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Book recommendations? (Plus homemade anti-twilight graphic inside!)

Anyway, what are some books you guys are reading/have read that are well-written? My bookshelf currently needs a restocking.


I can't recommend the Abhorsen series (first book is Sabriel) by Garth Nix enough. Also Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens is fantastic. Oh, and Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.
Seconding Good Omens so hard you have no idea. Well, actually, you do because I don't say "so hard" much at all, less so with the italics. ;)
I third Good Omens. It's made of pure awesome.
I absolutely adored The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collings about a girl who's forced to be in a televised fight to the death.

And The Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare. It's a fantasy about a girl that discovers her mother was a demon hunter and she took her a warlock every 2 years to rid her of the sight of all the mythical creatures living in New York. (The first book's called City Of Bones)
No, I only just begun the second one.
Mary Gentle writes great stuff and so does John Crowley.The The Folk of the Air and the Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle are simply marvellous..
If you're into Detective wizards and smart ass talking skulls, The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher is awesome.

Also, the new cover for the next book is on jim's site!
SECONDED. Rereading the series currently.
Wicked Game and its sequel Bad to the Bone by Jeri Smith-Ready. Based around a con artist trying to come clean and gets a job at a radio station that's run by vampire DJs who are stuck in the decade they were turned and only have the music of that time to cling to, or they fade. It's better than I'm making it out to be without giving away spoilers =3 The above link contains her website and the first chapter of both books if you want to check them out.

Let the Right One In is another awesome novel where the vampires don't sparkle. Eli has SO much more character than the whole cast of Twilight put together.

Something Wicked This Way Comes. I've only started reading it but I'm already sucked in. It was written in the 1960s and is considered to be a classic Gothic novel.

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*jumps in on Let the Right One In*
Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn is REALLY good if you are into feudal Japanese fiction. This is probably the only series where I can tolerate a first person perspective (which is on/off) and that is very well written.
A great and Terrible Beauty- Libba Bray

The Uglies Series

Thirteen Reasons Why

Blood and Chocolate

Nineteen Minutes- Jodi Picoult
If you like comics (or are curious about comics) and you haven't read Runaways yet, then why the hell are you on the internet not reading Runaways?

It's about these six kids who find out that their parents are supervillains, and so they run away, but one of them is a mole and keeping their parents informed of their movements, so eventually they have to face them down.

The best stories are the ones written by series creator Brian K. Vaughan. There's 7 books by him: Pride & Joy, Teenage Wasteland, The Good Die Young, True Believers, Escape to New York, Parental Guidance, and Live Fast
Love love love Brian K. Vaughn. All the episodes he wrote for Lost are genius, and I need to start reading Y: The Last Man.

Oh, and as far as comic recommendations go, Fables is absolutely fantastic. Picture every character in fairy tale history living in Manhattan and trying to coexist with normal humans while simultaneously trying to get back to fairy tale homelands and recapture it from an unknown villain.
While we're talking comics, I feel the need to recommend Watchmen. Or anything by Alan Moore. <3
From Hell has always been my favorite Moore work, mostly because I'm a slut for Victoriana, especially the stuff that gets into why that most prudish era was probably the most wretched hive of scum and villainy in modern times, to paraphrase my Jedi master.

What is your book jonzeartist? I'm curious to see it.
If you like comics, I would recommend "Global Frequency" by Warren Ellis and the "Preacher" series by Garth Ennis. Both good reads.
And Ellis's "Transmetropolitan"!!! The girls at my comic shop say that it's the one series that they recommend all the time that they've never had anyone not LOVE it.
And Transmetropolitian too! That is a good, head-trippy series right there!


I cannot overstate this enough. He's fantastic.

Also, my favourite book of all time, House of Leaves. Great if you want the exact opposite of Twilight: a creepy, clever, experimental, psychological thriller.
I love that graphic! HP Bella kicks Twilight Bella's arse in every single way. *loves HP Bella*

I'm reading the second in Scott Sigler's Infected series, called Contagious. It's kind of a zombie/alien disease book but it's SO good. I also just finished the novel-length fanfic Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness, which was A-MAZ-ING.
Anytime anyone asks for book recs on this community, I say go read some stuff by HP Lovecraft. SRSLY. Your life is incomplete without Lovecraft.

And Chuck Palahniuk, of course. My favorites by him are Fight Club and Diary. What a brilliant author. Or anything by Ayn Rand--The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, whatever. If you don't mind 1000-page books crammed full of philosophy, she's easily one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century.

Hmmm books...Lets see...I recently read I Am Legend again...Forgot how utterly amazing it is, plus its pretty short so its easy to read. I read two Ryu Murakami books as well, both short... In The Miso Soup and Piercing...Both really fucked up, but very very well written. Haruki Murakami is also good...I'm reading After Dark atm :)
the Tithe series. I love those books to death!