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Favorite Books

This page is dedicated to some books that have left an impression on me.

Fantasy

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip

Forgotten Beasts of Eld book cover

The story starts as a reclusive woman is visited by a man to deliver an abandoned baby. Evolving from a typical fantasy story into something more complex and emotional around the half way point, it unexpectedly becomes more real and impactful.
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Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin

Fevre Dream book cover

The author who wrote Game of Thrones delivers a character-driven story following a steam-boat captain's experience meeting with a rich and he later learns, vampire, investor. Well-written historical fiction with an interesting take on vampirism and racism.
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The Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman

Northern Lights book cover

A neighbour gifted me this book (with this cover) as a birthday present when I was about 13. The His Dark Materials trilogy mixes metaphysics, religion, and science and somehow makes it an interesting children's series. I read Northern Lights more than any other book in the trilogy.
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The Fortress of the Pearl by Michael Moorcock

Elric in the Dream Realms book cover

A short story in the book Elric in the Dream Realms, where Elric of Melniboné (an anti-hero) ventures into dream realms to retrieve a lost pearl, giving the author freedom in making observations on sleep and dreams with unusual insight. Lucid dreamers will appreciate this story.
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A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Wizard of Earthsea book cover

Ursula Le Guin's Wizard of Earthsea series is brilliant but the story from the first book is the most memorable to me. A wizard in-training named Ged learns more about the forces of magic that surround him and has to overcome dark magic that stalks him.
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Page by Tamora Pierce

Page book cover

Book 2 in the Protector of the Small quartet is memorable to me for the relationship between Kel the page and her maidservent Lalasa. Tamora Pierce's books are great because they usually have a pretty realistic and grounded first-person female perspective.
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Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Philosopher's Stone book cover

Although I do not agree with the author's recent controversial opinions, I cannot disassociate completely from the Harry Potter series. It was a huge part of my childhood and I still read fanfiction from this series occasionally. Fantasy escapism at its best.
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Sweep by Cate Tiernan

Sweep book cover

I wish I had found this book about ten years ago, I am sure my younger self would have loved it. Sweep is a young adult series about a teenage girl discovering Wicca/Paganism and all the coven secrets of her home-town. She learns that she is a powerful witch.
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Science Fiction

Dune by Frank Herbert

Dune book cover

My first exposure to Dune was a 3-hour fancut of the 1984 film. Dune is a complex political story about spice mining on a hostile desert planet. Spice is a psychoactive substance, so Dune has an interesting mix of science, religion, and metaphysics.
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The Stars, My Destination by Alfred Bester

The Stars My Destination book cover

It starts with a scientist documenting his experiments into teleportation, then sets the story in society who can teleport. The story follows Gully Foyle who cannot teleport and his quest to exact revenge on a spaceship which left him to die in deep space.
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