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Title: Obscure Series
Post by: Straif on January 16, 2013, 06:56:51 AM
We all have them. Our little fandoms that we think should get more fans but don't for one reason or antoher. Well, I've decided its time to let those fandoms that need more fans get those fans.
So post away my fellow forumers, show us those series that are better than what is well known but no one knows it.
I'll start us off...

Mortal Engines (obviously) by Phillilp Reeve
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Title: Re: Obscure Series
Post by: Anchorgurl1 on January 16, 2013, 07:28:44 AM
AIRBORN but I guess you saved that for me to say
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Post by: Straif on January 16, 2013, 08:00:32 AM
But when someone makes a reference to them, is the reaction "oh...haha!" or "What?"
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on January 16, 2013, 10:21:49 AM
Interview with the Vampire and the Vampire Chronicles. Okay, so it‘s not THAT obscure. Okay, okay, it‘s really well known. However, I hardly know anyone who‘s actually *read* it aside from your usual Goth-types and those interested in fancy-schmancy writing. I‘d really like to meet some other fans of the series (in real life) to discuss the books (discussions other than OMG LESTAT IS SOOOOO HAAAAAWT).
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Post by: |ĸιrα| on January 16, 2013, 11:52:01 AM
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Shiver was such a success, but any time you bring up the flesh-eating horse book people are all "It sounds like the Hunger Games." WHAT?! No. It's not even close!
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Post by: Anchorgurl1 on January 16, 2013, 12:38:54 PM
did I mention Airborn?

Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld XD
I love Dess almost as much as I do John-117....so striaf everyone should read this
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Post by: Straif on January 16, 2013, 01:18:42 PM
Dess=John? Well then.
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Post by: Anchorgurl1 on January 16, 2013, 01:23:55 PM
No but they're close on my scale of love...accept I don't ship myself with Chief
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Post by: gavinfuzzy on January 16, 2013, 07:47:45 PM
I was just going to mention something....

Straif and Anchor beat me to it.  :P

Not even sure if I can count ME and airborn rare... Seen them locally in the new softcover versions. Just that no one seems to notice/buy/know them.

Boneshaker sure is rare... Even the Library has very limited copies, and not the complete set.

Oh, I know of an obscure Series. Worldshaker by Richard Harland (Straif already read that), and The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade. Both steampunk. Steampunk is obscure in general.
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Post by: Hope-la on January 17, 2013, 12:16:05 AM
The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver. I've loved them since about fourth grade, and (in my opinion) they're as good as Harry Potter. I don't know why they don't have more fans.
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Post by: holywalrus2 on January 17, 2013, 12:45:56 AM
The Monstrumologist. It's good so far. My brother read the whole series.
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Post by: Straif on January 17, 2013, 06:55:03 AM
I saw the Hunchback Assignments at my local bookshop...gotta get it next time I'm there.
As for The Monstrumologist, I heard its good. Jett-Wolf98 changed her Deviant-Art title to it for a bit.
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Post by: |ĸιrα| on January 17, 2013, 02:52:24 PM
FLAVIA DE LUCE!
I don't know the official name of the series, but yeah. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a fantastic book.
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Post by: Maze-la on January 17, 2013, 03:04:12 PM
Pendragon.
It's a great series of books, but not many fans that I know of.
Title: Re: Obscure Series
Post by: gavinfuzzy on January 17, 2013, 09:01:32 PM
Pendragon.
It's a great series of books, but not many fans that I know of.

Heard of it, have a friend who has a complete collection of both soft + hard cover version. Keeps telling me to read it... Maybe I will...

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Post by: Maze-la on January 18, 2013, 10:30:24 AM
Pendragon.
It's a great series of books, but not many fans that I know of.

Heard of it, have a friend who has a complete collection of both soft + hard cover version. Keeps telling me to read it... Maybe I will...
I would suggest you should! It's my favorite series.
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Post by: Princess Pikachu-La on March 13, 2013, 01:37:51 AM
The Steampunk Chronicles
(Girl in the Steel Corset, Girl in the Clockwork Collar...)

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Post by: gavinfuzzy on March 13, 2013, 02:02:55 AM
The Steampunk Chronicles
(Girl in the Steel Corset, Girl in the Clockwork Collar...)

Are they any good? They seem pretty... meh. Seen them loads of times here.
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Post by: Princess Pikachu-La on March 14, 2013, 12:27:41 AM
(They're really good. I just sorta randomly grabbed them, and I loved them. :) )
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Post by: Straif on March 14, 2013, 12:43:07 AM
Sounds good.
These aren't series but they're still good; The Eleventh Plague and Apollo's Outcasts.
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Post by: Tesla on March 16, 2013, 09:30:39 AM
The Dirk pitt series,  theres 22 books in it.  Heres a few of them
(http://twilightswarden.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/dirk-pitt-series-1-21-w-crescent-dawn-ebook-98bd2.jpg?w=584)
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on March 16, 2013, 11:43:11 AM
Just thought of a new one: Game of Thrones.

