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Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Apotheosis of Fantasy Books

Before Part 2 of my mystery story comes out, let me tell you about some books that are worthy of mentioning. Seriously, the below is the apotheosis of fantasy b.
1) Needless to say, there is the most famous book of all: Harry Potter. It could be either the Philosopher's Stone or the Deathly Hallows, every single one of the seven books is an enjoyable read. I can promise you since I have all seven of the Harry Potter books at home. If you know me well enough, I could lend it to you.
But there are so many books out there in the world that bookworms could choose from, yet, many refuses to leave their "HP", afraid that they will be disappointed or confident that will be. Harry Potter, I must admit, is a great series though if you look at it in another angle, it will never be able to compare itself to the Great Classics like Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice. However, how many of us will actually be willing to take the time to read these classics, especially boys, who already find it hard for them to tear their eyes away from their computer screens. So, indeed, what is the book or should I say the books, that will be after Harry Potter. What is this new generation of books that will snatch away the reader's attention like how Harry Potter did to Sherlock Holmes? Here, I introduce to you this new generation, which in my opinion are the apotheosis of great fantasy.
1)His Dark Materials.
That is a series of books written by Philip Pullman, which consists of 3 books, namely:
-Northern Lights, or rather the Golden Compass (made into a movie)
-The Subtle Knife
-The Amber Spyglass
2)The Ink Trilogy.
Another series of 3 books, by Cornelia Funke:
-Inkheart (made into a movie)
I have only Inkspell, so if you are interested feel free to ask me for it.

3)Time Quintet.
A series by Madeleine L'Engle. This is a series that definitely all P5 GEPupils should know. The first book of this series is made as the base reading material for all P5 GEPupils throughout Singapore. It is an extremely good series, but you will find the first book the best of all five.
-A Wrinkle In Time (made into a movie; winner of Newbery Award)
-A Wind In The Door
-A Swiftly Tilting Planet
-Many Waters
-An Acceptable Time
4)Artemis Fowl
Written by Irish author, Eoin Colfer, this six book series is both a Science-Fiction and a fantasy. All readers should definitely start from the first book or else it would get a bit confusing.
-Artemis Fowl
-The Artic Incident
-The Eternity Code
-The Opal Deception
-The Lost Colony
-The Time Paradox
5)Chronicles of Narnia
This is definitely a series worthy of everyone's attention. This series is every as much interesting as Harry Potter though not as much action-packed. I am a fan of CS Lewis and let me tell you a secret. Did you know that both Lewis and J RR Tolkien were in the same book club when they were young? Surprising, isn't it?
-The Magician's Nephew
-The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (made into a movie)
-The Horse and His Boy
-Prince Caspian (made into a movie)
-The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (to be shown in Cinemas in December this year; 2009)
-The Silver Chair
-The Last Battle
I have three books from this series, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", "The Horse and His Boy" and "Prince Caspian". Don't worry, this is not a series like Artemis Fowl. You could start from the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and would not feel lost at all since Lewis did wrote "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" first and completed the series before writting "The Magician's Nephew".
There are much more to these books such as Eragon, Pendragon ... But if I continue at this rate, I will be here for far too long.
I am extremely apologetic that I am unable to write a summary for each book. Try your best to find them in the library or borrow them from your friends because I am confident that you will not regret doing so
Read on!
~Coming Soon, Mystery Story Part 2~
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