Favourite Book series?

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Redwall.
I love this book series and have been reading them on and off ever since I was in middle school. I haven't read all of them, but I plan to some day go back and read all the books in order.

Rascarin:

Ah, Malta. I remember wanting to wring her neck at first, then thinking she was brilliant by the end of the Liveships. Hobb did an amazing job with her character development.

My thoughts as well. I kept complaining to my fiance (who read the books before me) about how much I wanted someone to just off her. And he just laughed and told me to wait and see :D

Another favourite is the whole Amber/Fool thing. I only wish I'd read Liveships before the Tawny Man series so it could have been an even better surprise...

Yeah, Malta and the Fool are probably my two favorite characters. I keep hoping the Fool will show up in Chronicles, but so far I don't think (s)he has.

BrassButtons:

Rascarin:

Ah, Malta. I remember wanting to wring her neck at first, then thinking she was brilliant by the end of the Liveships. Hobb did an amazing job with her character development.

My thoughts as well. I kept complaining to my fiance (who read the books before me) about how much I wanted someone to just off her. And he just laughed and told me to wait and see :D

Another favourite is the whole Amber/Fool thing. I only wish I'd read Liveships before the Tawny Man series so it could have been an even better surprise...

Yeah, Malta and the Fool are probably my two favorite characters. I keep hoping the Fool will show up in Chronicles, but so far I don't think (s)he has.

Certainly remember all of this very fondly. Have just started Rain Wild myself now. God... that book kicks you in the guts from the get go. I've never been so depressed within so few chapters :(

So yeah Farseer/Liveship/Tawny Man serieseses.

Another vote for Dark Tower (except goddam Wolves of the Calla... goddamn what a trite, unnecessary novel. Except for some back story on the "Animals" - those who have read will know the ones i mean. Off topic - i want a billybumbler :(

And VERY surprising to me is no Edgar Rice Burroughs so far - Definitely Barsoom up there with the best serieseses ever.

The Foundation series. Hard for me to explain why I like it so much on the count of me being shite with words. Nonetheless, it's a fantastic series and I never tire of re-reading it every year.

Forgot another all time fav -

The Crucible by Sarah Douglass. would not advise reading if you are devout christian.. it might offend slightly

Probably the Battletech series of novels

But one I have been getting into a lot lately is the Heritage Trilogy from Ian Douglas

The story can be broken down fairly simply into "Yay US! Fuck the UN!" as the different factions fight over alien tech and resources around the solar system and is a really good read.

Back in my M:TG days I read all the books from Artifacts Cycle through Invasion Cycle, including The Thran and The Colors of Magic, which culminated in the death of Yawgmoth and Urza, and Karn gaining Urza's power. I loved it for its minute descriptions of battlefield events in all their horrific detail and of the various fleshy metallic abominations of Phyrexia. I was never big on D&D books, but playing this card game with my school buddies, these books gave me a deeper insight into the flavor text on each card.

I really should read more, but then I have an infinite backlog of Steam games too, so...

1) Destroyermen by Taylor Anderson
2) Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
3) Star Wars EU (Technically all of the Thrawn books are the best series, but the whole thing is amazing, and I collect them)
4) Tom Clancy
5) The Honor-verse and Bolo! series (tied)

I've always been a fan of Clive Cusslers Dirk Pitt series of books. They are always a great read.

It changes from time to time but I really like Brandon Sanderson's non-Wheel of Time books. Counting all of them is not really "a series" but they do seem to share a universe. A concept that he will continue to explore in further Mistborn books and the ongoing "Stormlight Archive." Now that he's free of that deadweight Wheel of Time he can get back to it.

I really love the Majipoor series of books by Robert Silverberg, the man makes an interesting world in my opinion. Other books series that I greatly enjoyed the Harry Potter series and Lord of the Rings. And also, I enjoyed Dan Brown books (especially Angels & Demons) :)

The list of just my favorite authors is too long to post here, but I'll hit a few of em. I'm a big fan recently of urban fantasy, but have always been a fan of scifi/fantasy books. I'll try to list some that have not been posted a ton already.

Love both series by Jim Butcher were great although the Dresden books are in my top 10 of favorites for sure.

I really enjoyed the Recluce and Corean chronicles books by L.E. Modesset (both are great but recluce is longer).

The Ender Books and Alvin books by Orson Scott Card are great.

Most of the series by David Eddings

The first bunch of books by Laurrel K Hamilton (till she decided to just write soft porn).

Many of the GREAT books by Steven King (nothing great lately but he used to be awesome.

In a similar way to Steven King, the early books of Piers Anthony were great (Bio of a space tyrant, Early Xanth, Phase Doubt etc).

I enjoyed most of the work by Robert Aspring *gleep!*, his new dragons luck etc series is good as well.

Racheal caine's weather warden series is worth reading.

Many of the series by Jack L Chalker should not be missed. HE's twisted...but usually in a good way. He has a bunch of good series to read. Start with River of the dancing gods or maybe the Well World books...but there are a bunch of good ones.