Okay, okay, so it‘s actually pretty popular. But it‘s sort of underground popular, you know? Always left out of tumblr fandom posts and nobody ever talks about it and I only know a couple of people personally who have heard of it, let alone read the books or watched the show. Which is sad because it‘s so awesome. D;
(It‘s because of the twincest, isn‘t it? And the full-frontal nudity in the show, and sex and other mature themes in the books as well. Yes, not a series for the youngins... :p)
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Post by: Straif on March 16, 2013, 01:07:29 PM
Until the show came out I didn't know about it, I'll admit.
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on March 16, 2013, 01:08:49 PM
Yeah, same story for a lot of people. I didn‘t even know about it until the show (but I started reading the books before watching it :p)

It is now my all-time favourite series ever.
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Post by: Straif on March 16, 2013, 01:10:51 PM
I hear its good, yes. Fantasy's not really my deal so eh.
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Post by: Tesla on March 16, 2013, 01:14:41 PM
 Seen about two minuets of the show once,  some dude was giving a girl the D up in a tower,  a kid curiously climbed up and seen them,  so the guy pitched a rock at him so he fell down then went back to railing her.  Laughed for a good ten minuets
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Post by: Straif on March 16, 2013, 01:17:14 PM
Smooth...
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Post by: Tesla on March 16, 2013, 01:22:52 PM
Smooth as a piece of sandpaper...
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on March 16, 2013, 01:26:02 PM
Seen about two minuets of the show once,  some dude was giving a girl the D up in a tower,  a kid curiously climbed up and seen them,  so the guy pitched a rock at him so he fell down then went back to railing her.  Laughed for a good ten minuets

OH GOD NO. That moment is what f*cks up life for every character afterwards... messed up teenage king sadist... bastard child murders... ALL THE MAIN CHARACTERS DIE. Just, no. If you actually watch the show, it‘s not funny at all :I
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Post by: Straif on March 16, 2013, 01:29:28 PM
Out of context it is, probably. In context...nope
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Post by: Tesla on March 16, 2013, 01:32:17 PM
Oh dip!  :o     I  didn't know that haha.   I seen the adverts for the books on tv before,   I always thought about reading it.
Title: Re: Obscure Series
Post by: monkeys_r_us on March 21, 2013, 07:22:06 AM
A good steampunk web comic is Girl Genius.
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Post by: Abbi4Raie-la on March 21, 2013, 12:08:47 PM
(It‘s because of the twincest, isn‘t it? And the full-frontal nudity in the show, and sex and other mature themes in the books as well. Yes, not a series for the youngins... :p)

(That would actually make me want to read/watch it more. Just sayin)

About half of the books Ive read aren't very well known. Like The Clone Codes, the Mike and Reil series, and the Izzy McNeil series
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on June 17, 2013, 12:40:25 AM
They are all on my list!

Succession! The fact that you all are on here means you like at least one book by the author; I can't fathom why nobody has read it! It really is awesome!
Title: Re: Obscure Series
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on June 17, 2013, 12:42:08 AM
did I mention Airborn?

Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld XD
I love Dess almost as much as I do John-117....so striaf everyone should read this
I read it ;D Dess is totally awesome ;D Everybody everywhere should read this!
Title: Re: Obscure Series
Post by: gavinfuzzy on June 17, 2013, 01:17:53 AM
did I mention Airborn?

Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld XD
I love Dess almost as much as I do John-117....so striaf everyone should read this
I read it ;D Dess is totally awesome ;D Everybody everywhere should read this!
Airborn? Yeah. It's great. Read the 1st book on a flight in 1 seating. A *cough* pirated .epub one.
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on June 17, 2013, 01:45:38 AM
Midnighters. I'm going to read Airborn, though.
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Post by: Blue on June 17, 2013, 02:14:49 PM
I know of several books/series that may or may not be popular, but don't get enough attention nevertheless.

--The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
--What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
--the Skinjacker trilogy and the Unwind series by Neal Shusterman
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on September 15, 2013, 02:59:27 PM
Just thought of one: Magnificent Devices by Shelley Adina. It's steampunk :)
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Post by: Straif on November 10, 2013, 04:01:25 PM
Oh, I heard that was a really good one...
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Post by: FirelordAzula on November 13, 2013, 02:00:55 PM
A good steampunk web comic is Girl Genius.

