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Alchemist449
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I just finished Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel and the first 3 books of the Song of Ice and Fire series (I would read the 4th but I want to read it along with the 5th when it is released due to the paralell nature of the books) and I have a craving for more fantasy.
I guess I'm looking for some good, epic fantasy novels/series that don't ruin whole journey ala. The Wheel of Time series.

So far the only author I found was Gene Wolf, are his stories any good? Also, are there any other authors out there worth looking into?

[ August 01, 2006, 10:50 PM: Message edited by: Alchemist449 ]

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Um ... I'm assuming you mean, besides Orson Scott Card?
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We had a forum member recently compile a truly impressive list of Hatrack fiction recommendations. Unfortunately I lost my bookmark to the page he'd created to house the list. Anybody else have the link?
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quote:
Originally posted by JennaDean:
Um ... I'm assuming you mean, besides Orson Scott Card?

Orson Scott who?
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Have you read anything by R.A. Salvatore?
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quote:
Originally posted by Noemon:
We had a forum member recently compile a truly impressive list of Hatrack fiction recommendations. Unfortunately I lost my bookmark to the page he'd created to house the list. Anybody else have the link?

Here ya go.

--j_k

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Thanks Cap'n.

You know, I haven't seen Euripides around in a bit. Anybody know what happened to him?

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quote:
Originally posted by kaminari:
Have you read anything by R.A. Salvatore?

I've read most of his Drizt Do'urden (is that it?) and enjoyed it up to the last 2 sets. I thought they became repetitive during the Sea of Swords novel.

Thanks for the list it's a lot of help.

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I recommend Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold.
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quote:
Originally posted by mr_porteiro_head:
I recommend Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold.

I very much second that. Some of the best I have ever read, hands down, and I have read a ton of it.


I have over 1400 books in my library, and that doesn't include the two boxes of books the Army lost when I shipped home. [Frown]


About 900 of them are fantasy novels.

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Since you like the Ice and Fire series, you might enjoy Robin Hobb's books. At least, *I* really like both Hobb and Martin, and Martin says on his site that he really likes Hobb's books, therefore you might too. [Smile]

I'd recommend starting with Assassin's Apprentice, which opens the first of three related (and excellent) trilogies.

Her newest book, Shaman's Crossing, is also very good, but that trilogy isn't complete yet. The second book is supposed to be released in a month or so.

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I highly recommend Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn, but it's just out, so it may be hard to find in libraries.
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I have one that involves Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, my 4th grade teacher, and the Egyptian wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

It's a good one.

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I recomment Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series, especially the later part.
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Eduardo St. Elmo
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I suggest reading the Otherland series by Tad Williams, even though some people will probably remind me that that particular series isn't exactly fantasy.
By the same author: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.
Or if you're more into fastpaced action you could try Raymond E. Feist.

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Songs of Earth and Power by Greg Bear is pretty good. It's a bit older, though, and I'm not sure how easy it is to find. At least, my local library got rid of its copy.
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quote:
does anyone know any good fantasy?
Imagine yourself in a strawberry field, chasing puppies with Dennis Rodman and Karen Carpenter...

...Oh, wait. You mean a book.

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Heroes Die, by Matthew Woodring Stover. Excellent!
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Gene Wolfe is a great author. I highly recommend his Book of the New Sun. I also really enjoyed The Knight but haven't yet read The Wizard.
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Try the classics. Well annotated, they can be a challenge to get through, but they give great bragging rights once done.

1) La Morte De Arthur.
2) Don Quixote
3) The Oddysey
4) Gilgamesh
5) Beowulf
6) A Mid Summer's Nights Dream
7) The Illiad
8) Any and all Icelandic Epic
9) The Aenid
10) The Tempest (by Willy Shakeswhatever)

Bonus--Spencer's Fairy Queen.

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My favorite fantasy author is L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

His fantasy series include the "Recluce" novels, "The Spellsong Cycle," and "The Corean Chronicles." There are 13 novels in the Recluce series, five in the "Spellsong Cycle," and six in the "Corean Chronicles."

Modesitt also has written numerous science fiction novels as well.

Here is a link to a site that lists Modesitt's fantasy books both in order of publication, and in chronological order according to the story line: http://www.travelinlibrarian.info/recluce/

Modesitt works out a very consistent and interesting paradigm for each of his fantasy worlds and the way that magical powers work in them. His fantasy would probably be categorized as "sword and sorcery." But there is a great depth to the stories.

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I would suggest reading the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson or The Vlad Taltos series by Steven Brust.

As for classics is there any other James Hilton fans? I thought the novel Lost Horizon was great but have yet to find someone who has that same opinion. Maybe it is because his novels are comprehenable on the first try. [Smile]

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I have this one about two french maids...and..what..Oh...not that type of fantasy? Sorry...
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