Clear walls, roof, and floor. Clean world and clean life. A nice place to live forevermore.
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A clear home so I can see every danger from on top. As time passes You finish all of your classes The good memories lasted But you're happiness crashes And you wonder why You sit down and cry Relieve your stress with a sigh But the pain remains. Lay Me Down. As the day drags on I sit and reminisce the good times And ponder why you had to go Nothing is the same I stutter everytime I hear your name It hurts me to see your family in pain We all miss you.
Dear Dad. I wake But I do not feel awaken Your love has gone And it has depressed my soul So when I wake and your not there I am woke but not awaken Once upon a time your presence Your love. Year Eight. You lodged bullets of attraction. Are We Free. Are we a free people, a free country, with a truthful servicing of liberty and justice for all? In the 3in by 2in. In the 3in by 2in picture.
Lust is a Satisfying Sin. Sleep,A deep land,filled with a rejuvenating waveWith each wave being more restful than the last,As the waves crash into the soire that is the unconscience,The mind rides the waves spinning tales upon tales ,. I live in this broad bubble that I all a life. But i know thats not right. I have become so scared of failing thatg I no longer try. Dulled passion just trying to get by. Maybe if more people knew. Dare Gravity.
To the Hungry Girls. Unrequited Love. The brain waves in my mind are like an ocean during a tsunami Big and ceaseless, powerful. Neurons connecting too fast Mind racing Heart speeding Sweaty palms Too many connections. Psychoanalyze Me. I am not the only one in the White Room. Sheer fabric whispers from the windows Goblet in hand, I drink to the Grecian lady White dress, raven ringlets frame the face Of porcelain A laugh escapes.
It is fearful to think about where I will be. Murmurs of Me. Flowing melodies have encapsulated my heart since birth. The Puppeteer That Stole Her. This is for the women with the broken bones With the shattered heart and tattered clothes This is for the women with silent voices Who made tough choices that were seen as pointless. Undying Fantasy. But then, in a moment, A quiet word is said A small gesture, sure. My heart beats every second. A Memory. A memory. As Glass Shatters. Hear that? It's the sound of blaring red sirens, Innocence shattered on the cold marble ground.
Two bombs were dropped that day. The one in the building: Seventeen injured Two dead. Sit still and look at the Speckles of dust … drifting down… Wandering through the … air Like your thoughts of the future Unbeknownst. Wander further and you ponder, About many things unanswerable. The Family Meeting. Why do I let the things that crush my soul Bruise my demeanor, my attitude, my outlook on life? Is it because my mind, a vast space filled with dreams of love and adventure, Hope and happiness, splendor and joy,.
Do I have to be broken? It seems these days the only way to be considered for anything is to be a battered, broken, shell of a person. Ticking Time. It just keeps ticking. Do I let it pass me by. November Walks. Whispering winds sounded through the cool night Shivering, trembling, she quickened her pace. Not sure why, the still shadow gave her fright Unknown to her, the shadow had a face. When a Tree Falls. If a tree falls in the forest. A Need For Change. City Girl Creature. Poison Ivy. The first time I picked up a pen to write - to write with purpose, searing intent stored in my mind - I was liberated, overjoyed!
I was to let ring the deepest thoughts I could find:. Don't You Remember? Don't you remember all the good times we had As kids, Just the two of us against the world? I certainly do. I'm the one who remembers everything, Remember? I still do. A Different Show. You want to know what makes me tick? What makes me feel like giving up just a bit? It's the Republicans and Democrats, strong as can be, Giving no space for other possibilities.
Leaving for College. The one that takes the knowlege. The one who carried on. The wish of going to college, Is the fear that brings a dawn. I look upon others For the help to bring hope, But what of the mothers. All boys create despair,. Do Not Cry My Friend. Do not cry my friend. The story of life was not meant to be perfect. Life after death? Well; no.
More like death after life. There is no shortage of strife. It isn't exactly where I wanted to go. I admit, I ended my life early. What will You do? I am different but the same as you, We both have two eyes, one mouth, and one nose, Our features may be a little different, But what is the difference? You have blood rushing through your veins,.
