Anyone read these authors?

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  1. Evils Dark Master

    Evils Dark Master He's Ba'ack...

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    Just wandering if anyone has read any of these authors?

    Raymond E Feist - Magician, Riftwar
    David Eddings - Belgarion and others
    Catheryn Kerr -
    Sarah Douglas - Battle axe
    Terry Goodkind - Wizards first rule and others
    Brian Lumley - Necroscope, Blood Brothers, Necrscope the lost years.
    Terry Pratchett -

    Does anyone know of other great authors?
     
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    This is the series that first got me into fantasy all those years ago, I read practically every book Feist put out, but i havent read his latest series, and probably wont get around to it anytime soon.
     
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    I've read Terry Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" series. A decent read, but nothing that special (IMO).
     
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    I've read Wizards First Rule, like Rad said, a decent read, but nothing to wet yourself over.

    I own the Belgariad, but haven't read it yet.

    If you want my opinion of some great reads, I'd start with Robert Jordan : The Wheel of Time. Then George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. Of course there's always The Lord of the Rings too.
     
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    LOL well into Jordan, have read LOTR's several times. Will definatly get George Martin's work next. Thanks for the info.
     
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    Turin Valar Morghulis

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    Hey, you and EMT are both from Sydney. A pair of Aussie's Mate!
     
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    Everything Pratchett's ever written, ditto Eddings. Wheel of Time.

    Others I like (or have liked): Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Challenger as well as Holmes), R.A. Salvatore, Jean M. Auel. If you like puns then James Bibby wrote a series about Ronan the Barbarian which is pure farce but has the best punning I've read outside Pratchett.
     
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    Wow, I didnt even realize he was from Oz. Where abouts in Sydney are you, EDM ?
     
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    LOL Manly here how about you?
     
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    Wow, im in Campbelltown. Your only about 30 mins away. Are you near the beach ?
     
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    ohhh about 200 meters away. I work with Renzokuken, he gave the forum link. I beleive you know him also.
     
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    Really ? Yeah, me and Matt go way back. Ah, very cool.
     
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    I read some of Eddings a while back. I dont remember details but I did enjoy it.
     
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    Robin Hobb, The Farseer Trilogy.
    Legend recommended them to me and I absolutely love them. As good as Wheel of Time, if not better. :D I have no idea what I'll do when I'm done with the third trilogy. :(
     
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    ELM and EDM - Here's another Aussie in Sydney :D

    And I love Raymond E Feist. :) Haven't touched the others, hehe.
     
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    Ahh coolies, from which part do you hail???
     
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    I liked Goodkind's books. They are very mature. Pratchett is also very good for an easy light read with very well written humour.
     
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    Yeah, I read Sara Douglass, and if you call it BattleAxe, you must be from Australia. In the US, they call the first book the Wayfarer Redemption. She's my favorite author, and I'm glad to see someone who ALSO liked it, lol. Actually, I think I read all of the authors you listed.
    Umm... Jane Lindskold's Firekeeper Saga's good, and so's George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. Melanie Rawn's Exile series, Jennifer Roberson's Cheysuli Chronicles, Elizabeth Haydon's Symphony of the Ages, Tanya Huff (all her books), and Kate Elliott's Crown of Stars. Oh yeah, and Marion Zimmer Bradley's the Mists of Avalon.
     
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    Hi there everyone,

    I'm new and currently testing my settings so please be patient.

    Ciao.
     
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    AH now that I've got those settings worked out I'd like to say HI to everyone on this forum!!

    I'm a fairly active member already of some other forums with my normal call sign being "Gollum" As this was already taken I used a minor variation HE HE.., hope that's OK??

    OK then, I'm from "Sunny" Melbourne in the land of OZ so G'day to EDM and EMT. Basically I've been reading stuff in the fantasy genre for the better part of 25 years, so whilst this makes me one of the "oldies" I do have experience on my side and feel that I've therefore managed to build up a decent idea or feel for the good and not so good fantasy series. You're never too old, right guys??

