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I need recommendations for books for a 14 yr old boy who loves to read and reads at a college sophomore level (if not higher, he was last tested three years ago). He loves sports books, the Levin Thumps series and the Artemis Fowl series. He doesn't really read adult science fiction although I am trying to get him into it as I think he would enjoy it. I'm so not into science fiction and don't really know where to start. I was thinking about the Dune series????

Any ideas for me? TIA.
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the aragon series by christopher paolini.
the mercy thompson series, i dont remember the author.
the desden files by ari... i dont remember really good.
the city of glass etc. the mortal instruments series clarissa something.
the giver series famous author. also dont remember

there are more if you would like. ds is an avid reader.

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He's read the Eragon books and the Giver series. He's also read most all of Ursula K. LeGuin and C.S. Lewis.

The Dresden Files and the Mortal Instruments series look promising although he hates the current obsession with vampires/werewolves so I'm not sure he would read them, just due to the principle of the matter. Unfortunately, he also won't really read much of a book if its main character is a girl (just doesn't relate to it much). He's an obsessive reader but is very picky with what he'll read. Lately he's just been reading the same books over and over again.

If you have any other suggestions, I'd love them. He is constantly looking for new books and when I ask him what kind he wants he just shrugs. Makes it very difficult. I really want to feed his passion by getting him some more challenging books but ones that are appropriate for his age.

I can't remember if the Dune series has a lot of s*x in it, does anyone know?
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The Hunger Games and its sequel, Catching Fire.

Also Unwind.

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At 14, ds started reading some classic futuristic dystopian novels - Clockwork Orange, 1984, The Chrysalids, Brave New World. He enjoys Neil Gaiman - especially American Gods, but also his graphic novel series Sandman. In graphic novels, ds also first read Watchmen when he was about 14 y.o.

Since he's a gifted student, he might like Ender's Game and the sequels by Orson Scott Card. It's also set in the future.

Warning - most of those books have adult content with sex and violence. Gaiman also writes young adult books, so you might try those - ds enjoyed The Graveyard Book last year, even though it's written for a much younger age.

The "Among the Hidden" series by Margaret Peterson Haddix might appeal - it's set in the near future, in a society that has a 2-child per family policy (like China's one-child policy), and it's about a 3rd born boy who has to stay hidden from everyone. Again, it's for younger children (I'd say 9 to 12), but the social issues are quite mature. It isn't heavy on the science fiction, it's written as if it could be our society in 10 years or so, so it may be more appealing than some other futuristic novels.

I think it's hard to avoid sex scenes for teenagers who are reading adult-level literature. If you are really concerned, perhaps try classics like Frankenstein, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, some Dickens or Twain, Call of the Wild by Jack London....
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Thanks for all of the great suggestions. I just get stuck in a rut and can't think of anything (and neither can he).

I'm not concerned about sex or violence but he doesn't care for sex scenes at all. In fact, oftentimes he will put down books because they become too graphic for him. I'll definitely look into the books you all listed, together with some of the old school books.

Thanks again.
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I second Neil Gaiman.
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My 13 yo. son likes many of the books mentioned, especially
- Orson Scott Card books
- The Hunger Games
- HG Wells
- Michael Crighton
- Hitchhikers Guide to the Glaxay
- Lord of the Rings
- Jack London
- Isaac Asimov
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The [original] Foundation series (Asimov), and Miles Vorkosigan (Bujold). Maybe the various Asimov Robots novels, although I always thought that they made more sense after reading Foundation.

