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The Harry Potter withdrawal recovery program


Harry Potter Book 7Come July, the Harry Potter literary trend is over, when the final book in the series is released. It would be a shame if all those budding readers--particularly science fiction & fantasy readers--gave up books once the Potter wave crests. Our friends at SFSignal are set to do something about it:

"I'd like to see us come up with a list of books that might appeal to Harry Potter readers. There will be six categories: (SF) 12 and Under, (SF)Young Adult, (SF) Adult, (F)12 and Under, (F)Young Adult, and (F) Adult. I ask that you list up to three books in each category. About two weeks or so before the release of the last Potter book, the results will be tabulated and the result will be a PDF file listing the top 3 books in each category suitable for printing on a 4x6" index card. Something along the lines of: 'You like the wonders of Harry Potter, you may like to read some of the following books...' This will be open to discussion as well. You can then, if you so choose, print these out and take them to your local bookstore to hand out to those people waiting in line. There will also be a link on the card pointing back to this post showing that there are a lot more choices than just the ones presented on the card." 

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73 comments
neon_noir
neon_noir

If you are looking for a series to replace HP then look no further. Simon R. Green's Nightside series is one for the books, pardon the pun. While it may be more for young adults and older, if has magic, mythology, technology and heroes and villains that will have you speed reading to find out what happens next. It's like a cross between Sci Fi Fantasy and film noir. Absolutely awesome.

vdraudt
vdraudt

Why not try manga? The Death Note series was very good.

Gregory.Ware
Gregory.Ware

Her "Witch World" series and related books started me in this area of reading. I came from the hard SciFi with "BEM's" and strange worlds, hard men in hard science stories. Then one day I found "Galactic Derilict" and reading Andre Norton lead me to the Witch World Series.( The reason I liked Norton was she was the first author I read in the field [pre-1965] that had heros that were non-white males. )

little wheel
little wheel

Not exactly the same genre, but the Edgar Rice Burroughs series about John Carter of Mars was an outstanding series. As a child I devoured each and every one in the series. I still have the full set with little wear and tear. :oD

jmason
jmason

I discovered the Charlie Bone series last summer. There's a new one coming out in June. Good for the whole family.

Xwindowsjunkie
Xwindowsjunkie

I recently reread the Nania series after the recent movie and it should be very enjoyable by Harry Potter fans as well.

randomcorey
randomcorey

The books that encouraged me to add Fantasy to my diet of SF: The Amber Series (particulary the intial 5 books): - Nine Princes in Amber - The Guns of Avalon - Sign of the Unicorn - The Hand Of Oberon - The Courts of Chaos Lord Of Light Creatures of Light and Darkness Doorways in the Sand * This Immortal * Today We Choose Faces * * could be categorized as SF

blarman
blarman

David Weber's collection of Bolo books are excellent, focusing on a collection of AI supertanks called Bolos and their fights to save/protect humanity on multiple planets.

blarman
blarman

David Eddings has a host of excellent books that can be either young-adult or adult. I particularly enjoy the interplay between the characters as much as the rich plots and the well-designed fantasy backdrop. Young Adult: The Belgariad (5 books) story about the fight to overthrow an evil God. Begins with Pawn of Prophecy. The Mallorean (5 books) story about the fight to fill the void left over after the Belgariad. Begins with Guardians of the West. Adult: The Elenium: The Crystal Throne, The Ruby Knight, The Sapphire Rose - another save the world trilogy. The Tamuli: - follow up trilogy to The Elenium. Domes of Fire, The Shining Ones, Hidden City

ecositsupport
ecositsupport

This is now an eleven book series. Very well written. WOT

TheGooch1
TheGooch1

Harry Potter Encyclopedia The Making of Harry Potter:The Movie Breaking Your Harry Potter Addiction:The Go-Outside Edition.

tsutherland
tsutherland

Eragon is a great book. I haven't yet seen the movie, but hear it deviated pretty significantly and therefore didn't do the book justice. Getting ready to start book two shortly. Paulini is great and was/is just a teenager when he released Eragon, AWESOME.

bzarske
bzarske

In addition to her big series, Dragonriders of Pern, The Ship Who..., Powers That Be, Tower & the Hive, Dinosaur Planet, etc., she also has excellent youth-oriented standalones, such as Black Horses for the King.

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

I'd really love to see something along the line of the Robert Heinlein teen/young adult books he wrote (Tunnel in the Sky, The Star Beast, Glory Road, Space Cadet, Starship Troopers, Red Planet, etc) written with a current or near future projected technology; and a more equal use of boys and girls in the protagonist roles rather than Mr Heinlein's strong-male orientation. I cut my teeth on J.R.R. Tolkein's The Hobbit and LOTR trilogy; while Larry Niven got me during my mid-teens. I didn't discover Heinlein until my late teens and early twenties at which time I really had spending money and began devouring his works, plus Edgar Rice Burroughs' and Andre Norton's stuff

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Okay, I haven't got anything here. But it looked like this would be a good way to organize the discussion, so I stuck this message in as a placeholder. Sue me.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Harry Turtledove's Darkness series - Imagine World War II fought with magic, not science and technology. It spans six thick volumes, but HP fans probably won't balk at that.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

"The Tar-Aiym Krang". Flinx and Pip are probably good transition material from HP.

sstultz
sstultz

The Artemis Fowl series is great, and it is appropriate for younger readers as well.

blarman
blarman

Another of the classics, Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles is suitable for high-schoolers though many of the plot lines may give you the creeps. Bradbury is classic sci-fi.

blarman
blarman

A classic story about the boy military genius who's tactics save the world from an alien threat. Card has many other books out, but I would move them all to the Fiction - Adult range, and some of them are downright weird - even for Sci-Fi.

blarman
blarman

C'mon people. Nobody has posted one of the all-time greats in science fiction: Isaac Asimov. Robots of Dawn is one of my particular favorites (high-tech murder-mystery). I, Robot (now a motion picture) and many more.

blarman
blarman

Seriously, if you haven't read this guy, you are missing out. From Jurassic Park (the books are WAY BETTER than the movies) to Sphere (also a movie) to Terminal Man to his newer novels like Prey and State of Terror. This guy is an awesome author whose plots are based in reality and methodically researched for accuracy. A must read for SF fans.

