Yes, I'm a Johnny-come-lately but I couldn't put down the Hunger Games trilogy! Anything else totally addictive?

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Elsqueak Tue 08-Jan-13 11:07:34

Don't normally go for teen fiction but Ms Collins had me hooked.

I tried Twilight but really it was Dawson's creek dressed up in vampire clothing...sorry Edward fans! Having said that I like the genre just like it a bit more grown-up.

Any recommendations for more? Would love to hear your favourite trilogies!

Elsqueak Tue 08-Jan-13 11:08:07

Trilogies? Is that right? Hmmm....

Cheddars Tue 08-Jan-13 11:10:33

Have you tried Anne Rice? The vampires are much more grown up grin.

Elsqueak Tue 08-Jan-13 11:21:49

Oh yes, years ago Cheddars! I blame Anne Rice for my love of all things vampy.

Was with her up until ' Mnemnoch the devil' & then she lost me. Really enjoyed Lestat 's rebellious vampire up til then.

I guess the Sookie Stackhouse books might be the way to go but as I've seen the Trueblood series think it might be confusing.

CoteDAzur Tue 08-Jan-13 11:48:10

Yes, Anne Rice's Interview With The Vampire is great, and so are its first 3-4 sequels.

Anne Rice's The Witching Hour & its sequels are very good, too.

Alternatively, you can go on to 50 Shades Of Grey, which was apparently originally written as Twilight fan-fiction. The very few people I know who have liked Twilight are the same very few people who like 50SOG.

Elsqueak Tue 08-Jan-13 12:02:28

Can't bring myself to read 50 shades. Think the bad writing would annoy me.

The witching hour? Is this to do with the Mayfair witches? Or Merrick (think I read Merrick. The one with David Talbot, right?)

There's a real trend for Supernatural/futuristic love triangles lately.

DuchessofMalfi Tue 08-Jan-13 13:54:11

How about A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. It is a YA book, but I loved it. Very sad though.

CoteDAzur Tue 08-Jan-13 14:16:12

Yes, The Witching Hour has the Mayfair witches. It is a pretty good book, and the start of the whole story.

The Radleys by Matt Haigh, I don't normally go for vampires but this was fun.
Not a children's book though.

Elsqueak Tue 08-Jan-13 16:33:17

Mmm, thanks for the suggestions.

The Radleys sounds good, Secret, thanks as does A monster calls Duchess. Love a bit of dark fantasy! The front page image looks really intriguing.

Will probably get Mayfair witches too. Thanks Cote!

Anyone read Freda Warringon's vampire trilogy? Think it was:

A taste of blood wine
A dance in blood velvet
The dark blood of poppies

So good but bloody Kindle haven't got them...

TunipTheVegedude Tue 08-Jan-13 16:39:49

I think you should read more teen fiction. It's where a lot of the good writing is these days. I think because writers feel they have to work really hard to keep the attention of teen readers who might otherwise be seduced by tv and computer games, there's a high level of unputdownability in the genre compared with fiction aimed at adults.

My nephew who loved The Hunger Games also loved The Knife of Never Letting Go (first book in a trilogy) by Patrick Ness but I haven't managed to get into it. Worth a try though.

I really liked Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (another dystopian YA trilogy).

There are some great series for slightly younger readers, too - Michelle Paver's prehistoric ones, Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve.

Elsqueak Tue 08-Jan-13 17:14:55

Oo, I like the sound of "The Knife.." Tunip, and Uglies sounds interesting too, thanks.

Hmm, Teen fiction does tend to more action oriented stories. I may have a low attention span...! wink I guess they could well be competing with tv which is very rapid information distribution, isn't it. Although, I think reliving my youth may be a large factor!

I do read meatier novels too but sometimes I just want to be entertained. Especially with two little ones running around.

TunipTheVegedude Tue 08-Jan-13 17:18:17

At best they are very thought-provoking as well as entertaining. There's just no room for poncy writing in YA. It's great.

I am the same - a house full of young children makes ease of reading important, but I like books that actually say something, IYSWIM.

Elsqueak Tue 08-Jan-13 17:28:09

Yes, I think that's it. Cut the flowery crap and get to the point writing is easier at the moment.

I often don't have time to indulge in meandering prose...especially when the baby might get up at any moment.

Elsqueak Tue 08-Jan-13 17:37:11

Yes, I like books with original things to say too.

The thing with The Hunger Games was that although Katniss was 16 she had to deal with overwhelming situations that I as an adult would struggle with. I really admired her.

I like an assertive female protagonist...probably why I find Bella Swan so unappealing.

ninjanurse Tue 08-Jan-13 18:11:26

There is a fab trilogy by a lady called Susan Beth Pfeffer. Post apocalyptic YA but totally gripping. They are called, Life as we knew it, The dead and the gone and This world we live in.

Elsqueak Tue 08-Jan-13 18:23:13

They sound good, ninja. Thanks. Love a bit of post apocalyptic stuff.