Yes! Girl Genius is awesome! I am thrilled to find another fan. It was, I believe, my first adventure into steampunk, even before leviathan.
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on December 13, 2013, 11:01:15 AM
Succession...again.
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Post by: FirelordAzula on January 11, 2014, 01:46:52 AM
Are you a one-girl campaign to make more people read it? You succeeded with me, at least and I couldn't be happier to have read it. ;D
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on January 11, 2014, 01:51:47 AM
Hmm, maybe. I'd have thought that on a forum of Scott fans, more people would have read it.
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Post by: FirelordAzula on January 11, 2014, 02:10:28 AM
It is kinda strange, but it seems to be less available than his other work, so maybe people just can't find it.
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on January 11, 2014, 09:32:22 AM
What about online, though?
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Post by: Catvomitsky on January 11, 2014, 12:42:03 PM
I don't even have an e-reader :(
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on January 11, 2014, 12:44:26 PM
I meant you could order the book online.
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Post by: Catvomitsky on January 11, 2014, 01:24:35 PM
Oh, I could, but I would prefer to get it out of the library, since ordering every book I couldn't find would be awfully expensive.
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on January 11, 2014, 02:04:01 PM
True.
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Post by: monkeys_r_us on January 11, 2014, 07:34:04 PM
A good steampunk web comic is Girl Genius.

Yes! Girl Genius is awesome! I am thrilled to find another fan. It was, I believe, my first adventure into steampunk, even before leviathan.
Oh goodness, I'm so late on replying, but I actually did an Agatha cosplay last spring. I just got into reading it in December 2012.
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Post by: FirelordAzula on January 14, 2014, 01:39:38 AM
Awesome! I don't have any clothes that would look right, but if I did I would definitely try an Agatha cosplay. Are you reading online or the books? I read the books, so I might be a little behind.
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Post by: monkeys_r_us on February 04, 2014, 05:28:43 PM
I started with a book that I got at the library, then the week after I finished that, I was on creepypasta.com reading stories, and there happened to be a link to the website. Not gonna lie, it was kinda weird finding the website that way. I'm currently waiting until the ministory is done before I go back to reading it, though.
Title: Re: Obscure Series
Post by: FirelordAzula on February 06, 2014, 01:28:36 AM
So you started with the novel? By book, I was referring to their collections of the comics in paper form. Though, I have read the novels too, and they are quite good.
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Post by: Straif on February 11, 2014, 04:33:55 PM
I just like the fact that they have novels for it...
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Post by: monkeys_r_us on February 12, 2014, 05:04:38 PM
I was talking about the paper comic, but I have skimmed through the novels. I have the first one of them. It's fun to learn all sorts of tidbits I otherwise wouldn't know.

I also found this one comic book series called Kairos by Ulysse Malassagne. It's in French, but there's some translations of the first volume floating about (I haven't seen any of the second, unfortunately. I translated them into text only translations, though). Also, there's a really cool trailer for it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzlmUqteKQo
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Post by: monkeys_r_us on February 12, 2014, 05:14:43 PM
Also, what's your favorite ships? I like GilxAgatha and GilxAgathaxTarvek.
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Post by: FirelordAzula on February 13, 2014, 02:00:15 AM
I own the first novel, and have read the second. I love all the little extra details too! I hope they make a third one.

Have to say, I like GilxAgatha. Tarvek is fun, but just doesn't seem as perfect. Also have a liking for ZeethaxHiggs.
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Post by: Straif on May 18, 2014, 12:35:36 PM
I know of several books/series that may or may not be popular, but don't get enough attention nevertheless.

--The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
--What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
--the Skinjacker trilogy and the Unwind series by Neal Shusterman

