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More fantasy books

Discussion in 'The Front Room' started by fatty, Dec 23, 2003.

  1. fatty

    fatty Fledgling Freddie

    Hello people,
    looking for more fantasy books to read.

    i have pretty much read everything by Robert Jordan, Raymond E Fiest, David Gemmell and a couple more.

    any suggestions on good authors or books.

    thanks :flame:
     
  2. dysfunction

    dysfunction FH is my second home FH Subscriber

    Have you read:

    Peter F Hamilton?
    Philip Pullman?
    Terry Pratchett?
    Ian M Banks?
    Harry Harrison?
    Tom Holt?
    Robert Rankin?
     
  3. Hot Soup

    Hot Soup Fledgling Freddie

    A few of the obvious ones before I go to bed

    Dark Materials Trilogy by pullman , The Artemis Fowl books by colfer , robin hobb farseer ones
    It's not everyones cup of tea .. and even people who like it think he's taking the piss but jordans wheel of time series ,
    wiess and hickamans original dragonlance trilogy is also worth a read

    I would also recommend I Am Legend by mathieson
     
  4. fatty

    fatty Fledgling Freddie


    cheers
     
  5. Tom

    Tom FH is my second home

    Stephen Donaldson. Can't remember the precise title, but two books about mirrors. Extremely good stuff. His unbeliever chronicles are also very good, but quite tough going sometimes.
     
  6. Patriarch

    Patriarch Fledgling Freddie

    If anyone recommends that you read The Redemption of Althalus ignore them, because it's terrible. If you have already read it I pity you.
     
  7. Anul

    Anul Fledgling Freddie

    The song of ice and fire books by George RR Martins is my absolutly favourites also the books by Robin Hobb and Steven Erikson are great.
     
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  8. Patriarch

    Patriarch Fledgling Freddie

    J.V Jones has written some outstanding fantasy- The Book of Words trilogy and the first two books in the Sword of Shadows trilogy are fine examples.
     
  9. Tom

    Tom FH is my second home

    Brian Aldiss (I think) did the Helliconia series (3 books), which chronicles a planet in a binary system, and how the lifecycle of the planet works around the orbit of the hotter sun. Its really very good, and very well thought out. Human development is severely stunted during the winter season (which lasts several hundred years), they biologically change to become fat people (its pretty gruesome how this change happens, and what/who they eat to become fat), during the summer season, which lasts an equally few hundred years, they become thin people (basically they all do Atkins Extreme). Its really interesting to see them rediscover things that they learnt in the last summer, and progress slightly further.

    Its also made more interesting by the fact that humans from this planet are in orbit, observing all this, and goes into detail about how our lives slowly begins to infect their lives, and how their planet affects our own evolution. Basically, go buy them, they am good.
     
  10. Lam

    Lam Fledgling Freddie

    Don't forget about Anne Rice.

    Interview with the Vampire and the following books are very nice to read and so is her book Lasher.
     
  11. Cyradix

    Cyradix FH is my second home

    Try the "Coldfire Trilogy" by C.S. Friedman and the David Eddings series....
     
  12. Afx

    Afx Fledgling Freddie

    I know i mentioned it on the other thread but definitely read the chronicles of amber by Roger Zelazny, Best fantasy series ive ever read.
     
  13. tRoG

    tRoG Fledgling Freddie

    I agree. Also, if you liked the first trilogy (Chronicles: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, and Dragons of Spring Dawning) then I would strongly recommend the Dragonlance: Legends trilogy.
     
  14. Tareregion

    Tareregion Fledgling Freddie

    Can't believe no one has mentioned LOTR by Tolkien yet :eek: oh and Redemption of Althalus is quite fun actually, just tis a bit far fetched, some parts :)
     
  15. Hot Soup

    Hot Soup Fledgling Freddie

    heh , I pretty presume anyone who reads fantasy to have read or at least have attempted tolkien
     
  16. Tom

    Tom FH is my second home

    Never heard of it, is it new?
     
  17. Scooba da Bass

    Scooba da Bass Fledgling Freddie

    Possibly due to it being utter shit?
     
  18. Sar

    Sar Part of the furniture

    Bought that Redemption of Althalus donkey's ago. Never got more than a few chapters into it though for some reason.

