Super Wonderful List of Recommended Reading

Velvet Promise by Jude Deveraux

It is one of her earliest novels, the first of four in the Velvet series, which introduces the Montgomery men (technically The Black Lyon was, about some ancestors but it's not required to understand this series), her infamous family that she has written scores of novels about ranging from feudal England to the modern day. The series itself is amazing IMO and Jude is one of the best writers of this genre, to me. I've read the series several times over the years and always love them.

Mai 18 years ago
I would mention The Coldfire Series by C.S.Friedman. The books are as follows:

True Night Falls
Black Sun Rising
Crown of Shadows

The Dune series by Frank Herbert are also wonderful.

*Ponders why sci fi and fantasy authors seem to have a hard time writing anything that will fit in just one book.*
Xandare 18 years ago
I'll gladly recomend anything by Neil Gaiman, i've read 3 of his books so far and each one was better than the last..

American Gods

I'm certain he has some more current stuff though. most of my reading is about 5 years after release, and a few of these were a couple of years ago.
Mai 18 years ago
Ok, looking at the literary section, people have already started reading this series. So I'll have to just stick with the Dune suggestion until I think of more.
Verileah 18 years ago
Hart's Hope
Orson Scott Card

The world of Hart's Hope is one of the most innovative fantasy settings I have ever read, with both creative and familiar religions, unique magical powers, and tons of little details that pull you into a compelling universe. It is rich in both classic fantasy elements and very modern conflicts.

Take this excellent setting and add Orson Scott Card's brilliant touch with developing believable, relevant characters and you've got yourself a winner.

The storyline is simple enough; a young farm boy must fufill his destiny by overthrowing a wicked Queen and bringing back the rightful King, with the help of his friends. Where it really gets interesting is in determining who is truely good and evil and questioning how empowered we are to change it. Will our destiny take us down a path that is to our own best interest, or are we all pawns of a higher, and not necessarily benevolent, power? What is the nature of justice, and of mercy? Hart's Hope begs these questions and more, and I'd be delighted to discuss them with you all .
Mai 18 years ago
Sounds interesting, Veri. I read Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card and loved his in depth writing style. He's able to bring out convoluted plot turns and philosophical questions without bogging down the writing with every foot long word he knows.
ROzbeans 18 years ago
I started reading King when I was about 14. I think all girls do, especially when they discover vampires. I used to sit on the floor of the high school library and read all the dirty vampire non fiction (if you can call it that) when I happened upon Stephen King and my love for horror started. I love all his work up until Gerald's Game. He moved away from Derry and started concentrating on the Eclipse line. Each of his stories intertwine somehow. Usually with Flagg, the man in black or the Sherrif from Needful Things being in The Dark Half. If you read all of Stephen King, you can't help but giggle when you recognize characters from other books.

So he started with the Eclipse, it was 'Misery', 'Gerald's Game' and I think 'Rose Madder'. I wasn't too thrilled with GG or RM but Misery was awesome. Try the old King, back before his apparent therapy. When he was way way darker.

Old Stephen King

Specifically his compilations -

Night Shift
Monkey Shines
skeleton crew

Older Stephen King -

The Stand (original release)
The Dead Zone
The Shining
Pet Semetary (spinal mengitis.../shudder)
ROzbeans 18 years ago
This is my most favorite book of stories of all time. I'm a sucker for mysteries, but sci fi/fanty stories done in the traditional mystery genre.../drool

13 Crimes of Science Fiction, the (1979) [collection]
by Isaac Asimov, Avram Davidson, Charles V. De Vet, Philip K. Dick, Randall Garrett, Katherine MacLean, Larry Niven, Tom Reamy, Clifford D. Simak, William F. Temple, William Tenn, Wilson Tucker, Jack Vance, Edward Wellen


* The Detweiler Boy by Tom Reamy (FAVORITE)
* The Ipswich Phial by Randall Garrett
* Second Game by Charles V. De Vet & Katherine MacLean
* The Ceaseless Stone by Avram Davidson
* Coup de Grace [“Worlds of Origin”] by Jack Vance
* The Green Car by William F. Temple
* War Game by Philip K. Dick
* The Singing Bell by Isaac Asimov (Favorite)
* ARM by Larry Niven (Favorite)
* Mouthpiece by Edward Wellen
* Time Exposures by Wilson Tucker
* How-2 by Clifford D. Simak
* Time in Advance by William Tenn
Verileah 18 years ago
I suggested this one when we tried the other book club method, but I figured it was worth another go in this format.

