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Haha, it looks like Ravenclaw has just taken the lead from Slytherin in the poll: shorelle.deviantart.com/journa… :XD: Interestingly, Gryffindor is lagging behind even though it's usually by far the most popular House... perhaps like attracts like in this corner of the interwebs? XD

Anyhow, I've been reading Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve which is an excellent YA/fantasy book (flying cities! post-apocalyptic steampunk! many ambiguous characters!) which is probably the first in the genre that has really captured my imagination since Harry Potter. Unfortunately, it is much more depressing, and it seems all I have been reading is depressing war fiction.

Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it would be nice to have an... upbeat read for a change ^^; Do you have any relatively ~light-hearted~ YA/fantasy books to recommend? (not that soul-crushing things can't happen once in a while, but some rays of hope would be nice -- something with a tone similar to HP...?)
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fleance Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009   General Artist
You've probably read this, but the His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman is a must-read. The first novel, Northern Lights, was cinematised as "The Golden Compass"... but I can guess the reasons why they won't be releasing future movies. =P It's somewhat steampunky with airships and such (but not much else), but everyone has a daemon! It's like an animal companion, but they go much deeper than that. What I enjoyed the most is the beautiful world Pullman creates in the eyes of a child. It's very wonderful. <3
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shorelle Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yes, I did enjoy His Dark Materials! :D They completely butchered the ending of the movie though, which is a rage-inducing shame *sigh* I wanted a daemon soooo badly when I was a kid...
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fleance Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009   General Artist
Also, I recommend books by Tad Williams like War of the Flowers. Faerieland is so nice and sinister... but nice. =D
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shorelle Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, thank you for the rec! :D
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unbelief Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
These recs are the most hilarious thing ever. Cassie Claire! Really!

I can't believe you don't like Artemis Fowl! Snarky genius outcast villain as THE TITLE CHARACTER. Still, they are a little more childish than HP, I think.

At the moment I am seriously reccing this eBook to everyone; The Wolf House, [link] - it's by an up&coming author who's a fandomer, LJ user sharpest_rose. I paid $5 and I'm halfway through and it's ridiculously good for an "amateur" book. Sort of Twilight with genuinely cool characters.

If you want some genuine, hold-in-your-hands books, however. The Worst Witch series (Jill Murphy) is good, if you haven't read it, very Potter-ish. There was also a TV series (plus The Witches and Wizards of Weirdsister College, which I love to pieces still) and idk whether or not you've read it.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel (Susanna Moore) is far more grown-up but it's still all about British Magic and has a lighter tone, though it's a satirical and can get a bit dry. You've probably read it, but if you haven't I think you should give it a look since it's filled with Your Type of Character.

Finally I haven't read Havemercy (Jaida Jones & Danielle Bennett) and don't know that I want to, but it's from the Shoebox Project people and is supposed to be pretty good YA fantasy with a bit of queering the patriarchy to it, and a sequel came out quite recently.
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shorelle Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I have only read the first book in the series so maybe he gets more awesome later on? I was attracted to the concept from what I'd heard of him, so perhaps the hype made me expect too much D: He was smart and sorta-evil but didn't seem particularly... complex, or something? idk it seemed like he was evil for the sake of being the evil title character but it's been a while since I read the book too, possibly when I was too smitten by harp-playing fops to pay much attention to anyone else XD

Thank you for the recommendations! I have read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell which I enjoyed :D But everything else is shiny and new! I... wasn't really a fan of the Shoebox Project to be honest, but I have heard good things about Havemercy.
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Nemo111 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
Before I forget I would also recommend Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's "Good Omens."
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shorelle Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yes, yet another awesome book :D (think I did a fanart of it back in the day xD) Two great authors working together = EPIC WIN
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Nemo111 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
INDEED. ^_^
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Nemo111 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
Also, have you read all the books in Doctrine of the Labyrinth? "Melusine," "The Virtu," "Mirador" and "Corambis?"
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shorelle Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've read all of them except Corambis, sadly, which I can't find in any local bookstores D:
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Nemo111 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
I've only read Melusine and Virtu, though my friend keeps bricking me to read Mirador. x_x Perhaps ordering online is an option?...
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shorelle Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I think I'm going to have to resort to that to get the latest book ^^; I hope you get to read The Mirador soon! It gets darker, but it's a great read.
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Nemo111 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
Actually, right now I'm gunning to finish the historical fiction my mom lent me--I'm trying to branch out a little--and read "Blood and Iron" by Elizabeth Bear.
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Nemo111 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
May I suggest the Mortal Instruments Trilogy by Cassandra Clare? It has some angst, but there's also plenty of action and plot twists, fun characters and enough banter and snark to make you giggle or laugh out loud. The first book is called "City of Bones."