People Say. A Letter to You. Present Tense. I was Trapped in a tumultuous turmoil of trepidation and insecurity, a tourniquet of timidity restricting any temeritous thoughts from flowing forth to fruition; in a word, overwhelmed. I was. Setting My Reality. Allow treasured ruins to turn your treasures to ruins. With the unceasing tick of time, your life is now your own, Creation and exploration of your own mind, making possible fun of your youth; yet, maturity of being grown.
A Person Of Courage. A person of courage Could be a firefighter, a doctor Someone who upholds justice. But I found a person of courage in someone else. A bit more.. It Shouldn't Be So Hard. Proving to myself. Sidewalk Education. Right and wrong. Right and wrong, criminal and justice I have never understood where these ideals of right and wrong begin. When they are a result of societal norms and when they are a result of simple though and humanity.
The Builders. MLA format is cruel to the trees. Those pale promises of untouched space on the backs of papers. Fairy Decadence. I stared into the fire and found that I had become my shadow, slithering through castles young and old, who thunder about the earth in titan glory, while morphing my bones—to click and burn—aligning with yours.
Heartless Lover. My name is Ed,. Glory Days. I noticed you were a bit sad so I wrote this to cheer you up. The Secret. I have a secret And when I tell it Hot will turn cold And my world will explode And I'll be left in the middle of nowhere. I have a secret And when I tell it Friendships will end. Chaos Cranium. I have a whole world contained in my head. Not the whole world, but my world instead. Collected in a memory bank of nostalgia and song lyrics and the actual song if I hear it. When you told me To grow up, I thought you meant, "Kill your heart.
Dutifully, plugged the tears until I suffocated. Are you proud of me? The Epidemic. There is a growing city Upon which the red creeps, A place that is full of People in the streets. The plague advances Bit by bit, Lowering the people Into a dark cold pit. Temptations, deceit Tricked, trapped, but it looks so good Ways of sin and men. Instructions: How to Fix a Heart. I have always dreamed of being a toy train.
Spreading smiles on happy boyish faces But have I ever drawn a smile on a face? The anger burning when I hear your name. Pull me in farther,. I'll Show You. The look you give me when I tell you I want to study away from you,. Because I'm Stuck. Wind is waving bye While the sun caresses doubts Silence brings the anger And leaves confusion on the couch Tears are hiding from pain Who carries smiles all day Lingering at the door is misunderstanding.
Enter a world known as Earth Know that whatever you say has no worth There is freedom of speech but that is a lie And nothing is ever as easy as pie Look around and you will see Something that will forever be. Math and numbers make me tick. Band Aid's Can't Fix Everything.
Let me read it. No, because it's about her. About the way she eats and the way she doesn't. Lost in Love. I see it everywhere Kissing, hugging Holding hands Everything a couple does. I see it everywhere Except for me. Alone is all I will ever be. No relationship has ever found me.
Indelible Embroilment. There are moments in the night when I wish for someone to lay next to me, embrace me in their arms, and not let me go till the moon finally takes its leave. A mind's cry. She doesn't know the effect She doesn't know the tears My eyes are bruised with waterfall cries She is always there Yeah I guess I can't knock life I feel the stress What is it that I say?
Arcade Games. When I walk into work the air is cloying The musty glow of past play-sweat clinging to the air, The whipping of sugar has begun in the back Building the wispy crystals into pastel clouds. When the dust settles. A cloud arises from the west, Sweeping the desert land in a rose tinted hue, Bringing back fond memories, Of a small world that I so dearly knew.
On Music. Music is my heart, The rain, the pulse. These words So far, Frustrate me. Pain is the one that seeks the darkness. Always inside and completely lifeless. What makes me tick. What makes me tick are these sick, unrealistic expectations of women. Stuck in here for Eternity. Stuck in here for eternity: Lost in darkness; I will never see. No voices ever speak to me, Stuck in chains for eternity. My breath runs slow, My heart losses track. Selfish User. Turn your lips to mute! You stress her out over pointless things You should stop right now and…. Irrational Understanding.