Title: My Name is Asher Lev
Author: Chaim Potok

This is a story about art, so I thought it would fit in well here. The book takes us on a journey through one brilliant man's life as he struggles with the commitments and obligations that make him who he is and yet tear him apart. It is about a man not only talented, but strongly compelled to create, even at great costs to his family and his faith.

The book explores some profound questions that I would love to discuss.
Xandare 18 years ago
Anything by Clive Barker!
well almost anything.. I wasnt too big a fan of Galilee

my strongest recomendations are his earlists works

The books of Blood triliogy
<"we are all books of blood; when were opened, were red">

The Damnation Game


He has some more fantasy tilting works, which are not very scary, but there still quite an awesome journey


Weave World

Nastirith 18 years ago
Hey there!

Ok, I also am a big King fan, but since his name has been thrown out there already, I'm going to have to suggest another GREAT author...

Brian Lumley

Really, I haven't read anything by him that I didn't like.

His biggest ongoing series are the Necroscope books, starting with "Necroscope".

His Dreamland books were awesome too, which were based off of H.P. Lovecraft's works. (Another awesome horror writer!)

Lumley is on the web at

Sooo many good books! Get some! 8)
ROzbeans 18 years ago
There's one I wanted to recommend but I can't find it anywhere. I can't even think of who its by, either.

Irish Lord -

Its about an english woman of just above average common blood line who is pretty much treated like property by all the men in her life. Sent to the King's royal court to flutter about there, her coach gets into an accident and she's saved by...Crap can't remember his name =/, but an Irish Lord who dubs her Ellis (Elizabeth). She hates him of course and he hates her and of course they fall in love, but he takes her to the kingdom after she heals from her wounds.

Yadda yadda yadda, she's engaged to and marries a flipping jerk. Said jerk gives her body to the King, who can't do anything with it anyway, but is raped by said husband on their wedding night. So who shows up at court the next day? The Irish Lord.

A battle ensues between the irish and the british and she sleeps with the Lord before he leaves for battle. She's planning on leaving her jerk husband anyway, but gets thrown up into the tower when he founds out she's pregnant. Its definitely not his because apparently he's sterile. So she's in the tower, they dont even mention the war (which i thought would've been good) but when its over, the Irish Lord comes and saves her with a fresh, sexy new scar.

Oh, jerk husband is dead. She marries the Irish Lord and they have little lords and lordettes.

All in all its a typical romance plot, but I really enjoyed it. The sex was naughty.
Guest 18 years ago
hmmm...not sure if this fits here or not...

Book(s): The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty's Punishment, and Beauty's Release

Author: A.N. Roquelaure (pen name of Anne Rice)

These three books are a trilogy following the story of Beauty in a world where princes and princesses are often taken to a country where they are made to become sexual slaves. Each book finds Beauty in a new setting during her sexual servitude.

I think the trilogy has just enough naughtiness to it while still being something you (at least, me) wouldn't be too embarassed to read in public.
Mai 18 years ago
My old roommate brought those with him from Canada. I've read those. I'd say they'd fit in this catagory.

