Now we've branched onto Sci-Fi, anything by Peter F Hamilton:
Greg Mandel Trilogy
1. Mindstar Rising
2. A Quantum Murder
3. The Nano Flower
The Night's Dawn Trilogy
1. The Reality Dysfunction
2. The Neutronium Alchemist
3. The Naked God
The Commonwealth Saga
1. Pandora's Star
2. Judas Unchained
The Void Trilogy
1. The Dreaming Void
2. The Temporal Void
3. The Evolutionary Void
1. Fallen Dragon
2. Misspent Youth
And I know a lot of people have said so but 'Dune' I try and read it once a year it's that good.
Yes, was just going to write that. Song of Ice and fire. Definitely. Trust me, ive read A LOT of fantasy, and thats the best series ive read to date.
I would recommend the following books.
"Enders Game" was a nice one.
"A Song of Ice and Fire" is really great, it's exciting and has great plot twists, so you can never say what happens next. The 4th book gets a little bit slower, it seems Martin doesn't know how to proceed exactly. The 5th (out of 7 planned) should be out in July this year.
"The Demon Trilogy" from Peter V. Prett is nicely written and has a great setting. The idea behind the books is good. But, unfortunalety, there is no character depths in his books. Everybody in there turns their oppinions like leaves in a storm. Not really believable.
"A Wheel of Time" starts great and gets stuck in the middle of the series. Much people like the middle parts too, but in my opinion there is not much happening in there und the story is stucked. The last three books takes up pace and are getting better again.
"Otherland" is Si-Fi Fantasy with a great idea behind. It's also well written. But as most long series 3 books had been better then the 4 books in the end.
What wasn't mentioned yet is the "Kingkiller Chronicle" from Patrick Rothfuss. It's a really nice story about stories I think. It's about a legend who tells his live to a someone who wants to write a book about it. I couldn't think of a genre for this book. In the end it's an coming of age story.
Have fun with every book you choose :-)
To make an ranking out of my suggestions.
1. A Song of Ice and Fire (even with the slow pace in book 4, really, really great)
2. Kingkiller Chronicle (very well written, believable and a good story)
3. Enders game
5. The Demon Trilogy
6. Wheel of Time (if you like to get introduced to new characters only that Robert Jordan can describe the way the look and breathe over one full double-page. Slow pacing in the middle of the series)
You can read some amazon ratings about the book everybody suggested here. If there are more den 20-30 ratings it's reliable most of the times.
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Personally, right now, i'd say my favorite series would be the Percy Jackson series, and the new series "Heroes of Olympus", but that's only because i really like Greek Mythology, and its unique look on it.
Surprised no one has mentioned The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks. Very dark, always interesting and a story to die for. Loved every single part of it. The first book is called The Way of Shadows, buy it if you see it somewhere.
Originally Posted by Rugz
Same thing with Wheel of time.
I love Terry Pratchett's books, anything from Discworld series is a win.
A playerbase begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown
As Scifi has been mentioned i will add a couple, as they are among my favorite books:
1. Consider Phlebas, Iain M. Banks. This book blew my mind away when i first read it 15 years ago, and it still amazes me. seminal sci-fi odyssey
2. The Stars my Destination, Alfred Bester. Depite this being written in the 1950's, the concepts are unparalleled, and makes for a fantastic read even today. Frequently listed in the top 10 sci-fi novels of all time, yet relatively unknown.
I have always been keen on fantasy too, but been disheartened by many a poor novel. Really happy to have found this thread, will get onto reading a few of the standout recommendations here. thanks
I bought the books from George RR Martin, A song of Ice and Fire, but have yet to read them. I had many people recommend it, like others in this thread.
Currently reading the "Sword of Truth" series from Terry Goodkind, personally I really like these books and am hopefully soon starting on the 8th, so I can recommend you this as well. Like you, I also read His Dark Materials before I started on the Sword of Truth books and also like those books, the movie was a huge disappointment, but the books are good.
Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sword_of_Truth)
* Wizard's First Rule
* Stone of Tears
* Blood of the Fold
* Temple of the Winds
* Soul of the Fire
* Faith of the Fallen
* The Pillars of Creation
* Naked Empire
* Debt of Bones
* The Omen Machine (in the making)
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How about the harry potter series?
Stockli = Me
Bladefist = Home
Im quite shocked that Garth Nix havnt come up yet, he is one of my fev authors
The Abhorsen Trio.
* Clariel: the Lost Abhorsen (coming in 2012)
The Seventh Tower series
* 2000 The Fall
* 2000 Castle
* 2001 Aenir
* 2001 Above the Veil
* 2001 Into Battle
* 2001 The Violet Keystone
The Keys to the Kingdom series
* 2003 Mister Monday
* 2004 Grim Tuesday
* 2005 Drowned Wednesday
* 2006 Sir Thursday
* 2007 Lady Friday
* 2008 Superior Saturday
* 2010 Lord Sunday
He also made a more Sifi book which is named Shades Children
If you havent read the Drizzt Do'Urden series by R. A. Salvatore, then go begin, like now !
Some of the best fantasy novels I've read.
No one thinks the Narnia books are good?
You should definitely check out Stephen King's Dark Tower series. I found books 6 and 7 to be a little slow and boring, but the series is still great.
Also my favourite book of all time has to be Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon. Similar to The Stand by Stephen King.
There's A "Hardmode" In My Pants, And I Want You To "Beat" It.
Originally Posted by Boubouille
There is a sticky (link in my sig) you can read instead of posting threads asking for books =)
I believe you can find over hundred reccomendations in the "Good Books Megathread", topped with the most popular on the first page.
And as always I reccomend reading "The Dark Tower" and "The Wheel of Time" series.
Death Gate Cycle series or anything else by Margrette Weise and Tracy Hickman
Avoid Harry Potter and read up on Raistlan Majere Hes from the Dragon Lance series (hes the Wizard Voldermort was basiclly ripped off from and hes 100 times better)
Can't Believe NOONE has mentioned the Drittz Do'Urden series by R.A. Salvatore without a doubt some of the best writing ever in Fantasy just make sure you read them in the Chronological order as the first books in the series are not the actual beginning to the story (you can find the list on Wiki)
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami.
"A class of 42 junior high school students are taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are electronically collared, provided with weapons of varying potency, and sent out onto the island. If they are in the wrong part of the island at the wrong time, their collars will explode. If they band together to save themselves a collar will explode at random. If they try to escape from the island, they will be blown up. Their only chance for survival lies in killing their classmates. Criticized as violent exploitation when first published in Japan - where it then proceeded to become a runaway bestseller - Battle Royale is a Lord of the Flies for the 21st century, and a potent story of politics and survival in a dog-eat-dog world."
Then watch the movie
'You can't give her that!' she screamed. 'It's not safe!'
IT'S A SWORD. said the Hogfather. THEY'RE NOT MEANT TO BE SAFE.
'She's a child!' shouted Crumley.
'What if she cuts herself?'
THAT WILL BE AN IMPORTANT LESSON.