Official Sleepypie Book List
These are the books that I have read. This list is more for me than you, but feel free to look around.
A Carribean Mystery by Agatha Christie
--Comments: Fun and entertaining.
Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan
--Comments: A little on the predictable side, but entertaining nonetheless.
****** Monster Blood Tatoo Series by D.M. Cornish*******
Foundling, Book 1
Lamplighter, Book 2
--Comments: An entire made up world with made up objects and concepts. My feeble words can not describe this book and all of the things that I love about it. 6 out of 5 stars
Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer
--Comments: Artemis Fowl is a 12 year old criminal. Good stuff. There's lots of creatures, gadgets and technology in these books -- big sci-fi influence. I think that I like that because it turns it more into a suspense/operations/heist kind of storyline.
Lightning Theif by Rick Riordan
--Comments: Good enough to read but not one of my favs.
Septimus Heap, Book One: Magyk by Angie Sage and
Septimus Heap: Book Two: Flyte
--Comments: These books feel a little younger than some of the others and by that I mean it can get a little cheesy - BUT ALL OF THESE BOOKS IN THIS WHOLE LIST ARE CHEESY. Much of Book 1 takes place in a cottage in a bog, which is a nice setting for mud creatures and jungle-y plants and vines. I love all of that kind of imagery.
The Book of Three (Prydain Chronicles) by Lloyd Alexander
--Comments: This book is more like Lord of the Rings than Potter with groups of people traveling across lands to accomplish a task. It's alright - can't decide if i'm going to read the sequel, which I already bought.
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials Trilogy) by Phillip Pullman
--Comments: I read the Golden Compass before the movie came out and it always read mainstream-ish to me, like I could always picture the movie in my mind. I guess that kinda bugged me cause I haven't bothered to read anymore of the series.
Redwall (Redwall, Book 1) by Brian Jacques and Gary Chalk
The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
Mattimeo (Redwall, Book 3)
--Comments: I've talked about these books before. They are all about animals, mainly mice, living in the forest just minding their own business. Lots of eating and drinking in these books and the storyline usually centers around a skirmish with an evil fox or hedgehog. Good clean fun.
Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1) by Christopher Paolini
Everest (Inheritance, Book 2)
Brysnger (Inheritance, Book 3)
-- Comments: Great books with lots of sword and dragon action. However, Book 3 didn't sit well with me -- went slow and wasn't sure if I would ever finish it.
The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
--Comments: This is definitely a Lord of the Rings kind of book. Lots of traveling over mysterious lands in search of magical artifacts. Terry Brooks has about 30 other books, this being the first, and I may consider reading some of the others at a later date.
Castaways of the Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques and Ian Schoenherr
--Comments: The guy that writes about talking mice, also writes some people-centered stories later in his career. This one was appealing because I thought it would be about pirates and i love pirates. But, he gets washed ashore and spends the whole book wandering around with his magical talking dog (didn't think you would totally get away from talking animals, did ya?) Actually, I was so disappointed with the lack of pirates that I didn't finish this one.
Voyage of Slaves: A Tale From Castaways of the Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques and Ian Schoenherr
--Comments: This followup at least takes place at sea. It's among the cheesiest books I've read (in the HP genre) but, I said this was a full list and I couldn't leave it out. I don't recommend any of the 'people' Brian Jacques books, but love the mice ones.
Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy,
Book 1) by Jonathan Stroud
Golem's Eye (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 2)
Gate (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3)
--Comments: The Bartimaeus Books are by far my favorite --- I was so torn while I was reading these... torn between wanting to hurry through them so I could see what was going to happen, and reading them slowly to prolong the ending.
Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud
--Comments: Another enjoyable read by Jonathan Stroud... with murder and monsters, you might just forget you're reading a kid's book.
Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer - DUH
--Comments: Indulgently youthful and romantic - like Dawson's Creek with vampires - Cheesy but what do you expect of a teen romance novel?
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
--Comments: Science fiction with a lot of romance. A few slow spots but very much enjoyed this one.
The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Shadow by Ono Fuyumi
--Comments: If you read this book, you'll no doubt be picturing films like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. This is your classic (in my limited viewpoint) Japanese story: young girl goes on adventure and cries a lot. Way more imaginitive than your usual American young adult fiction, especially regarding characters and the big picture. Quite enjoyable.
--Comments: Awesome. My first series in the adult fantasy genre and I absolutely loved this series. I discovered these books on an Amazon book forum and I think I have many quality suggestions coming my way. Yay for that.