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All right, we have a fave manga thread, a fave music thread, a fave anime thread, so how about a fave book and/or author thread? Come on, even those people that hardly ever pick up a book (manga doesn't count) have a favorite, so what if it was the: 'Magic Tree House' series from when you were a kid? Tell what you like here!

So, I bet you are all wondering why I decided to start this thread out of the blue! Well, for one, we need more topics , and two, a book in a series that I absolutely love just came out today and I am having book store withdrawl since I can't leave the house to get it till this weekend. Bummer, huh? Anyway, Since I know that you all absolutely love, , the way I make you guys do things in a certain way to make it easier for me and other members... Lol. Here is what I think is the best way to go about this thread. (Like all threads, it's here to inform people of new and/ or good books/ novels, not be a list of meaningless nothingness.) I mean seriously, does a name really help you the way this will???


By: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance
Number of This Book in Series (If it is part of a series): 2
Plot/ Storyline (Optional): Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go -- especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil -- and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings -- and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?


So, everyone get how it works? Good, I knew you were all smart people, lol, .

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P.S. That was the book I was talking about, I can't wait!
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My favorite book series is the Harry Potter books I started reading them in 6th grade. I never truely learn to read till I got to 6th grade, but that year my teacher sa it as his goal to get me reading. I love Harry Potter books cause of corse they were the first books I read. I also love the fantasy mixed with truth. Now her I stand at 19 almost 20 and yet I still love the books, so I find them to be time less, no matter what age you are you can find a love for them.

Ok time to try what Faith wants Hope I do this right lol



By: J.K. Rowling
Genre: "wainscot" fantasy/ Romance (more near the end of the series there is a lot)
Number of This Book in Series (If it is part of a series): 7
Plot/ Storyline (Optional): The Harry Potter series features a conflict with a long history. It includes an antagonist Lord Voldemort making a second bid for power. He is opposed by a marginalised protagonist Harry Potter, who is aided by a group of secondary heroes Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. A third party Dumbledore, the Headmaster of Hogwarts, Harry's school to some extent stage-manages the conflict between antagonist and protagonist(s) to achieve his own--positive--ends. The Series take place mainly in the stage of Hogwarts, but adventures, useally at the begining of each book and end, into different parts of the UK. It is a fantastic story takeing the magical world and mixing it into the present day.
Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of the eponymous adolescent wizard Harry Potter, together with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, his best friends. The central story arc concerns Harry's struggle against the evil wizard Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry's parents in his quest to conquer the wizarding world, after which he seeks to subjugate the Muggle (non-magical) world to his rule.



Hmmm, not sure if I did this 100% right, but there it is. Let me know if you want me to change anything ok Faith
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Nope, you got it right, no worries. I'm not that strict, lol.

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Ah, me, oh my... I've got another that I would absolutely love to recommend to you all! But if you guys have some, please don't be shy, share them with us!


By: Alex Flinn
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance, Fairy Tale
Plot/ Excerpt: I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly
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this is my favorite book...


author: Amy Tan
genre: drama
plot/storyline: (fr. wikipedia) As the novel opens Jing-Mei "June" Woo has just lost her mother, Suyuan, to an aneurysm. She is asked by her mother's three friends to take Suyuan's place in their Mah-Jong foursome and their "Joy Luck Club". The novel unfolds with interspersed chapters by each of the three remaining members of the Club and their American-born daughters. Lindo and Waverly Jong began their war over Waverly's childhood chess stardom and the effects it has on every aspect of Waverly's adult life. An-Mei Hsu recounts the tragedy that gave her strength, and worries that her daughter, Rose, lacks the same determination. Lena St. Clair tries to care for her eccentric mother, while her mother recounts a secret history that has allowed her to see more deeply than her daughter imagines. Through it all, June Woo tries to piece together the stories that her own mother can no longer tell, and to be faithful to her mother's memory despite their sometimes rocky relationship.

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tangerineangel2194 wrote:

this is my favorite book...



tangerineangel2194: Ah, Amy Tan! She is a very, VERY, good author. Such a sophisticated book, absolutely awesome reading choice.

Everyone: I recommend this author as well.

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here's another one i enjoyed.. i read this in our school library.. very interesting...

author: Monica Hughes
genre: novel, fiction..
plot/storyline: A young man of about fifteen or sixteen stepped forward. He was tall, sunburnt, his hair bleached pale gold by the sun. As he stood at the foot of her throne Rania could see that his hands, holding a small box, trembled slightly. "Here..." His voice was rough, just breaking. "here, Highness, this is for you." In this sequel to Sandwriter, Atbin's birthday present to Princess Rania is a reminder to her parents of a promise they made long ago, a promise they must now fulfil.
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tangerineangel2194 wrote:

here's another one i enjoyed.. i read this in our school library.. very interesting...



