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Post by Nicholas1024 » July 7th, 2016, 4:03 pm

Hey everyone,

As I've already read through most of the authors I'm already familiar with, I'm looking for ideas on books to read for entertainment. While I enjoy Christian fiction, I'm basically looking for anything that counts as "clean" reading.

Genre-wise, I prefer fantasy, though I also read sci-fi, mystery, and historical fiction.

Any assistance/suggestions would be really helpful, thanks!
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Post by Robzor The Walrus » July 7th, 2016, 9:22 pm

If you use a digital reading device, such as a Nook or Kindle check out Project Gutenberg.
Lots of classics available and it is all free.
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Post by Kesarahk » July 8th, 2016, 2:04 pm

What have you already read? To give us a better idea of your preferences, and cover where you've been before I make a list. =)
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Re: Looking for books

Post by Nicholas1024 » July 9th, 2016, 4:38 pm

So, my favorite series of all time is Lord of the Rings, but some other stuff I've enjoyed in the past includes the Redwall series, the Dresden Files, the Discworld Series, many of Agatha Christie's works (particularly And Then There Were None), the Inheritance Cycle (though the fourth book wasn't the most satisfying ending), the Chronicles of Narnia, and various historical fiction (can't recall titles off the top of my head, it's been a while.) Hopefully that gives you a decent idea of the type of stuff I generally enjoy.
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Post by NeoJabez » July 9th, 2016, 4:48 pm

Look for the Mistborn books by Brian Sanderson, pretty good. (Actually, pretty much anything I've read by him is pretty decent.) He was tasked with finishing the Wheel of Time series when it's author passed away.

I have lots more recommendations, but I need to run for now. More later...
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Re: Looking for books

Post by Imagine Wagons » July 9th, 2016, 5:56 pm

Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker or considered the "Stephen King" of Christian Fiction.
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Post by raider2473 » July 9th, 2016, 6:53 pm

I'd agree with you on Inheritance's ending, and have to agree with NeoJabez on Brandon Sanderson, really enjoyed the Steelheart series. Another good series imo is the Ranger's Apprentice.

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Post by DrDanielRigney » July 9th, 2016, 9:19 pm

OH Man!!! somebody get Winged Scribe in here pronto!

Third on the inheritance cycle

IN SF:
The space trilogy by CS Lewis is quite good. It isn't as clean as the Chronicles of Narnia(little known fact Lewis was somewhat of a potty mouth) however it is still worth a read. Also if I remember correctly Ray Bradbury has some short stories which have some strong religious themes. I am not sure about any of his books though.