Bitty Dean. What I Don't Know. I wish I was an astronomist I look at the stars and all that comes into mind is how much I don't know about the world I wish I was an expert not just about space but about physics, anatomy,. There will always be people who work harder. I am smart. There will always be people who are smarter. I can sing. Others can sing as well.
Ongoing War. The Compassion Tick. Some are driven by their money Some are inspired by their honey Some are propelled to influence What makes me tick is to make a difference. A difference can help one in need. In less than a month's time, My world will change From the familiarity of my home and siblings To the unknown of university. Who will I meet? How will I progress? The infinite possibilities dash. Dusk's Domain. It's not the place of in-between, Nor the place where souls scream Night is, as night does Not in this world, or the one above For if you stay, you just might find By dawn's break, you've lost your mind.
The Heart that Fell Asleep. I don't like to think that my heart stopped beating on the night when the blanket wouldn't warm up and the moonless night seemed especially suffocating. Anything can happen any day,. On Myself--Revisited. I met my lover for lunch down the street. My lover, who taught me how to exist In the twist of this hiss, this fizz and sleet Who brought me this bliss, who's Anger, I kissed. We sat outside on two summer-hot seats. A Closed Off Girl. A Neighborhood. For to fall is to fail,.
Listen up I got to say something, This is the start of a new revolution. You Did This. I am ony six years old. As that night was not cold, my heart was chilling to my soul,. Writing is an act of thought, A Muse chased into eloquence, A wild idea, tamed and caught And realized through writer's sense The cause itself, irrelevant, The processes behind it too,. Purity of the Unseen. Sea of Love. Poem Of Masks. I don't know when this started really. This feeling of falling. This feeling of emptiness that started as a dark seed and seemed to grow and grow, taller and darker, branching into the paths of my mind,.
No Matter What. The Sin-Caster. I saw you who was myself. Everyday I see it It's on the tip of your tongue You want to put us down. Crying children. What do you stand for if you don't stand in prayer? We can't eat bagels everyday. A tallis is no scarf. The drum beats out — stand for your people,. Don't worry, it gets better. A rhyme here and there can make a point. Stay away from that stuff as your friends pass the joint. We The People. My thoughts tend to wander.
From work, to school and my day. Most times I day dream. Flying, Traveling, Running away. My duty is here, working. Empty Colloquy. There were multitudes of peopleToo many for me to grasp. In My Neighborhhood. After Hours College. Gears of Mind. Elusive answers Ponder questions Get your gears on a drive. Just to keep that drive.
Standard beauty ideals are failing us. People demand Curvy but skinny. Tall but petite. Modest but sexy. Pure but experienced. Natural but modified. We can't have it all,. The Friend in My Head. I swear we've met before. Are you the reflection I see in the mirror, Or the slam of a broken door? You seem recognizable to me: an old childhood friend,. Suicidal Clown. This fake smile is bone structure Painted on to mask my frown You don't see fear nor pain or sin, I'm a suicidal clown. Blood seeped through my long sleeve as I prepared my noose of belts and sheets.
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A World Built on Lies. A woman walks up to the church with tears in her eyes She looks straight down so no one sees the tears that she cries She walks alone In long dark clothes So she can say "goodbye". Where I walked. Trapped beneath a wicked confinementIn an embryoni.
The Music in Me. Being understood, isn't always me I cannot always say what's deep inside, you see. But when I close my eyes, I hear the rhythms speak;. My Darling,. All my life I told you tales about monsters The beasts underneath my bed Always telling you they wanted to kidnap me When in fact they wanted me dead. In the Mind of the Beholder.
Happiness stapled to the surface Discontent smohered in smiles Despair cloaked in giggles. The world of alone. She feels alone in this world. Beauty Above All. A girl once told me that my most redeeming quality came from how gracious my heart and intentions were, and that no matter the circumstances, others come first.
