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    Favorite Series (plural for series anyone?)

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    I don't know how many people have read him but Jasper Fforde currently is writing two different series of books that I love. He is incredibly funny with a nice snap in the plot and nothing in sacred.

    The Nursery Crimes Division Series

    Book 1: The Big Over Easy
    The books is about the murder mystery of Humpty Dumpty. The investigation is led by Jack Sprat and Mary Mary set in Swindon.

    Book 2: The Fourth Bear
    The missing person case of Goldilocks.

    The world is one were PDR (Persons of Disputable Reality) live and breath. Humpty Dumpty is in fact a four foot egg with legs and Prometheus is a political refugee. The stories are your standard fare for a crime thriller but the setting and the characters make the book. I highly recommend both books.

    The Thursday Next Series

    Book 1: The Eyre Affair
    Book 2: Lost in a Good Book
    Book 3: Well of Lost Plots
    Book 4: Something Rotten
    Book 5: First Among Sequels

    Thursday Next is an operative in the Literadetectives division of SO-Swindon where she is handles cases of forged Shakespeare and deals with her cloned dodo Pickwick. Not to mention once she falls into the Fictional World where all the characters of fiction are real things get very interesting.

    I don't want to give too much away but the series is an adventure through a world similar to ours yet completely different. Not to mention in the third book things really pick up. The second book kind of lags a bit but it is a needed bridge between that end of the first and the starting of the third. Imagine that :p

    The Emberverse by SM Stirling
    Book 1: Dies the Fire
    Book 2: The Protectors War
    Book 3: A Meeting at Corvallis

    I admit it, I am a swordplay nut. The premise of the series is if all of a sudden almost everything stopped working. No electricity, no gunpowder, no combustion engines and it all started happening after a strange wall of lightning.

    Honestly, I have to limit myself on the series or I start writing a constant stream of fan fiction for it.

    Rachel Morgan Series By Kim Harrison
    Book 1: Dead Witch Walking
    Book 2: Every which way but Dead
    Book 3: A Fistful of Charms
    Book 4: A few Demons More

    My guilty little pleasure. Rachel Morgan is a witch and a bounty hunter who happens to live with a vampire who wants to turn her and a family of pixies in the backyard.

    There is more to the series but that is as far as I have read. It is another series I have to ingest in small doses. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes magic and horror stories. My only warning is that the first chapter of the first book is a little weird after reading the back of the book, so get through it and then get to all the good stuff.
     
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    I've heard about those books and how good they were! Do you read Laurell K. Hamilton? Her Anita Blake vampire hunter novels are her most recognizable and have had great reviews. I'm currently reading her Merry Gentry series about a sidhe (fairies, for anyone not familiar with celtic mythology) princess who is fighting for the throne of the fairie land with her cousin Prince Cel. They're extremely interesting, and one of the ultimate fantasy novels in my opinion.

    But some more of my favorites are-

    Naria by C.S. Lewis
    All Goosebumps books by R.L. Stine
    A Series Of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
    Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

    And I'm on the first book of The Dragon Quartet by Majorie B. Kellogg, great so far!
     
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    I have a lot of favorites, so I'll post a few.

    -A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
    -Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
    -Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
    -Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
    -The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    -Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn

    And a manga series
    -Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
     
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    I'm not a big fan of anime/manga, but my friend got me hooked on Fruits Basket. I think it's so adorable and hilarious.
     
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    Well, of course, the greatest series ever written in the English language and unlikely ever to be equaled is the Snopes trilogy by William Faulkner.
    The Hamlet
    The Town
    The Mansion
     
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    I'd say Belgariad. :) I liked Harry Potter as well, but mostly just the first and third book. I of course love all the Discworld novels, and of those, my favourites follow the Nigth Watch. My favourite character is Sam Vimes. :)

    When I was a kid I loved the Dragonlance series. Yeah, there are too many to mention. :D
     
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    I really enjoyed Kim Harrisons work. Not only is she a fun read but she is a nice person too.

    Laurell K. Hamilton I cannot stand to read, but that is for another thread.

    Another guilty pleasure of mine:
    The Felix Gomez Series by Mario Acevedo

    It's another vampire series but even though the titles are eye catching there is little to no sex and well worth the read. The first book in the series is called The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, and the MC is Felix Gomez, a vampire PI who has an aversion to human blood.

    I can't stand how lately vampire books have turned into thinly veiled smut and little else but his books turn the trend on its ear. True they aren't for younger viewers but it isn't due to a twelve page love scene. Rather murder mysteries and unsolved cases that fuel the adult content.

