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Recommendations

Below I have composed a list of works, both literary and otherwise, that I enjoyed and can recommend at the very least to someone with specific tastes.  It is more likely that I can recommend a majority of these works to anyone.  This list is, by its very definition, subjective; it is a list of the stories that I enjoyed, and I hope that you might find something on this list that you might never have heard of—that you might enjoy.

Acknowledgements

My list of recommendations is, and will always be, incomplete.  I will therefore try to update it when I find a new work that I think is of good enough quality to include on this page.  Even among the many works that I like, it will take some time to fully populate this list with even a fraction of them.  When I remember another book, film, television show, or other that I liked, I will add it to this page in the appropriate place.  Furthermore, some of my absolute favourite works may or may not be included on this list, as I have created a list of my “chief recommendations” for those works that I consider to be particularly exceptional.

This list is presented in alphabetical order.

Books

  • The Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander
  • Eddie Dickens series by Philip Ardagh
  • Guardians of Ga’Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky
  • Hiccup Horrendous Haddock Ⅲ series by Cressida Cowell
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Redwall by Brian Jacques
  • The Sneeches by Dr. Seuss
  • Unlikely Exploits Trilogy by Philip Ardagh
  • Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

Films

  • Back to the Future Trilogy
  • Beauty and the Beast (1991—Original Theatrical Edition; avoid re-release)
  • The Boys From Brazil
  • The Hobbit “Trilogy”
  • Indiana Jones Ⅰ: Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Indiana Jones Ⅲ: The Last Crusade
  • Life of Brian
  • The Lord of the Rings “Trilogy”
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Ratatouille
  • Star Trek Ⅳ: The Voyage Home
  • Star Wars Trilogy (originals; avoid prequels and re-releases)
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • Treasure Planet

Television

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Seasons 1 & 2; avoid sequels and spin-offs)
  • Death Note (anime)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  • BBC’s Merlin
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
  • Once Upon A Time (2011-17)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Star Trek: Original Series
  • Star Trek: Voyager
  • The Vampire Diaries