February 04, 2011
How many times have you sat there and tried to remember the author to the book you really enjoyed? Or maybe, you remember the author, but can't remember the title? Or, how about this one? You read a book and then discovered it is from a series. You want to read the series, but don't know the order of the books. Well, there is a one stop shop for you to answer all of these questions and more. The website Fantasticfiction is a site I have been using almost daily for many years now. In fact, I use it so often that many of my coworkers have gotten tuned into it as well. What is so wonderful about this site you ask?
Well, it is a site dedicated to all fiction. You can browse authors by the first letter of the last name. If you don't remember the exact name, this is a great feature to use. Within this browse feature, it will also give stars to the authors. The more stars the author has, the more popular they are. So, what does this mean exactly? Well, there have been many times I have gotten bored and wanted to try a fresh new author to read. I can go to the browse feature and choose a popular author I am not familiar with, or even an up and coming author that is not known but has some books out.
If you have a book title and want to know the author, or if it is part of a series, there is a search bar for inputting that title. The book will then come up with all its pertinent information. If you are looking up an author, there is a similar search bar for that. My favorite feature of fantasticfiction.co.uk is the author sites themselves. Each author has its own page with any alias names they have used. And on that page it gives any forthcoming books and the month/year that it will be coming out. It then breaks down all series by series title, oldest book of the series to newest, the year each book was published, and any alternate titles. It then lists all stand-alone titles. And the piece de resistance? Well, each book that is listed includes cover art. How many times do you read a title, don't recognize it, but then once you see the cover remember the story? Problem solved!
Check it out; you will be very glad you did!
North Oak Branch