Best book series that you have read that is not very well known

Discussion in 'Books, Comics, and Graphic Novels' started by Takeo Wolf, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. rhansen23

    rhansen23 Sailorhusky

    Ted Dekker novels are really good. The religious overtones become heavy-handed and anvilicious at times, but they're an excellent example of allegorical works that build from a source work without straight up stealing. Plus I like the worldbuilding in his circle trilogy.
     
  2. xxgato

    xxgato New Member

    I really like the Ratha series by Clare Bell! It's essentially Warriors before Warriors was a thing. xD It's about a group of ancient clan cats called the "Named", and centers around Ratha, a yearling who learns how to tame the "Red Tongue" (fire). It's very interesting!
     
  3. ShadowSibling

    ShadowSibling Quietly Lurking

    The Graceling Realms series. Wonderful fantasy with a perfect blend of action and romance.
     
  4. StealYourFace

    StealYourFace long live Jerry

    The Dragon Age trilogy. No relation to the game series. It's pretty fuckin' rad. A mix of fantasy, sci fi, and botched history.
     
  5. anEternalWinter

    anEternalWinter New Member

    Has anyone ever heard of Walter Moers' Zamonia books?

    I started with Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures, which is a great epic fantasy tale (it follows the hero's journey to the letter) about a young wolf-deer hybrid finding his place in the world (and underworld)

    But The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear is also fantastic, and contains more historical, philosophical and literary references than I could have imagined when I first read it.

    And if you're into food, the Alchemaster's Apprentice is a must.
     
  6. TidesofFate

    TidesofFate Your friendly neighborhood Executioner

    Try the Fourland Casfle series. The books are The Year of Our War, No Present like Time, The Modern World/Dangerous Offspring(tittle differs in the US and Uk), and Abpve the Snowline(which is a prequel). Book 5 is coming out this year, it is called Fair Rebel. The series is primarily Fantasy, but it blends in some Science Fiction elements. It's very well written.
     
  7. RinkuTheRuffian

    RinkuTheRuffian Punished "Venom" Rinku

    There's this REALLY underground book I've read called "Mein Kampf" by a fellow named Hitler. He seemed to be a BIG Wolfenstein fan.
     
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  8. nerdbat

    nerdbat Green butt of reason

    "John Dies at the End" and "This Book is Full of Spiders", fantastic dilogy by David Wong. One of the only books I've read that combine comedy and horror perfectly - humorous moments come from more or less realistic life situations and character's attempts of keeping grip on sanity by laughing it off, rather than dumb gags, and when scary stuff happens, it's really freaking scary.
     
  9. EmmaChib

    EmmaChib New Member

    Its not that obscure, but The Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix is one I find a lot of people haven't heard of.
     
  10. Bellatrixx

    Bellatrixx New Member

    I really liked this one book, The Moon Key. It's a pre-teen novel I got from Dollar General, but it's surprisingly decent. I like the idea and potential behind it. Plus it's not a cheesy romance which is a bonus as usually the teen novels I read are.

    Edit: Thinking on it, I'm not sure this counts but The DragonRiders of Pern is a good series.
     
  11. anEternalWinter

    anEternalWinter New Member

    I love the magic system in those books! Color spectrum magic is the coolest thing.
     
  12. LindyHop

    LindyHop Bring me my brown pants!

    The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins (the author of the hunger games). It chronicles the journey of Gregor, kid who falls into the sewer underneath New York City and discovers a civilization of underland humans and large sentient and intelligent animals.

    Gone Series by Michael Grant, an impenetrable barrier surrounds a coastal city and everyone over the age of 15 disappears. Soon booth children and animals within the barrier begin to mutate and gain super powers.

    Skinjacker Trilogy, Neal Shusterman, A series which tells follows several children as they try to find their way back to their old lives after falling into a void between life and death known as Everlost.

    Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman, In post Heartland war America the abortion debate has finally been settled by the passing of an accord which allows parents to sign over their children between the ages of 13-18 to be unwound and their body parts will be reused in transplants.

    Running with Scissors, Magical Thinking, Dry, A Wolf at the Table, Possible Side Effects, all by Augusten Burroughs, all memoirs of the author's life and his struggle with drugs and alcohol, his messed up childhood, and his strained relationship with his parents.

    Mostly YA books but still good read imo.
     
  13. Rott-i-kins

    Rott-i-kins Member

    Johannes Cabal series. Dark, witty, and awesome.
     
  14. Damakoes

    Damakoes New Member

    I was gonna suggest a series, but when i went to check the spelling, i discovered it was this this series, but i know it as the Abhorsen Trilogy, so i'm gonna suggest the Legend of Drizzet by R.A. Salvator. I've only finished a of the books in the series, but I really like the story and characters.
     
  15. SniperCoon2882

    SniperCoon2882 The insomniatic marksman

    I was considering reading that at disneyland when i was waiting in line, but was worried about the beatings I would receive from everyone who knew about that book... don't like the ideas in it, just curious about the specifics... especially since it laid out his plans in pretty full and explicit details.