    The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny

    I have only had the pleasure of getting my hands on the first two books of the series and they were hard to find. (I love second hand bookstores) From what I have read of the series I love it. Zelazny writes in a way that makes the words form worlds in front of my eyes without making my imagination kick into overdrive.

    I like to read for fun and entertainment and The Chronicles of Amber make me feel like a kid that's reading late at night with a flashlight under the blankets.
     
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    The greatest books ever written are

    1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
    2. Hary Potter by J. K. Rowling
    3. Wardstone chronicles by Joseph delaney
    4. Rainbow six by Tom clancy
    5. Mirrorscape by Mike Wilks
    6. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein
    7. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
    8. Golden Compass (Northern lights) by Philip Pullman
    9. Cry of the Tiger by Angela Little
    10. Treasure of the Khan by Clive Cussler
     
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    The Demonata by Darren Shan(demons,wearwolfs and magic,mixed but work)
    The Saga Of Darren Shan by Darren Shan(vampires)
    The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein
    Hary Potter by J. K. Rowling
    theres anouther one but i cant remember the name!
     
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    Favorite series

    1. The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan (RIP)
    2. Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carrey (this series has some of the most compelling understandable characters I've ever seen)
    3. LOTR by J.R.R. Tolkien (DUH)
    4. Rhapsody series by Elizabeth Hayden (love the magic she uses)
    5. The Barsoom Project Series by Steven Barnes and Larry Niven (any gamer should read this)

    I've also really enjoyed the Wayfarer Redemption series by Sara Douglas.
    More obscure writings of Larry Niven are high among my re-readables, including "Patchwork Girl" "The Magic goes away" and a myriad others. Mostly for the thought provoking issues he deals with.
     
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    Serii maybe?

    Gaunts Ghosts by Dan Abnett, hands down
     
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    I love the Talented Mr. Ripley books (Patricia Highsmith)

    and Harry Potter is great
     
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    I have a few series's that I love.

    Harry Potter series

    Stravaganza series

    Hannibal series

    They are all sterling, couldn't pick out of them.
     
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    100 years from now Lord of the Rings might be remembered, but Faulkner and Garcia Marquez will be regarded as the great writers of the 20th century. Hemingway will be forgotten, but Joyce will be well regarded, along with Kafka and Malraux.
     
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    Stephenie Meyer all the way.
    Twilight
    New Moon
    Eclipse
    Breaking Dawn (Coming Soon)
     
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    Another one that is a good series is The _____ of Adventure novels by Enid Blyton. By favourite was the Island of Adventure.
     
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    I like Tom Sharpe's Wilt books. :)
     
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    That's hard. It was Ender's Game but the series just got worse and worse, LOTR is a given, so I guess my favorite would have to be The Dresden Files series.
     
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    My favorite series would have to be:

    Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (I wish the series wasn't over)
    Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (the sixth one - The Time Paradox - comes out July 15th!)
    Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini (Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr the third book - comes out September 20th, with the 4th on the way)
    Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda (Yes, I know they are children's books and somewhat shallow, but the plot is interesting)
     
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    Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
    Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
    The Tears of Artamon by Sarah Ash (I highly recommend this series)
    The Legend of Drizzt by R.A. Salvatore.

    These are my favourites that I've read so far.
     
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    Well, it's not really a series... But I love Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's Pendergast novels. Lol I have a character crush on him >.< But yeah, I highly reccomend them. There's actually a trilogy with him as the main character. I'll put them all in chronological order.

    Relic
    Reliquary
    The Cabinet of Curiosities
    Still Life with Crows

    Diogenes Trilogy

    Brimstone
    Dance of Death
    Book of the Dead

    aaaaand lastly

    The Wheel of Darkness
     
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    Hmmm, I'd almost have to say there are too many books I read over and over again to pin-point my favourites. Here is my attempt at a list:

    -The Immortals, Tamora Pierce
    -Trickster, Tamora Pierce
    -Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
    -Harry Potter, J.K Rowling
    annnd last but not least, The Belgariad, David Eddings (correct me on that if I'm wrong)!
     
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    I'm going to go with a Series of Unfortunate Events. I found the last book to be a little disappointing, but overall the books just brought me so much pleasure and entertainment and left me wanting more that I can hardly complain. I think my favorites of the series have to be book 3, book 6, book 8, and book 12.
     
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    My favorite series ever is "The Farseer" trilogy by Robin Hobb (coincedentally my favorite author.)
     

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