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Author Topic: What is YOUR Favorite fictional "series" of books?  (Read 7792 times)
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« on: September 10, 2010, 02:13:38 PM »

I like books with repeat characters on a realist timeline. It is cool to read a character written over 20 years, just to hear about changes in technology over the years - especially in detective stories like I read mostly.

So here is MY favorite SERIES, I do it on Audiobook, read by Jack Reacher. But the author Lee Child is brilliant!

This is the best SERIES I have ever read, by Lee Child, follow the adventures of Ex-Military Trained Jack Reacher, a nomad of sorts, keeping an invisible footprint - he's off the radar. Kidnapping, ransoms, powerful story lines.

Read on Audiobook by Dick Hill (the best reader alive - multiple award winning reader) dick IS Jack Reacher to audiobook fans.

This is worth EVERY PAGE you turn.
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2010, 02:32:02 PM »

wow. so many good series, as  I mentioned elsewhere Dean Koontz has several good ones out in his Frankenstein series, the Chris snow series (fear no evil, etc..) and the Odd Thomas series as well.

Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series is excellent.

I thought Stephen Kings Dark Tower Series, following Roland the gun slinger was pretty good for the most part.

Piers Anthony is also known for several read worthy series, one of my favorites being the Tarot series but most people probably more familiar with his Xanth novels.

Obviously, the original book series of Conan by Robert E Howard has filled many a young persons mind.

Anne Rice's series of Vampire Chronicles has been fantastically popular for years now (though I feel they have gone downhill since the original three books)

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman teamed up a long time ago (one of many team ups of theirs) for a fantasy series called the Death Gate Cycle, which  I have always enjoyed.

I'll stop here,  I could go on forever.

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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2010, 11:29:46 PM »

Frank Herberts "Dune" series.  His son Brian Herbert has a few sequels out ,derived from his fathers unfinished manuscripts,that are in the same style but in my estimation lack the creativeness of his father.
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2010, 05:16:13 AM »

Dune, yes, and Foundation trilogy by Azimov
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2010, 05:18:02 AM »

The Hobbit and the Trilogy of the Rings by Tolkien.
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2010, 09:52:14 AM »

louis lamar with david drake a close 2nd.
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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2010, 01:45:53 PM »

For light, fun reading, and I do stress light, I have to pick Janet Evanovich.  The "Stephanie Plum" books are a riot!

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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2010, 05:03:48 AM »

The Hobbit followed by Lord of the Rings is, as Amazon describes it "the Novel of the Millennium".  I'd have to agree.
The Chronicles of Narnia are wonderful.  The Sword of Shannara was pretty good and there is a whole series of those.  I enjoyed Harry Potter despite it being a bit on the trivial side at times.  I've enjoyed all of the "Dirk Pitt" novels by Clive Cussler.
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« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2010, 06:50:10 AM »

Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia are favorites here as well.

For historical fiction, I've enjoyed a number of W.E.B. Griffin books, especially his series The Corps. I like the way he incorporates aspects of WWII that are somewhat obscure.

For Christian fiction, I like Frank Peretti.
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« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2010, 09:00:23 AM »

...in the sci fi realm, dune is really great (feels like you are "there" when you are reading it).

also, a big fan of larry niven's "known space" books and stories, as well as Heinlin's later books (which are all related as well).

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« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2010, 02:59:13 PM »

Well, call me what you like but it has to be the Sackett series by Louis L'amour or The Mountain Man series by William Johnstone. I can pick either of them up and not want to put it down til I'm done.
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« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2010, 12:34:32 AM »

I loved Dune, but the first few were the best, IMO, And yes, I love all of Louis L'amour but the Sacketts are hard to beat...
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« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2010, 08:53:55 AM »

I loved Dune, but the first few were the best, IMO, And yes, I love all of Louis L'amour but the Sacketts are hard to beat...

To the Far Blue Mountains and Jubal are my favorites
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« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2011, 07:54:56 PM »

  On a different note, Matt Helm, The Destroyer, and the Executioner. Reluctant warriors drawn into unwanted wars.
  The name escapes me but there was a series of books about a kind of intergalactic hospital and the doctors that was interesting.
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« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2011, 08:45:51 PM »

Dune was awesome but the movie really sucked. I also liked "The dragon riders of Pern" "Clan of the cave bear" (I like fantasy) and "The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy" ...again, that movie was terrible.

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« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2011, 07:57:00 AM »

>I also liked "The dragon riders of Pern" "Clan of the cave bear" (I like fantasy) and "The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy" ...again, that movie was terrible.

I love all of those.  I think the problem with a book like "Hitchiker's guide" is that it's not the story that is so good, it's the way the author words things that makes it so enjoyable.  I've seen several books like that that did not translate well into movies, not  because they messed with the plot so much as it loses the flavor of the WAY things were said.  I think what saved "Lord of the Rings" was how much of the dialog came straight from the book. No one in Hollywood could write anything to compare with Tolkein's actual words.


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« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2011, 08:13:33 AM »

clive Cussler and his novels that follow Dirk Pitt are always a good read

Also Anne Rice's vampire chronicles following Lestat the Vampire great books

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« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2011, 08:51:13 AM »

I like books with repeat characters on a realist timeline. It is cool to read a character written over 20 years, just to hear about changes in technology over the years - especially in detective stories like I read mostly.

If you like detective novels with stable characters over a period of time, I'd suggest the "Mary Russell" series by Laurie King.  The first book in the series is "The Beekeeper's Apprentice".    The series starts before WWI when Sherlock Holmes is a retired sleuth who spends his days studying bees near his home in Sussex.  He meets Mary Russell who impresses him by making observations on his bee study techniques.  She eventually becomes his detective partner and wife.  So far the series consists of 10 books covering a period from 1914 to 1924.  Holmes and Russell are constantly adding new technological  tricks to their detective toolbox.
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« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2011, 08:58:17 AM »

Chronicles of Narnia.  I read them all through at least once a year.  Sometimes in published order, sometimes in chronological order.  Love them!
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« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2011, 11:00:43 AM »

..I think I'm going to read through some of C.S. Lewis' sci fi books again (it's been a while)...out of the silent planet, perlandria, that hideous strenght.  my recolection is that they are nice, and a bit "naive" as far as modern sci fi goes.

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