Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: 1/20/11

I just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo this past weekend, and I am so excited to have two more books with these characters to read. So here’s today’s question: What are some of your favorite series? Hit me up, once I finish this books by Stieg Larsson, I’ll need something else to read.

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I’m a big fan of the Southern Vampire Series, the novels that True Blood are based on. They’re funny, sexy, and have a main character that actually matures and changes over the series time span, something that is actually not that common in these long paranormal series.

There’ the Parasol Protectorate novels, which are steampunk and paranormal novels set in Victorian England. They can be twee enough to choke on at times, but are great fun.

I got into Lilith Saint Crow last year and two of her series, Hunters Prayer and Strange Angels (YA), and I’ve enjoyed them for fun, easy reads.

And then there’s the Thursday Next books, which I got tired of after the 3rd, but plenty of people besides me liked all the way through.

It was so great to come home from work and see all of these comments — thanks for filling my library queue, readers!

And yes, the violence in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is creeeeeppppyyy and really disturbing. But it does move the story along, and I agree it is crucial to character development. I remember reading/hearing something about how the title “Men Who Hate Women” wasn’t going to fly in the US….very interesting stuff.

I’m a big fan of series because I feel like I can get into the characters more. So, some of the ones I really like:

Dresden Files (the books get better as they go along) by Jim Butcher
Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Both trilogies from Maria V. Snyder
Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine (they get kinda meh as they go on, but the earlier ones are fun)
The entirety of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
Immortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
Lonely Werewolf Girl and Curse of the Wolf Girl by Martin Millar
Rick Bragg’s All Over But the Shoutin, Ava’s Man, and Frog Prince (memoirs)

I also really liked the Larsson books. I was pretty bummed when the I finished the last one, that’s for sure.

I don’t usually get into series books very often, so the closest I can say I’ve come recently is The Shadow of the Wind + The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Although I don’t think two is a series, they were both VERY good.

Before that, the last series I started was the Percy Jackson ones, which are cute but not literary genius by any means. :)

I haven’t started the whole collection of Larson’s books, I wanted to, but then when talking to a friend, she mentioned that they contain a lot of violence to women. I am not sure how comfortable I might be with that. I don’t want to say that I never read books that contain that type of violence, because I have, but she kept emphasizing that particular fact. I have to ask is it relevant to the story lines? I say I am only tolerant of it when it is relevant or reveals something important to the character that makes you reconsider something. Or what can you tell me in regards to that fact. I worry about just being bothered or offended by it. I am not sure if I am making any sense, but I had to try and ask.

They are pretty much central to the story lines. There’s a lot of interweaving plot lines, but I’m pretty confident in saying that the violence to women isn’t just an auxiliary thing thrown in for the hell of it. To give you an idea, the original title in Swedish of TGWTDT is “Men Who Hate Women.”

It’s been a while since I’ve read them, but I’m pretty sure in all three books there’s just one scene that really is jarring. There’s a decent amount of violence in all of them, but the specific violence everyone talks about is not as recurring.

Kind of rambling answer, but I hope it helped?

The violence is very key to that particular character. Without giving anything away, it’s utilized in two ways–to show vulnerability and resilience/strength (among other things).

It’s disturbing, I won’t deny it, but it’s one segment of a lot of different stories that create something fantastic.

I love the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon – action and adventure, time travel, drama, romance, lots of sex, it’s just a lot of fun to read and quite well-written, and the first novel can definitely stand on its own. I’ve only read up through the 4th book in the series (I believe there are 7 out right now with another one coming in a year or two), but I always recommend it to everyone who wants something fun and engaging to read.

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