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A Favourite Pick of Sci-fi & Fantasy Tales
In no particular order...
Whilst loving all manner of stories and novels, there's often a special place in one's heart for fantasy and sci-fi tales, in the following top 10 I'd like to share some treasured recommendations...
J.R.R. Tolkien - The Fellowship of the Ring
If you've yet to read any of Tolkien's works or if you're young, I'd perhaps first recommend beginning by reading "The Hobbit", this is Tolkien's initial tale which is a children's book which also introduces some of the main characters such as Gandalf and Bilbo. After which the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring (the first of the three) is by far my favourite of his works (though I've not completed The Silmarilion) and the one i've read by far the most times (I used to get stuck at the start of The Two Towers, the second of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and then re-read the fellowship).
I used to skip the songs, though having had a recent re-read of the trilogy gritted teeth and read through the many songs, lets just say the songs aren't brilliant, however the story, characters, world, are all astoundingly good, pretty much single handedly creating a genre that so many owe so much to.
Isaac Asimov - Foundation
Loved every book in this memorable saga, the first is still my favourite (just). Love the epic picture Asimov paints of the future.
I've not read enough of his work yet to comment on him as an author overall however I would recommend this book to anyone if they've never read Sci-fi even once in their lives. Like the book Fermat's last theorem, would recommend to anyone to enjoy.
Treat yourself :)
China Mieville - Peridiodo Street Station
Really love this relatively new writer's style, very refreshing and plunges you straight into an deeply foreign and engrossing world, another of Mieville's works, Unlondon, is a highly recommened read and great for young adults, well anyone, though a little bit more accessible perhaps.
His other work The Scar was a close 2nd to this however I have very found memories of Peridiodo Street Station, heartily recommended to anyone looking for a complete transportation to another city altogether.
Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman - Good Omens
I'd highly recommend most of Pratchett's stuff especially Soul Music and Maurice's Amazing Rodents for children+
Deals very tongue and cheek with angels and Demons however good for teenagers / Atheists for comical look at some of the Catholic churche's dreaming ups.religion spirituality etc
For Comedy like most of Pratchett's work dealing with modern day issues through a fantasy world with his highly acclaimed Discworld series (I'd also very much recommend them and advise starting from the start going to your library or buying them one by one and working way through in order, a special treat, lots of laugh out loud moments and huge dollops of British satire.
If I were forced to pick my favourite author from the following list it would be...
Iain M. Banks - Player of Games
Iain Banks now sadly missed, massively preferred his sci-fi novels to non-sci-fi novels and would recommend massively have a good delve into his work as Ian M. Banks (he uses Ian Banks for non-sci-fi fiction).
"Use of weapons" another large favourite of his. I'd pretty much recommened any of his sci-fi works apart from perhaps excession (which was oddly the book that was most recent when I bought my first of his) and the collection of short stories.
David & Leigh Eddings - Polgara The Sorceress
I've now had the pleasure of reading the Belgardiad and Malloreon quite a few times, both of the series are added to by two prequel type stories of the waizardc Belgarath and Polgara the Sorceress, the second is easily my favourite, the narrative of how unique it is to be a being that lives longer than mortals is told so well, treasured read, glad they wrote it, makes up for the mess that was Althalus.
Would recommened starting at the start though and read Polgara near the end of the epic.
Terry Pratchett - Truckers
Love the whole trilogy (children's novels though brilliant for all ages) however Truckers still favourite.
If looking for something to read to a a child or family books for a holiday would highly recommend the trilogy of Truckers, Diggers & Wings, plus recommended is the animation that was made.
Bernard Cornwell - The Winter King
Looking forward to reading the whole trilogy.
Great re-telling of the Arthur legend, once get into it is like being transported to medieval Britain living in a very different world.
Steven Erikson - Gardens of the Moon
Going to have to re-read this again before taking a repeated trip to the library to read the whole series, looking forward to it with bated breath and glee :)
The Battle of Moonspawn is epic, if you ever liked Wizards / Gandalf or the like I'd highly recommend, I found it a little hard to get into, though then thoroughly enjoyed.
J. K . Rowling - Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire
I think enough has been said about these books and you will have read or not read by now :) Philip Pullman's Northern lights came a close 11th :)
I think Rowling deserves a lot of the credit she gets too, especially as a shining example of how a mum on benefits can become a worldwide best seller, inspiration and thoroughly enjoyed the books, great tales no matter if some potential toe treading.
Thank you for reading, I Hope you have a blessed journey.
P.s. Forgot Enders Game
P.p.s and 2001! and Hitch-hikers!
Poll - 4/7/13
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