Sunday, 25 July 2010

Reading List According to Readers of Writer Revealed

So here it is ...a fairy short, but very good reading list. 

If anyone wants to keep the list, and want it in Excel, email me and I will send it to you. I plan to include blog links for people who recommended the books in the spreadsheet as soon as I get a chance. 

The list is alphabetized by Author's names.In the brackets, people who recommended each book.

1. A Reaper's Tale: The Undecided by Adam Slade (Carol Ward)
2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (Carol Ward / Karin Eider)
3. The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop (Dolly Garland)
4. Anne Frank's Diary by Anne Frank (Dolly Garland)
5. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (Dolly Garland)
6. The Kadin by Beatrice Small (Carol Ward)
7. The Little Country by Charles De Lint (Carol Ward)
8. Ramses Series by Christian Jaqc (Karin Eider)
9. Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers (Erica Chapman)
10. Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers (Erica Chapman)
11. One Day by David Nicholls (Sue Martin)
12. Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber (Sue Martin)
13. Christmas in Seattle by Debbie Macomber (Sue Martin)
14. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (Sue Martin)
15. The Swarm by Frank Schaetzing (Karin Eider)
16. The Lacemakers of Glenmara by Heather Barbieri (Sue Martin)
17. Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling (Karin Eider / Dolly Garland)
18. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (Adam Slade / Karin Eider / Dolly Garland)
19. Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward (Karin Eider)
20. Teacher Teacher by Jack Sheffield (Sue Martin)
21. Persuasion by Jane Austen (Dolly Garland)
22. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich (Erica Chapman)
23. Storm Front by Jim Butcher (Adam Slade)
24. Next of Kin by Joanna Trollope (Sue Martin)
25. Proust was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer (Dolly Garland)
26. Ilfayne's Bane by Julia Knight (Adam Slade)
27. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (Karin Eider)
28. The Body Finder by Kimberly Dertin (Erica Chapman)
29. The Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton (Kaitlyn Hall)
30. The Merry Gentry Series by Laurell K. Hamilton (Kaitlyn Hall)
31. Valerias Last Stand by March Fitten (Sue Martin)
32. The Day Job by Mark Wallington (Sue Martin)
33. The Book Thief by Markus Zusack (Dolly Garland)
34. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows (Sue Martin)
35. Tam Lin by Pamela Dean (Carol Ward)
36. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Karin Eider / Dolly Garland)
37. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman (Adam Slade / Dolly Garland)
38. The Crystal Shard by R. A. Salvatore (Adam Slade)
39. Family Tree by Sheri S. Tepper (Carol Ward)
40. Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer (Karin Eider)
41. The Gunslinger by Stephen King (Adam Slade)
42. On Writing by Stephen King (Carol Ward)
43. The Stand by Stephen King (Karin Eider)
44. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Erica Chapman)
45. The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (Adam Slade)
46. The Woodwife by Terry Windling (Carol Ward)
47. The Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan (Adam Slade)

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Deadline to Tell The World What To Read

Hi Folks,

Sorry for a bit of silence. As they say....S*** Happens!!

Anyway, so previously, I asked you to send me a list of 10 books you think everyone should read. Books that matter to you for whatever reason - because they entertained you, made you cry, made you laugh, made you think something's your list....your choice.

I will be posting a consolidated list of those books on Sunday 25th of July - so if any stragglers amongst you want to send their list, please feel free. Email me the list at lostwanderer5 [at] gmail [dot] com, and I will add it.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Final Post: Dolly Garland - Why I Write Fantasy?

According to Oxford Dictionary, Fantasy is "a genre of imaginative fiction involving magic and adventure, especially in setting other than real world."

Magic. Adventure. Heroism. Fantasy makes it all possible. Even the least brave of us can travel through jungles, climb the highest mountain and fight the fiercest tiger. Fantasy makes impossible possible. Even the science fiction I like is because of its fantasy element - imagining things that could be or might be. Worlds that are similar enough to ours to portray humanity that we can relate to, characters we can care about, but different enough to show us a glimpse of a different, magical world that at some point in our life we wish to be in.

Fantasy opens the doors of imagination. It enriches our ordinary world. Fantasy offers a wide scope, with little magic that changes a person or something that changes a world. It could be a new way of looking at our own world, or a journey to completely different one. Fantasy could be anything, and as a writer and a reader of it, it makes me feel that I could be anything. 

I also like the freedom of being able to create my own worlds, and play with magic and creating societies. The most amazing thing is to make it believable, to portray it with such vividity that while people read it, they believe in the existence of that world. To sit in one's living room, and face the dragons or wield a sword or fall in love with a wizard or a vampire....where else could you have it all, but in a fantasy? 

P.S. "Why I Write..." series is at the end. Thank you to all the contributors and all the readers. I have enjoyed reading about what makes you love your genres.