I lay on my back,My back to the world. I watch all the clouds,The clouds start to swirl. The swirls turn to pictures,That rest in my head. A magical dream. I dream of you when I fall asleep. What Will I Do? What will I do? Will I answer duty's call? Will I cure a disease? Will I build my own hall? Will I make fire cease?
Will I lead a nation? Will I explore space? Will I destroy stagnation? Every day, I wake up and pray to the Lord that I can go out into the world and act as a shining light to those who are lost in the darkness. I try to speak my mind, But is there no difference between a compliment and a homocide? Quiet shaves away at erradicated emotions, My acne scraping when whips are creasing my flesh.
I often ask others what they dream. I often ask others what they dream about. Burgundy Lips. Living, loving, and losing Inside my heart's been battered and it's bruising Following my dreams is harder than I thought. Some Are Bilingual. I've been accepted to college which is such great news the only sad part is that I'll be away from you. Away from your love, away from your laughter but it is ok I'll be fine, I cant stay forever.
Little girls and little boys See the world as it should be Little girls and little boys Even dream in the daylight Little girls and little boys Do not ever have worries Little girls and little boys. Late Night Thoughts. Wanting success Future on my mind. From Time. Tick, Tock. Tick tock, The clock strikes one o'clock. The sky is dark, the stars shine bright, Everybody, but one, is asleep tonight. How could you? You left us when I was eleven You just walked out Said it was over. It's been five years You still haven't changed dad It's bullshit to think you would.
A description of who she was. Night after night my dreams felt so bright because she made me shine with all my light. What if. What if she's the one I can trust and turn the me into an us. What if we can be the us that "everyone" tries to bust. You ask me to pay the grocery bills, when I'm not allowed to eat the food.
I see rainbows burst through the sky And have the sudden urge to run and cry They all laugh and they say, "dont even try" And I say, "oh why, god, why? You are. You are an angel at heart and a goddess at sight. You are my beautiful Aphrodite. My attempt to want. This is my attempt for getting you naked. Yea, the earlier me is being amended. So please help me acomplish my new goal. Stand Tall or Fall? The Vampire: A Poor Beast. A warped and revolting creature,That has many known names ,fury, wraith, bloodsucker, tormentor, Vampire,.
Understand This. I am an amazing person. They Were The Girls. Continuing Your Road. It provides us knowledge about world. Chaos In An Enclosed System. On the surface my demeanor is calm. To anyone who talks with me it's as if I've not one qualm. Beneath this exterior lies another person entirely. A person who dreads failing; who has become obsessive and miserly. Sword of Truth has got to go. Predictable and truly not in league with the other series noted here. These are recommendations after-all, and here is mine, Whispers by Aram Keledjian.
My new favorite of the year by faaaaaaar. No Dragonlance? This is criminal. A quarter of those series are nothing more than Dragonlance knock offs anyway. Goodkind is the worst author ever. The fact that this series is on your best list makes me question your judgement about all the other books on this list. Thanks for the list. I am going to check out Duncton Wood. The series that got me into fantasy writing to begin with was Brian Jacques Redwall series.
Granted they did get a little repetitive and predictable, but the first 5 books were great. I feel like Michael Moorcock should be on this list somewhere. Elric of Melnibone series is one of my all-time favorites. Yes dragon spindle is pretty good for a self published book I recon it will be picked up by a publisher soon then probably get ruined by big business! I absolutely loved that list… Quick question though: Should the novels by Anne Rice not be included as well?
I liked a new book and fantasy series which is Dragon Spindle book 1 in the Ningazia Balance series. Definatly worth a look if you like fast paced dragon fantasy with dragons, elfs , orcs and loads of magic. The first book is indeed awesome, but after that, the entire thing goes down the drain. Zero innovation, bullshit character development He might has well had an alien parasite take over Leesha , inconsistent pacing…. Dresden files up but got to say Codex Alera has me coming back for more. Mazan Book of the Fallen is so epic, intelligent and unpredictable, near all other fantasy seems childlike in comparison.
