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Mark asks…

What are some books similiar to Harry Potter that I can read now that the series is over?

The books don’t neccesarily have to involve magic or fantasy. My favorite things about the Harry Potter books are the amazing characters, the adventures, and the mysteries that are solved with logic. Does anybody know of books simliar to HP that are like that? I need something good to read now that Harry Potter is over! Thanks in advance !

New Niche Finder answers:

The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
Point Blanc (Point Blank in the US)
Skeleton Key
Eagle Strike
Ark Angel
Snakehead (to be released October 31, 2007 in the UK)

Alex Rider, whose uncle, Ian Rider, has died in a “car accident,” is suspicious about the circumstances of his uncle’s death. He then stumbles upon the fact that his uncle was an MI6 operative; a spy. MI6 forces Alex, at the young age of 14, to join MI6 to follow in his uncle’s footsteps.

This series is just action-packed: full throttle all the way. The books are full of futuristic gadgets and technology that help Alex complete his missions.

The Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke
Inkdeath (to be released sometime in 2008)

Meggie and her father, Mortimer, are both avid bookworms. Their house is filled with books and there is never a moment where Meggie isn’t caught reading. However, no matter how much Meggie begs her father, he will not read a book aloud for her. One day, Meggie finds out why. She finds out that her father has the ability to read characters out of books: that is to say, they will materialize in the human world. This ability marks Mortimer as the target of some very dangerous fictional criminals who have been accidentally read into the human world.

This series is just perfect for you if you want pure fantasy and magic. There’s really no other word to describe these books other than magical.

The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident
Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code
Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception
Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony

Artemis Fowl is a child genius and criminal mastermind who is one of the only humans alive that discovers the hidden world of the fairies.

This series mixes modern technology with magic and fantasy for a great, action-packed, and humorous series of books.

So, if you want a pure technological book, go for Alex Rider. If you want a fantastical, magical book, go for Inkheart. If you want a mixture of the two, go for Artemis Fowl.

Betty asks…

What are some really good books that you would recommend to a teenager?

I’m going to get some books tomorrow because I read a lot in my spare time and especially now that we’re going to travel a lot in the winter, I’ll have nothing to do on the plane and in the car or when I’m just bored. lol I like books that have mystery in them or so interesting you can’t put the book down!I’ll look into anything, really. thnxz in advance!

New Niche Finder answers:

Thirteen reasons why

it’s the story of a girl who kills her self and it really makes you think of how you treat people, some part are a little boring and it seems like stupid middle school drama, but the majority of it is very good and it has a very interesting concept.

Clay Jensen, an average high school student, returns home from school one day to find a box sitting on his doorstep. Upon opening it, he discovers that it is a shoebox containing seven cassette tapes recorded by the late Hannah Baker—his old classmate and crush who recently committed suicide. The tapes were initially mailed to one classmate with instructions to pass them from one student to another, in the style of a chain letter. On the tapes, Hannah explains to thirteen people how they played a role in her death, by giving thirteen reasons to explain why she took her life. Curiosity and fear keep the people of “Baker’s Dozen” listening to the tapes, and through them Hannah reveals her pain.

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William asks…

Where would I find valuations for old Australian novels?

I’ve recently discovered some old books published by Currawong Books many years ago. So what I wanted to know if there were any websites or people I could see if they were worth anything. I hope someone can help me out here!

New Niche Finder answers:

You can get valuations Australian novel, i know a free audio novel website where you can get free novel also in audio format. You really get fun by listing novel. Download free audio novel by following below website link.

Sandra asks…

What books are similar to the Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce but written for adults?

I am looking for something to read like books written by Tamora Pierce, but a little more mature.

