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    [Books] Fantasy Recommendations

    So as the title states I need some recommendations for some fantasy novels. I am a pretty quick reader, finish most books within a week given I am not too busy. Here is a list of the stuff I have read since last may.

    All of the Game of Thrones Books: George Martin
    Half Orcs Series and all other series related to it: David Dalglish
    The Hungering Saga: Heath Pfaff
    All of the Eli Monpress Novels: Rachel Aaron
    Assassins Apprentice: Robin Hobb
    The Black Prism: Brent Weeks
    The Night Angel Trilogy: Brent Weeks
    Dragon Stones Series: Kristian Alva
    Read Prince of Thorns, did not like it
    The Dragon Gem: Brian Beam
    All of the Eragon series: Christopher Palonii
    The Mistborn series: Brandon Sanderson
    The Mageborn series: Michael G. Manning
    Child of the Sword: Doty J. L.
    Theft of Swords, Rise of Empire, Heir of Novron: Michael J. Sullivan
    Both Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies: Scott Lynch
    The Warded Man/The Desert War: Peter V. Brett
    The Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear: Peter Rothfuss

    Finished the first book of the Wheel of Time series. Working on the second now.


    That's all the books I can remember right now, i'm pretty sure there are a few more.
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    Wheel of time!!!!! - Robert Jordan / Brandon Sanderson (Even as a faster reader, this might occupy you for months)
    Malazan Book of the Fallen - Steven Erikson
    The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson
    Anything by R.A. Salvatore
    Tolkein's works
    The Hollows Series - Kim Harrison
    Dragonlance novels - Margeret Weis and Tracy Hickman
    Cassandra Palmer series - Karen Chance
    Anita Blake - Laurell K Hamilton (only books 1-9, after that it gets....... fetishy)

    then a list of novels/authors that I haven't particularly enjoyed, but are worth looking at in case you might:
    Shannara novels - Terry Brooks
    Sword of Truth - Terry Goodkind
    Dresden Files - Jim Butcher
    Marion Zimmer Bradley
    Farseer Trilogy - Robin Hobb
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    The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
    The Belgariad and The Malloreon by David Eddings
    The Elenium and The Tamuli by David Eddings
    The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings

    Some of my recommendations.

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    Also add the Demon Trilogy by Peter V. Brett to that list as-well. Thanks for the recommendations.

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    Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson.

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    "Wheel of Time" by Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson
    "The Malazan Book of the Fallen" by Steven Erikson
    "Memory, Sorrow and Thorn" by Tad Williams
    "The Redemption of Althalus" by David/Leigh Eddings

    I've also heard good things about "The Black Company" by Glen Cook, but haven't had a chance to read it myself to find out.

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    Well if you've already read The Black Prism, then you need to pick up the next book in the series, The Blinding Knife.

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    Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan. is definitely a must read. Just remember that book 10 is seriously slow (its essentially the other half of book 9 and concurs simultaneously with it)
    Song of Fire and Ice - GRR Martin. Also very good but do not expect a finish to the story within the next decade.

    If you want something a bit darker:
    Price/King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence - This is a post apocalyptic earth but follows many of the same rules as fantasy series usually do. But it is dark, the main character is an anti-hero. But it is gripping and well written.

    The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson is also an amazing novel, its rather large but it is well thought out and probably one of the best 1st book in the series novels i've read. With the second book due late 2013.

    Thats about it for fantasy, I tend to read a lot of scifi along with it, but if you like scifi, give David Weber a try. either Safehold or honorverse.

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    The Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.
    I didn't see any Pratchett on your list. Go read his Discworld books. You don't need to read them in any particular order (although probably easier if you read the Colour of Magic and the Light Fantastic first)/
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    Magician by Raymond E. Feist, he filled this world out with follow up novels and is a great series.

    I agree with the Belgariad, Mallorean, Althalus (hehehe) books from David Eddings.
    Also the Malazan books are fantastic.

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    I made an account just so i can recommend this, so i do hope you take a look at them! ;]

    'The First Law' series by Joe Abercrombie

    I seriously cannot recommend these books enough, i have been a long time fantasy reader and was begining to tire of reading very samey samey books. the 3 books in the series aswell as the stand alone ones are set in the same world, but i would suggest starting on the series first ( unlike myself ) as the newer books reference back and can give away the plot

    also worth a look in are,

    The black company - Glenn Cook ( thought after the first 3/4 it does lose its touch imho)
    Malazan book of the fallen - Steven Erikson
    Liveship traders - Robin hobb
    Farseer trilogy - Robin hobb
    Wheel of time - Robert jordan ( massive massive books, such good read.)
    Dragonstar books - Melanie Rawn