    If u like mars colonization sci-fi with HARD science, read the Red Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson... really good books that do pretty much everything right.

    If u like alien invasion stories with hard science, read "Footfall" by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.

    I also loved animorphs as a third grader :p (read a book in the series per day basically)... I think that was one of the first things that made me turn towards being furry.
     
  16. Rattled

    Rattled Guest

    Dune is a popular series, but I've not come across many people who've actually read it. It's a really amazing Sci-fi series, if you're into that.

    Another book, one that I read during Elementary school I believe, was Island of the Blue Dolphins. It's about a Native American girl who was stranded. It's a children's novel, and not actually a series, but that was a book that always stuck with me. Unfortunately, I'm never able to find others who have also read it, and I don't own a copy of it myself. Yet.
     
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  17. nerdbat

    nerdbat Green butt of reason

    Dune is more or less like Lord of the Rings and Dark Tower - very popular in pop culture, but its longevity and complexity scares people off.
     
  18. SniperCoon2882

    SniperCoon2882 The insomniatic marksman

    I've read it, but its been a LONG time since that happened.. so i only remember very basic details.
     
  19. Rattled

    Rattled Guest

    I suppose that's true, which is kind of sad. Dune is an amazing read, in my opinion. I love seeing how intricate that fictional universe is.

    Oh, are you talking about Island of the Blue Dolphins? Because if so, that's really nice! Did you enjoy it when you read it?
     
  20. Coffee Lion

    Coffee Lion Caffeine Headache

    The Belgariad and the sequel The Mallorean series by David Eddings. He also has another good series known as Elenium and it's sequel Tamuli but I have yet to finish those. These David Eddings stories are very Fantasy, featuring magic, magical rocks with minds of their owns, grumpy-ass sorcerers, sardonic side characters, great gods, evil gods, mischievous gods who purposely become the protag's blood relative, smack-talking kings and queens, monsters, dragons, people shape shifting into wolves and birds, magical long journeys featuring the chosen one, those sort of things.

    Some other great books are The Sight and Fire Bringer by David Clement-Davies.
    Both of these stories are of the same universe, but during different times, I recommend reading Fire Bringer first because it takes place first. Both stories are kind of centered around a legend of a being who can see with a sixth sense and has the power to speak to all beings. Fire Bringer is about a Red Deer who gains this power. The second story, The Sight, is about a pack of wolves, specifically a brother and sister who gain a very similar ability.
     
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  21. coldbrew

    coldbrew Actually drinks coldbrew now.

    He should be pretty famous by now, but back when I started, Scott Sigler's "Infected" trilogy (second book "Contagious" and third "Pandemic") was still an audiobook. Really pulled me into horror and got me into writing. Afterward it's Matthew Reilly's books, namely the Scarecrow series and the Jack West trilogy (Seven Ancient Wonders, Six Sacred Stones and Five Greatest Warriors) which really reminded me of classic Indiana Jones-esque adventures. Should be pretty well-known in Australia but here I haven't met anyone who's heard of him.
     
  22. Agatha-Hart

    Agatha-Hart New Member

    I really enjoyed the Captive Prince series! If you're looking for high-fantasy gay fiction with a side of political intrigue, I'd totally recommend it. Definitely don't base judgements too much on the first book though, the main character doesn't understand anything that's going on (political intrigue goes over his head) and it makes the other main character seem almost unacceptably awful.

    For something lighter, I'd recommend Howl's Moving Castle and House of Many Ways by Dianna Wynne Jones!
     
  23. Iceeat

    Iceeat Member

    Hard to say really but I think some of my fav fictional reads were "Memoirs of a Geisha" and "Here there be Dragons". I also LOVED the Maximum Ride serises for the longest time but lost my love with the book Angel.
     
  24. Tetrachroma

    Tetrachroma Cheers to the deers

    Guardians of Ga'Hoole. It's a 16-part series where all the characters are owls that live in an entire fictional landmass. The books even have maps and everything!
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  25. ChapterAquila92

    ChapterAquila92 Resident Bronze Dragon Kasrkin

    I'll cough up two: Edward Willett's The Helix War dilogy and Andrew Swann's Moreau Series.

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    The latter is a biopunk/noir series set during a mid-21st century era where "moreaus," humanoid and animal hybrids, and "frankensteins," genetically-modified humans, live as second-class citizens. Two of the novels in the setting focus on tiger moreau Nohar Rajasthan, who is first seen eking out a career as a private eye in Cleveland; the other two novels focus on characters that appear in the first novel: rabbit moreau Angel Lopez and Israeli frankenstein Evi Isham.

    The Moreau series was apparently well-received by the fandom when it was first published in the '90s (most of the fanmail for it has been from furries), but with the number of furries whom I've met who have even heard of it, I get the impression that it's not as well-known among most of the newcomers.
     

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