Another set that might interest you guys

Kushiel's Dart
Kushiel's Chosen
Kushiel's Avatar
by Jacqueline Carey

Trained from childhood to a life of servitude and espionage, Phedre no Delaunay serves her master, Anafiel, as a courtesan and spy, ferreting out the dangerous secrets of the noble houses of Terre d'Ange. When she uncovers a treasonous conspiracy, however, her life takes on a new and deadly purpose. Set in a world reminiscent of late medieval and early Renaissance Europe, Carey's first novel portrays a society based upon political and sexual intrigue. The author's sensual prose, suitable for adult readers, should appeal to fans of Tanith Lee, Storm Constantine, and Terry Goodkind.- Review from Library Journal.

Because she is the chosen of the god, Kushiel, she takes pleasure in her own pain. This unique trait and her training as a spy and a courtesan are used to a good effect throughout the book. It is different and maintains an actual story.
ROzbeans 18 years ago
Name: Shibumi
Author: Trevanian

Book Description
A westerner raised in Japan, he survived the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world's most artful lover and its most accomplished assassin. His greatest desire is to attain a state of effortless perfection . . . shibumi. But he is about to face his most sinister and corrupt enemy -- a supermonolith of espionage and monopoly bent on destroying
him. . . .
Temprah 18 years ago
I recommend the Rowan series by Anne McCaffrey :

The Rowan
Damia's Children
Lyon's Pride
The Tower and The Hive

Genre is sci-fi with some romance. A good book/series if you are into psionics (like me!!) as well as exploring the ideas of what advancements of that nature could do to society, in a positive way.

Snyopsis from :

From School Library Journal
YA-- Rowan, a telepathic, telekinetic three-year-old, is the sole survivor of a mining disaster on a frontier planet. As she matures, her powers grow until she becomes one of a handful of "Primes" with the Federal Telepath & Teleport network, the organization responsible for telecommunications and shipping of cargo throughout the galaxy. Rowan finds herself alienated from humanity and her coworkers due to her unique talents and tremendous responsibilities until she senses Jeff Raven, a fellow talent, on the fringes of explored space. A bonding develops between the two when they are thrown together to help defeat aliens bent on destroying the human race. The Rowan was expanded from the short story "Lady in the Tower" in Get Off the Unicorn (1984). While not as strong a love story as The Ship Who Sang (1976, both Ballantine), McCaffrey weaves believable characters with a well-written story to produce this entertaining science fiction romance.
- John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Dia 18 years ago
call me lame but

John Saul

I really liked his books, alot of them all follow the same typ of theme tho so you can only read 20 some books with tthe same theme but different people. i still love him!

partiularly 'When the Winds Blows'
and Nathaniel

they even made a series he wrote into a game for the PC. its for the 95/98 format only so you can imagen what year it came out. Anyways the game followed the books and freaked me out to play. i had to use walk through because of the stress and suspense of the game was killer! I really felt like i was sitting in the electric chair with seconds to stop it!
Claene 18 years ago
Author: Gregory Maguire
Title: Wicked : The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Have you ever wondered about what happened in the Land of Oz before that do-gooder Dorothy and her dog Toto came on the scene and saved the world? Well, Gregory Maguire did, and he took the process one step further - he wrote a book. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West is the result of Maguire's ponderings.

Did you know that the Wicked Witch of the West was actually named Elphaba, and that she could sing like a nightingale? Or that her sister, of the red shoes fame, was named Nessarose and was born without arms? Did you know that Glinda the good (born Galinda) was, when she was young, a spoilt brat who cared for little other than her beauty and being in the "right" social crowd? All these questions are answered, plus more postulated between the covers of Wicked.

Wicked is, in fact, the biography of Elphaba - the Wicked Witch of the West. We follow her steps from her birth right through to her death. We see how she copes as an odd child, having been born with green skin and an avid fear of water. We then follow her on to her years at University, where she shares a room with Glinda and is accepted by her group of friends. Then there is her time in the Emerald City, where she works with other subversives to try and overthrow the Wizard. It is during this time that she has her one and only love affair, which ends in tragedy. Then there is her time in religious sanctuary, which ends when she realises that she must go and confess to the widow of her lover, and, finally, there's her demise at the hands of Dorothy.

