My nephew likes to read and asked for an interesting book for his birthday. He's read all the Rick Riordan books and the Harry Potter books. He is a bright kid and probably reads above his age level. Any suggestions?
ender's game - classic sci-fi that really opened my eyes during my YA days
also, i'd recommend the whole Redwall series by Brian Jacques - it's in the same vein as LOTR and Harry Potter
Terry Goodkind's Sword Of Truth series
Robin Hobb's Farseer and Tawney Man Trilogies
Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn Trilogy
Brandon Sanderson's The Way Of Kings
"Do you know the terror of he who falls asleep?
To the very toes he is terrified, because the ground gives way under him, and the dream begins."
I highly recommend the Alchemyst series by Michael Scott:
So turns out he has read most of the suggestions. He's read Hunger Games, Artemis Fowl, the Michael Scott series, To Kill a Mockingbird. I wound up getting him The Maze Runner and Variant which he seemed to think looked good. For Christmas I got him Jurassic Park as his extra gift.
The Jumper books. They're completely different from the movie and actually good.
Neil Gaiman's young adult stuff. The Graveyard book, and several others. His "adult" fiction is amazing too but there's tits and stuff in there.
The Percy Jackson series.
Terry Prachett's Disc World novels. They're goofy and full of light humorous stuff.
And H.P. Lovecraft.
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The beginning and end of the Earthsea trilogy (A Wizard of Earthsea and The Farthest Shore) — Le Guin
The Overcoat — Gogol
The Lathe of Heaven — Le Guin
Nineteen Eighty-Four — Orwell
Huckleberry Finn — Twain
A Christmas Carol — Dickens (watching films does not substitute)
As I Lay Dying — Faulkner
The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens
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When I was 14, I hadn't been reading nearly as much as I had at younger ages...then I discovered Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park.
I went on to read all of his books over the course of a year or two. I know you don't think Michael Crichton at 14...but it was simply excellent. Sure I didn't understand all of it, but damn if I didn't enjoy it.
There are a couple which deal with real adult situations (Disclosure, Rising Sun etc.). But Jurassic Park, Congo, Sphere etc. All excellent reads, even at 14.
Almost 20 years and 9 thousand-page books later and I'm still waiting for the stupid thing to finish!
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Some of my favorite fantasy books are by Dennis McKeirnan, specifically
The Iron Tower (Omnibus edition 2000)
The Dark Tide (1984)
Shadows of Doom (1984)
The Darkest Day (1984)
The Silver Call (Omnibus edition 2001)
Trek to Kraggen-Cor (1986)
The Brega Path (1986)
They mirror Lord of the Rings trilogy in some ways but give a more intriguing take on the little people, martially competent Warrows vs. Hobbits. I great story filled with Dwarfs, Elvs, Humans and Warrows fighting the dark forces, typical formula but with well fleshed characters, very good battles. Definitely a good read for mid teens.
Started reading the Gregor the Overlander series. I'm only on like page 10 of book 1, but it was written by Suzanne Collins who also did Hunger Games. I randomly DL books that get good review or have interesting ideas behind them. Lately a lot of them seem to by YA fantasy/sci-fi though for some reason. After this I'll have to find some grown up books.
I read the Hunger Games trilogy last month.
I want to get back into Raymond E. Fiest. He has a pretty large library of fantasy and everyone I've read has been reads that keep me glued to the pages. His stories are epic and usually span across several books with the history and characters throughout his entire Krondor collection. You go from seeing a young boy become king and eventually an old man throughout the course of reading his novels. It kind of reminds me of the Wheel of Time series, but with much less slow parts. I started reading these back when I was just in high school.