CoteDAzur Tue 08-Jan-13 18:32:53

I think those of you currently dabbling in teenage books could find what you need in speculative fiction (what used to be called sci-fi).

If you haven't read any Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, or Arthur C Clarke, or always wondered what the fuss is about 1984 and Brave New World, this could be your moment to catch up on some culture-defining classics.

Or you can pass directly to brilliant stuff like Snow Crash - easy to read, no "poncy writing", with very original ideas. In fact, Time magazine says it is one of 100 best English language books of "All Time".

TunipTheVegedude Tue 08-Jan-13 18:44:22

I don't know Cote, I've read all the things in your 2nd para (not the complete works of Asimov etc but plenty of them) and in general I find sci-fi doesn't have the strong characterisation, and hence emotion intensity, of YA. With the exception of 1984 they leave me remembering the situations, not the characters.

outtolunchagain Tue 08-Jan-13 18:45:57

My teen is currently gripped by the Gone,Hunger etc books by Michael Grant.they must be gripping because he normally struggles to stick with a book

DisappointedHorse Tue 08-Jan-13 18:49:47

I love anything post apocalyptic, The Road, The Stand, Z for Zachariah?

Have you read the Phillip Pullman dark materials trilogy? I'd say that's YA and utterly brilliant.

CoteDAzur Tue 08-Jan-13 18:50:46

Tunip - If you revisit sci-fi, I think you will find it a much changed genre. Since William Gibson published Neuromancer in early 1980s, it's all our connected near-future, and not about space battles and green Martians.

William Gibson was the one and only great author of this genre until his silly ad agency books of the last couple of years. Neal Stephenson is the foremost writer of the genre at the moment. I cannot recommend Diamond Age and Snow Crash enough. His Cryptonomicon and Anathem are brilliant and brain-hurty, so probably not what you are looking for re easy books with a bit of action.

TunipTheVegedude Tue 08-Jan-13 19:00:20

That's interesting Cote, thank you smile

NewYearsEvelyn Tue 08-Jan-13 19:08:05

We read the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth and the Mortal Instruments books. Would also recommend Brave New World, just loved it. Margaret Atwood is alright and all. Also read the Knife of Never Letting Go books. Lush...

The Secret Apocalypse by James Harden is a good YA apocalypse tale.

Elsqueak Tue 08-Jan-13 19:11:18

Z for Zachariah! I did that at Gcse English...goodness, that takes me back.

Heard good things about Philip Pullman - will look into those.

The Michael Grant books look good too.

I've read 1984. Loved it. Also liked 'War of the worlds'. I also dabbled with Philip K. Dick, also great reading.
Snow crash does look compelling reading, Cote.
On a side note, Neal Stephenson does remind me of Ming the Merciless. He looks wonderfully eccentric!

Elsqueak Tue 08-Jan-13 19:17:53

Great, these are brilliant. Love discovering new books!

CoteDAzur Tue 08-Jan-13 19:28:28

If you haven't read Dune, you really should. Forget the film and the TV series etc. That book has consistently been voted "The Best Sci-Fi Book of All Time" and for very good reason.

Philip K Dick is great. I think I read most of them, but he was often high on amphetamines so wrote very fast very prolific. A Scanner Darkly is brilliant and I remember Valis to be fascinating as well, although can't remember much about it now. Martian Time Slip is very good and so challenging that it made my head hurt in a wonderful way smile His short stories are also great - Total Recall and Minority Report are from his stories, for example. His stories are just perfect in that "Not sure what is real what is not" paranoia.

herladyship Tue 08-Jan-13 19:34:53

lots of great books mentioned on this thread, but Phillip Pullman's trilogy was the worst thing I have ever read! I stuck it until the end, waiting for it to be as brilliant as everyone told me...

I loved Delirium and Pandemonium (first two books of a futuristic YA trilogy by Lauren Oliver), which I found when bereft after finishing Hunger Games! And have you tried Stephenie Meyer's The Host? I thought it was much much better than the Twilight books.

Came on to say the Patrick Ness trilogy beginning with 'The Knife Of Never Letting Go' but beaten to it! The first one is excellent, the 2nd is good, the third much weaker imho.

Michael Grant's 'Gone' series - far better than Hunger Games - have been beaten to that too!

William somebody - The Windsinger Trilogy

Philip Reeve - the Mortal Engines series

I take it you've read The Midwich Cuckoos etc?

Deffo look into the Pullmans. I love his Sally Lockheart series too - make sure you read them in the right order.

The Stand - Stephen King

And The Running Man and The Long Walk, also King. Both of them knock the socks off The Hunger Games.

World War Z is zombies and isn't a great work of literature by any stretch of the imagination, but it's good fun.

The Passage - Justin Cronin. Follow up less good but okay.

The Handmaid's Tale

I thought 'Interview With The Vampire' was terrible tbh.

