Monday, July 23, 2007

Books to beat the HP funk

Ok, so Spencer, our electronic intern, and I are having this discussion over IM now, about what to read after HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. We're both so into the book, from having read it this weekend, that everything else looks sort of pale in comparison.

So, people, suggest away. What do you think would be good to read, to break the HP funk?


Angelle Trieste said...

How about Artemis Fowl or Percy Jackson? (both the protagonists in their own YA urban fantasy series) :) I really liked them both.

Cara King said...

Ooh, lots of great books out there!

Assuming someone in an HP funk might want fantasy, I'd recommend reading or rereading:

CHARMED LIFE, DEEP SECRET, THE OGRE DOWNSTAIRS, or WITCH WEEK by Diana Wynne Jones (or just about anything else she's written)


THE THIEF (& its sequels) by Megan Whalen Turner

HEIR APPARENT by Vivan Vande Velde


THE CURSE OF CHALION by Lois McMaster Bujold


FIREBIRDS, and FIREBIRDS RISING (short stories) edited by Sharyn November

Well, that's a start! :-)


C.Keegan said...

I'm in a similar place. So, because I've heard so many good things about it, I'm finally buying Suzanna Clark's Norell and Strange. That ought to keep me busy for a few weeks. I've asked on my LJ for other suggestions and some of my Flist have given me a few other things to check out, namely the Bartimaeus Trilogy by Stroud and The Book Thief.

John D. said...

[Whistles, looks up and to the left]

spyscribbler said...

I don't know. I finished Nora's and LKH's latest, too, so it's like a triple serving of funk.

I've been watching Star Trek: DS9 episodes. And cleaning. (Sad, huh?)

Eileen said...

Have you tried Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr?

Scott said...

I started Henry VI Part 1 today (I was saving it for after HP), so I guess I should list it. After this, I'll probably read one of the Robin McKinley books that are begging for some attention. And I still need to finish Great Irish Tales of Horror, which I've been reading for the couple days before HP's release, because it's easy to interrupt a collection of stories for a massive readfest than a novel.

Tez Miller said...

The best books I read in 2007 - in the order of which I read them:

Lisa Scottoline, Dirty Blonde (thriller)
Erica Spindler, Copycat (thriller)
Jaclyn Moriarty, The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie (YA chick lit)
Tracy Quan, Diary of a Married Call Girl (chick lit)
Robert Muchamore, CHERUB: Man v Beast (YA thriller)
Robert Muchamore, CHERUB: Class A (YA thriller)
Rebecca Sparrow, The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay (YA chick lit)
Margaret Clark, The Femails (chick lit)
Robert Muchamore, CHERUB: The Recruit (YA thriller)
Robert Muchamore, CHERUB: Maximum Security (YA thriller)
Denise Mina, The Dead Hour (thriller)
Jennifer Armintrout, Blood Ties: The Turning (urban fantasy)
Gwen Hunter, Shadow Valley (thriller)
Tom Perrotta, Little Children (thriller)
Lisa Scottoline, Daddy's Girl (thriller)
Margaret Clark, Trouble on Tuesdays (YA chick lit)
Bret Easton Ellis, Lunar Park (autobiographical fiction)
Greg Iles, Turning Angel (thriller)
Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Golden (YA urban fantasy)
Chris Daffey, A Girl, a Smock and a Simple Plan (memoir)
Tanya Huff, Smoke and Shadows (urban fantasy)
Ben Elton, Chart Throb (satirical fiction)
Paul Cleave, The Cleaner (thriller)
Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted (memoir)
Kelley Armstrong, No Humans Involved (urban fantasy)
Alex Sanchez, Getting It (YA gay)
Leslie Margolis, Fix (YA wealthy)
Rachel Vincent, Stray (urban fantasy)

Have a lovely day! :-)

kiwi said...

Wibur Smith's Quest. Or if you aren't familiar with the 'Egypt' series, River God.

Anonymous said...

I have to move onto something significantly different in order to enjoy the book, like Amy Tan's Bonesetter's Daughter. I suppose it's because I can't help but compare any fantasy writer to Rowling. After a couple mainstreams I can return to fantasy and read it without prejudice. Also what I enjoyed about Rowling was her character development and this is what I enjoy about Tan.

Antony said...

A sweet dessert to follow the hearty meal of Harry Potter, I can recommend nothing better than The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett (ideally followed by its sequel: A Hat Full Of Sky)

LVP said...

I suggest Jasper Fforde if you haven't read him already. And Meg Cabot has two wonderful paranormal series--her Mediator series and her 1-800-Where-R-You? series. Also anything by Gregory McGuire (WICKED, SON OF A WITCH, CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER, etc.)

grrluknow said...

Nightlife and the sequel Moonshine by Rob Thurman. Gorgeously written and the protag, Caliban, has the most wicked sense of humor. One of the best contemp/urban fantasy series I've ever read. Characterizations, writing, and humor all better than HP, imo. (No, I'm not the author. I wish.)

joycemocha said...

Diane Duane's Wizards series, starting with "So You Want to Be A Wizard."

Great stuff. Better writing than Rowling, IMO.

Remy said...

I would suggest reading Blood Follows and Healthy Dead by Steven Erikson. You can actually purchase them from Night Shade Books!

December/Stacia said...

Second Wee Free Men. I love all Pratchett, but that's one of my favorites.

Hélène Boudreau said...

SPIDER'S SONG by Anita Daher.

YA psychological thriller

Diane said...

I have quite the list:
James Rollins - The Judas Strain (thriller/action ala Dan Brown)

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child - Pendergast series (thriller/action awesome stuff!)

MaryJanice Davidson - Jennifer Scales Series (YA)weredragon

Anything Laurell K Hamilton
Anything Kim Harrison

Paul Christopher - Michaelangelo's Notebook (again ala preston and child)

Jeanne Stein - Anna Strong Chronicles (vampire)

Candace Havens - Charmed & Deadly Series (witch)

Yasmine Galenorn - Sisters of the Moon series: Witchling, Changeling (witches, dragons, weres)

Vicki Pettersson - "Zodiac Series"

Shirley Damsgaard - Witch series (mystery)

Sarah Andrews - forensic geologist (awesome)

Ilona Andrews - Magic Bites

Alex Archer - archaelogist/action

Holly Black (YA) spiderwick chronicles, tithe, valiant

I have an extensive favorite author list with their series name and when new books are coming out.

La Gringa said...

ACACIA by David Anthony Durham - really great book. Also, I loved GREYWALKER and POLTERGEIST by Kat Richardson.

Christine Norris said...

Let's see...
James Owen's HERE THERE BE DRAGONS is excellent.

I picked up the first Percy Jackson book, THE LIGHTINING THIEF and it's also great. (Artemis Fowl started to annoy me in book three, when there were so many adverbs I wanted to chuck the book across the room! Distracting!)

And I suppose I wouldn't be a good little writer if I didn't flog my own books. Since the second came out today, I guess it's okay, right?

TALISMAN OF ZANDRIA (2005) and RETURN TO ZANDRIA (2007). MG fantasy with fairy tale twists, and all the reviewers enjoyed both very much. If you like a Dorothy goes to Middle Earth (and then goes back again in the second book) kind of story.

Anonymous said...

I like the series by Shanna Swendson - Enchanted Inc, Once Upon Stilettos, and Damsel in Distress. Very Harry Potter-ish, though about a woman who is completely immune to magic and thus is valuable to a magical company. Cute.

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