Robert Heinlien was a GREAT author for his time. Might be harder for newer readers to get into him now adays (there were very few good sci-fi authors back then)..I loved him in my early teens.

Don't be put off by the second and third book in the dune series by Frank Herbert (I was the first time). It's a great series and worth reading (more then once for me). It picks up again after the third book big time.

Timothy Zhans Star Wars series was great. Best continuation of the original movies I have seen. Really enjoyed them.

Many of R.A. Salvators books and series were great, and he even melds them together a bit sometimes. Drizzt and Pikel are great characters...though his latest books have been kinda depressing.

Terry Pratchets books are hit or miss, but some are histerical...some are just good and a few I got really bored with. Over all worth reading though I'd say.

The Earth's Children books by Jean M Auel (Clan of the cave bear is the first) it quite good and worth reading.

Much like David Eddings books, the Riftwar Saga by Raymond E Feist (and some of his other books) are quite good as well.

A brief mention of Mercedys Lackey should be made...not a huge fan of all the books, but many of the series were quite good.

Similar to Mercedys Lackey ....Anne Mccafrey (I'm destroying alot of these names) is a great writer with quite a few good series.

Margret Weist and Tracy Hickman have written many good books....including their great Dragonlance books. Many other good series were written by them as well (death gate books etc).

Also fan of many of the series by Patricia Brigs (mercy Thompson series and spinnoffs etc). Love urban fantasy:)

Kim Harrison is also a great author but I may have missed a book or two of hers since I haven't seen anything from her lately.

Ok...I'll stop there or i'll go on all night. There are tons of great books and authors and I certainly can't pick just one.

iwinatlife:
Wheel of time by Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson

You and me both. Currently reading the last one and it's so tense. Almost every part has me writhing in my seat in suspense and every part with Matt has me laughing. It's been a long wait, but this series is really awesome. It's sad that after this we wont see more of Jordan's work. Great author. I will miss having this series as a part of my life.

There's also The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Power of Five, Poirot and the Maggie O' Dell series. Lots of great series out there.

I am a Johny-come-lately to the Harry Potter series, almost finished with them right now, and I must say it has been a great ride.

Bookmarked for future ref, when I get some time off I can see myself reading a lot of this stuff. Good initiative!

I don't think this has been mentioned yet, so I'll say The Once and Future King by T. H. White. It's a classic retelling of the Arthurian legends written around the time of the second World War. The most known of the books is probably the first one, The Sword in the Stone, which was made into a Disney movie at some point. It's just beautiful.

rcs619:

Ziame:
Horatio Hornblower series by Forrester (Napoleon times, follows british naval officer from midshipman (think a cadet) to an admiral)

Legacy of Aldenata is pretty darn epic (Sci-Fi)

Sector General by James White is awesome (a space hospital)

Metro 2033, though most of them are in Russian, many books.

I really need to read Horatio Hornblower, now that I think of it. Are you familiar with the Honor Harrington series by David Weber? It's been described, by the author himself at times, as 'Horatio Hornblower in space'. Lots of space-politics, naval conflicts and interesting characters as you follow Honor Harrington up through the ranks (I believe she was a Commander in the first book. But short stories show her at lower ranks). The naval combat itself is a lot more interesting than the WWII in space, visual-range laser-fights you see a lot in star wars, star trek and the like too.

It's a tad different, what with woman as a main character, though it is based on same premise - ingenious ideas to solve the unsolvable situation. Funny twist also included - while Hornblower is a mathematic genius, Honor sucks at Maths :)
I recommend both, though I liked Hornblower more

If I had to pick my top three, I'd go with Karen Traviss' Star Wars: Republic Commando first, I love the universe obviously, the characters are amazing, the moral situations actually make you think, and it shows a side of the SW universe that is rarely spoken of (The downside to all this being that, due to a situation between author and publisher, the series is permanently unfinished. Still worth the read though).

Number 2, the Warhammer 40,000 Space Wolves series, it's what got me into the 40K books, and it's just overall awesome.

Number 3, The Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, I began reading it as a kid, and read it all the way to the end in my adolescence, great story, great characters.

Honorable mentions go to the Halo novels, Mass Effect novels, and Gears of War novels.

The Hobbit, Lord of the rings.

Though I love Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series

Peter F. Hamilton's The Night's Dawn:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night%27s_Dawn_Trilogy

So...freaking...amazing.
Just GREAT book series.

how has nobody mentioned the Percy Jackson books yet? Rick Riordan might be one of my favorite authors of all time.

