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Guide to fun fantasy and speculative fiction

A guide by elsbietka "Imperial Princess of Geek" (Cincinnati, OH United States)

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If you're looking for a variety of writers and sub-genres within fantasy and speculative fiction that are just plain fun this is the guide for you. These books vary from YA to adult markets and every single one has made me burst out laughing at some point. I have several criteria for a book to be something I enjoy and recommend. All these books meet all 5 listed below.

1. Believable characters that I can invest in. That doesn't necessarily mean that I "like" them, but it does more times than not.
2. Prose that doesn't make me wince.
3. Good pacing.
4. Complex, fully developed world, concepts, or "what if."
5. Convincing dialogue.


Fantasy
Shatter: The Children of Man: Book One
The Silver Serpent
The Belgariad, Vol. 1 (Books 1-3): Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit
The Belgariad, Vol. 2 (Books 4 & 5): Castle of Wizardry, Enchanters' End Game
The Malloreon, Vol. 1 (Books 1-3): Guardians of the West, King of the Murgos, Demon Lord of Karanda
The Malloreon, Vol. 2 (Books 4 & 5): Sorceress of Darshiva, The Seeress of Kell
The Redemption of Althalus
The Outstretched Shadow: The Obsidian Trilogy: Book One (The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy)
To Light a Candle: The Obsidian Trilogy, Book Two (The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy)
When Darkness Falls (The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 3)


Urban Fantasy
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Book 1)
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 2)
City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments) Book Three
The Demon's Lexicon (The Demon's Lexicon Trilogy)
The Demon's Covenant (The Demon's Lexicon Trilogy)
White Cat (Curse Workers, Book 1)


Steampunk/Alternate History
Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century)
Leviathan (The Leviathan Trilogy)
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices)
In His Majesty's Service: Three Novels of Temeraire (His Majesty's Service, Throne of Jade, and Black Powder War)
Throne of Jade (Temeraire)

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Fantasy
1.  Shatter: The Children of Man: Book One  by Elizabeth C. Mock
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2.  The Silver Serpent  by David Debord
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3.  The Belgariad, Vol. 1 (Books 1-3): Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit  by David Eddings
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4.5 out of 5 stars   (251) | 3 customer discussions
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4.  The Belgariad, Vol. 2 (Books 4 & 5): Castle of Wizardry, Enchanters' End Game  by David Eddings
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5.  The Malloreon, Vol. 1 (Books 1-3): Guardians of the West, King of the Murgos, Demon Lord of Karanda  by David Eddings
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6.  The Malloreon, Vol. 2 (Books 4 & 5): Sorceress of Darshiva, The Seeress of Kell  by David Eddings
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7.  The Redemption of Althalus [Kindle eBook]  by David Eddings
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8.  The Outstretched Shadow: The Obsidian Trilogy: Book One (The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy)  by Mercedes Lackey
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4.1 out of 5 stars   (119) | 1 customer discussion
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9.  To Light a Candle: The Obsidian Trilogy, Book Two (The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy)  by Mercedes Lackey
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10.  When Darkness Falls (The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 3)  by Mercedes Lackey
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Urban Fantasy
11.  City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Book 1) [Kindle eBook]  by Cassandra Clare
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12.  City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 2)  by Cassandra Clare
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13.  City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments) Book Three  by Cassandra Clare
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14.  The Demon's Lexicon (The Demon's Lexicon Trilogy)  by Sarah Rees Brennan
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4.2 out of 5 stars   (119) | 1 customer discussion
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15.  The Demon's Covenant (The Demon's Lexicon Trilogy)  by Sarah Rees Brennan
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16.  White Cat (Curse Workers, Book 1)  by Holly Black
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4.2 out of 5 stars   (225) | 2 customer discussions
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Steampunk/Alternate History
17.  Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century)  by Cherie Priest
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3.6 out of 5 stars   (312) | 6 customer discussions
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18.  Leviathan (The Leviathan Trilogy)  by Scott Westerfeld
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19.  Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices)  by Cassandra Clare
$19.07 Used & New from: $0.84
4.5 out of 5 stars   (1,372) | 10 customer discussions
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20.  In His Majesty's Service: Three Novels of Temeraire (His Majesty's Service, Throne of Jade, and Black Powder War) [Deckle Edge]  by Naomi Novik
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21.  Throne of Jade (Temeraire)  by Naomi Novik
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elsbietka "Imperial Princess of Geek" (Cincinnati, OH United States)
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Last updated: 6/26/10
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