    May try it again some time, but I've several other books to finish off first:

    Dude, where's my Country: Mike Moore
    Redemption Ark: Alastair Reynolds (His books are worth getting btw. V Good)


    Some worthwhile reading (not necessarily Fantasy):

    The Harry Potter Books: JK Rowling (brilliant, far better than the piss poor films - although my reading of the books prior to the films being put into production may have biased me somewhat)
    Altered Carbon: Richard Morgan (superb SF Noir)
    Contact: Carl Sagan (different from the also brilliant film by quite a long margin)

    One more thing:
    The Wheel of Time Series: Robert Jordan. These are good, but RJ tends to lose the plot (literally) towards the more recent books. I read the first 8 books inside of a couple of months, but stopped midway through Winter's Heart, cos he started dragging the plot until it was threadbare. And Crossroads of Twilight is apparantly more of the same - stretching out 100pgs of plot (being generous here) to fill a book.
     
  19. Meatballs

    Meatballs Loyal Freddie

    Terry Brooks - Magic Kingdom for Sale. Sold! (and the rest of the landover series). I also enjoyed the Shanara series if you like elfy kinda things :)

    Tad Williams - Memory Sorrow & Thorn. And Otherland.
     
  20. Meatballs

    Meatballs Loyal Freddie

     
  21. Wij

    Wij I am a FH squatter FH Subscriber

    Razzle: Best of Readers Letters Vol 4.

    Oh :(
     
  22. Rubric

    Rubric Part of the furniture

    Try Michael Moorcock. But not the Jerry Cornelius stuff. The Eternal Champion series is excellent imo.
     
  23. Danya

    Danya Fledgling Freddie

    Martin is superb some of the best fantasy you'll find.

    Eriksson is worth a read though not quite as good to my mind (though others may disagree).

    Jordan was ok - first book is quite deriviative of lotr, next 5 or 6 books somewhat derivative of dune, final set are just weak, last two books could be done in a couple of chapters TBH.

    Eddings irritates me - his characters are just a little too perfect - they seem very shallow and superficial, not bad plotlines but the way the characters move through it like cardboard cutouts kinda spoils them.

    Brooks is reasonable, some of the shannara stuff is a bit weak, but I enjoyed magic kingdom et al. His recent stuff is poor though.

    One no one has mentioned that I quite like is Katherine Kerr, various books by her, probably best to start with Daggerspell and go through that series.
     
  24. Astfgl

    Astfgl Fledgling Freddie

    Pratchett's Discworld novels have to be my all time favourites (I get the name Astfgl from his book "Eric").

    And I do like the Harry Potter books.
     
  25. Tir

    Tir Fledgling Freddie

    Agree totally, Memory Sorrow & Thorn one of the best series I have ever read and I have read most of the stuff listed already.

    One other one that is very good is Tigana by Guy Avriel (or something like that) Kay. Don't bother with any of the rest of his stuff though.
     
  26. Lazarus

    Lazarus Part of the furniture

    Currently reading George R. R. Martin (on book 2 - got 4 books for xmas :) )

    Others :

    Maggie Furey (Shadowleague series & Artefacts of Power series)
    Robert Jordan
    Katherine Kerr
    Robin Hobb.
     
  27. xane

    xane Fledgling Freddie

    Stop pimping your own work.

    Recommended - Fritz Leiber's Swords series.
     
  28. Afx

    Afx Fledgling Freddie

    Thought of another good series of fantasy books, dont think its been mentioned yet. The Earthsea trilogy by Ursula le guin(its actually 5 books now but the original 3 are the best)
     
  29. SilverHood

    SilverHood Part of the furniture

    Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen is pretty decent.... lots of twists, turns, sub plots.... and there's no real good guys... You decide who to like and dislike. Oh, and it's pretty violent too. First book is called "Gardens of the Moon"

    Also, George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" is probably the best fantasy I have read in a long long time. If he continues with the same style, the series will overtake the Wheel of Time as my favourite fantasy epic. First book is called "A Clash of Kings" (I think)
     
  30. Lazarus

    Lazarus Part of the furniture

    Thats the second (cos Im reading it now). A game of thrones is the first
     

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