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  1. Fantasy Suggestions

    I'm looking for a new author to start collecting. I loved almost all of David Gemmell and Dave Duncan, and Anne Bishop's black jewel series if anyone here read that. When I finished those I moved onto Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega series and her Mercy Thompson series. I liked the werewolves and the storyline, but wasn't crazy about her specific writing style and I guess kind of lack of character depth. Anyways, I plowed through all of her books because it's actually taken me that long to find any other author that seemed remotely enjoyable.

    Someone suggested the wheel of time series to me, but the summary on it wasn't descriptive at all so I couldn't justify committing to it. Anyways, I'm looking for a decent sized series to keep me busy for a while. But, if you know of any stand-alones that seem to fall into this vane of authors, feel free to share them too.
    Last edited by Kyosalad; 18 Dec 2012 at 01:42 AM.

  2. Raymond feist, terry goodkind.

  3. The Kingkiller Chronicles - Patrick Rothfuss
    The first book is The Name of the Wind. This is my first suggestion to someone I don't really know asking for a fantasy recommendation. It's a good, fast, exciting, read. It is clear and primarily focuses on one character, avoiding a lot of the typical fantasy tropes. Two decent sized books are out, at least one more is on the way.

    The Song of Ice and Fire - George RR Martin
    Read the first three books or just watch the HBO series.

    The Malazan Book of the Fallen - Steven Erikson
    No-hands-held fantasy series that destroys all others. The main 10 book series is already done. The scope and imagination of the creators is impressive. Five books from the co-creator of the universe, Ian Cameron Esslemont, also exist, and take place during the same timeline with some of the same characters. Erikson also recently released the first book in The Kharkanas Trilogy, a new story set millennia before the main Malazan sequence. There are also five novellas from Erikson featuring characters introduced in the main Malazan series.
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  4. Quote Originally Posted by sedition View Post
    The Kingkiller Chronicles - Patrick Rothfuss
    The first book is The Name of the Wind. This is my first suggestion to someone I don't really know asking for a fantasy recommendation. It's a good, fast, exciting, read. It is clear and primarily focuses on one character, avoiding a lot of the typical fantasy tropes. Two decent sized books are out, at least one more is on the way.
    Bam. My favorite recent thing. First book was so damn good. Second one is on deck. Can't wait.

  5. I actually don't like the game of thrones show. The first episodes really turned me off with the shitty, bratty kids that basically I would just stab in the face, consequences be damned. Later, I saw most of some season where the blonde dragon lady's barbarian husband was poisoned by some old witch whose village was raped and pillaged by them. That was kind of depressing and probably the only thing in the whole season that interested me at all. I suppose, in all, it's too political for me? I have read most of marion zimmer bradley before I read those series I previously listed. That one is more sci-fi, but it was also political, yet I still enjoyed it, maybe because the focus didn't feel like it was on politics overall. I'm not really sure what I'm even looking for now I guess, but I'm starting to think maybe I should try out a new genre since fantasy seems saturated with game of thrones, trueblood, and twilight clones. I'm tired of vampires lol

    I was thinking maybe I should move on to fiction now? Maybe you guys can offer a good transitional book.
    Last edited by Kyosalad; 18 Dec 2012 at 08:57 PM.

  6. The Southern Vampire Mysteries and Twilight aren't really what you'd call straight Fantasy. If what's been recommended isn't really your cup o' tea, you should probably describe what kind of fantasy it is you're looking for. Sounds to me you're looking for the "Teen Paranormal Romance" genre, which I'm convinced exists to segregate the clones your mention from actual books OH SNAP. I mean, look at this junk!

    Maybe you're looking for more of a Dresden Files series? It's about a wizard in modern day Chicago that solves supernatural mysteries and gets hurt a lot. It starts slow, but picks up after the first few books. It starts well enough, but I finally started to REALLY enjoy it halfway through book three.

  7. I think I might be looking for romance to an extent..but not like twilight and crap, which is why I wanted to avoid saying it. lol I really enjoyed david gemmell's books which don't have a very heavy focus on romance, though it has some worked into it. But I also really don't enjoy things like game of thrones.

    Someone did just recommend dresden files to me and I think I will download them, I was just wary of getting them because I also don't like cop themes. My BFF recently suggested I try laurell k. hamilton's anita blake series which is another cop-theme fantasy. I read the first book and had mixed feelings. It was funny/ enjoyable because the main character's inner dialogue just reminded me so much of how my BFF thinks. But it has heavy overtones of random pointless sluttiness and does in fact turn into a full-blown porno around book 4 which really, I am not interested in. lol

    But anyways, back to dresden, I did skim over the summaries on those books last night and think I will go ahead and try it out despite the cop-theme thing.

  8. There are cops IN The Dresden Files, but he's far from a cop. You'll be fine.

    I just looked up Anita Blake. "Fantasy" is definitely not the word you want to use here for something as specific as what you're seeking. "Contemporary fantasy" or "Urban fantasy" are closer and, well, The Dresden Files is one of the more recognized series of the latter. Funny how an adjective can separate The Once and Future King from Harry Potter, eh?

  9. To be more descriptive, I enjoyed David Gemmell because his characters were very well defined. They were never just black and white, good or bad guys. There was a nice focus on the gray area; the 'bad' guys could sometimes perform good actions, and vice versa. His world was absorbing and plenty action-filled, without tons of boring history lessons/politics.

    Anne Bishop I enjoyed because her world was so creative/imaginative. It was like ..she built the whole thing from scratch and it had great foundations to build upon.

    I guess what I want is something new/creative besides just dragons and vampires?

  10. lol Yes, you have a valid point there, delivered with humour. I think what I am looking for is closer to urban fantasy now. I just wasn't sure how to classify or articulate what I was looking for because honestly, I've been searching for something a lot like anne bishop since I read the black jewels series and I don't think they fall into either category. I did rather enjoy patricia briggs' for what it was, which is urban fantasy, I just feel she's not a strong writer. So yea, I think I probably will enjoy Dresden Files. Thanks ;]

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