Not anymore it ain't...
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on May 18, 2014, 03:06:50 PM
Bringing this up again because THE STRAIN. THE BLOODY EFFING WORM-FILLED STRAIN.
Seriously. It's like Peeps but waaaaay darker and with a nuclear apocalypse by the end of the second book. It's so freaking great.
It's getting a tv show that's set to be released next month, so it's not that unknown. But I have yet to meet another person aside from the few who introduced me to it who've heard of it.
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Post by: Straif on May 18, 2014, 03:08:54 PM
THE STRAIN YES. My dad made me read it when I was younger because I needed some "real books" to read...
I threw up. And then I loved it.
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on May 18, 2014, 03:12:12 PM
I wish they would release a decent trailer for the show. Not just the teaser. I want to see what the "strigoi" look like in action >:c
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Post by: Straif on May 18, 2014, 03:13:36 PM
If they do, I'm gonna need a bucket.
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on May 18, 2014, 03:16:00 PM
Not me. I want aaaaall the white worm blood gooping everywhere c:<
I'm just glad the co-writer of the book is also a movie director. So you know it's gonna be good
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Post by: Straif on May 18, 2014, 03:19:38 PM
I hate it when we get a good book series and the director doesn't do crap to do it justice...
(cough Golden Compass/Divergent cough)
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on May 18, 2014, 03:57:25 PM
Considering it's Guillermo del Toro,  I'm not worried
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Post by: Straif on May 18, 2014, 03:59:05 PM
Oh NO WAY...
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on May 18, 2014, 04:08:34 PM
Well yeah, he cowrote the book :I
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Post by: Straif on May 18, 2014, 04:09:20 PM
YOUR KIDDING.
No wonder it was so friggin' good.
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on May 18, 2014, 04:16:36 PM
Not kidding
And yeah, I just double-checked and he's one of the directors for the show. And I'm pretty sure he designed what the vamps and Master and everything are going to look like. So yeah. I'm pumped.
First episode is due June 1st.
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Post by: Straif on May 18, 2014, 04:20:58 PM
Oh this is gonna BE AWESOME
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Post by: Julia the Bookworm on May 20, 2014, 02:19:12 AM
more people need to read American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Its like Percy Jackson if Percy Jackson was targeted to adults and incorporated multiple mythologies.
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Post by: Catvomitsky on May 20, 2014, 06:35:49 AM
My friend said it was good but didn't recommend it because her mom only let her read it on the condition that she wouldn't go around suggesting that other people read such 'adult' books. Now I want to read it but I can't ;-;
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Post by: Julia the Bookworm on May 20, 2014, 06:48:50 AM
yeah, Cat you might want to wait a few years before you read that, it has a lot of good themes on society and culture but Gaiman's books  are known for being dark and his adult books\ short stories aren't just dark but very explicit.

his first book for children was Coraline. and everyone knows how creepy that movie is. I haven't read the book but I read review on it that I think it was by booklist and it was described as Alice in Wonderland on acid.
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Post by: Catvomitsky on May 20, 2014, 07:01:01 AM
True, it's probably too explicit for my taste. Still, it caught my interest.

That movie is probably scarier than actual horror movies O.o The fact that it was made for kids and was so innocent in some aspects just made it even creepier...
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on May 20, 2014, 08:19:23 AM
yeah, Cat you might want to wait a few years before you read that, it has a lot of good themes on society and culture but Gaiman's books  are known for being dark and his adult books\ short stories aren't just dark but very explicit.

his first book for children was Coraline. and everyone knows how creepy that movie is. I haven't read the book but I read review on it that I think it was by booklist and it was described as Alice in Wonderland on acid.
I've read it, but I don't remember much about it. I've read The Graveyard Book, though, that was really good :) I'd recommend it to pretty much anyone on here.

I don't know how I've forgotten this one up until now: The Books of Umber by P.W. Catanese. I loved those books.
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Post by: Julia the Bookworm on May 20, 2014, 08:23:25 AM
yeah I read the graveyard book, except I had to return it before I could finish the last chapter and then I never got around to checking it out again. I liked it though.
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Post by: |ĸιrα| on May 20, 2014, 08:35:49 AM
I LOVE NEIL GAIMAN AND THE GRAVEYARD BOOK WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITES AND CORALINE AND ALL THE NEIL GAIMAN I LOVE HIM
But yeah his adult books are super...dark. American Gods is super good, though.
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Post by: Julia the Bookworm on May 20, 2014, 02:10:00 PM
American gods is being adapted into a TV show by HBO, and I think Gaiman is helping write the script.  what I'd really like to see is the graveyard book being turned into a movie.
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Post by: Straif on May 20, 2014, 04:25:54 PM
He BETTER be helpingn with the script.
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Post by: Echo :) on October 08, 2020, 04:26:50 AM
Here I go, pulling up old threads again! I just have gotten back in to reading a lot more again, so I'm all about the book options.

Some books that are/were a bit less popular but I've enjoyed:

Roar - Cora Carmack, definitely left some to be desired, but I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and uniqueness of these

Incarceron - Catherine Fisher,  Okay so I think these may be a little more popular than obscure, but I read them when they first came out and they were really good and just stumbled across them while unboxing books at the new house

The Twixt - Dawn Metcalf, I remember thinking these books were the best!

Razorland - Ann Aguirre, These reminded me of Dashner books, but I thought they were pretty good
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Post by: Mara-la on October 10, 2020, 05:43:06 AM
Not exactly obscure, but has anyone read the Avatar Kyoshi books?