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    Books - Fantasy

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by Toxic.Ox, Apr 14, 2009.

    Personally,i enjoy reading fantasy books a lot. However, there are quite a few that i would call my favourites.
    Wheel of Time series-Robert Jordan.
    This series is quite a lengthy epic, but for me i really enjoyed the plot and how it was written, so the fact that it really engages me, kind of balances out the fact that it is a heavy read. I have read through all 11 books twice and am waiting for the last installment to come out the Autumn.

    A song of fire and ice-George R R Martin
    I haven't finnish this series, but so far i think it is great.

    A sword of Truth-Terry Goodkind
    I haven't this series either, as i have just started reading it, but so far i have enjoyed it.

    The name of the Wind-Patrick Rothfuss
    I have just finnished this book, and i loved it so i am going to buy the next one when it comes out, which is in two days.

    And i used to Love Harry Potter, when i was younger.

    That's my list im not sure if i'm forgetting anything, but that is all that came to mind.
     
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    you should try 'the dreamwalkers child' by steve voake
     
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    I am a big fan of the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett. I personally think he is the best contemporary satirist we have and his created world, although it owes much to ours, still comes alive when reading the books.

    I'm also going to put my hand up to enjoying Harry Potter and the His Dark Materials series.
     
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    I am a big fan of the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett. I personally think he is the best contemporary satirist we have and his created world, although it owes much to ours, still comes alive when reading the books.

    yeah my fav discworld book is equal rites, to bad terry pratchett will not be able to write any more books
     
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    American Gods - Neil Gaiman
    A strange, haunting and often confronting journey across an America hidden just out of plain sight. I'm not quite sure how to describe it, but its an excellent read nonetheless.

    For anyone interested in Pratchett style humor the, I’d hesitate to call it a direct sequel, rather a novel set in the same universe, Anansi Boys is also very good.

    Abhorsen Trilogy - Garth Nix
    An interesting spin on necromancy and hugely enjoyable. I’d also recommend tracking down a copy of Across the Wall a collection of stories by Nix which includes, among other thigs, the ‘Creature in the Case’, a novella set after the events in the Abhorsen trilogy, and 'Down to the Scum Quarter', a very funny spoof of those Choose Your Own Adventure, Fighting Fantasy type books.
     
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    He is still writing for the time being.
     
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    i didnt realise all i new was he has altsimers so even if he is writing it wont be for much longer
     
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    He has posterior cortical atrophy which is a form of early-onset Alzheimer's. He could still be writing for years to come but it will develop in to full-blown Alzheimer's at some point.
     
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    people are gonna miss his writing when he dose stop as he is a well love writer
     
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    He is, in my opinion, one of the finest satirists of our age. I was very lucky to have met him once (at a signing) and not only is he a truly witty and erudite man but also seams to love being there for his fans.

    I will miss his writing, but it's not gone yet and I thought Nation was a great book. May there be many more to come.
     
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    I just picked up a book in a series
    Power of the Warriors The Sight.
    author erin hunter.

    It is about cat clans.
    I found it in the young adults and children's section at the used book store.
    I picked it up thinking my 8 year old grandson would like it.
    Well I started reading it last night and I am finding it really interesting.
    So when I finish it he will get it in the mail.
    The owner at the book store says he has a hard time keeping up with the demand
    for the books.
    Has anyone hear read them or heard of them.
    They seem to have started after my children were older and I had never heard of
    them or the author.
    I will now buy one at least every time I am at the book store. I like to have books
    for my grandchildren to read while they are here.
     
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    Perdido Street Station. China Mieville is one of the brightest stars taking both fantasy & science fiction in a new direction, out of the rug in which both have floundered for decades.
     
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    i am so jellous. i would to meet an auther as brilliant as that
     
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    Brilliant, and prolific. I'm also jealous :p I second Neil Gaiman's stuff, but I'm not actually a fan of American Gods (why do so many people I've met talk like it's his masterpiece?) I wouldn't look to Gaiman for humour, even if it does shine through very eloquently, but for insight-- not even overly declamatory insight, like Pratchett tends towards-- definitely Gaiman's short stories, they totally blow me away. If you can look past the porn and gore, that is.

    Others that I like...

    Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet
    Affected, but sweet. If I'd read A Wind in the Door earlier, it would have been one of the books that changed my life.

    The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede
    Before I'd gotten into Discworld, this introduced comedic fantasy to me.

    Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda
    If you enjoyed Harry Potter for the plot, this makes a nice short read, and the plot is airtight. Almost every sentence is a hint towards the climax.

    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
    ... I love my dystopia. I know, it's technically sci-fi, but...