Maguire has written an extremely entertaining story for adults who remember singing along with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion, and being scared of the Wicked Witch of the West in the movie, The Wizard of Oz. Instead of being afraid of Elphaba, you will find yourself empathising with her, realising that she was just human, and that it was circumstances and society that made her what she was.

I thoroughly enjoyed Wicked. It is very well written, and Douglas Smith has executed the pen drawings that illustrate each section with great skill. We are also very thoughtfully provided with a map of the Land of Oz, which helps the reader keep track of Elphaba's travels
Xandare 18 years ago
okay I just read Ender's Game by Orsen Scott Card since a few peeps on here recomended it....

I absolutely love this book!

I read it in one sitting! I never do that! not even with my Clive Barker or R.A. Salvatore books, i'm a slow reader, normally.. I couldn' put Endre's Game down.. thanks for the recomendation!

I plan on picking up some more of Card's books very soon!
Hijinks 18 years ago
Author: Diana Gabaldon (
Series: The Outlander Series
Titles: Outlander
Dragonfly in Amber
Drums of Autumn
The Fiery Cross

Plot Synopsis:

In Outlander, we meet Claire Randall (who, incidentally, is the best female written character EVER in my opinion) who is a 1940s-era nurse who goes on her honeymoon with Frank Randall after WWII. They go to Scotland and she passes through a set of standing stones and somehow travels back in time to 1740s Scotland. Of course many misunderstandings and such ensue, from her dress to her swearing "Jesus H Roosevelt Christ!" The English think she's a spy for the Scots, and the Scots think she's a spy for the English, and the Scots won't let her go to the British, so they force her to marry (remember, she's already married) a young Highlander named Jamie Fraser.

Jamie and Claire then have a lot of adventures through Outlander and the next 2 books. I'm trying to decide how much to say without giving away major plot twists. By The Fiery Cross, they are in America and about to participate in the American Revolution, but unfortunately for the wrong side (the British).

There's a TON of hot sex, extremely well written, and yet achingly tender moments between Claire and Jamie, who do fall in love after they marry. There is another book, A Breath of Snow and Ashes I think is the name, that's supposed to be coming out in September. I will warn you - these books are EXTREMELY dense in regards to the amount of history and natural lore - Claire is a botanist and a nurse when she goes back the first time, then she goes back to the 1940's and becomes a doctor, to return twenty years later, so she is a healer, wise woman, and a bit of a witch all rolled into one. Also, unfortunately, since the books are so dense, they take a while for her to write.

The plot is convoluted but not hard to follow, and the books are all exceedingly well-written and is most definitely worth the read. As an indicator of how much I could not put these books down - I picked up the 4th book in the series and, even though I had no idea who these people were, what they were doing, and why, I read it to the end and then went and found book 1 to start at the beginning, rather than stop reading book 4. I could not stop, no matter what.

Series Finished: No.
Addi 18 years ago
The Incarnations of Immortality
by: Piers Anthony

Book 1: On a Pale Horse
Book 2: Bearing an Hourglass
Book 3: With a Tangles Skein
Book4: Wielding a Red Sword
Book 5: Being a Green Mother
Book 6: For Love of Evil
Book 7: And Eternity

I read this series years and years ago but I enjoyed it more than any series I have ever read. I'm sure alot recognize Piers Anthony and probably from his Xanth Novels. This series, imo, is nothing like the Xanth Novels. I actually did not care for the Xanth Novels.

Each book in this series is about an incarnation (death, time, fate, war, satan and god). Each incarnation is represented by a normal person who, by different means, takes over the position of each incarnation as if its thier "job". Each book could be read singly and stand alone but its amazing how the farther into the series you get you realize that the main character of the book was introduced in a previous book ever so nonchalantly. The web with which all the characters are weaved is brillant. This series is a little of a love story, little of a mystery novel, a little sci-fi...a little of everything. Its very easily read (I think I read all 7 books in less than 5 days while still working and doing my normal daily activites) and evokes about every emotion a human being can have.

Series finished: yes