    Anyway for me Steven Erikson's 10 book Malazan series (Books 1-5 out in OZ, 1-2 out in US) are the best I've read in 25 years. His magic concepts and world building are on the true EPIC scale and pretty mind blowing! In my all time list I have George RR Martin's Song Of Ice and Fire at No 2. to give you an idea of how highly I rate this Canadian author now based in the UK. I'm particularly into the EPIC series, you know the ones with a multitude of characters, vast world building, high quality writing with a fair dollop of grittines where the stories are populated by "grey characters" and not the standard black and white goodie vs. baddie cutouts some series have propogated in the past. By the way, for anyone following this series, the latest news from Steven's editor is that Book 6 The Bonehunters, is now due by Feb 2006 and not this mid year.

    As I used to run a fantasy newsletter in OZ in addition to either meeting or corresponding with some of these authors, I'm usually able to provide users with useful info on series, release dates etc... so please don't hesitate to ask. I've noticed some queries in this and other threads I will attempt to reply to when I get the time.

    Whilst I'm not a published author myself, I have contacts that are and I also work in the IT industry as a technical writer/editor so I'm always immersing myself in the world of words on a daily basis. Therefore, as I've read fairly widely in this genre specifically, I've been able to provide some useful tips to budding authors on other forums. When I get the time I'll try to check out some of the stuff on this forum and maybe I'll be able to help in some way.

    The below post in not in any order of best to worst except for pos. 1 and 2 in my top series list. Please don't hesitate to both provide your feedback on this list and if you require, further details on any of the authors/series listed.

    Enjoy and ciao for now... :gbounce:


    To anyone interested in fantasy series,

    Below is a list of my favoured writers in the fantasy genre and ALL very good IN MY HUMBLE OPINION. A lot of the series are what I refer to as EPIC fantasy with characters and history/plot lines on the Cecil B. Demille or Ridley Scott scale. This is what I enjoy the most. Actually I always go by the standard of writing and found by doing this that over 80% of books/series I’ve purchased over 25 years in fantasy have been in the top bracket. Generally speaking, if the writing is good, then the story tends to be pretty darn good too; at least that’s what I’ve found from my experience.

    You may want to print this, it’s long and detailed. My most comprehensive wrap on my loves of the fantasy genre to date.

    Suggested Reading List

    *NB If you’re in the US some of the authors are UK based so it may take longer for you to get a hold of some of these books OR you may order them like some others on this forum have done from the UK rather than waiting The following are not necessarily in the order of best to worst as all those listed are TOP quality High Fantasy mainly on the EPIC scale.

    If you need book listings or extra details of any series that particularly takes your fancy THEN PLEASE don’t hesitate to ask, just indicate what region of the real world you're basically from i.e. Europe, US, Australasia etc..

