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Favorite books/series posted 26 August 2005 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Ashaman0, Commoner

Hey Hey, Im new here, just stumbled upon this little peace of heaven while lookin for information on TTT. Anyway, Im lookin for some new reading while I wait for TTT, whats everones favorite books/series? I apologize in advance if there are already a million of these posts, im to tired to look though all those posts =)


And one other thing I was just a little curious about, I noticed all my books are published by either Tor, Bantam, or Overlook. Whats the difference, I mean do they focus on different genre, anything like that, was just curious. The more I think about it the dumber this question seems, but whatever. Also if you where to punlish a peace of writing and could choose who would do it which would you choose =) view post


Favorite books/series posted 26 August 2005 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Echoex, Auditor

I would get Christopher Walken to keel-haul "A Jest of God" by Margaret Laurence.

Or maybe you meant 'publish'...

If you're looking for a great book, try "The River God" by Wilbur Smith. If I recall, it's the first in his Taita series. You see, Taita is a eunich slave who rises through the ranks of aristocracy in ancient Egypt and...well...you'll have to read it.

Ex. view post


Favorite books/series posted 31 August 2005 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by RedShift, Candidate

Erikson. Just read it. He gives me the shivery feeling I get when reading some of the Bakker/White Lord dialogue in the Q&A forum... that guy has plans. view post


Favorite books/series posted 01 September 2005 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Arkmam, Candidate

Steven Erikson.

Steve, sweet Steve,
you are the light at the end of the tunnel,
we praise thy name, for thou art king
and does not totally suck ass like some authors I could mention. view post


Favorite books/series posted 05 September 2005 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Fortey, Commoner

Yep, Erikson. Also Goerge R.R. Martin, Raymond Feist and any of the Riftworld books, Glen Cook's Garret P.I., Parke Godwin and anything by Neil Gaiman. And even though it's not fantasy I read a lot of Chuck Palahniuk.

And I swear, one day, if Robert Jordan ever finishes the WOT I may just read the whole series. Maybe. view post


Favorite books/series posted 25 September 2005 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Scariot, Commoner

'The Dark Tower' by Stephen King is a must read, My favorite series of books by far. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Favorite books/series posted 25 September 2005 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by RedShift, Candidate

I second the Dark Tower books, but be warned, it's going to hurt. Personally, most of my impression of the Dark Tower is in my head... the way it should have (perhaps could have) been. Poor old King. I think his problem is that he's so good at building up suspense and anticipation that there was nothing he could have done to end it properly. Of course, even then, the last two books could have been a bit better...

On the other hand, the Dark Tower is going to haunt me for a long, long time. view post


Favorite books/series posted 25 September 2005 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Scilvenas, Auditor

Just finished it last week. I'm still a little bitter. And it's not the resolution, it's the execution of it... just left a bad taste in my mouth. The last couple of books were just off. view post


Favorite books/series posted 02 November 2005 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by kansasbarbarian, Commoner

You want a good read? Read the "pure" Robert E. Howard stories. The man was a brilliant yarn spinner.
Tim view post


Favorite books/series posted 16 November 2005 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Hyperstorm, Commoner

Besides Scott, you can read James Clemens, Steven Erikson, Robert Newcomb &amp; David Gemmell view post


Favorite books/series posted 18 November 2005 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Anonymous, Subdidact

I've read several sets of fantasy/science fiction books, and I have enjoyed the following two sets the best:

C.S. Lewis - Ransom trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet; Perelandra; That Hideous Strength

Stephen R. Donaldson - The Gap saga: The Real Story; Forbidden Knowledge; A Dark and Hungry God Arises; Chaos and Order; This Day All Gods Die

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Favorite books/series posted 09 January 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Fell, Peralogue

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Favorite books/series posted 09 January 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Nauticus, Auditor

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What is this about? I've heard a tad about it. view post


Favorite books/series posted 24 January 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by xhaldur, Candidate

I love reading the WoT, though Robert Jordan needs to finish it, but he will hopefully end it in the next book! hopefully...

George R. R. Martin's series 'A Song of Ice and Fire' is good..

David Gemmel, I love the Rigante series.

Raymond E. Feist, though he is in my opinion worse than Robert Jordan on ending something. His Riftwar Saga is good, and so is his Serpentwar Saga, but the new conclave of shadows series is very dissappointing.

J.V. Jones 'Book of Words' Series was really good, her new one 'Sword of Shadows' series is shaping up to be really good too....if she ever finishes it.

Piers Anthony - 'The Apprentice Adept' series, kind of an old series, but awesome.

Stephen R. Donaldson's 'Thomas Covenant' Books are good.

Neil Gaiman books - love this author.

Christopher Moore - I love this guys books. He's not fantasy but he is funny as hell. view post


Favorite books/series posted 27 January 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Grallon, Candidate

I suggest this very unusual series (2 books published out of 3):


The Stone Dance of the Chameleon - by Ricardo Pinto


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A fantasy series set in a bronze age era. Be warned though, if such things make you freak out: the main character is homosexual (the author too).



G. view post


Favorite books/series posted 27 January 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by RedShift, Candidate

Ricardo Pinto is one of my favourite authors. I can't wait for the next book to come out... view post


Favorite books/series posted 04 February 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Sharaz Jek, Commoner

Hi all, I'm another Erikson fan. He's by far my favourite writer of fantasy, mainly because of the scope of the world and complexity of the story. His works just amaze me, and often move me as well. Incredible stuff.

