Fantasy Books

They’re perfect for anyone who wants to know Harry Potter but doesn’t want to deal with the hassle of reading. Also perfect for those who devour Harry Potter books and will appreciate Lucy Knisley‘s adorable abridged re-tellings. The first four incredible, single pages have been posted to Knisley’s Livejournal for some time, but the fifth was posted earlier this month and she does have plans to finish the series of illustrations.

They’re clever, hilarious and would make great additions to any Harry Potter fan’s collection. Good news! You can purchase the first three from her online store.  Favorite bit? Voldemort saying “totes.” roflmao!

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Like many nerds and geeks out there I read a lot.  Well, I read more than most really, I average about six books a month.  I love finding new authors and series to read.  My big pet peeve is finding a great new author or series, then waiting a year for the next book to come out.  Let’s take a look at The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss as an example.  Great book, I loved it.  Published in 2007 and still waiting for the second book in 2011.  Not that Patrick has been doing nothing since . . . I just hate waiting.  So when I thought about putting together a list of some of my favorite series to read I thought there should be some ground rules.

  1. Book series must have at least six books published.
  2. Must be available or in print.
  3. The series was fun to read, who likes to slog through thick worded, stilted books?

With these rules in mind I went through my books looking for those Science fiction and Fantasy series that were fun to read.  Books are regularly picked back up again to re-read.  Books that have been pressed into the unwilling hands of family, friends, and co-workers, only to have them come back later asking for the rest of the series.

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(Article by nerdbastards contributor Mark Poynter, A.K.A Mordrun)

If the words “Holy Crap!” aren’t the first words out of your mouth after watching this ten minute Game of Thrones preview and production review, . . . then the hell with you.  Each and every tidbit that has come out; each agonizing dribble after dribble about this series has gotten better and better, raising the bar that much higher.  It reminds me of the wait between books for the series.  Watch the video below, and if you don’t have HBO yet . . . It’s odds on good money that in April of 2011, HBO will have a spike of new subscribers.

Well?  What did you think?  Are your D&D senses tingling?  Don’t you want to get your broadsword out of the closet and hack apart some renaissance festival?  The sets and costumes on this show look amazing.  I can’t see any details getting overlooked at this point.  Hearing the concern in the producers, actors, and director really leads me to believe that Game of Thrones is going to set a new standard for fantasy on television.