Here are suggestions for books that pick up on the sword and sorcery, quest, and dragon aspects of "Eragon":
Romance and lust and family dynamics feature prominently in "Rococo" by Adriana Trigiani. Some other titles that you might like:
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The women of the Waverley family -- whether they like it or not -- are heirs to an unusual legacy... (B)ehind their Queen Anne home on Pendland Street in Bascom, North Carolina...an apple tree bearing fruit of magical properties looms over a garden filled with herbs and edible flowers that possess the power to affect in curious ways anyone who eats them. (from Barnes & Noble)
"An Unpardonable Crime" by Andrew Taylor best fits into the category of literary mysteries in a historical setting. This is a genre that I personally enjoy reading, especially if a real person from history is featured in the story. Here are some other good titles in this genre.
If you liked Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks, how about trying:
Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller When Robert Kincaid and Francesca Johnson meet, magic happens. Kincaid, 52, a photographer for National Geographic, a mystical traveler of faraway land, feels out of harmony with his time. Francesca, 45, once a young war bride from Italy, nurses her childhood dreams. --catalog summary
We've pulled together a few suggestions for further reading. Some share the literary thriller aspect of Hoeg's book, some the Nordic atmosphere.
Posted - 01/24/2005 : 09:32:12 AM
These fantasy titles are NOT in the McCaffrey, Bradley, or Lowry
vein and will, hopefully, satisfy your reading appetite!
"Little, Big" by John Crowley
One of my all-time favorite books - big, romantic; with plotlines
following many characters:
Here are some suspenseful and somewhat scary books that you may like if you like R.L. Stine.
Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark
Here is the novel that established Clark as one of today's most phenomenally successful authors. After a terrible marriage and the tragic deaths of her two children, Nancy changes her name, hair, and residence and finally finds peace--until the nightmare begins again.
(This one is more suspense, but it will have you on the edge of your
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
There are many "addiction memoirs" in our collection. Some are funny, some are bleak and despairing, some a combination. Try these titles:
"Junky" by William S. Burroughs. May be the first book in this sub genre of memoir.
"Go Ask Alice" by Anonymous. A young adult classic and a cautionary tale. The diary of a young woman chronicles her descent into addiction.
"Manic: A Memoir" by Terri Cheney. A successful lawyer recounts her struggles with a biopolar disorder and substance abuse.
The following books have many of the same elements that make A Tree Grows in Brooklyn such as a memorable book: a young person learning to find her own voice when family problems and hard economic times amplify the ordinary problems of adolescence.
Wish You Well by David Baldacci.
Twelve-year-old Louisa Mae Cardinal and her younger brother must move with their invalid mother from New York City to their great-grandmother's farm in the Virginia mountains. When the forces of greed and justice clash, their struggle plays out in a crowded Virginia courtroom.
If you liked "The Fairy Godmother" by Mercedes Lackey for the way it played with the traditions of fairy tales, you may enjoy these titles:
"Little, Big" by John Crowley
One of my all-time favorite books - big, romantic; with plotlines following many characters: