yet then? The Magician? Just as good and leaves you wanting soooo much more! I simply can not wait for the third!
tammypierce
Jan. 4th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Have you read Micheal Scott's second one yet then?

No--it's sitting on the pile of thicker books while I whittle down the pile of thinner ones. I really should get to it, shouldn't I?!
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clairey_l
Jan. 3rd, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
Wow, that's a lot of books!

How I long for the day when I have enough money to buy my own personal library *sigh*

Have you read any of the Atremis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer? I nearly got to see him this year at comiccon and then got side-tracked by Doctor Who/Torchwood pannels...
tammypierce
Jan. 4th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's a lot of books!

It could have been worse--I could have included the ones I didn't like! 8X

Have you read any of the Atremis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer?

I just can't get into them. THE SUPERNATURALISTS was okay, but the Artemis Fowl books just don't grab me. My taste takes weird jumps, though, so you can't go by what I don't like.
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(Anonymous)
Jan. 3rd, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
Wow! These look like great books! And a very comprehensive list, I might add. =)
I just wanted to suggest these awesome books I stumbled upon via Jennie Breeden's website the other week: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews and sequel, Magic Burns - both very good, if not exactly PG. Talk about a kick-butt heroine! And, lest you be deceived by the title, it isn't some half-baked vampire love story. =) Anyway, just thought I'd add my two cents for anybody willing to listen.
Happy New Year!
tammypierce
Jan. 4th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews and sequel, Magic Burns - both very good, if not exactly PG.

PG I don't care about if the story's good. Hm--I'll keep an eye open, since I usually like Jennie's taste!

A very happy New Year to you!
beatlelove927
Jan. 3rd, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
I was expecting 4 or 5 books, titles, authors. I got a 2009 reading list. Thanks!

But there is one series I know know KNOW you'd enjoyed because... everyone does? The first one is the Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner. Please read it!
tammypierce
Jan. 3rd, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
I read it years ago, silly! These are just the books from last year that I liked!
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luckybeat
Jan. 3rd, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
Knights of Cydonia is one of my favorite songs of all time. Ah, you have excellent taste, and you write good books. Such a wonderful combination!
tammypierce
Jan. 3rd, 2009 05:01 am (UTC)
Ah, you have excellent taste, and you write good books. Such a wonderful combination!

::blush::
agentclaudia
Jan. 3rd, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
"Dead Until Dark" is great... as are the next three books in the series (the only ones I've read) and that weird HBO show they made of it ("True Blood").

I did not know there was a book about Buffy! I'll have to read it once I'm done watching the rest of the series...

You have *NO* idea how glad I am *NOT* to see bloody "Breaking Dawn" on this list. (I've been wondering for ages if you've read those books and what your thoughts on them are if so... every time I run into serious fans of the series my first thought is literally "Man, I would love to beat these people to death with a Lioness Quartet hardcover boxed set." Except I haven't found one yet, only paperbacks.)

...Yes, I'm overly concerned with vampires.
tammypierce
Jan. 4th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
"Dead Until Dark" is great... as are the next three books in the series (the only ones I've read) and that weird HBO show they made of it ("True Blood").

I actually read the first five Sookie Stackhouse books back when they were first published, so DEAD UNTIL DARK was a re-read for me--I just did it so I could compare what I was seeing on "True Blood." Yep, I watched that whole first season, scratching my head all the way through. I'm still not sure if I like it, though I love the theme song and have it on my iPod.

I did not know there was a book about Buffy! I'll have to read it once I'm done watching the rest of the series...

It's a graphic novel, six of the combined comic books, with Joss Whedon cowriting. I figure, with Whedon writing, they have to be good!

You have *NO* idea how glad I am *NOT* to see bloody "Breaking Dawn" on this list. (I've been wondering for ages if you've read those books and what your thoughts on them are if so...

I couldn't get through the first book, so my thoughts aren't particularly relevant. My problem doesn't even exactly relate to the series. I burned out on multiple, detailed descriptions of "outfits" with Laurell K. Hamilton, and when a writer does a few too many of those, I bail. That's what happened to me and TWILIGHT. I couldn't get through the first book because of that, and I really wanted to, because so many of my fans are Meyer fans. I wanted to be able to talk about the books with them, but when you can't read them . . .

every time I run into serious fans of the series my first thought is literally "Man, I would love to beat these people to death with a Lioness Quartet hardcover boxed set.

LOL!!

...Yes, I'm overly concerned with vampires.

I had a stage of vampire mania in my early thirties, to the point that I almost never read vampire books now. I read Anne Rice's INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE, which changed vampire fiction, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's St. Germain novels (up to about book 5), and Fred Saberhagen's Dracula books (I actually just re-read THE HOLMES-DRACULA FILE, and enjoyed it as much as ever). And I read Anita Blake and Sookie Stackhouse, Stephen King's SALEM'S LOT, and I forget what-all else. By the time I was done reading (and writing radio plays) about vampires, I was burned out on the subject. If you're looking for more books, though, you could try some of those and see if you like them.

What about Rachel Caine's GLASS HOUSES and sequels--the Morganville Vampires books. Do you like those? I liked the first one.
snugglycuddles
Jan. 3rd, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
Impressive list! I wish I could still get through that many books in a year :-)

Since I can't, could you perhaps recommend 4-5 books on your list that stood out above all others?
tammypierce
Jan. 4th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
could you perhaps recommend 4-5 books on your list that stood out above all others?