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    Quote Originally Posted by taeyl View Post
    Wheel of time - Robert jordan ( massive massive books, such good read.)
    Quote Originally Posted by Morden View Post
    Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan. is definitely a must read. Just remember that book 10 is seriously slow (its essentially the other half of book 9 and concurs simultaneously with it)
    Quote Originally Posted by Zoma View Post
    "Wheel of Time" by Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson
    Quote Originally Posted by marcelos11 View Post
    Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kasierith View Post
    Wheel of time!!!!! - Robert Jordan / Brandon Sanderson (Even as a faster reader, this might occupy you for months)
    Quote Originally Posted by Lillpapps View Post
    The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
    does anyone see a trend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcelos11 View Post
    does anyone see a trend?
    Mediocre books are popular? Like 50 shades of gray and twilight?

    Yes.

    Anyway, my recs:

    Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson.
    The First Law Trilogy (and then the 3 followups in the same world) by Joe Abercrombie.
    The Black Company and The Garrett P.I. files by Glen Cook.
    The Codex Alera and The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.
    Elantris, Warbreaker, Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.
    The Steel Remains and The Cold Commands by Richard Morgan (And the Takeshi Kovacs novels if you are ok with Sci-fi)
    Discworld by Pratchet is a staple.
    Prince/King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence was very entertaining, but the main character certainly isn't a hero.
    Name of the Wind and Wise Mans Fear by Rothfuss, as previously noted.
    Shadows of the Apt series by... Tchakiovsy? Something like that.
    The Second Apocalypse stuff by R Scott Bakker.
    Perdido Street Station or The Scar and then Kraken by China Meiville.
    Solar Cycle by Gene Wolfe.

    That should get you started. If you are ok with Sci-Fi, I have plenty more recommendations. After reading GRRM and Erikson, you won't be as impressed with Jordan as a lot of people currently are. But those three are 'the' three long epic series that have numerous books in them, although Dresden files (shorter books, and more 'popcorn' reads) are getting close in size totals to what these others are doing.

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    Ha ha, seriously. Robert Jordan is just not a good writer and Wheel of Time is boring. (Though Sanderson is awesome so the last few might be good. I don't know.)

    Yet another vote for Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and anything by Brandon Sanderson.

    Maybe Kate Elliott's Crown of Stars series?

    Also, everyone should read The Order of Odd Fish by James Kennedy. It's so bizarrely awesome that I can't even describe it.
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    You might as well put the whole A Song of Ice and Fire series up there by George R.R. Martin. :P


    not fantasy, but a good read (especially since the movie will be here soon XD) is World War Z.

    Also, I hear George RR Martin's other novels are worth the read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masterpd85 View Post
    You might as well put the whole A Song of Ice and Fire series up there by George R.R. Martin. :P
    Also, I hear George RR Martin's other novels are worth the read.
    That was the first book he listed as read. Well, Game of Thrones, but yea...

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    Throw another vote for Patrick Rothfuss in the mix. Robert Jordan is not mediocre -- his style is boring to a lot of people, but his world development is practically unmatched in fantasy. His character development, on the other hand, is lacking, particularly as the plot becomes slower and further involved in weaker character's story arcs. It's not for everyone, but I certainly wouldn't call him mediocre, especially not in the first few works.

    If you like YA fantasy, the Bartimaeus Trilogy is an excellent read as well.

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    sovereign stone trilogy,.
    shadow wars trilogy,
    dusk/dawn / and one more book to follow
    the scarab path,
    melusine,
    anne rice's vampire series, (obviously you should stay far away of anything twilight related such as shades of gray)
    the belgariad,
    daemia,
    dreamfall,
    bareback, (its not porn, its about werewolves)
    dune - im appalled how few mentioned this one,. READ IT
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ezekiah View Post
    Throw another vote for Patrick Rothfuss in the mix. Robert Jordan is not mediocre -- his style is boring to a lot of people, but his world development is practically unmatched in fantasy. His character development, on the other hand, is lacking, particularly as the plot becomes slower and further involved in weaker character's story arcs. It's not for everyone, but I certainly wouldn't call him mediocre, especially not in the first few works.

    If you like YA fantasy, the Bartimaeus Trilogy is an excellent read as well.
    Jordans world development is outstripped by quite a few other authors, he certainly isn't 'unmatched'. Try reading Erikson or Wolfe to see some real world development masters, and then watch those two authors ALSO write much better characters than Jordan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerath View Post
    The Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.
    I didn't see any Pratchett on your list. Go read his Discworld books. You don't need to read them in any particular order (although probably easier if you read the Colour of Magic and the Light Fantastic first)/
    The Kingkiller Chronicles by Rothfuss gets my vote as well, though he needs to hurry up with the doors of stone.

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