Friday Reads: Our Favourite Adventure Stories

To get over the post-Christmas blues, at Impress HQ we’re concentrating on our favourite adventure reads, both fiction and non-fiction. Enjoy!

Natalie’s favourite adventure reads is Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

Eragon has stuck with me as one of my favourite fantasy reads. Although the series was in my opinion too long and very similar to Lord of the Rings, the first book at least remains one of my childhood favourites. Dragons, elves, dwarves… What’s not to love?

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Julian’s choice is an old favourite, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island is the archetypal piratical adventure story. With tropical islands, buried treasure, and a fair amount of mutinying, the book is great fun. It’s also had a major influence on the portrayal of pirates in literature and film ever since its publication in 1883.

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Richard’s gone for a non-fiction read, Touching the Void by Joe Simpson

Simply one of the best survival stories ever, whether you’re into mountaineering or not.

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For Sarah, it’s a close call between His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman and The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Both are wintery delights, one has a film that most of its book fans refuse to acknowledge and one makes you wish that you have a huge wardrobe that you can disappear into. I think Narnia may have the edge (just very slightly) because it brings back fond memories of me as a small child with a MASSIVE hardback anthology of all the books resting either on the floor or my legs, and like Lucy and Edmund, it would feel like I was gone for hours!

 

Rachel’s adventure story of choice is the Pellinor Quartet series by Alison Croggon

This set of books sees Maerad, a slave in Gilman’s Cot, escaping with Cadvan the Bard and her journey to becoming a full bard herself. Maerad became one of my favourite characters and Croggon’s series of four books expertly makes up a whole other world in which magic and music come together in a way that I haven’t previously seen. They are quite hefty novels but well worth a read!

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Julie’s favourite is Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Loved the imagery. The simple happiness of a childhood in a less complicated, modern world. Even when I read it as a child it filled me with nostalgia.

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Tamsin loves the Zamonia series by Walter Moers which includes The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear, Rumo and his Miraculous Adventures, The City of Dreaming Books and The Alchemaster’s Apprentice

They are a completely off-the-wall mix of fantasy, fairy-tale, comedy and epic stuffed full of fabulous illustrations and surprising typesetting. Each book tells the story of a wild adventure through the fictional land of Zamonia which is filled with incredible creatures and characters. Moers’ mind has been described as like ‘J. K. Rowling on ecstasy’ and his writing is reminiscent of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. Each book has me hooked within a page or two and sad when they came to an end – always a sign of a great read!

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