Link to first Foundation book.
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Anything he wants to read? I don't believe in restricting reading.
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Scifi
Definitely Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. Great books.
Dune of course
Starship Troopers by Heinlein
I really like Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein, but that has weird sexual themes. In general, Heinlein's thin books are fairly tame, and his thick books have polygamy and so on in them.
Neuromancer
Snow Crash
The Forever War

Fantasy
LOTR
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
Chronicles of Amber by Zelazny
Game of Thrones by Martin

Garbage Scifi/Fantasy (fun stuff, but not great books like the above)
The Codex Alera by Butcher (He wrote the Dresden stuff other people mentioned. This is the best "new" fantasy series I've read in the last five years or so.)
Armor by John Steakly (fairly violent)
Magic of Recluse by Modessit
stuff by Morgan Llewellyn

Sports
Levels of the Game by John McFee

When I was that age, I also enjoyed Shogun and other books by James Clavell. Those are not sports or science fiction, obviously, though.

Not really fiction...but he might enjoy epics that aren't commonly taught in school. Like Gilgamesh and the Tain.

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Anything he wants to read? I don't believe in restricting reading.
I don't think the OP was trying to restrict his reading, but the opposite. She was looking for new titles to suggest to him, I think.

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I don't believe in restricted reading either. This is one of the reasons I am asking for new things for him. He has restricted his reading to a few titles and is reading them over and over again. Drives me bananas but he just can't think of anything to read. He doesn't like getting emotionally involved in a book and then finding out it is too sexual for him (which is usually the problem with adult fiction). Sex scenes still make him really uncomfortable, especially if he knows I've suggested the book

Thanks again for all of the great suggestions. We're off to the library today and I will be picking some of these up for him.

Oh, and I just realized this probably should have gone in the books section of the forum. Sorry Mods!
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My 11 yo ds, his 14 yo friend, and my dh all love the Disc World Series by Terry Pratchett - humourous fantasy.

My son is currently reading the Drangonlance trilogy - but I have to admit I have no idea what it is about.
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A lot of the on line book sellers have the "Other people who bought this have also bought *this*" feature. So, maybe he should go to amazon.com or borders.com, type in some of his favorite books, get other book title recommendations, and then request those books at the local library.
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The Hunger Games and its sequel, Catching Fire.

Also Unwind.
These! OH MY GOOD GRIEF I COULD NOT PUT THEM DOWN!

ETA: Also, the Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman ... The first one is The Golden Compass. And the Triskelia trilogy by Carrie Mac, The Droughtlanders is the first one.

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At 14, ds started reading some classic futuristic dystopian novels - Clockwork Orange, 1984, The Chrysalids, Brave New World. He enjoys Neil Gaiman - especially American Gods, but also his graphic novel series Sandman. In graphic novels, ds also first read Watchmen when he was about 14 y.o.

Since he's a gifted student, he might like Ender's Game and the sequels by Orson Scott Card. It's also set in the future.

Warning - most of those books have adult content with sex and violence. Gaiman also writes young adult books, so you might try those - ds enjoyed The Graveyard Book last year, even though it's written for a much younger age.

The "Among the Hidden" series by Margaret Peterson Haddix might appeal - it's set in the near future, in a society that has a 2-child per family policy (like China's one-child policy), and it's about a 3rd born boy who has to stay hidden from everyone. Again, it's for younger children (I'd say 9 to 12), but the social issues are quite mature. It isn't heavy on the science fiction, it's written as if it could be our society in 10 years or so, so it may be more appealing than some other futuristic novels.

I think it's hard to avoid sex scenes for teenagers who are reading adult-level literature. If you are really concerned, perhaps try classics like Frankenstein, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, some Dickens or Twain, Call of the Wild by Jack London....
I am glad you mentioned "Among the Hidden" as I have been trying to remember the name of that book for a while now.

I have to second "Ender's Game". Awesome book and I normally don't like sci-fi but that was VERY good.

Now, unrelated to the above quote. The Mortal Instruments series, while it does contain vampires, isn't anything like Twilight. I found it very enjoyable to read, and really, while the main character is technically a girl, the books are really about a GROUP of characters (3 boys, 2 girls).

Oh, and for fantasy, how about the Belgariad by David Eddings. He has several series, but this was my favorite. I don't remember sex scenes, but there probably was some innuendo.

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The Wheel of Time series.

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