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Time For A New Product

 I don't know how many ex Harry Potter Fans there are in the world caused by the extremely disappointing Deathly Hallows, but it seems clear to me that it is time for a New Product to replace Harry Potter in the Witch and Wizard fantasy genre.  I am not an author.  I don't read fanfiction, and I'm not making this post to advertize or suggest any particular book or series.  I am just curious how many ex Harry Potter fans are still around reading fanfiction and just waiting to go back on the Harry Potter fansites and compare the idiotic Harry Potter plot in Deathly Hallows to a more realistic and reasonable witch and wizard plotline.


29th Jul, 2008 15:10 (UTC)
What I thought I was getting with Harry Potter probably doesn't exist
I have been trying to figure out what I wanted or at least what I thought I would get with Deathly Hallows and I have decided that the genre I wanted to occur probably doesn't even exist. I have decided that I would like a combination of fantasy(more in the line with Men In Black)and mystery. Throwing in a little Tom Clancey and James Bond wouldn't hurt.
30th Jul, 2008 08:54 (UTC)
Re: What I thought I was getting with Harry Potter probably doesn't exist
How would you like some historical mystery? (I'm a historian; I lurv the stuff!)

I'd recommend Stephen Saylor's Gordianus the Finder books.
Gordianus is a Roman living at the end of the Republic (he lives in interesting times, between Cicero's first courtcase and Caesar's bid for power)
All the historical stuff is interesting background for some solid whodunnit mystery.
I'd recommend the books 'Catalina's Riddle', 'Venus Throw' and 'Murder on the Appian Way'. You'd start in the middle of the series, but that wouldn't be a hindrance and Saylor is really getting 'in the groove' with 'Catalina's Riddle'.
If you hesitate to tackle a 'large' historical mystery, you could try Saylor's collection of short Gordianus mysteries, 'The House of the Vestals'.

Saylor's mysteries are as good as any that Christie wrote (I love ol' Agatha!) and as a historian I can safely say that he really knows his Romans (but you don't have to be a history buff to enjoy his books)

Check out if your library carries them and try something new and Not Potterish!
30th Jul, 2008 09:04 (UTC)
Re: What I thought I was getting with Harry Potter probably doesn't exist
On second thought, if you like Tom Clancey and James Bond, I'd recommend you'd start the Gordianus series with the first mysterie in the series, 'Roman Blood'. Gordianus is fairly young and rather 'Bond-ish' (later in the series he mellows somewhat which I - being a woman - rather like)

Blurb for 'Roman Blood':

"From the arrival of an articulate slave on the doorstep of sleuth Gordianus to the riveting re-creation of an actual oration by Cicero, Saylor's remarkable first novel takes the reader deep into the political, legal and family arenas of ancient Rome, providing a stirring blend of history and mystery, well seasoned with conspiracy, passion and intrigue. In the steamy spring of 80 B.C. fledgling orator Cicero is preparing the legal defense of Sextus Roscius, a wealthy farmer accused of the murder of his father. Things look grim for Sextus; it is well-known that his father had threatened to disinherit him in favor of his younger half-brother. Cicero engages Gordianus to get at the truth of the matter, and while the orator practices powerful speech-making the investigator proves the aptness of his sobriquet, "the finder." Gordianus soon discovers that truth and mortal danger walk hand-in-hand through the twisting streets and the great forum of Rome. But he is unflinching in his quest for veritas in a story greatly enhanced by its vivid characters, including Cicero's clever slave Tiro; a mute street urchin and his widowed mother; a beautiful, enigmatic whore; Gordianus's spirited slave and lover, Bethesda; the aging dictator Sulla; and a dyspeptic but brilliant Cicero. A classic historical mystery, in every sense."


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