Ah... How sad, I loved the description so I decided to look the author up, sounds as though she just died. What a pity, now two authors I like are gone. Hmm. Speaking of which, here is the book of the other author I know of that has recently passed away:


By: Alice Borchardt
Number of this book in Series: 1
Genre: Romance, fiction, supernatural.
Plot: A huntress who is hunted. A woman who is wolf. A life that is legend.
"I was born of darkness. My father's eyes closed before mine opened. I am not of this world or the other, and I have the right to be what I am..."

Regeane is a shapeshifter, a being of prenatural agility and strength. Possessed of her mother's royal blood, she is destined to be a pawn in the power struggle between kings Charlemagne and Deserderous. But it is the inherited blood of her murdered father that shapes her destiny in darker, more wondrous ways.


I absolutely love this author, she is the sister of the, recently turned Christian, author: Anne Rice, who wrote such novels as: Interview With the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat. Of course I support her decision, for I am a Christian myself, but she has renounced her old form of writing and no longer writes gothic, or so called 'dark,' novels. In my opinion, you can be a Christian and still write about fairytales. Does anyone agree or have an argument?

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i agree with you Faith..^^..
i am a Catholic and I enjoy reading and writing fairy tales..
as long as you dont cross the line it's ok..^^
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another book!^^

author: Gaston Leroux
genre: gothic, romance, horror, mystery, tragedy
plot/summary: A haunting tale of suspense and intrigue set in nineteenth-century Paris.

As Monsieurs Richard and Moncharmin prepare to take over as acting managers of the opera House, they discover their predecessors have bequeathed them the 'Opera Ghost'. A separate memorandum-book has been set aside for his various whims, including extravagant financial needs. Heedless of the numerous warnings to comply with these strange demands the managers shrug it all off as a practical joke taken too far. Then a sequence of eerie coincidences and tragic events follow, culminating in the sudden disappearance of the beautiful prima donna Christine Daaé in mid-performance.

Tortured by the pangs of unrequited love, the mysterious figure living beneath the Opera House has been awaiting his chance to strike - and once he does, he is deadly
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To tangerineangel2194: We SO dominate this thread thus far, lol. Anyway, really sophisticated choice! I love Phantom of the Opera, it's one of the only fictional things that has ever made me cry, definitely one of my favorites, and/ or recommendations.

To Others: Please join in on the recommendations, !

Now for my recommendations of the day:


By: Heather Crews
Genre: Supernatural, Romance
Plot: When an irrational act of jealousy leaves him with a scarred face, Theron, the vain prince of vampires, sees no reason to emerge from the isolation of shadows. He sinks into shamed misery, subsisting for years through the diligent care of his loyal valet, Seth. Then he meets Iris, a human girl as innocent and warm as he is dark and cold. Convinced that he has found a reason to live again, Theron falls in love with her. But Seth harbors ruthless ambitions for his prince and his plans don’t include Iris. Enchanted by the promise of beauty and power, Theron soon abandons Iris and unknowingly places her at the core of a terrible tragedy. His actions send her into the arms of an unlikely ally, whose deep-seated envy and obsessive desire for revenge threaten to destroy them all.
I want this book SO badly but it is VERY difficult to find where I live, I guess that I shall have to order it. Ah well.

AND


(Keturah and Lord Death)
By: Martine Leavitt
Genre: Supernatural, Fantasy, 'Historical' Romance
Plot: Keturah follows a legendary hart into the king's forest, where she becomes hopelessly lost. Her strength diminishes until, finally, she realizes that death is near. Little does she know that he is a young, handsome lord, melancholy and stern. Renowned for her storytelling, Keturah is able to charm Lord Death with a story and thereby gain a reprieve--but only for twenty-four hours. She must find her one true love within that time, or all is lost. Keturah searches desperately while the village prepares for an unexpected visit from the king and Keturah is thrust into a prominent role as mysterious happenings alarm her friends and neighbors. Lord Death's presence hovers over this all until Keturah confronts him one last time in the harrowing climax.

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I was studying the Russian Revolution at this point in time and came acrossed this book, quite on accident. It's very sweet (but slightly complex for its age rating), so thus, I recommend it, lol.


