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My transition from young adult books really began when I was in seventh grade and it was all thanks to Stephen King and Anne Rice.  I probably would have happily continued reading Christopher Pike and L.J. Smith books until high school if I hadn’t borrowed Four Past Midnight from my cousin the summer we turned thirteen.  After that there was no going back. 

I begged my parents for Rose Madder, Dolores Claiborne and the first few novels of the Vampire Chronicles.  They were a little wary, unsure of the content, and really I was still pretty young for that kind of reading.  But I was mature and could handle it.  I had a relationship with Anne Rice’s novels.  I was sucked into her world of aristocratic vampires, Southern witches and the streets of the Garden District and the French Quarter in New Orleans. lestat

Now, in my late twenties, both writers remain among my favorites and perhaps they hold a special place in my heart simply because they were with me when I was growing up. 

The writers that I love the most have a way of storytelling that brings you into the pages and makes you completely forget your surroundings.  Diana Gabaldon and her Outlander series instantly comes to mind.  I remember reading Outlander during my lunch breaks at work and feeling completely immersed in the story and when I was interrupted it was like being woken from a dream. 

Character development is important to me as well.  I don’t care if you have the most brilliant plot, thrilling suspense or clever dialogue – if I don’t care about the characters then the rest is meaningless.  Stephen King is a master at creating realistic, flawed, and believable characters.  He makes you invested in their lives and you become involved with their struggles and triumphs.    In fact, the supernatural and magical elements tend to feel completely realistic just because the characters are so real. 

Margaret George is another favorite.  Her well researched biographies of historical figures are epic in proportion and beautiful to read.  Whenever I want to travel back in time I just pick up one of her novels and prepare to get whisked away. 

Some more fantasy writers I always get excited about are Jacqueline Carey, Sara Douglass, and George R.R. Martin.  I can never put down any of their books once I open them and it’s been absolute agony waiting for the next installment of A Song of Ice and Fire.

Books

You’ll probably be able to guess most of these from reading about my favorite writers but here are some great ones.

  •  The Dark Tower series, by Stephen King
  • The Stand, by Stephen King 
  • The Vampire Chronicles, by Anne Rice
  • A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin
  • The Memoirs of Cleopatra, by Margaret George
  • The Autobiography of Henry VIII, by Margaret George
  • Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel books
  • The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory
  • Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series
  • Sara Douglass’ Wayfarer Redemption series
  • The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

Genres

Fantasy, Historical Fiction and Historical Fantasy

2 Comments »

  1. sandy pan Said:

    how do you squeeze in the time to read? when do you read? i need to set aside some time to do so!

    • Jamye Said:

      Any time that I can, lol! While I’m working out (cardio only for obvious reasons), every night before going to sleep, and little moments here and there after work or on the weekends. If only I didn’t need sleep!


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