Who likes these kind of books ?

  1. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one who likes fiction books, like Tolkien, Joan D. Vinge (and the fabulous series Cat and The Snow Queen), Marion Zimmer Bradley, Chris Wooding, Ricardo Pinto, Jonathan Stroud, etc?
    My friends who enjoy books always twist their nose when I talk about this kind of books. I've tried to convince them to read it, but they just don't do it.
    I'm sure many people must like it, just no one I Know. So sometimes i just wonder... I'm I the only one?

    P.S.: Can anyone tell me the name of this type of books in English?
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  3. by   Aellyssa
    hi,
    i am addicted to these books - also called speculative fiction. we in oz have many many fine authors of this genre

    you might want to start a yes/no poll to get replies.

    cheers,
    aellyssa
  4. by   simao pt
    Thanks, Aellyssa for the tip. I went to check how to create a poll, but you must be a premium member to post a poll, so... I'm not a premium member and I'm not thinking of becoming one.

    Anyway, after posting this thread I decided to go out there and search for "freeks" like you and me that adore fantasy novels (I Know how to call them, now ). Well, I found a site of one of my favourite writters (and I have many), Juliet Marilier. It's nice and it has forums where we can talk about the Sevenwaters Trilogy and other books with people who like them either! And, best of all, I found out that one of the foruns is in portuguese! And it's actually the one with more members!
    I'm not alone!! :hatparty: :hatparty:
    Last edit by simao pt on Apr 25, '05
  5. by   Antikigirl
    Love em! I read all the Tolkien, went on to Piers Anthony (most of the Xanth Series..fun stuff!), Just finished Hichhikers Guide (all 4, chose to read them again because of a movie is being released for it) and now reading "Dragon Riders of Pern" (okay, a little slow for me, but still fun) by Anne McCaffrey.

    I call the more space ones Sci Fi, and the medevil ones fantasy. Or at least I call them that because that is how it is catagorized by Barnes and Nobel..LOL (man those places are huge!).

    Yep, I am a geek when it comes to this stuff! My dog is named "Frodo Fleabaggens", I have an african grey parrot named Uhura (from classic star trek) and several finches named after characters on the PS2 game Balders Gate...LOL! It is funny...I get a pet and name it after whatever I am into that day as far as reading or games!

    Yep, a geek with the role play games too! LOL!!!!! (on computer or PS2 though...). It is fun and takes me into a world not full of medical stuff! LOL!!!!!!!
  6. by   z's playa
    I grew up on Tolkein. My dad refused to read all the Dr.Suess "garbage" as he called it, so I was reading The Hobbit at age 7. I think it really fueled my reading skills and advanced me as a student in primary school a great deal. I totally recommend this strategy to parents.

    However....I don't read fantasy today. But I love the movies. Does that count?
  7. by   hypnotic_nurse
    I love all those -- plus if you have a sense of humor, Terry Pratchett's books are hilarious fantasy. I think The Colour of Magic is the first one.
  8. by   Antikigirl
    Quote from z's playa
    I grew up on Tolkein. My dad refused to read all the Dr.Suess "garbage" as he called it, so I was reading The Hobbit at age 7. I think it really fueled my reading skills and advanced me as a student in primary school a great deal. I totally recommend this strategy to parents.

    However....I don't read fantasy today. But I love the movies. Does that count?
    I am actually not a reader! Oh man I hated it as a child and teen. I made myself read basically because I would get bored when my family took over the computer and PS2 and I was left with watching mindless TV (the few stations we can get without having my family assuming tv viewing positions in my home..LOL! "Hey I am trying to get UPN...assume the positions!"..LOL!), or stare at the walls! I chose reading...now I have to MAKE myself start a page, and then all the sudden it is 200 read and I have to tell myself to go to bed because I have to get up at 0500! LOL! Once you get yourself to start that first paragraph..a good book..heck you can't put it down!

    I have also read some great books on Japan, which I am interested in! I read a book called "Geisha, a life" (sorry I don't have the authors name since all the nurses in my facility are fighting over reading it and I won't get it back fo a while...LOL!) and enjoyed it tons! I read it in one day!

    Pick up one of those books you like and get through that first paragraph, you may experience what I do...too good to put it down!!!!!!! (good books make you debate going to the bathroom vs finishing that last page..LOL!).
  9. by   Aellyssa
    hey. i don't consider myself a freak f or reading sff books, i have been reading them since i was a wee one and i am now 53. there are many fabulous writers out there who use the genre to explore multiple issues. i started reading fantasy when i was in my teens and the first sci-fi book i read was the lensmen series by doc ee smith. i am now trying to read more books by aussies. the authors i would recommend from australia are:
    . trudi canavan
    . glenda larke
    . fiona mcintosh
    . jennifer fallon
    . sara douglass
    . sean williams
    . joel shepherd
    and from nz
    . russell kirkpatrick
    to name just a few.
    my favourite space author at the moment is david weber (us writer, i think). he has a series out whose main character is honor harrington who has a empathic bond with a 6 legged treecat. the first of this series is at basilisk station.
    i think that sff or speculative fiction broadens your mind, and to quote st
    to boldly go where no one has been before
    i am a member of the online forum at voyageronline.com where we discuss sff and many other issues. the great thing is that many of the above authors are also members so it's really interesting. it is in english and it does particularly discuss aussie works but really anything goes.
    enjoy
    live long & prosper
    aellyssa
  10. by   Voufugir
    Quote from simao pt
    Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one who likes fiction books, like Tolkien, Joan D. Vinge (and the fabulous series Cat and The Snow Queen), Marion Zimmer Bradley, Chris Wooding, Ricardo Pinto, Jonathan Stroud, etc?
    My friends who enjoy books always twist their nose when I talk about this kind of books. I've tried to convince them to read it, but they just don't do it.
    I'm sure many people must like it, just no one I Know. So sometimes i just wonder... I'm I the only one?

    P.S.: Can anyone tell me the name of this type of books in English?
    Ei Simao! I saw that you are a nurse in Portugal. What is required for an american to become a nurse in Europe. I can imagine it's not easy.
  11. by   fightthestigma
    My dad got me into Stephen King (he doesn't just write horror novels!) and Tolkien when I was about 10-11 years old. I love the Xanth series, Ray Bradbury, R.A. Salvatore, Phillip Pullman...My absolute favorite author is Terry Goodkind; I love the Sword of Truth series!
  12. by   Graynurse
    Hey all, Another couple of good authours I enjoy reading are Patrick Tilley, the Amtrak wars, and David and Leigh Eddings. I also Love the Discworld Novels by Terry Prachett.
  13. by   Nurse_Pauline
    Love S.King,also Anne Rice. Anything fantasy,horror,sci-fi gendre. Recently discovered The Avalon series and have been enjoyed reading them. Read a series when i was a teenager and im trying to find them to re-read. Covenant was the characters name, but i cant remember the author for the life of me. I also seem to remember something about a ring????
  14. by   lpn1313
    Quote from Nurse_Pauline
    Love S.King,also Anne Rice. Anything fantasy,horror,sci-fi gendre. Recently discovered The Avalon series and have been enjoyed reading them. Read a series when i was a teenager and im trying to find them to re-read. Covenant was the characters name, but i cant remember the author for the life of me. I also seem to remember something about a ring????
    The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliver maybe? I don't know who wrote them, though. I personally am a fan of Katherine Kurtz and her Deryni novels

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