Monday, 30 March 2020

Favourite book series and why

I had to think a bit about this topic from Long and Short Reviews. What book series do I actually read? I've read quite a few YA dystopian series but wouldn't consider most of them to be among the best I've read - I always had some sort of problem with them.

The first series I could think of was Philippa Gregory's Tudor series. I don't think any of them are as good as "The Other Boleyn Girl", but I love that period in history (and I am aware there are disagreements as to the accuracy of Gregory's books) and I felt like she made the period come alive. It takes a lot to make me interested in Anne Boleyn after having read a dozen different versions of her story.

Similarly I loves Suzannah Dunn's series of Tudor novels. Written in a more modern style, they capture the mood well without getting caught up in language.

Isaac Asimov's Foundation series is always a favourite. I always admire people who can write good science fiction, since I love the idea of complex world-building but never have the nerve to try it myself.

And I couldn't leave it without mentioning one of my own. My trilogy "I Heard Your Voice", "Tamar Rising" and the upcoming "Spiritwalker" were some of my favourite stories to write. I love writing paranormal romance, and paranormal investigator Tamar Steele was an amazing character.

So which series have you loved and why?

22 comments:

  1. Yeah, the Foundation series was really good.

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge-favourite-book-series-and-why/

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  2. I read the Foundation trilogy in junior high, and made sure my children read it at that age. They both loved them. Need to get my grandson to start reading it too. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/03/wednesday-challenge-040120.html

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  3. Issac Asimov is great! I'll have to look into these others now though, too.

    My post

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    1. They're definitely worth it if you're into historicals.

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  4. I read all the Phillipa Gregory ones. Good choices! Here's my post: https://wendizwaduk.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/favorite-book-series-with-meganslayer-books-reading/

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  5. It's been years since I've read the Foundation series... time to reread them. I love Philippa's books as well-- you are right, she truly made the time period come alive. My post is here: https://jhthomas.blogspot.com/2020/04/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge.html

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  6. I can't remember the last time I read the Foundations series. Loved the series. Also, believe I'll have to give your series a try. I love paranormal romance! Thanks for sharing. Here's mine. https://www.tenastetler.com/lsrs-wednesdays-blog-challenge-4-1-20-favorite-books-series-why/

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  7. Love your choices, and your own series sounds like fun, too! My answer is here.

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  8. I adore Tudor historicals. I'll have to check these out! Thanks for sharing this week! :)

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  9. I mentioned 3 of 10 that I love in this post and all 10 on another post. I keep leading with Folk of Air so I think that one might be my favorite: https://rewritingkel.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/wwbc-favorite-book-series/

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  10. Don't put yourself down. If you write paranormal romance, (as I've done a couple of times) you DO world-build. You have to create the parameters in which the paranormals function--what they can and can't do, and how and why. That takes more than just simple story-telling. I, too, love to read sci-fi, and with fellow sci-fi fan husband, we raised 4 more. We're a "cult" audience, so we need to have more of us!

    Have you ever watched the now-cancelled series Timeline? Oldest son has the complete series on DVD, plus he says it's on Amazon Prime. It's about 2 proto-type time-travelling ships, and one gets stolen by people whose motives are unknown. The other is used to chase them whenever they activate it, to try to mitigate the damage. In the first episode, they go back in time to stop the Hindenburg from exploding. Then when both ships return to the present, it's changed in some big, and some small ways. I never heard of it, but son says it got cancelled twice, and the first time, rabid fans brought it back. Then the second time, they wrapped up all of the open plot arcs in a final movie. We're enjoying this new "world."

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    1. I'm not familiar with that, I'll have to check it out.

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  11. Hmm, maybe my comment went to moderation, but definitely push your own series. "I Heard Your Voice" sounds fab!

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