    Oh, and The Lord of the Rings? People shouldn't let the 50 appendices deter them, Tolkien had a great sense of humor.
     
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    I also like

    Tales of the Otori- Lian Hearn
    Great fantasy/historical japanese story right here.

    Death Gate Cycle- Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
    This is an epic series

    The Farseer Trilogy
    I'm actually reading the last book right now, and it's already shaping up to be one of my favorite series.

    American Gods
    A stand-alone novel (although there is a prequel, which I haven't read) that's really unique and awesome. I think this is Neil Gaiman's masterpiece (in response to another poster) because it's so awesome!

    The Lies of Locke Lamora
    The first book in a series that only has two right now, but I haven't read the second. It's really funny and awesome at the same time.

    The Lord of the Rings
    Can't forget the classics.

    When I was younger I read a lot of the Dragonlance/Forgotten Realms D&D type books.

    So that's about all I can think of off the top of my head.
     
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    some people might find them a bit childish but i like the trilogy by michael molloy, im not 100% on the name of the trilogy but the books are called: the withc trade; the time witches; and the wild west witches, i have read the first 2 and realy enjoyed them and anyone who is into fantasy, i think will love them so there a few i recomend
     
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    I sincerely apologise for the lack of coherency but lately I have had a poor track record in it. Pointless digression aside, let me just say, or squeal, whichever you prefer, Wheel of Time series!!! A+++++++ :)
     
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    How do you get into fantasy books? I find them so boring! They never excite me as much as thrillers/action books...
    Maybe its just the books I'm reading?
    I've read Eragon, Harry Potter (which was the only one I really liked), Cry Of The Icemark and started on the Spook's Apperentice books.
     
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    cry of the icemark i thought was realy good and i dont no why coz i luv the movie but i never got into tghe eragon book
     
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    Legends and Legends 2 - Two anthologies featuring contributions from most of the big names in fantasy - Anne McCaffery, Neil Gaiman, Rayond E Feist, Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind, Terry Brooks, Orson Scott Card, Terry Pratchett, Stephan King, Ursula Le Guin, and others.
     
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    I liked Robin Hobb's 'Liveship Traders' better than 'The Farseer Trilogy'. Does anybody find that odd? Since most people I go to prefer FitzChivalry to adventure on the high seas.

    Er, Joe Abercrombie and Brent Weeks are relatively new authors, so I don't know if you might've heard of them, but their series, 'The First Law' trilogy, and 'The Night Angel' trilogy respectively were really great reads, for me, at least.

    Personally, Robert Jordan was a bit too, um, I dunno, stretched for me? I didn't really enjoy his Wheel of Time books.
     
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    Wow, Eragon was such a cliche book...

    And the movie was absolute crap, I couldn't finish watching it, it was so bad.
     
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    Anyone ever read the Gregory Maguire books? He's the author that wrote "Wicked" and he's written other books based on fairy tales. I actually usually prefer children's fantasy for some reason, like the Wizard of Oz, Chronicles or Narnia, Lord of the Rings and even Harry Potter. I've read Terry Goodkind and George R.R.Martin but I feel these books are just so dark that I start to feel a little sick after awhile. I like fantasy books that are dark but not so dark that its severly depressing. Darken Rahl the villian in the Terry Goodkind books really creeps me out! I suppose that makes him a good writer, but its just not that appealing to me.
     
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    I think I just found your problem.

    I don't know about the Icemark or the Spook's Apprentice (never heard of em), but I can safely say that Eragon is one of the worst books to be published in living memory. If Eragon was a person, it would be Ted Bundy, or maybe Hitler.

    Reccomendations from this thread that I'd second: Terry Pratchett, George R R Martin (with bells on, he's really good) and Neil Gaiman.

    Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time has an acceptable start, but it bogs down like the Vietnam War about 5 books in.

    Robin Hobb is pretty good, but her endings are better than her middles, if you follow me. Try her Assassin series first.

    Terry Goodkind...I enjoyed the first few books. He becomes rather preachy for my taste later on - basically, his books become political speeches, rather than ripping good yarns. Communism is evil, pure capitalism is the only way, yadda yadda. First couple are good reads.

    Some really unusual stuff, and perhaps a bit heavy if you aren't really into fantasy or sci-fi:

    China Mieville has already been mentioned. Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun gets an unabashed plug from me (I love this book). Stone Dance of the Chameleon by Ricardo Pinto has a very good first book.

    Honourable mentions:

    David Eddings Belgariad series is a very good way of easing into fantasy, although it's not massively challenging. David Gemmell writes some good last stand, valiant battle fantasy. His men are hardcore and his women are beautiful, and they're forever making a valiant stand to protect civilization from the hordes of barbarians coming over the horizon.
     

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