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Post Reading Recommendations • Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:39 pm
Finding a good book or fanfic to read can be really tough amidst the hundreds of thousands of stories out there. So, let's make things a little easier and compile our favorites! It can be fiction, non-fiction, fanfiction, whatever.

Just post the title, author, and why you enjoyed it.

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"Hello ladies. Look at your villain, now back to me. Now back at your villain, now back to me. Sadly, he isn't me, but if he stopped toying with you and started messing with the flow of time, he could attempt to look like me. Look down, back up, where are you? You're in the palace of my dreams, witnessing the man your villain can't look like. What's in your hand? Back at me. I have it. It's the Light Force, flowing out of your beloved princess. Look again. THE PRINCESS IS NOW DEKU NUTS. Anything is possible when your villain tries to look like me and not a pig-beast. I'm on a Helmaroc."

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Post Re: Reading Recommendations • Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:27 am
A lot of this depends on your particular tastes, but I'll recommend a few things regardless...

The Wolfess' TP Sequel Trilogy is pretty well-written, I haven't had time to read it 'til the end though, I personally don't agree with her interpretation of Midna, so, that is one caveat:
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3366412/1/ ... -of-Wolves
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6885547/1/Shadow-Kingdom
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10737809/1/Stasis

The Great Desert (a fun...filled western Zelda): https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4665742/1/The-Great-Desert

Also, the very well-written Insomnia (MM novelization); updates slowly, though: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4249013/1/Insomnia

Other than Zelda:

Lord of the Rings:
I recommend anything by Mirrordance, especially their For Every Evil Trilogy: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1972204/1/For-Every-Evil (starting with)

Also, Thundera Tiger is another excellent author: https://www.fanfiction.net/u/12399/Thundera-Tiger

Beside that, the (in)famous University: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/644826/1/T ... iddleearth Urple

Beyond this, I have a spattering of other recommendations:

Warrior's Secret is probably the best written Kirby fanfiction known to man: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2451057/1/Warrior-s-Secret

TeenMuggles Trilogy (Merlin/Harry Potty AU):
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8350179/1/Ancient-Relics

Anyway, I guess for BOOKS, lol, I could recommend a few I have heard are excellent but haven't had time to read myself...Some of these books come with warnings from what I have heard from others, so...yes.

First is actually one I have read. I, personally, don't enjoy his writing as much as other people. Partially, this was due to the format and WEIRD lay out in the kindle version:

Brent Weeks' Lightbringer books are...in my opinion, alright. I think there are a few people here that will enjoy them more than I have, though.

Next off, Pat Rothruss' Kingkiller Chronicles. The two biggest caveats I have heard about this series is that some people see the MC as a MS, and that there is a "sex goddess" or something in the second book, but these are well-loved for the same "MS", for very beautiful writing, other well-written characters, and a good magic system. So, I guess skip the goddess when she comes up if that's just not your cup of leaf juice, so to speak.

Another one I have heard is good is Gunpowder Mage by Brian McClellan, the biggest issue is that the first book (not the later ones) is kind of Sanderson-ish and Mistbornish. Also, characterization needs some work. Things like that. I can't conform any of this...but it seems likely considering that McClellan worked under Sanderson undergrad.

Finally, and more because I keep seeing this whenever I amazon, The Lies of Locke Lamora seems like it may be okay too, but I have no idea. I just wanted to put the title here so I could remember it if I ever wanted to try it...

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Post Re: Reading Recommendations • Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:10 pm
Got quite a few fanfic recs here.

Insomnia by tikitikirevenge is a great retelling of Majora's Mask. Slow to update though. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4249013/1/Insomnia

Slice of Heaven by Ysavvryl is an interesting slice of life Animal Crossing fic set in the afterlife. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6287841/1/Slice-of-Heaven
Quick summary and semi-review from a while back.
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This seems to be a deadfic at 31 chapters in, but boy is it good. So a human and her pet die. As they stand around waiting for something to happen after watching the woman’s funeral, the prankster god Loki shows up. This isn’t your Avengers Loki, but traditional, mischievous, selfish, chaotic, Norse mythology Loki. He plants the seeds for disorder and skedaddles, leaving the two wayward spirits quite confused. They are picked up by Rover, the fricking Grim Reaper, and have to live in a little village until they can move on.