Kristin Cashore's GRACELING
Joanne Harris's RUNEMARKS
Suzanne Collins's THE HUNGER GAMES
Alison Goodman's EON: DRAGONEYE REBORN
Neal Shusterman's UNWIND
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kody_boye
Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
Have you read Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road'? I think it came out in 2008, but I can't be sure. I'm developing teenage Alzheimers or something, because I can't seem to remember anything. (That, or I'm buzzed on Pepsi Max.)

And I have to agree with you on Ketchum's The Girl Next Door. I've only read one of his other books-- Red --but I like his style.

I need to get into the reading more. I had planned on finishing The Catcher in the Rye tonight, but writing gets in the way (as well as sending out fiction and poetry submissions.) -_-
tammypierce
Jan. 4th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road'?

Oh my, no. Cormac McCarthy is suspiciously like literature, and I try to avoid literature unless someone sneaks it past me. :-)
I'm not entirely joking.

The books don't have to be published in 2008; I just have to have read them in 2008. I tend to read a lot of new books each year because I can afford to! Although my accountant is frowning at me and talking about budgets, and my business manager is making agreement noises, which I think means my book spending is about to be curtailed some.

And I have to agree with you on Ketchum's The Girl Next Door. I've only read one of his other books-- Red --but I like his style.

You are a serious reader! That book made me cringe, and I've been reading crime fiction and nonfiction for thirty years!

I need to get into the reading more. I had planned on finishing The Catcher in the Rye tonight, but writing gets in the way (as well as sending out fiction and poetry submissions.)

Writing and sending out are very important (you go!), but don't neglect the reading. It feeds the writing beast!
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writing_freak88
Jan. 3rd, 2009 07:54 am (UTC)
I was wondering, Tammy--or anyone, really--if you have read the Twilight saga and what you think of them. Personally, I don't like them, but I know plenty of people who do.

Oh, please may I not have just started some sort of posting war...
tammypierce
Jan. 4th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
if you have read the Twilight saga and what you think of them.

Forgive me for copying over a comment I just made to someone else, but I don't think I could re-say it any better:

I couldn't get through the first book, so my thoughts aren't particularly relevant. My problem doesn't even exactly relate to the series. I burned out on multiple, detailed descriptions of "outfits" with Laurell K. Hamilton, and when a writer does a few too many of those, I bail. That's what happened to me and TWILIGHT. I couldn't get through the first book because of that, and I really wanted to, because so many of my fans are Meyer fans. I wanted to be able to talk about the books with them, but when you can't read them . . .

I can't criticize what I haven't read, beyond that. I don't read much in the way of romances, which is what the story was shaping to be, and I burned out on vampires back in the 80s. (Long story.) So I haven't had any driving need to try the other books, and there are other books I want to spend my money on, like this really cool samurai coffee table book that costs as much as three of the Meyer titles!
aryatai
Jan. 3rd, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
Have you tried Diane Setterfield's [i]The Thirteenth Tale[/i]? Brilliant book - plot, character, and general writing. It's written by an academic in French literature, so the style's a little interesting.
tammypierce
Jan. 4th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Have you tried Diane Setterfield's [i]The Thirteenth Tale[/i]

I haven't even heard of it before now. What's it about?
lioness17
Jan. 3rd, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
I love love LOVE The Warrior Heir/The Wizard Heir/The Dragon Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. A great mix of magic and an in depth cast of characters. I thought they were very well written.

I'm also a Jodi Picoult fan. A friend of mine read A Change of Heart but I haven't read it yet. I did read My Sister's Keeper (amazing) and Plain Truth (a very good inside look at Amish culture) which I really enjoyed. There are other ones on here that I've looked at and maybe will get around to reading, now that someone has advocated in their favour :)
azvolrien
Jan. 3rd, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
You know there's a third book in the Stoneheart series now? Silvertongue, I think it's called. It's been out for a while now, but maybe not in America.

I read the Eon book last weekend. It's called Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye over here. I liked the worldbuilding; I've not seen many fantasies based on Ancient China that weren't supposed to be China. Except Avatar, but that's a cartoon instead of a book...
tammypierce
Jan. 4th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
t's been out for a while now, but maybe not in America.

And therein lies the rub, both with this and the Ranger's Apprentice series!

I read the Eon book last weekend. It's called Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye over here. I liked the worldbuilding; I've not seen many fantasies based on Ancient China that weren't supposed to be China. Except Avatar, but that's a cartoon instead of a book...

Isn't it amazing? I too love the worldbuilding, and I love the very complex relationships within the book. I knew any book of Alison's was going to be quite splendid, but she blew me away with this!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 3rd, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
(this isn't really anything to do with the list - apologies, YAY for a great year of reading, and alas that all i will have time to read until April are dissertation text books *sigh*)

...but
THE NEW DR WHO HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED and this was the only place i could think of with people who'll care. he looks so very YOUTHFUL (he's 4 years older than me) so it'll be interesting to see where they take it now!

Clare
tammypierce
Jan. 4th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
THE NEW DR WHO HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED

New Who

Well.

He's joost a lad, then, innt he? Wif a great nobby head.

Sure to fit a Doctor brain in that, I suppose. . . .

::blinkeyblink::

Are they sure he's left the nursery, then?

Edited at 2009-01-04 08:53 pm (UTC)
jessicajoke
Jan. 4th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
I've recently discovered the Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan too. I'm addicted. A friend I know online who lives in Australia even sent me one of the books that hasn't been published in America yet. (Bk 6 The Seige of Macindaw) His books get better and better :)
Btw I HIGHLY recommend The Seige of Macindaw if you can get your hands on it. I thought I'd die with the cliff hanger ending of book five.
tammypierce
Jan. 4th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
I HIGHLY recommend The Seige of Macindaw if you can get your hands on it. I

Oh, yeah. Go ahead and gloat at We Deprived.

;-)
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