I also couldn't help but notice from the comments you're a Tamora Pierce fan. I've read all of her books except "Bloodhound." It's nice to meet someone else who likes her stuff! ^_^
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shorelle Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, thank you for the rec! I've seen her books and the covers looks enticing (ahh, judging a book by its cover... *gets bricked*), but haven't gotten around to picking them up yet :]
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Nemo111 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
Well, luckily, sometimes the books are as cool as the covers. =D
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artemis-elric Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
Hmm. I do have a tendency to lean towards books that get depressing.

In any case, I'm still in "durrrr hetalia" mode so that's all I have in my brain at the moment. >>;
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shorelle Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AND HEY, THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT :dance:

Hetalia is the perfect antidepressant crack solution anyway~ :iconlithuaniaplz:
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artemis-elric Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
Love that lithuaniaplz. :XD:
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shorelle Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconchibirussiaplz: :iconsaysplz: SOON ALL WILL BE ONE WITH RUSSIA~ :heart:
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ajensus Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Student General Artist
*searches bookshelf for something i don't think you've read...*

hmm. how about the Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix? it's closer in likeness to the latter half of HP though, a little darker.

Have you read any Tamora Pierce? (i'd personally recommend the Protector of the Small quartet, and the Song of the Lioness quartet, but anything set in Tortall is worth reading. you can also read them in chronological order, but the order doesn't really affect anything in the other stories ((did that make ANY sense?))

and that is all i've got on the shelves within reach.
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shorelle Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahaha, we must be sharing bookshelves or something, because I've read both of those XD Tamora Pierce! :love: I was utterly obsessed with her books back when I started reading fantasy. Protector of the Small was my favourite quartet! (I had this weird thing for Kel/Joren because my shipping tastes were always freaky, it seems :noes:) I liked the Abhorsen Trilogy too, though yeah, it was a bit dark... I would've liked it to be a longer series because the world was quite awesome, unfortunately there wasn't a memorable range of villains but you can't have everything ;)
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ajensus Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Student General Artist
there's actually a prequel coming out in 2010 i think, and another one too, i just don't remember when that one is.

hmm. so i guess i was unhelpful.

second try: the stravaganza series by mary hoffman? the first 3 are the good ones.
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shorelle Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, I see! But thank you anyway~~ I haven't read Mary Hoffman's books so I shall have to look her up :glomp: WOOT!
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ajensus Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Student General Artist
weee! I had a brainblast today and remembered a great series that isn't really angsty and stuff. Hilarity and randomness ensue as frequently deep stuff does.

Abarat (and it's sequel Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War) by Clive Barker

BONUS BECAUSE ITS ILLUSTRATED (and in full color depending on the version)
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shorelle Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh, thank you muchly for the rec! <3 I will definitely check this out~
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ajensus Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Student General Artist
yay!
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ladysugarquill Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I personally love the Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer. The first two are awesome, the next two a bit less (IMHO), and the fifth is awesome again ^-^. I still haven't found Nº6.


The Animorphs series is also awesome, tough I've heard it gets a little depressing towards the end (I'm on book 12 of 54 ^^u)
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shorelle Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the recs! I've read the first Artemis Fowl book and it was fun, though I didn't fall in love with any of the characters, sometimes that takes a couple of books so I'll look out for the next ones :]

Oh yeah, somehow I managed to miss out on Animorphs when they first came out... I didn't realise there were so many! :wow: at least it'll keep one occupied for a while XD
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FeatherWriter Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
An Abundance of Katherines & Paper Towns by John Green are both excellent. An Abundance of Katherines is the most light, but Paper Towns is my favorite. They're not really fantasy though... So I second nijibug; Percy Jackson!
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shorelle Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, thank you very much for the recs! I'll check them both out :dance:
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nijibug Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
Hurhur, Percy Jackson? /redundant
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shorelle Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
afjhldhgl I need to hunt down his books :salute:
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