New Niche Finder answers:

I LOVE Tamora Pierce!!! The only author/book I have found so far that is similar to Tamora, but for adults is Kristin Cashore. So far she has written Graceling and Fire. Here’s what I can find on amazon about Graceling:

Graceling takes readers inside the world of Katsa, a warrior-girl in her late teens with one blue eye and one green eye. This gives her haunting beauty, but also marks her as a Graceling. Gracelings are beings with special talents—swimming, storytelling, dancing. Katsa’s Grace is considered more useful: her ability to fight (and kill, if she wanted to) is unequaled in the seven kingdoms. Forced to act as a henchman for a manipulative king, Katsa channels her guilt by forming a secret council of like-minded citizens who carry out secret missions to promote justice over cruelty and abuses of power.

Combining elements of fantasy and romance, Cashore skillfully portrays the confusion, discovery, and angst that smart, strong-willed girls experience as they creep toward adulthood. Katsa wrestles with questions of freedom, truth, and knowing when to rely on a friend for help. This is no small task for an angry girl who had eschewed friendships (with the exception of one cousin that she trusts) for her more ready skills of self-reliance, hunting, and fighting. Katsa also comes to know the real power of her Grace and the nature of Graces in general: they are not always what they appear to be.

Graceling is the first book in a series, and Kristin Cashore’s first work of fiction. It sets up a vivid world with engaging characters that readers will certainly look forward to following beyond the last chapter of this book.

For some fantasy that I think is just as good:

The Study Series by Maria V Snyder. The first book is called “Poison Study” and there are 3 books in the series (there is also a spin off series now as well, which starts with Stormglass). Here’s what I can find on amazon.com:

Yelena has committed the ultimate sin and for that, she has been sentenced to die by hanging. Yet when she faces the man whom will send her to the noose, she receives an offer instead to live. Granted, there are catches, first and foremost the duty of food taster. Assassination by poison is ever a favored way to strike at the Commander and as the next prisoner to be executed, and as they need to fill the position, Yelena is next in line for the job. Thinking escape is surely in her future, she takes on the dangerous new duty. Her new handler though, Valek, has many tricks up is sleeve and soon Yelena finds it’s not as easy to escape as she thought.

The castle walls of the former King of Ixia hold secrets and dangers, and they all seem focused on the newest member to the Commander’s staff. As Yelena begins and perfects her new poison detecting skills, she’ll still have to deal with a general that wants her dead, the stigma of a murderer and strange powers that, while having manifested slowly long ago, are now to the point of no return–she must learn to control them or she’ll be in even more trouble than when she faced the noose. When a conspiracy against the Commander comes to light, Yelena will come face to face once more with the demons that drove her to kill. The question is; will this stoic poison detector be able to triumph over them again?

The “Pellinor Series” by Alison Croggon. It goes The Gift, The Riddle, The Crow and The Singing.

Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her family is destroyed in war. She doesn’t yet know she has inherited a powerful gift, one that marks her as a member of the noble School of Pellinor and enables her to see the world as no other can. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true identity and extraordinary destiny unfold. Now, she and her mysterious teacher must embark on a treacherous, uncertain journey through a time and place where the forces of darkness wield an otherworldly terror.

Or there is “The Old Kingdom Trilogy” by Garth Nix. It goes Sabriel, Lirael and then Abhorsen.

Darker than most fantasy this is a trilogy to really immerse oneself in. Sabriel is at boarding school until her father goes missing and she is forced to return to the land of her birth and assume the role of Abhorsen, guardian of the nine levels of death and warrior against the evil forces that lurk there. With free-magic an untameable peril that daily confronts the stability of the Old Kingdom Sabriel has her work cut out to develop the necessary skills to survive the onrushing cataclysm. Imagine Harry Potter cast into the wilderness and made to fight Voldemort without the safety and education of Hogwarts and his friends. This is stripped down magical fantasy, spectacularly characterised and awesomely exciting.

I hope I helped some ^_^ and that you enjoy at least one of the suggestions =D

Joseph asks…

is it an offense to buy a stranger a parking ticket to save them getting fined?

If you were to discover a warden booking someone for parking and you went to buy that vehicle a new ticket, would the action of you doing that be an offense? Where on the Internet can I find this?

New Niche Finder answers:

That will vary from local jurisdiction to jurisdiction but I say buy the ticket, especially it is for a hot chick.

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