By: Eva Ibbotson
Genre: Romance, Historial Fiction
Plot: After the russian revolution turns her world topsy-turvy, Anna, a young russian countess, has no choice but to flee to england. penniless, Anna hides her aristocratic background and takes a job as servant in the household of the esteemed westerholme family, armed only with an outdated housekeeping manual and sheer determination. Desperate to keep her past a secret, Anna is nearly overwhelmed by her new duties—not to mention her instant attraction to rupert, the handsome earl of westerholme. to make matters worse, rupert appears to be falling for her as well. As their attraction grows stronger, Anna finds it more and more difficult to keep her most dearly held secrets from unraveling. And then there’s the small matter of rupert’s beautiful and nasty fiancée...
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to onyx_pearl: sorry haven't visited this thread for a long time, expecting there would be more people posting. Too bad it didn't turn out that way..

another book... I discovered this book when we were having our book report in African Lit. This is one of the books that I have less difficulty in understanding. To tell you the truth, I even read whenever I don't want to listen to the teacher's discussions. I hide it so i won't be caught..(aww... now i realize i'm a naughty student..)


by: Chinua Achebe
genre: historical, African novel
plot:
The bulk of the novel takes place in Umuofia, one of nine villages on the lower Niger. Umuofia is a powerful clan, skilled in war and with a great population, with proud traditions and advanced social institutions.

Okonkwo has risen from nothing to a high position. His father, a lazy flute-player named Unoka, has many debts with people throughout the village. Unoka's life represents everything Okonkwo strives to overcome. Through hard work, Okonkwo has become a great man among his people. He has taken three wives and his barn is full of yams, the staple crop. He rules his family with an iron fist, struggling to demonstrate how he does not have the laziness and weakness that characterized his father.

One day, a neighboring clan commits an offense against Umuofia. To avoid war, the offending clan gives Umuofia one virgin and one young boy. The girl is to become the offended party's new wife. The boy, whose name is Ikemefuna, is to be sacrificed, but not immediately. He lives in Umuofia for three years, and during that time he lives under Okonkwo's roof. He becomes like a part of Okonkwo's family. In particular, Nwoye, Okonkwo's oldest son, loves Ikemefuna like a brother. But eventually the Oracle calls for the boy's death, and a group of men take Ikemefuna away to kill him in the jungle. Okonkwo, fearful of being perceived as soft-hearted and weak, participates in the boy's death, despite the advice of the clan elders. Nwoye is upset by the event, as he was very close to Ikemefuna.

Okonkwo is shaken as well, but he continues with his drive to become a lord of his clan. He is constantly disappointed by Nwoye, but he has great love for his daughter Ezinma, his child by his second wife Ekwefi. Ekwefi bore nine children, but only Ezinma has survived. Ekwefi loves the girl fiercely. Ezinma is sickly, and sometimes Ekwefi fears that Ezinma, too, will die. Late one night, the powerful Oracle of Umuofia brings Ezinma with her for a spiritual encounter with the earth goddess. Terrified, Ekwefi follows the Oracle at a distance, fearing harm might come to her child. Okonkwo follows, too. Later, during a funeral for one of the great men of the clan, Okonkwo's gun explodes, killing a boy. In accordance with Umuofia's law, Okonkwo and his family must be exiled for seven years.

Okonkwo bears the exile bitterly. Central to his beliefs is faith that a man masters his own destiny. But the accident and exile are proof that at times man cannot control his own fate, and Okonkwo is forced to start over again without the strength and energy of his youth. He flees with his family to Mbanta, his mother's homeland. There they are received by his mother's family, who treat them generously. His mother's family is headed by Uchendu, Okonkwo's uncle, a generous and wise old man.

During Okonkwo's exile, the white man comes to both Umuofia and Mbanta. The missionaries arrive first, preaching a religion that seems mad to the Igbo people. They do win converts though, generally men of low rank or outcasts. However, with time, the new religion gains momentum. Nwoye becomes a convert. When Okonkwo learns of Nwoye's conversion, he beats the boy. Nwoye leaves home. Okonkwo returns to Umuofia to find the clan sadly changed. The church has won some converts, some of whom are fanatical and disrespectful of clan custom. Worse, the white man's government has come to Umuofia. The clan is no longer free to judge its own; a District Commissioner judges cases in ignorance. He is backed by armed power.

During a religious gathering, a convert unmasks one of the clan spirits. The offense is grave, and in response the clan decides that the church will no longer be allowed in Umuofia. They tear the building down. Soon afterward, the District Commissioner asks the leaders of the clan, Okonkwo among them, to come see him for a peaceful meeting. The leaders arrive, and are quickly seized. In prison, they are humiliated and beaten, and they are held until the clan pays a heavy fine.

After a release of the men, the clan calls a meeting to decide whether they will fight or try to live peacefully with the whites. Okonkwo wants war. During the meeting, court messengers come to order the men to break up their gathering. The clan meetings are the heart of Umuofia's government; all decisions are reached democratically, and an interference with this institution means the end of the last vestiges of Umuofia's independence. Enraged, Okonkwo kills the court messenger. The other court messengers escape, and because the other people of his clan did not seize them, Okonkwo knows that his people will not choose war. His act of resistance will not be followed by others. Embittered and grieving for the destruction of his people's independence, and fearing the humiliation of dying under white law, Okonkwo returns home and hangs himself.