IN Historical Fiction:
GA Hinty has a TON of historical fiction set throughout history However his books are well over a hundred years old and show it. They are very strong with the pro British empire rhetoric where it is retentive and even worse in the book on the civil war pro slavery(at least as far as I read) However if you can get past the archaic writing style there are a number that are worth a read.
List of his books:
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A Search for a Secret 1867
The March to Magdala 1868
All But Lost, Volumes I, II and III 1869
Out on the Pampas: The Young Settlers 1871
The Young Franc-Tireurs and Their Adventure in the Franco-Prussian War 1872
The March to Coomassie 1874
The Young Buglers, A Tale of the Peninsular War 1880
The Cornet of Horse: A Tale of Marlborough's Wars 1881
In Times of Peril: A Tale of India 1881
Facing Death, The Hero of the Vaughan Pit – A Tale of the Coal Mines 1882
Winning His Spurs: A Tale of the Crusades (aka Boy Knight) 1882
Friends Though Divided: A Tale of the Civil War 1883
Jack Archer: A Tale of the Crimea 1883
Under Drake's Flag: A Tale of the Spanish Main 1883
By Sheer Pluck: A Tale of the Ashanti War 1884
With Clive in India: The Beginnings of an Empire 1884
In Freedom's Cause: A Story of Wallace and Bruce 1885
St. George For England: A Tale of Cressy and Poitiers 1885
True to the Old Flag: A Tale of the American War of Independence 1885
The Young Colonists: A Tale of the Zulu and Boer Wars 1885
The Dragon and the Raven, or The Days of King Alfred 1886
For Name and Fame: To Cabul with Roberts 1886
The Lion of the North: A Tale of Gustavus Adolphus and the Wars of Religion 1886
Through the Fray: A Tale of the Luddite Riots 1886
Yarns on the Beach: A Bundle of Tales 1886
The Bravest of the Brave, or, With Peterborough in Spain 1887
A Final Reckoning: A Tale of Bush Life in Australia 1887
The Sovereign Reader: Scenes from the Life and Reign of Queen Victoria 1887
The Young Carthaginian, A Story of the Time of Hannibal 1887
With Wolfe in Canada: The Winning of a Continent 1887
Bonnie Prince Charlie: A Tale of Fontenoy and Culloden 1888
For the Temple: A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem 1888
Gabriel Allen M.P. 1888
In the Reign of Terror: The Adventures of a Westminster Boy 1888
Orange and Green: A Tale of the Boyne and Limerick 1888
Sturdy and Strong: How George Andrews Made His Way 1888
Captain Bayley's Heir: A Tale of the Gold Fields of California 1889
The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt 1889
The Curse of Carne's Hold: A Tale of Adventure, Volumes I and II 1889
The Lion of St. Mark: A Story of Venice in the Fourteenth Century 1889
The Plague Ship (1889)
Tales of Daring and Danger, Five Short Stories 1890
By Pike and Dyke: A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic 1890
One of the 28th: A Tale of Waterloo 1890
With Lee in Virginia, A Story of the American Civil War 1890
The Boy Knight: A Tale of the Crusades
(the American title for Winning His Spurs) 1891
By England's Aid: The Freeing of the Netherlands, 1585–1604 1891
By Right of Conquest: With Cortez in Mexico 1891
Chapter of Adventures: Through the Bombardment of Alexandria aka The Young Midshipman (USA) 1891
A Hidden Foe, Volumes I and II 1891
Maori and Settler: A Tale of the New Zealand War 1891
Those Other Animals (1891)
The Dash For Khartoum: A Tale of the Nile Expedition 1892
Held Fast for England: A Tale of the Siege of Gibraltar (1779–83) 1892
The Ranche in the Valley (1892)
Redskin and Cowboy: A Tale of the Western Plains 1892
Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invasion 1893
Condemned as a Nihilist: A Story of Escape from Siberia 1893
In Greek Waters: A Story of the Grecian War of Independence (1821–1827) 1893
Rujub, the Juggler, Volumes I, II and III 1893
Dorothy's Double: The Story of a Great Deception, Volumes I, II and III 1894
A Jacobite Exile: Being the Adventures of a Young Englishman in the Service of Charles XII of Sweden 1894
Saint Bartholomew's Eve: A Tale of the Huguenot Wars 1894
Through the Sikh War: A Tale of the Conquest of the Punjab 1894
In the Heart of the Rockies: A Story of Adventure in Colorado 1895
When London Burned: A Story of Restoration Times and the Great Fire 1895
Woman of the Commune: A Tale of Two Sieges of Paris
(aka Cuthbert Hartington, A Girl of the Commune,Two Sieges and Two Sieges of Paris 1895
Wulf The Saxon: A Story of the Norman Conquest 1895
A Knight of the White Cross: A Tale of the Siege of Rhodes 1896
Through Russian Snows: A Story of Napoleon's Retreat from Moscow 1896
The Tiger of Mysore: A Story of the War with Tippoo Saib 1896
At Agincourt: A Tale of the White Hoods of Paris 1897
On the Irrawaddy: A Story of the First Burmese War 1897
The Queen's Cup, A Novel, Volumes I, II and III 1897
With Cochrane the Dauntless: A Tale of the Exploits of Lord Cochrane 1897
Colonel Thorndyke's Secret (aka The Brahmin's Treasure (USA)) 1898
A March on London: Being a Story of Wat Tyler's Insurrection 1898
With Frederick the Great: A Tale of the Seven Years War 1898
With Moore at Corunna: A Tale of the Peninsular War 1898
Among Malay Pirates; A Tale of Adventure and Peril (1899)
On the Spanish Main: A Tale of Cuba and the Buccaneers (1899)
At Aboukir and Acre: A Story of Napoleon's Invasion of Egypt 1899
Both Sides the Border: A Tale of Hotspur and Glendower 1899
The Golden Cañon and The Stone Chest, or The Secret of Cedar Island,
(The Stone Chest is a filler title, not by Henty) (2-in-1 book) 1899
The Lost Heir 1899
Under Wellington's Command: A Tale of the Peninsular War 1899
In the Hands of the Cave Dwellers 1900
No Surrender! A Tale of the Rising in La Vendée 1900
A Roving Commission, or, Through the Black Insurrection at Hayti 1900
Won by the Sword: A Story of the Thirty Years War 1900
In the Irish Brigade: A Tale of War in Flanders and Spain 1901
John Hawke's Fortune: A Story of Monmouth's Rebellion 1901
Out With Garibaldi: A Story of the Liberation of Italy 1901
Queen Victoria: Scenes from her Life and Reign 1901
With Buller in Natal: A Born Leader 1901
At the Point of the Bayonet: A Tale of the Mahratta War 1902
To Herat and Cabul, A Story of the First Afghan War 1902
With Roberts to Pretoria: A Tale of the South African War 1902
The Treasure of the Incas: A Tale of Adventure in Peru 1903
With Kitchener in the Soudan, A Story of Atbara and Omdurman 1903
With the British Legion: A Story of the Carlist Wars 1903
Through Three Campaigns: A Story of Chitral, Tirah, and Ashantee 1904
With the Allies to Pekin: A Story of the Relief of the Legations 1904
Gallant Deeds, Five Short Stories 1905
By Conduct and Courage: A Story of Nelson's Days 1905
In the Hands of the Malays 1905
Among the Bushrangers from A Final Reckoning 1906
Indian Raid, An from Redskin and Cowboy 1906
Cast Ashore from With Clive in India 1906
Charlie Marryat from With Clive in India 1906
Cornet Walter from Orange and Green 1906
A Highland Chief from In Freedom's Cause 1906
The Two Prisoners from A Soldier's Daughter 1906
The Young Captain from With Clive in India 1906


I have never found anything in fantasy which came anywhere close to LOTR or the Chronicles of Narnia if there is anything out there I want to know about it.
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Re: Looking for books

Post by NeoJabez » July 9th, 2016, 10:07 pm

OH yeah Raider, the Steelheart series was unique, too! Loved it!
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Re: Looking for books

Post by The Winged Scribe » July 9th, 2016, 10:36 pm

While I haven't read much of it, I've heard that Patrick Rothfuss' "Name of the Wind" series is fantastic. You mentioned Jim Butcher, so it also might be worth looking into his "Alera Codex" series, too. Also, Terry Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" series is pretty good. All 3 of those are in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section at your local Barnes & Noble. Just...trust me on that.

But I'd have to echo the sentiment already expressed here and admit that above all stand Tolkien and Lewis. I loved LotR, but "The Silmarillion" was easily my favorite work of Tolkien, though I think I'm in rare company with that opinion. Still, if you haven't read that, I'd definitely recommend it!
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