It starts out a bit slow, but the spirit world for animals is fleshed out well. There are other villages, Anchors that keep said villages in existence, an explanation for why jumping out of the train isn’t such a good idea, etc. This fic focuses on the main character as she grows used to her new afterlife but it doesn’t leave out her other neighbors. There are some other Norse references woven in that don’t feel forced. Pretty good all in all. A decent read for a quiet day.

A Matter of Time by Burenda is a Jak and Daxter fic that places Sig at the right place at the right time and in the course alters the future for the better. Burenda does a great job of having Jak communicate with others despite being unable to speak that doesn’t feel forced. Everything just falls into place over the course of the story and sometimes I wish this was canon because of the interactions between Damas and Jak. Saying anything more would be spoiling a good plot.
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5500614/1/A-Matter-of-Time

I, Pirate by Seldavia is a Metroid fic that follows a suddenly sentient Space Pirate (later named “Dr. B”) who grows to question his “I”, this new sense of individuality, and seeks how far it can go. Starts in Metroid Prime.
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5451766/1/I_Pirate

And just about anything by Shadsie. They wrote the western Zelda fic Tetromino rec'd and a whole lot more. https://www.fanfiction.net/u/6569/Shadsie

I've got more listed on tumblr, both recommended and not. Loophole still disgusts me. Everything else, not so much. http://smashyq.tumblr.com/tagged/what+are+you+reading/ (That's s-mashyq.)

As for books, the obligatory rec of the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. If you want a deeper world, though slower to get anywhere, there's the Stormlight Archive.

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"May the way of the Hero lead to the Triforce."
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Nightmare Inc. We kill your childhood.

And then some.
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This space claimed by Mintle "Shelly" Turteetish! (Formerly known as Vaati.)

"Hello ladies. Look at your villain, now back to me. Now back at your villain, now back to me. Sadly, he isn't me, but if he stopped toying with you and started messing with the flow of time, he could attempt to look like me. Look down, back up, where are you? You're in the palace of my dreams, witnessing the man your villain can't look like. What's in your hand? Back at me. I have it. It's the Light Force, flowing out of your beloved princess. Look again. THE PRINCESS IS NOW DEKU NUTS. Anything is possible when your villain tries to look like me and not a pig-beast. I'm on a Helmaroc."

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"He came back from above. To set. Things. On. FIRE."
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Post Re: Reading Recommendations • Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 2:12 am
Sweet. A piping hot post about books.

Stephen King - The Running Man
In a world where people volunteer for life threatening, big money 'free-vee' shows, one man is selected to be 'The Running Man' and must survive the next thirty days while the entire country hunts him down. Fantastic book and the chapters are really short.

Jane Austin - Emma
The classic regency romance about a ridiculous girl and her naive attempts at matchmaking; yet when it comes to her own life, she's tragically clueless. My favorite of Austin's novels, although I suspect some of you may have already read this.

Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged
A turn of the century novel set in a fictional United States where masters of industry are mysteriously disappearing left and right. One woman becomes set on a quest that will answer that most illusive of questions: "Who is John Galt?". A bit of a long read, but a refreshing dystopian fiction where the theatre of conflict isn't war or politics, but economics.

Ellery Queen - The Devil to Pay
A murder most foul of a wealthy but universally hated tycoon. Set in the exotic Hollywood Hills, who to solve the case but Ellery Queen: the best detective you've never heard of. This was the first Ellery Queen novel I read back in High School and now I own twenty of his novels.

Neal Stephenson - Snow Crash
The Deliverator delivers pizza by day but travels the Metaverse at night. Stumbling upon a mysterious computer virus affecting hackers the world over, it's a race against time before this enigma brings down the infocalypse. Cyberpunk at it's finest.

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