Oh what's that one that was a film too. Richard somebody. Geezer at the end of the world, walking around and finding a dog and getting attacked by vampires. I thought it was pretty terrible but might be worth a shot.

Noooo, Pullman is fantastic, His Dark Materials is wonderful. What about Madeleine L'Engle OP?

Except the horse things - the horse things are ridiculous and boring. And the woman who lives with the horse things. All of that long section is crap. Love the rest though.

TunipTheVegedude Tue 08-Jan-13 19:55:00

You've sold me on Snow Crash, Cote, I want to read that now.
A lot of the YA I want to read isn't on Kindle (presumably because teens don't yet all have Kindles, though I'm sure that will change soon) whereas the sci fi does seem to be....

I didn't get on with Pullman either. Loved the first but the others were a bit slow.
It is clearly very difficult to sustain wonderfulness through a whole trilogy.

CoteDAzur Tue 08-Jan-13 20:06:25

Tunip - You won't regret it. Just promise me that you will make it to circa pg 200, where everything comes together.

Snow Crash first used the word "avatar" and predicted Google Earth, as well. I want to read it again now, too smile

TunipTheVegedude Tue 08-Jan-13 20:20:32

But if it's as good as you say I won't WANT to stop before p200, will I? wink

CoteDAzur Tue 08-Jan-13 20:21:52

I hope not. Or you will never know why it's one of the best 100 English language books of all time smile

Elsqueak Wed 09-Jan-13 12:16:40

I always fancied reading Dune. Thanks for reminding me!

Yes, have read Stephanie Meyer's The Host. It was brilliant. Just couldn't get into her vamps.

I'm so glad I started this thread!
Can't wait to start my reading list. It should keep me busy for quite a while.

Thank-you to all contributers!

NicknameTaken Fri 11-Jan-13 12:34:15

Another YA series I have found myself racing through is the Spook's Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney. Try to read in order if you can.

JustinMumsnot Fri 11-Jan-13 12:36:49

Yes to Divergent and also to Patrick Ness. A new one with a very similar heroine to Katniss is Crewel by Jennifer Albin - I think you will love it.

JustinMumsnot Fri 11-Jan-13 12:38:43

Actually, have reviewed Crewel on my blog here if you are interested. There is also a review of Breathe by Sarah Crossan - which is also new and similar but not quite as good.

phedre Fri 11-Jan-13 13:06:24

Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth are definite page turners. I am torn deciding what faction I would belong to - leaning towards Erudite but have an affinity towards Divergent. Apparently they are making a movie based on the books to be released in 2014.

Also really liked the Lauren Oliver stories - can't wait until book 3 is released in March.

Another ripping yarn was Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee.

Elsqueak Fri 11-Jan-13 14:32:09

I have a really long and tasty looking list of new books to devour! Thank you!

Cote - just to say, have just started a sample of Snow Crash and it is really good. The language took a bit of adjusting to but I'm there. Thanks!

CoteDAzur Fri 11-Jan-13 14:52:29

Enjoy grin

WantAnOrange Fri 11-Jan-13 17:29:02

You could try Kelley Armstrong. She's done a teen series and an adult series. I enjoyed both.

MarshmallowCupcake Sun 13-Jan-13 13:23:21

My stepdaughter is loving The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clarke, so far there's 5 books in that series with the first being made into a film so guess it will go down the same road at twilight etc.
I liked the twilight series, especially Breaking Dawn, couldn't put that book down! Same as Hunger Games, the other two didn't have the same effect on me but good books all the same. The True Blood books are good along with The Vampire Diaries but the tv episodes don't really follow the books so they're well worth reading. As for 50sog being a book for twilight lovers...rubbish! Those books are crap! Made myself read them since I'd bought all 3 on recommendation and thought that they just had to get better!

littletingoddess Mon 14-Jan-13 14:25:28

I recommend the Lonesome Dove series by Larry McMurtry. However, do not read them in the order they were published

littletingoddess Mon 14-Jan-13 14:26:45

. Read them in chronological order so that the story flows properly. Lonesome Dove was the first to be published but the next to last in terms of the story IYSWIM.

mystiquesonya Sun 20-Jan-13 21:54:01

I can second Michael Grant's series. They are fantastic. There are 5 books in total I think, I've just finished the fourth and am hooked. The first one is called 'Gone'.

Maggie Stiefvater is a great YA adult writer imo. I loved her book The Scorpio Races, very engaging with great protagonists. Wonderfully unique - I've never read anything with a similar concept. A real page turner. Also enjoyed her series about Werewolves, the first is called Shiver.

I also didn't enjoy His Dark Materials that much. It was okay and I loved the daemon idea but I didn't think it was as great as people said. Also, I read the Knife of Never Letting Go and enjoyed it but the books went downhill after the first I felt. I gave up on the first chapter of the third book, which is really unusual for me, I almost always persevere.

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