GSG
GSG

Loved the Belgariad adn the Mallorean. Liked the Elenium and Tamuli, but the newer ones aren't that great. I had to re-buy the Belgariad since I read it so much the books fell apart.

blarman
blarman

Her "The Dark is Rising" series is very good for young adults. Follow the life of a series of young people who are trying to recover a series of lost artifacts in order to use them to put down The Dark.

blarman
blarman

The Black Cauldron is one of the more known of the series of five books in his signature series. A good read.

blarman
blarman

Most of his Xanth series of novels (must be 30) are YA-suitable and take place in the world of Xanth. The puns, outrageous characters, and scenery (as well as the relatively short book length) make these books very appealing to younger readers. I especially enjoyed Golem in the Gears.

blarman
blarman

Perhaps the most famous is his line beginning with The Sword of Shannara, the Elfstones of Shannara, and the Wishsong of Shannara. There are well over a dozen books in this series and all are excellent "save the world" themes very similar to The Lord of the Rings.

blarman
blarman

Anne McCaffrey has about a dozen books out about regarding the fantasy/sci-fi world of Pern, where humans and dragons fight to save their world from a space-born attack of mindless eating machines called "thread". Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, Dragondrums, and more. Very good for teenagers struggling to find a place in the world.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

I had all but forgotten Andre Norton's work! How could I? Time to go back and reread!

TomB2
TomB2

Don't FORGET anything by ASIMOV!!!! And The "RAMA" series by A.C. Clark / Gentry Lee. I have been reading SF since I could read. Highly recommended to help encourage a child's imagination and creativity.

keith_eves
keith_eves

The first book (Brightness Reef)can be a bit hard to get into but if you've read the first uplift trilogy, it's easier. This and the other two books (Infinity's Shore and Heaven's Reach) are best read as a trilogy. The first trilogy and The Practice Effect are also good reads.

parkbench
parkbench

The wheel of Time series by Robert jordan.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Out of the Silent Planet. Part of a trilogy that seems to deteriorate, especially by in the 3rd book. OOOSP is first in the series, and excellent in its exploration of 'fear of the unknown'. Perelandra - 2nd in the series was good, but OOSP my fav.

EEPMan25
EEPMan25

The whole Ender's Series in my opinion is a great piece of work. Easy read and addictive!

Xwindowsjunkie
Xwindowsjunkie

It seems as if he has written, re-written or edited and released different versions. I've read 2 or 3 different versions of the story, I beleive the first was a short story. In some ways it gives me the creeps to this day. Especially when you add that to the reality of the stories of little boy soldiers in the various African wars.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

is the best Asimove ever did! Wow!

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I posted "I, Robot" above. Sad to say, the only thing the book and the movie have in common in the title.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Incarnations of Immortality that was good also. "On a Pale Horse" is the first I read and it totally hooked me.

Catchman
Catchman

I've been reading Terry Brooks for years now and have to agree with blarman. Most of Terry Brooks books are parts of a Trilogy or a four book series and he puts out a book a year. The Shannara stories are 14 books in 4 series and a prequel. There is also the Word and Void stories which has two series the latest which seems to be bridging the gap between the world of the Word and Void ant that of Shannara. http://www.terrybrooks.net/

drowningnotwaving
drowningnotwaving

[i]Very good for teenagers struggling to find a place in the world.[/i] I love AMcC, but I must admit that is a completely new take on the reason why I'd recommend it to my neice! "What's that Susie? Struggling to find a place in the world? Here, read a fantasy book about a future planet, bonding with your own personal flying dragon (if you're good enough) and time travel. That will help put it all into perspective." :)

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

in collaboration with Michael Whelan are excellent as well.

jim_vander_noot
jim_vander_noot

...and in addition to the 14 Baum books, the later books in the series, plus others published by the International Wizard of Oz Club, Hungry Tiger Press, and Books of Wonder, can keep readers of all ages busy and entertained for DECADES!!

kburch
kburch

Or just about anything from this author. I also second the Dark Materials trilogy from Phillip Pullman.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I just couldn't get into it, although I'm not sure why. For some reason I felt cheated when the conclusion moved off planet.

TomB2
TomB2

See the post Don't Forget. Has anyone ever heard of Diana Gabaldon? I never did until I was here in Abu Dhabi. She is an American. The series is part SF, US,French, Scottish History strange stuff.

TheGooch1
TheGooch1

That was a great quote. I don't think fantasy/fiction books are a basis for figuring out what to do with your life. There are also many non-fiction books that fit that category. For me, its always been about a trust network. Its started with my parents, and grew from there. Once you get older, you can figure out whether you can trust someone's advice, or if they are just full of hot air. In fact, once you reach that point, you need to go back and re-evaluate your parent's advice. No disrespect, but they are human, just like everybody else. :)

drowningnotwaving
drowningnotwaving

What I obviously missed was when it became a psych text instead of just fun to read ! Perhaps you got the inherent social allegory - great! I got the bit about having sex while your dragons are going hammer and tongs at 30,000 feet. Been looking for a chick with a dragon ever since.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

did you really miss all the psychology underlying the holders. guilders, the white dragon going to a kid who never should have had one in the first place, the social and political battling that went on between holders and dragonflyers, etc...???