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Needing some good suggestions. posted 02 Mar 2006, 02:03 by TollofDays, Peralogue

So I have just finished 'The Thousandfold Thought', and now... what? I'm feeling a little lost. I put this series on a very high pedestal. I'm afraid that anything i read after this is just not going to be able to compete. So I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas for any authors or books. I would be very thankful for all suggestions. view post

Hm.. posted 02 Mar 2006, 16:03 by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

You may have already read some of these, because they're the obvious choices. (In my mind anyway.) George RR Martin's series - A Song of Ice and Fire Stephen Erikson's - The Malazan Book of the Fallen The Dune series is also very good, even though it's SciFi and not Fantasy. Dan Simmons Hyperion series is pretty good as well. Also SciFi. The series A Crown of Stars by Kate Elliot is decent, but I'd recomend borrowing those books from a library, not buying them. They aren't worth the money. Those are my favorites anyway. Hope they help. view post

thanks posted 02 Mar 2006, 16:03 by TollofDays, Peralogue

i have read George R.R. Martin. they were excellent and i am eagerly awaiting the next in the series. i will have to give Steven Erikson a try. i keep hearing conflicting reviews but i will never know unitl i read them. thank you very much. view post

posted 19 Mar 2006, 16:03 by Entropic_existence, Moderator

If you liked Scott's work I think you will like Ericksons. They are radically different in style of course, but they both have that "reveal as we go along" aspect to their storytelling. I suspect some people who don't like Erickson don't like him just because it is a very military focused series of books. Virtually all of the main characters are soldiers on campaign after all. But wow what adventures :) I've put that series right up alongside The Prince of Nothing for my top picks in epic fantasy. view post

posted 20 Mar 2006, 04:03 by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

I'll second (third) the GRRM -- [u:3jwa7sy4]A Song of Ice and Fire[/u:3jwa7sy4] series. Great epic fantasy (and dwarf sex. OK, not so much dwarf sex, I swear!) And [u:3jwa7sy4]Hyperion Cantos[/u:3jwa7sy4] by Dan Simmons Currently reading [u:3jwa7sy4]The Hidden Family[/u:3jwa7sy4] by Charles Stross, [u:3jwa7sy4]The Carpet-Makers[/u:3jwa7sy4] by Andreas Eschbach and [u:3jwa7sy4]The Shadows of Summer[/u:3jwa7sy4] by Daniel Abramson. All have their pros and cons... view post

posted 20 Mar 2006, 08:03 by Dublo7, Commoner

He's not a fantasy author, but give Chuck Palahniuk a shot. He wrote Fight Club, and is one of my favourite authors. His stories are very dark but are also damn funny. view post

posted 20 Mar 2006, 09:03 by Randal, Auditor

Most of the truly good fantasy series have been mentioned, besides Robin Hobb. Her Farseer trilogy is truly one of the greats. It shines the most in the characterisation department, and doesn't have as much action or pyrotechnics as Bakker (and not nearly as much as Erikson, thank god.) As for Erikson... I like the books well enough, but I understand the mixed reviews. He's big on the very powerful characters and super-powered battles with gods and all, and armies being killed by individuals. This turns some people off. Besides that, his characterisation is fairly weak and his plotting is sometimes confusing, though both of those are getting better in later books. view post

posted 20 Mar 2006, 19:03 by TollofDays, Peralogue

Actually i have read Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy. It was well done and i agree that it was very character based. It was not one of my favorite series but i did enjoy it. view post

posted 21 Mar 2006, 13:03 by xhaldur, Candidate

You can try to read the 'Wheel of Time' by Robert Jordan. I actually enjoy the series, but the big downfall of this series is you start to wonder if it will ever end. Think there are 10-11 books out right now so you'll get a lot of reading out of it. Now this author isn't fantasy, but Christopher Moore novels are some of the best things to make you laugh and enjoy. Read 'Lamb', 'Island of the Sequened Love the Nun', or 'Stupidest Angel' first if you go this route. Michael Stackpole's The 'DragonCrown War' series, and his stand alone novel the 'Talion: Revenant' are very good. the 'Runelords' series by David Farland are a good read. the 'Death Gate Cycle' by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. view post

posted 28 Mar 2006, 23:03 by AjDeath, Didact

I haven't read any fantasy in a while but I recently picked up Fiona MacIntosh's Myrren's Gift and it was excellent. Still waiting for the mail to deliver the other two and can't wait. view post

posted 31 Mar 2006, 08:03 by Curethan, Didact

Some good mentions above, so I won't repeat any. Here I some other books I would recomend to anybody. Read Jeff Vandermeer or Steph Swainston if you enjoy fantasy/lit style. Steve Aylett's "Slaughtermatic" if you enjoy wicked prose and a good laugh. Greg Egan has some great SF shorts, and "Quarantine" is great. If you want an easy read, and want to catch up on one of the all time fantasy pioneers, get into Micheal Moorcock's "Eternal Champion" series. You think RJ got a lot of volumes in the WoT series.... view post

posted 09 May 2006, 22:05 by flyonwall, Commoner

if you're looking for someone non-fantasy, as someone elsed stated there's always Chuck Palahniuk, but personally.. i adore Irvine Welsh (wrote the book the movie trainspotting was adopted from) I'd reccomend Acid House as the first Welsh book to read as it's short stories and easier to become used to his style (he writes with differnt accents/slang spellings for different characters) after which i'd suggest Glue, or trainspotting and porno view post

posted 22 May 2006, 16:05 by sunnKHANN, Peralogue

When I finish a good book, I like to wind down with something short, fast and nasty. When she's not around, I read Conan. :lol: I feel bad now :oops: But really, R.E.H is good, under-rated. It's an enjoyable, fast read, with little characterisation and violence. Perfect. Alternatively, you could read... Gemmell is ok, though I find after reading 'PoN', I can't get back into his work. :? I don't know then. :lol: view post

posted 20 Jun 2006, 18:06 by Brys, Candidate

I'll also recommend Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen and George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire - as they're easily the other two best epic fantasy authors at the moment, it's a logical starting point. Guy Gavriel Kay writes excellent historical fantasy, particularly the Last Light of the Sun and The Lions of Al-Rassan which are well worth reading. Dune of course is an excellent SF novel, and the protagonist does play a similar role to Kellhus (though perhaps a more likeable one). In speculative fiction generally, I'd say the best are (in no order): Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake, Viriconium by M John Harrison, Perdido Street Station by China Mieville, The Tooth Fairy by Graham Joyce, The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint, the Wasp Factory by Iain Banks, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, A Scanner Darkly by Philip K Dick, Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny, The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester and One Hundred Years in Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.There are tons more, but those are 12 reads I'd view as essential in speculative fiction - all slightly better or nearly as good as the Prince of Nothing. [quote:2yamytgt]But really, R.E.H is good, under-rated. It's an enjoyable, fast read, with little characterisation and violence. Perfect. [/quote:2yamytgt] Conan's ok, but I often find it too overtly racist and underdeveloped to be enjoyable. I prefer Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser and Michael Moorcock's Elric or Hawkmoon in sword and sorcery. view post

posted 20 Jun 2006, 19:06 by dharok, Commoner

other than what has been mentioned already: [i:2op88t4o]Oath of the Empire[/i:2op88t4o] series by Thomas Harlan (showed promise, but it seemed to get away from him for some reason) [i:2op88t4o]The Name of the Rose[/i:2op88t4o] by Umberto Eco. It's not fantasy, but it is a great novel. view post


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