I don't know if anybody's said "Percy Jackson"/"Heroes of Olympus" by Rick Riordan yet but that would be on my list (I know they're not technicallly the same series but same world)

EDIT: damn, Ninja'd /\

I think you can only choose your favorite books in retrospect, so since I am only on book 3 of "A Song of Ice and Fire" that can't go on my list yet, but I have a feeling it will eventually I'm certainly liking it a whole lot right now

other notables would be

Christopher Paolini's "Inheritence" cycle, yeah I know it's not brilliantly written but I enjoyed the ride,

The Hobbit/Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R tolkien
it was never my favorite but I at least read all of the Harry Potter books
and anything by Terry Pratchett

With the exception of the Sprawl trilogy, in no particular order:

William Gibson's Sprawl trilogy
Asimov's Foundation series
GRRM's ASOIAF
Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series
James Ellroy's L.A. Quartet
Stephen King's The Dark Tower series

Edit: Oh look, 100 posts. Let's see if I'll reach 200 by the end of the decade.

these are the series i like most. no particular sorting whatsoever.
-harry potter by J.K rowling.(specially the last one.)
-earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin.
-middle-earth based series by J.R.R Tolkien.(not The Children of Húrin. i havent read that one)
-inheritence by cristopher paolini( take the ending out and its a good series)
-warcraft. by different authors. i know they are not technically good or great but i enjoy them alot.
-bartimaeus series by jonathan stroud.

Warriors by Erin Hunter, which I've been reading for about 7 years now. I also own almost every Halo book and Assassin's Creed book. Those are just the series though, I have over a dozen other books I have on my bookcase that I love.

Song of Ice and Fire hands down.

Harry Potter
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Lord of the Rings (including the Silmarillion)
Ender's Game

Also:

Artemis Fowl. Many fond childhood memories on that one.

My current favourite book series is The clockwork century series by Cherie Priest. Its Steampunk with zombies thrown in, and is very enjoyable.

Discworld. (because Jane Austen isn't a book series =D)
I once tried to decide what my favourite Discworld book is and the thought process went like this:
It's got to be Mort right? Death's apprentice and all, Mort was fantastic, oh but wait
Wyrd Sisters, the guy kept trying to wash the blood off his hands and when it didn't work he tried to wash it off with a file and yet no matter how hard he scraped there seemed to be me even more blood there!
but Pyramids was good too and don't forget Guards!Guards!
..and Reaper Man and Small Gods...
and Interesting Times and the Hogfather...
...and Jingo...
Carpe Jugglum, The Truth, Thief of Time, Night Watch, Monstrous Regiment, Going Postal, Thud!...

When you've written 39 books and _16_ of them are tying for first place and they all also compete for my favourite books of all time, then you've got a very very good series. Terry Pratchett has written more world class books than most writers have written anything.

humanizer:
how has nobody mentioned the Percy Jackson books yet? Rick Riordan might be one of my favorite authors of all time.

I'm glad you mentioned it, I love it, shame they butchered chances of a film and I thought the Lightning Thief wasn't great but after that it gets amazing. And the new series is going from strength to strength. I really like how he changes the third-person close narration from character to character each chapter, it's really unique, haven't seen it done before and it makes you feel really close to each person.

Although I thought it's weakness showed up in the last book. When you're doing that and you've got 7 characters it can be ages before it rolls round to your favourite person. It felt like Percy and Annabeth were hardly in it (but I loved how Percy and Jason generally got on really well, I was expecting fights throughout the whole book). I'm so excited by how it ended.

Nexxis:
Redwall.
I love this book series and have been reading them on and off ever since I was in middle school. I haven't read all of them, but I plan to some day go back and read all the books in order.

Redwall was the one book series of my childhood that I really loved that I didn't continue reading (well of the ones I read at a Harry Potter age, Hardy Boys, Famous Five and Hercule Poirot I grew out of). I even read the Artemis Fowls and they've been bad since the third one. Redwall was brilliant and I still don't mind reading a few of my favourites (anything with the Long Patrol!) but they got repetitive and they're a bit wordy. I started wanting the bad guys to win sometimes :(

And to finish it off, honourable mentions go to
Scott Pilgrim
Lord of the Rings (Its basically one book)
The Edge Chronicles (these are so good! The Immortals last picture was an amazing experience all by itself)
And Mortal Engines.

I highly recommend them all

Artina89:
My current favourite book series is The clockwork century series by Cherie Priest. Its Steampunk with zombies thrown in, and is very enjoyable.

Steampunk with zombies? I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (wft no mentions of this one yet?!)

and the love of my childhood Artemis Fowl

So much the Discworld. The worst of them still made a decent bedtime read, the best couldn't do that because they were to compelling not to read in one sitting.

Dresden Files come in to second place, that's on the list of series I buy the moment a new one is released.

In terms of books I loved at the time, that brings the Artemis Fowl series into contention. Its just a shame I outgrew them before Colfer finished the story.

First is going to have to be the Horrible History/Horrible Science books. I know it's non-fiction, and its too childish for me now, but the level of humour is pitched just right for the intended audience, and collectively they taught me far more than the national curriculum ever did.

I'm quite partial to The Inheritance Cycle series by Christopher Paolini.

I love dragons.

My personal favorites would be the Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and of course Tolkien's work :)

For those who enjoy A Song of Ice and Fire, Black Company or generally stories without binary morality I would recommend Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen.

Favorite one that I've read completely (or at least most of it)?

Harry Potter.

Favorite books that were part of a series:

Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead.

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