Good call for having it in the list. Thanks Matt. I actually have the Rangers Apprentice books on my to-be-read pile and — following your recommendation — will move them up the list and read them soon. A book series that I highly recommend is Rangers Apprentice. It is not your average fantasy novel, it takes place in a world much like middle age England and does not include magic surprisingly.
You follow the adventures of Will Treaty becoming a Ranger, a legendary warrior using the tools of stealth and archery to guard the crown. This list cannot be considered complete without the Chronicles of Pern! I would also mention The Saga of Recluce by L. Modesitt Jr as being worthy of inclusion, certainly well above the risible Sword of Truth series.
The Dredsen Files is the best fantasy book written by the best author — Jim Bucher. You would definitely agree that The Dredsen Files is the Best Fantasy Series around I have read each book 3 times over just to fully understand the characters and the plot of the series. Hi Lynette, great recommendations! Some we have yet to read and review on the site but I have added them to our to-read list and hope to remedy that very soon.
I think Inheritance Cycle should be on the list. It is an awesome read and its characters are very deep too. Glen Cook wrote an earlier book that has been one of my favorites since my teenage years. The Dragon Never Sleeps. I had to re-purchase the Duncton Chronicles about 5 years ago due to my originals being lost somewhere in the midst of time. But I treasure them as much as any other books, they have character and history. The first Duncton book is a real gem, a worthy companion to Watership Down.
Interesting what you say about inconsistencies in the Hyddenworld series. I have to admit a few elements of the story did not piece together perfectly, especially the legend of the Peace Weaver and Beormund, but I am very, very forgiving of the authors I hold dearest! Thanks for the nice answer Lee! I found it quite enjoyable — few fresh ideas there! Only thing that bugged me was that there was rather a lot of inconsistencies throughout. Guess the author must be even more forgetful than I am! Now, The Name of the Wind and Mr. Read it when it first came out. By the second book it gets a whole lot better though, in my opinion.
I want to see Gregor the Overlander on this list. Thanks Milotius, this is exactly the type of comment that provides real value. We have reviewed Lukyanenko, Pehov and Sapkowski on the site, but not enough of a series to get them onto this page. I think the advancement in the standard of translation will open up these books to a wider audience. I have read several translated books recently and they have lost nothing in the translation. Now this might be a new series to add. So far, wonderful story, wonderfully told.
Great list! There are some amazing books out there once you start exploring! Svetlana Martynchik. Kind of an urban fantasy, modern day, Russian version of Narnia if you will. But with so much dark humour, strangeness and sometimes creepiness it should definitely not be recommended for kids. Yet again an urban fantasy and I suppose hope well known. Yet again for its mix of lightheartedness and angst! My only negative note on this list: Wheels of Time… Why, oh why are people so in to it?
Could not stomach more after book 6. He seems to have had only two categories for females — evil or annoying or possibly both. If not, do it now! Thank you. Mistborn is on our recommended fantasy trilogies pages. I know it is 4 books now but it just seemed a better fit on there. I understand having Tolkien on the list but I have never been able to read his books. They just bore me and seem to spend too much energy in building the world and races that it is nearly a biography of a fantasy world and less a good fantasy story. Though I would have to say that without LoTR fantasy would still be decades behind where it is now.
Really, not a single Brandon Sanderson, I just wanna see one of them although I think they all deserve a spot , Mistborn was an amazing series. I am listening to The Dragonbone Chair at this very moment — I first read it decades ago and hope to enjoy it every bit as much second time around! The Dwarves 2. The War of the Dwarves 3. The Revenge of the Dwarves 4. The Fate of the Dwarves 5. The Dragonbone Chair 2. Stone of Farewell 3. Otherland: 1. City of Golden Shadow 2. River of Blue Fire 3. Mountain of Black Glass 4. Shadowmarch 2. Shadowplay 3.