The District Commissioner and his messengers arrive at Umuofia to see Okonkwo dead, and are asked to take down his body since Ibo mores forbid clan members to do this. The Commissioner considers writing a book about his experiences of undignified behavior in the area, with a chapter – or a reasonable paragraph – about Okonkwo's community.


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I return with more!


By: Garth Nix
Number of This Book in Series: 1
Genre: Supernatural, romance
Plot: After receiving a cryptic message from her father, Abhorsen, a necromancer trapped in Death, 18-year-old Sabriel sets off into the Old Kingdom. Fraught with peril and deadly trickery, her journey takes her to a world filled with parasitical spirits, Mordicants, and Shadow Hands. Unlike other necromancers, who raise the dead, Abhorsen lays the disturbed dead back to rest. This obliges him--and now Sabriel, who has taken on her father's title and duties--to slip over the border into the icy river of Death, sometimes battling the evil forces that lurk there, waiting for an opportunity to escape into the realm of the living. Desperate to find her father, and grimly determined to help save the Old Kingdom from destruction by the horrible forces of the evil undead, Sabriel endures almost impossible exhaustion, violent confrontations, and terrifying challenges to her supernatural abilities--and her destiny.


By: Sheryl Jordan
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Plot: I was the first child born to a hunted people, in the first winter of their flight. My earliest memory is of being carried on my mother's hip across barren plains, with wild mountains all around, and of rough tents made of skins stretched across sticks planted in the dust, of hunger and thirst and a feeling I did not like or understand, but which I know now was the fear that shadowed my people, as a wolf shadows a wounded deer.

Avala dreams of becoming a healer, but her dreams are not the same as her destiny. Hers is a mighty but lonely fate, for she is the chosen one—the one who will bring the Time of the Eagle, when the hunted will become the hunters and win back their freedom. It is a destiny that requires the spirit of a warrior and the heart of a healer. But does Avala have the courage to set the Eagle on its flight?

In this epic story about a girl born to greatness, Sherryl Jordan tells an unforgettable tale of destiny, betrayal, and the power of love and faith.



By: Jeffrey Overstreet
Genre: Supernatural, Fantasy, Adventure, Thriller
Plot: When thieves find an abandoned child lying in a monster’s footprint, they have no idea that their wilderness discovery will change the course of history.

Cloaked in mystery, Auralia grows up among criminals outside the walls of House Abascar, where vicious beastmen lurk in shadow. There, she discovers an unsettling–and forbidden–talent for crafting colors that enchant all who behold them, including Abascar’s hard-hearted king, an exiled wizard, and a prince who keeps dangerous secrets.

Auralia’s gift opens doors from the palace to the dungeons, setting the stage for violent and miraculous change in the great houses of the Expanse.



By: Jane Lindskold
Number of This Book In Series: 1
Genre: Supernatural, Romance
Plot: Firekeeper only vaguely remembers a time when she didn't live with her family, a pack of royal wolves-bigger, stronger, and smarter than normal wolves. Now her pack leaders are sending her back to live among the humans, as they promised her mother years ago.Some of the humans think she may be the lost heir to their throne. This could be good-and it could be very, very dangerous. In the months to come, learning to behave like a human will turn out to be more complicated than she'd ever imagined.But though human ways might be stranger than anything found in the forest, the infighting in the human's pack is nothing Firekeeper hasn't seen before. That, she understands just fine. She's not your standard-issue princess-and this is not your standard-issue fairy tale.


By: Charles de Lint
Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy
Plot: Jilly Coppercorn and Geordie Riddell. Since they were introduced in the first Newford story, Timeskip, back in 1989, their friends and readers alike have been waiting for them to realize what everybody else already knows: that they belong together. But they've been more clueless about how they feel for each other than the characters in When Harry Met Sally. Now in Widdershins, a stand-alone novel of fairy courts set in shopping malls and the Bohemian street scene of Newford's Crowsea area, Jilly and Geordie's story is finally being told.
Before it's over, we'll find ourselves plunged into the rancorous and sometimes violent conflict between the magical North American "animal people" and the more newly-arrived fairy folk. We'll watch as Jilly is held captive in a sinister world based on her own worst memories—and Geordie, attempting to help, is sent someplace even worse. And we'll be captivated by the power of love and determination to redeem ancient hatreds and heal old magics gone sour.

To walk "widdershins" is to walk counterclockwise or backwards around something. It's a classic pathway into the fairy realm. It's also the way people often back slowly into the relationships that matter, the real ones that make for a life. In Widdershins Charles de Lint has delivered one of his most accessible and moving works of his career.


I suppose I should have said that I was back with A LOT more, lol.

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