I also really like GRRM's ASOIAF series, and Bakker's PON series as well, they're very good. LeGuin's Earthsea books started me off on fantasy fiction about 2 decades ago, when I was 12, and I still find them highly enjoyable as an adult. Amazing stuff considering the brevity of the novels. I also really enjoyed The Silmarillion by Tolkien, a great deal more than I did LOTR, and was a big fan of Narnia in my teenage years as well. I'm continuing to trudge through Jordan's WOT series because Iwant to see how it ends, and I found the first 6 books highly enjoyable. Seemed to go downhill from there, though.

When it comes to sci-fi, my favourite series is Dune, the whole lot. I prefer books 4-6 over books 2 &amp; 3, which isn't common, from what I've seen. Great books though. Simmons' Hyperion cantos were also very, very good, and I'm a fan of Jack Womack's Dryco series of cyberpunk novels, too. The first s-f series I read would have been Asimov's foundation series, way back when, which I enjoyed at the time. view post


Favorite books/series posted 13 February 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by kremen, Commoner

<!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> Just wanted to throw this out since I didn't see it on the list - anything by Matthew Woodring Stover just oozes with awesomeness, even though there are some very gory times.

Start out w/Heroes Die or his Star Wars books [even had one in the New Jedi Order which completely changed Star Wars for me in a great way!] and you'll be hooked!

-Mike view post


Favorite books/series posted 17 February 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by selfnoise, Commoner

My essential fantasy authors-

Jack Vance - Totally unique and beautiful style, almost always pitch perfect. A delightful distraction from the world. Most of his novels have lasers and spaceships, but are fantasy.

Ursula K. LeGuin - Like Bakker a keen student of humanity, but such a completely different author. The Earthsea books (well, the earlier ones anyway) are simple, beautiful, and as deep as you want to dig.

Avram Davidson - A crazy mother****er, and I mean that in the best possible way. Fantastic short stories and a wide range of novels, some very good. His best is "The Phoenix and the Mirror", which is probably the best fantasy novel I've read for pure enjoyment.

John Crowley - Not a pure fantasy author, but he sneaks in due to having written Little, Big. Which I find difficult to describe, but I do think it's sort of the keystone in terms of understanding what's possible in the genre. Also, his short novels (collected in Otherwise) are excellent.

Jeff Vandermeer - A new guy, but everything he's written so far (City of Saints and Madmen, Veniss Underground) has totally blown me away. Kinda like Bakker! view post


Favorite books/series posted 12 March 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by glaz, Peralogue

currently, Martin and Erikson are my faves.

also David Gemmel's books have some kind of &quot;pull&quot; on me. view post


Favorite books/series posted 12 March 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Warrior-Poet, Moderator

Dune view post


Favorite books/series posted 01 April 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by glaz, Peralogue

currently, i love Erikson. just pure action.

i also like Gemmel and his &quot;sacrificial heroism&quot; stories.

of course, Martin is on top of my list.

and Bakker. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Favorite books/series posted 01 April 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Bakker (obviously) and Erickson are number one on my list with Martin running a close second. Gemmels books are good in that classic pulp sword and sorcery style so they are always a good afternoon read. I've always loved the Wheel of Time, even the books that were slow. The world he created is just too good to not enjoy every little tidbit I get revealed to me. view post


Favorite books/series posted 01 April 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by glaz, Peralogue

WoT also has a soft spot in my heart. it's one of the first fantasy series i've read, and i do hope that in would end as well as it started. view post


Favorite books/series posted 02 April 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Entropic_existence, Moderator

It definitly wasn't the first I read, but was one of the earlier ones anyway. (I read The Hobbit and LoTR when I was in grade 4 or something. What can I say I started early, I was ripping through adult novels about the same time) And I think it will finish strong, after all the last book, Knife of Dreams was probably the best since book 7 or so, it was actually quite good with lots of stuff happening. We'll see what Memories of Light, the final installment, shall bring. Although it is of course going to be delayed somewhat with RJ's health. view post


Favorite books/series posted 02 April 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by glaz, Peralogue

yeah, i've read (and bought, actually) book11 when it came out, and it does have a lot of promise. but do you really think it will be over in just one more book? i mean, there's still a lot of storyline threads not closed... view post


Favorite books/series posted 02 April 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Yes, he's said on the record that there is only one book left to finish off the main story. Personally I don't think there is that much left to resolve. Of course he's also said the book will be as long as it needs to be, so it could get hefty.

Book 11 I think made a nice job of setting up a few things in very neat domino like style, I can see how a few events will actually end up resolving multiple plot arcs in a single blow, and done in a very nice and satisfying manner as well. I also think there are more minor plotlines and arcs that may be left unresolved on purpose as well, to have some mystery still around the whole thing and I'm fine with that. view post


Favorite books/series posted 10 April 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by swazond, Commoner

Jordan, Tolkien, Bakker, Rawn, Terry Brooks. view post


Favorite books/series posted 10 April 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by gierra, Sorcerer-of-Rank

anything by robert rankin. i've only read 'the hollow chocolate bunnies of the apocalypse' and 'the witches of chiswick' so far, and working my way through 'the brightonomicon' as i type.. but he is awesome. provided you like twisted british humour. view post


Favorite books/series posted 10 April 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Entropic_existence, Moderator

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anything by robert rankin. i've only read 'the hollow chocolate bunnies of the apocalypse' and 'the witches of chiswick' so far, and working my way through 'the brightonomicon' as i type.. but he is awesome. provided you like twisted british humour.[/quote:n0gu77pk]

I'll have to check it out, I generally prefer british humour above anything grown in North America. It's always so much more cerebral and witty. view post


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