Shadowrise 4. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss!! It is simply amazing. An unbelievable achievement. Self published at first, and has become a best-seller on word of mouth alone. I think that most people who like these other series would enjoy these. The WOT situation: The first three books were fantastic, interesting world, characters with room to grow and a story to tell. Somewhere though it got off track. It seemed to require story lines that were way to separate and did not seem to come together much. Great series but after starting out to be the best ever, it never quite lived up to that.
Well told. Interesting story and characters. Interesting form of magic. My ESL teacher recommended it to me when I was in high school and I have been in love with it ever since. A good call for Mists of Avalon Luiz and I have been delighted to add it. I should just note that Diana L. Paxson co-wrote and independently wrote the later novels. One author completely missing from this list and the comments is Peter V Brett — His Demon Cycle series it is now over 3 books so can be included is a fantastic new take on the fantasy genre.
Some wonderful characters in a gripping story line. Four have been published and I can hardly wait for the fifth and concluding novel. Otherwise, all the comments and remarks are very acurate, and although I am a fan of Terry Goodkind, some of the books did stink… Wheel of Time is epic! Great books! He loves reading. In fact, he just finished reading the first novel by Jim West called Libellus de Numeros The Book of Math that makes math and science relevant and fun in a story of magic and danger.
The story is about Alex, a young precocious girl, who mysteriously gets transported to a strange world where Latin and Math combine in formulas and equations with magical effects. With a cruel council leading the only safe city of its kind in this world, she will have to prove her worth to stay as well as help this city as it is the target for two evil wizards who seek to destroy the city and its ruling council.
To help the city and also get back home, she will need the help of the greatest mathematician of all time, Archimedes. In a world where math is magic, Alex wishes she paid more attention in math class. Search for the book on Goodreads for reviews. Nice list, glad NOT to see junk like Twilight on it.
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Hey LuvD, the trilogy list which is a work in progress can be found here : Happy reading! Is it out as yet? If so, can you post a link? This thread has been opened since Great choices presented. Gonna finally give WoT a try way too many of you have suggested it. Was probably looking for something new to try out and voila. The story managed to completely draw me in after a couple of chapters. Hi all! That is one great list of beloved series you got there, so I felt compelled to express a concern and immediately suggest an entry.
I am not Polish myself so I had to wait for translation but his work is truely masterful and entertaining, for lack of a better word. The subtle references to classic pieces are simply genius while the series follows its own engaging story. Believe me, I would never look at Cinderella or the Beauty and the Beast the same way as I did before! Definitely a recommended read! Thanks for that David, it made me smile, a lot. Very close to my own personal opinions on many points. Would love to know what you think about Wheel of Time though — if you could reply with an answer that would be great.
Good call on Saga of the Recluce — we have very positive reviews for it already on the site, so added to this list it shall be! Those are great. After Days of Air and Darkness, it sinks to somewhere between pretty good and so-so. Twilight stinks too. Salvatore is so-so. No I take it back. The Belgariad is okay. The Malloreon is so-so. The Elenium is blah. The Tamuli is just plain bad.
I really wish that Guy Gavriel Kay would write a series with each book being as good as Tigana was. Farseer by Robin Hobb is great.
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You have to like a book authored by a liberal where the hero is a guy who murders people for a living. Way to go, Margaret. Do it again! Mistborn was great-minus, with flashes of great here and there. The Saga of Recluce is another great-minus series, with some of the books being marginally great and others being just pretty good. The repetitive use of the boy-from-the-sticks-grows-up-and-does-well theme holds it down half a notch.
The real atrocity is that neither Mistborn nor the Stormlight Archives are listed. Hi James, great books but a trilogy. But if enough people think they should be on the list I would be happy to add them.
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Thanks for the good list. I agreed with most of the picks and got ideas for future reads from the rest. I do feel the need to award kudos not only for the Gemmell nods but specifically for the Rigante series. Rarely does a list acknowledge Gemmel and this is the first one to do that and go farther. The Drenai series may be simplistic but the tale of the Rigante is a whole different level of story telling in my opinion, and well worthy of mention. Wheel of Time series has to be in 2nd place after the story of the Middle Earth by J. I have read many of the authors in the list and are all great in different ways.
