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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday Funday List: Top 10 Fantasy/Sci-Fi Series

So I've decided every Sunday to do a list, since they've been pretty popular! If you ever have any requests or ideas, let me know! Here's the latest Sunday Funday List!

This week is my Top 10 Fantasy/Sci-Fi Series. These two genres are two of my favorites, period, so I thought it would be fun to make a list of my favorites. And since a lot of the characters listed in the past two lists are from fantasy/sci-fi I thought it would be a great idea to tell you about those series!

Here they are in no particular order (and I'll try for no spoilers, in case you haven't read them!):

1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
-Harry Potter is my favorite series, period. Hands down. The End. Such a brilliant idea. And originally written on a napkin? Wow has this woman reached great heights. And she has such fantastic world building and character building skills! All of her characters have a back story. So if you were to ask her about some character mentioned once, I guarantee you she'd tell you all about them, probably down to their favorite color. These books were so epic they gained a huge, and well deserved, following. And what was really cool is as the characters grew, so did the books and so did the readers. What a great way to get kids to read that don't like to read. She has so many great stories and ideas, I can't imagine what she would write if there were to be more Harry Potter novels. Basically if you're looking for a fantastic story, great writing and compelling characters, you've found it right here! If you haven't read these yet, get on that!

2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien.
-If you were to rank these novels on an epic scale of 1 to 10, The Lord of the Rings would be a 15. AMAZING. This man created his own damn language! What?! Could you do that? I sure couldn't. His world building is fantastic as well. Just thinking about it makes me want to sit down and pick up the first one and start reading all over again. And he had so much story that he had to make appendices, histories, sequels, prequels, he did it all! All the different characters and species and everything? Wow. Where does that much awesome come from? Read these, just do it.

3. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin.
-This man is a genius. Again, awesome world building, awesome characters, awesome story line. And this man is not afraid to kill his characters. If you're expecting a happy ending, don't read A Song of Ice and Fire, you may not feel happy for 800 pages (and that's just the first novel). He gives such a unique voice to each character it's hard to imagine writing this on your own. And he writes a 13 year old girl character (Daenerys Targaryen) surprisingly well. I really like these because you almost feel like you're reading historical fiction, because the world they live in is quite similar to ours, but with dragons. And white walkers. And direwolves. And sky prisons (you don't wanna go to one of those). The only downfall to this series, is it isn't completed yet! 5 are out and there are 2 (supposedly) to go. Waiting sucks.

4. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
-This is a sci-fi, YA series the world has been waiting for. It changed the genre (in a good way) and made people think. It gave us a strong female character that every woman should meet. Also, she's human, she makes mistakes. She's REAL. It's terrifying to imagine our country turning into Panem one day and I could only hope we would have someone as strong and brave as Katniss to help lead the way to revolution. I read the first book in a day, there was no good place to stop. The only reason I didn't finish the second one in a day was because of work. The third one is much more sci-fi than the first two and takes a slightly different road, but is still fantastic. I've read quite a few other dystopian series and while I enjoyed them, they don't compare to The Hunger Games.

5. The Kushiel's Universe series by Jacqueline Carey.
-Again with the world building, so cool! It's like an alternate universe of our world. When you're reading it's easy to tell what each place would be if you were looking at our map. This is a series with 9 books that span 3 different trilogies. And each book is like 900 pages. That is A LOT of story to tell. And you never get bored. Her characters are intriguing and meet so many people and go through so many different situations that you just can't put these novels down! It's hard to say much without giving anything away, so just read them!

6. The Black Jewels series by Anne Bishop.
-Just awesome. Awesome, awesome. Different dimensions. Kings, queens, magic, demons. And you meet Saetan, but he's cool. He's just an awesome grandfather figure and worried dad. Plus you have some super hot guys, Daemon and Lucivar, who happen to be his sons. This series was originally a trilogy but was expanded into more novels, thank goodness. You get to learn more about characters and see the story expanded. You get a more in depth look into the awesome world Anne Bishop has created. This is fantasy at one of it's finest moments.

7. The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis.
-He created such a fun world that any child would love to go to!! These characters have had so many great adventures and their stories are awesome. While the books aren't long, they pack a punch. So much happens in these books you feel like you just read 600 pages. There's a reason this series is a classic and it's one everyone should read!

8. The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray.
-I was instantly interested in this novel since it's set in Victorian England. Then I find out she goes to an unusual boarding school and goes to another dimension? Awesome!! Both worlds are intriguing and so are the characters in both worlds. You feel for all of them and can't wait to find out what happens as the books go on. I only wish there were more than 3 novels!

9. The Abhorsen series by Garth Nix.
-Such a great series! I went in having no idea what I was going to find reading these novels, but I was pleasantly surprised! The characters are awesome and so is the world they live in. It's cool because it has two different "dimensions", but to get to the magical one all you have to do is cross a wall. Magic and technology collide in this series and it's one of the neatest things I've ever read. I'm anxiously awaiting the fourth novel!

10. His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman.
-Hello epic, nice to meet you. This series touches on EVERYTHING. No matter what you're interested in, you'll find it in this trilogy. And this is another author that isn't afraid to make you cry. These are normally shelved as YA, but it is a series for everyone. This is set in an alternate version of our world and it's really neat seeing what it would be like if our world was like that instead. There are all kinds of twists and cliffhangers, you just can't stop reading! Thank you Philip Pullman, thank you.

Honorable Mentions:
The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld.
The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman.

What do you think of the list? Any series you would add?

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