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#45385
Re:Books and Authors 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
Jericho- if that comes to pass I would be more than willing to contribute for the components of a Raise Dead ritual.
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#45409
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I heartily recommend anything by H.P. Lovecraft or Clark Ashton Smith. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos is a true dark delight, and Smith was hugely influential as well. Jack Vance, for example, emulated the style of Smith in his Dying Earth novels, which are great fun, as well as being the origin of D&D magic in all editions save 4E.

Stephen R. Donaldson's books of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever are well written, though I find the protagonist the least interesting character in the series. You'll love the Bloodguard.

Thieves World was an entertaining shared world anthology. The town of Sanctuary was aptly described as "the meanest, seediest town in all fantasy."

Karl Edward Wagner's novels of Kane the mystic swordsman are awesome.

Jack Chalker has written some terrific pieces, including And The Devil Will Drag You Under. His Well of Souls series is full of gaming potential.

Julian May's Saga of the Pliocene Exile is a feast for the mind. Her characters are larger than life, especially Marc Remillard, sometimes called Abaddon, the Angel of the Abyss.

Tanith Lee wrote a series of books described as Tales of the Flat Earth, beginning with Night's Master, followed by Death's Master and Delusions Master.

Brian Daley wrote The Doomfarers of Coramonde and its sequel, The Starfollowers of Coramonde. Both are highly recommended, with many highy memorable characters.
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#45448
Re:Books and Authors 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
I love the wheel of time....

I agree with most that the first few were tolkein-esque and enjoyable. The next few were good. Where we, IMHO guys, loose interest is when the author went out on a tangent of artistry to attract a different kind of reader. However from the end of book 10-now book 13th I believe the series lives again. In any event I would recommend the first 3 shannara books and a little known didy called the Darksword Trilogy. I found it at a 1/2 price book stores. I would not recommend the follow on books as they are the worst books ever written but books 1, 2, and 3 were good. I would also recommend the time initiate if you can find it. I read the first book and loved it. Book 2 was good and setup book 3 incredibly. But atlas, I have not found book 3 yet. I might also recommend elantris. It was a quick read.

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#45593
Re:Books and Authors 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
jericho wrote:
[quote]I highly recommend this:

The Name of the Wind



Wow, just finished the first two books. Thanks for the recommendation Jericho and Harneloot! It sounds like the third book is coming out in May. I certainly hope so.

I think I will try the Ambercrombie books next.
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#45595
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Arcarius2001 wrote:
[quote]jericho wrote:
I highly recommend this:

The Name of the Wind



Wow, just finished the first two books. Thanks for the recommendation Jericho and Harneloot! It sounds like the third book is coming out in May. I certainly hope so.

I think I will try the Ambercrombie books next.


Glad you liked it. Unfortunately, I believe book three comes out in May 2013.
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#45608
Re:Books and Authors 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
jericho wrote:
[quote]Arcarius2001 wrote:
jericho wrote:
I highly recommend this:

The Name of the Wind



Wow, just finished the first two books. Thanks for the recommendation Jericho and Harneloot! It sounds like the third book is coming out in May. I certainly hope so.

I think I will try the Ambercrombie books next.


Glad you liked it. Unfortunately, I believe book three comes out in May 2013.


Just my luck. Maybe I should try a series that is complete this time. I have heard the
Mistborn series is good. If the Ambercrombie series is not complete then I will get those next.
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#45623
Re:Books and Authors 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
(((Assasin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb....9 books of wonderfullness!)))

Here is the first review on Amazon:

"I am writing this review because I found this trilogy impossible to put down but emotionally draining. This was the kind of story that grabs your guts as well as your mind. If you have read Haldeman's "All My Sins Remembered", you know what I mean. After I finished the last Assassin book I spent hours trying to sort out my feelings. It hit me that hard.
After I read the first book I told my wife she might like to read it. Now, I don't think so. This story isn't light entertainment, its something you experience. If you want a black and white hero story, go elsewhere. If you want a story that can pull you in, wring you out, and leave you feeling like you have really been through something, then read this. This is good, strong stuff. If it makes you a little sick, don't say I didn't warn you.

I will mention that the book, being a narrative from the point of view of main character, flows much better than the typical multi-party fantasy novel that has to hop from person to person to keep things synchronized. The flow is so strong I literally had difficulty putting the books down, stealing any spare minute I could to read just one more page. Thank goodness it was only a trilogy - I wasn't getting near enough sleep."

Its actually 9 books, not a trilogy, but the middle three deal with a adifferent (but related) part of the world/story, and the final three were not published at the time of this review (2001)

Read a few of the reviews on Amazon and see for yourself. I'm only being this *pushy* becasue I feel this strongly about these books. Tolkein & Hobb, (possibly followed closely by the first two RR Martin books) - very little else up there on the top top shelf for me in terms of Fantasy Literature.

I'm going to check out the Abecrombie books too...good reviews on Amazon, but not stellar.
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#45630
Re:Books and Authors 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
Harneloot wrote:
(((Assasin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb....9 books of wonderfullness!)))

Here is the first review on Amazon:

"I am writing this review because I found this trilogy impossible to put down but emotionally draining. This was the kind of story that grabs your guts as well as your mind. If you have read Haldeman's "All My Sins Remembered", you know what I mean. After I finished the last Assassin book I spent hours trying to sort out my feelings. It hit me that hard.
After I read the first book I told my wife she might like to read it. Now, I don't think so. This story isn't light entertainment, its something you experience. If you want a black and white hero story, go elsewhere. If you want a story that can pull you in, wring you out, and leave you feeling like you have really been through something, then read this. This is good, strong stuff. If it makes you a little sick, don't say I didn't warn you.

I will mention that the book, being a narrative from the point of view of main character, flows much better than the typical multi-party fantasy novel that has to hop from person to person to keep things synchronized. The flow is so strong I literally had difficulty putting the books down, stealing any spare minute I could to read just one more page. Thank goodness it was only a trilogy - I wasn't getting near enough sleep."

Its actually 9 books, not a trilogy, but the middle three deal with a adifferent (but related) part of the world/story, and the final three were not published at the time of this review (2001)

Read a few of the reviews on Amazon and see for yourself. I'm only being this *pushy* becasue I feel this strongly about these books. Tolkein & Hobb, (possibly followed closely by the first two RR Martin books) - very little else up there on the top top shelf for me in terms of Fantasy Literature.

I'm going to check out the Abecrombie books too...good reviews on Amazon, but not stellar.


I ordered the first book just now. Thanks for the recommendation!
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#45639
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Sounds perfect. And it's available for Kindle too! Thanks Harneloot!!
Definitely ordering this.
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#45649
Re:Books and Authors 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
Great to hear guys - happy reading! You have inspired me to take down my copy of Assassin's Apprentice from the shelf to read yet again....Let me know if it *clicks* for you as it has me!
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#45704
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I am about 100 pages into "Assassin's Apprentice" and so far I really like it.
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#45720
Re:Books and Authors 2 Years, 2 Months ago  
jericho wrote:
I am about 100 pages into "Assassin's Apprentice" and so far I really like it.


I just finished it and just downloaded the second book to my ipad Kindle app. Great read! Thanks again Harneloot!
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