One of my favourites however is Robin Hobb, I would urge anyone whose is looking for a great read to consider these. I think when you look at all from a distance, J. Tolkien is the author of all these books and they are all set in the same world. So I now think they should be included. Hi Unojoe, thank you for your comment. The Kingkiller Chronicles is — as you say — fantastic.
But at the moment the criteria for inclusion on this page is a series consisting of at least 4 books. Great comments. Good call. Thank you for the original list. I used to read lots of fantasy but what with my career and children etc have only recently got back into it. Erikson next. Just finished WoT after a 7 year break- agree it lost its way in the middle at times and I despaired of it ever finishing; great finale though, a really good fight! I probably ought to re-read them now! I know he writes more stand alone novels, but would like to recommend Guy Gavriel Kay.
Interesting comments Batto and Lawler, I tend to agree. Cheers everyone, have a good Christmas! I read fantasy fiction to escape and I enjoy it for that purpose, but I have to admit that very little of it is high-quality literature, and I find that the longer series are little more than endless plot, with little substance.
Good literature makes you reflect on and better understand something, whether it be history, current events, human nature, love, friendship, pyschology, politics, etc. Fantasy fiction is often heavy on interpersonal relationships and emotions like love and courage, but it often has a very simplistic understanding of society in general.
Maybe that is why we read it. What I enjoy about fiction fiction as a genre is its world building. I delight in the way the authors construct language, culture, history and myth. Hi Kenneth, great shout on the Green Rider series — deserves to be added and it is reviewed very favourably on the site. I will add it now. Unfortunately we have no Piers Anthony reviews at all at this moment in time so it will be difficult to add the Xanth series but I will look at getting it reviewed as soon as possible — and then hopefully adding to this list.
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Sadly she is a very slow writer! I will add Keys to the Kingdom to this list within the next 2 weeks. Although it is considered youth fiction the Keys to The Kingdom series by Garth Nix is definitely worth the read. Thank you sor your recommendation.
David, thanks for backing up many of the selections, it is appreciated. And the Barclay Raven series definitely deserves to be on this list, being more than 3 books and very favourably reviewed on the site. I will add it at the next available opportunity. I must admit I have read through many of the above series and while I will always fondly remember the Gemmell series as one of my favourite if a little basic I would also recommend the James Barclay Raven series books for all out action fantasy as well.
But my all time favourite series is the Malazan series by Steven Erikson. While not for the fainthearted as it can be hard work and at times grim I have never read a series with such scope and imagination. But it's devastating to see someone even like Winfrey humbled by pervasive racism. In this HBO movie, Winfrey plays a woman searching for a mother she never knew. Henrietta Lacks was the unwitting donor of a tissue sample that was eventually used as a cure for polio and countless other medical advances. But after years of lies and cover ups from the medical community, the Lacks family has grown untrusting and paranoid.
Winfrey plays Henrietta Lacks' daughter as unpredictable and volatile, and her performance anchors a movie about how an African-American woman battling her own paranoia comes to terms with her heritage and family's legacy. In "The Butler," Winfrey walks a fine line between sweet and motherly -- and even unlikable. She's cheating on her upstanding husband and struggles with drink, but she's still a sage figure in this family's household.
She has an incredible scene as she's talking about Sidney Poitier, playing polite until her son insults the dignity of his own father. It's the type of performance where Winfrey is convincing enough playing nice that you're surprised when she reveals she's not a pushover. In what is her finest work by a mile, Steven Spielberg got a hold of Winfrey just before she was "Oprah.
Looking at her, you know she'll be a star, but she's so boisterous and defiant, you'd hardly expect her to become the warmest, most understanding media personality of the next 30 years. Her early line about fighting her whole life earned her an Oscar nomination, but I feel more sorry for the woman who slapped Oprah in the film and lived to tell the tale.