    1. Steven Erikson’s Malazan Empire series (best I’ve ever read!). Canadian writer, UK based. Compared to Homer by some critics for sheer scope and complexity of storyline. Great storytelling especially for his first venture into this genre!!!!
    As he deals with Military fantasy on the grand scale he's fairly hard edged as well as being brilliantly conceived and written. As I've told other people Book 1 Gardens Of The Moon is the weakest of the series BUT still very good. You need to persist with this book beyond the first 200 pages, although there's plenty of grittiness up to then. The point is Erikson drops you into his world in the middle of what is obviously an EPIC series but whilst it is not easy to follow early on he does tie most threads by books end. The last 200 pages is action packed, what one critic very aptly put as a 'machine gun finish" I've never read a book that was so packed in those last few hundred pages. WOW!!!! Book 2 Deadhouse Gates and the future books reach a high water mark in fantasy writing that never goes down. Anyone I know who has read Erikson immediately places him at the top of the list ahead of Martin as great as he is. Steven must write 1 book/year as it is part of his contract to do so, so you won't be waiting X years like some authors we could mention... He obviously thought the entire series through extremely well from the beginning. He has a background as an anthropologist and archaeologist and it sure shows in his world building. Epic, gritty, grey characters along the lines of The Black Company, amazing complexity and magic systems!! 10 Books, Book 6 due Feb 2006. He produces approx 1 book/year so very reliable. Books 1,2 already out in US.
    2. George RR Martin Song Of Ice and Fire (No 2. in my hit parade of all time). Similar to Erikson in terms of plenty of grey characters and grittiness. Set in a mediaeval type setting like a lot of the so-called High Fantasy/EPIC series seem to be. Book 4 A Feast Of Crows due later this year. US author, after a fast start slowed down a bit in terms of completing the books i.e. waited 2-3 years for Book 4 now BUT do not be put off, very good!!!
    3. Greg Keyes Kingdoms Of Thorn and Bone series. Very good series, a level below Martin and Erikson but still well written and on the big scale. I think is intended as a 4 books series, book 3 due by midyear. US author.
    4. Glenn Cook The Black Company. Very good, gritty realism along the lines of Erikson. Completed series. Military fantasy. US author.
    5. Robert Jordan Wheel Of Time series. I’m sure you’ve heard of these, they have dragged along a bit but the early books are top class. 12 books in this series. Book 11 Knife Of Dreams is due out October 2005, so nearing the end. Vast scope and array of charters along the lines of Erikson and Martin BUT not as well maintained/balanced over the journey as those two. US again…
    6. JV Jones Sword Of Shadows Trilogy, Book 3 due later this year. Very well written and quite a bit darker than her earlier stuff. The first of my female authors!! UK Writer. On a par with Keyes.
    7. Tad Williams, Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series. Good stuff, very well written in a medieval setting, more your traditional fantasy like Tolkien than Erikson, Martin, Cook etc.. UK writer.
    8. R. Scott Bakker’s Prince Of Nothing trilogy. Canadian writer like Erikson. Very good, Final Book 3 The Thousandfold Thought due later this year. Plenty of philosophy and politics.
    9. Kate Elliott Crown Of Stars series. Very good, well written Epic. Great Stuff set like most EPICS in a medieval setting. Book 6 is due midyear. Book 7, which is the final book is due by Feb 2006. US writer. On a par with Keyes. Her and J.V. Jones my top two female fantasy authors aside from Janny Wurts.
    10. Jude Fisher - Fools Gold Trilogy Book 3 just out in US, due midyear in UK. Enjoyable read. Her first go as author, an enjoyable read. Not as vast in scope as Erikson, Martin etc.. but has a strong female lead. Nice for a change.
    11. Paul Kearney - Monarchies Of God 5 book series. Completed series, only issue here is some of the books out of print, so may have to track down second hand or from local library. From what I’ve read of extracts, review very good, gritty realism and just receiving the series in the post now from friends. Just finished Book 1 of the Sea Bggars, a new series that is very nicely written!!! Erikson places Glen Cook and Kearney in his top 2-3 fantasy authors. Deals with buccaneers/adventurers in wooden ships and distant lands, a bit like the Capt. Horatio Hornblower tales in a fantasy setting.
    12. Stephen Donaldson’s – Thomas Covenant series. Don’t’ know if you’re familiar with these. There is two Thomas Covenant series already out. Book 1 Runes Of The Earth of the final t Covenant series out now and I’m reading it YEH!!. Great series but more on the psychological level a study into the human condition. Can be heavy going and not appealing to everyone, as the main character is a leper in real life with a house-sized chip on his shoulder who gets transported to a magical land to fight the baddies. A recognised great of the genre. US author.
    13. John Marco - Tyrants and Kings trilogy very good, gritty military fantasy like Erikson. His first series as an author and very good for a first effort. US writer.
    14. Robert Silverberg - Majipoor books. Great series of seven books, not the typical fantasy read but enjoyable. One of the recognised great writers of the genre, a writer of great imagination.
    15. J.R.R Tolkien Lord Of The Rings. Along with CS Lewis perhaps recognised as the father of modern fantasy. Certainly one of the major pioneers. Couldn’t leave this one out!!
    16. Anne Macaffrey Dragons Of Pern series. Another recognised great of the genre. Only read some of her stuff, pretty good. US author.
    17. Janny Wurts – Wars Of Light and Shadow. Very good series but can be heavy going and not easy to follow conceptually. Highly intelligent author with a very sophisticated style of writing albeit somewhat stilted in delivery, which I like. Has a personal interest in the metaphysical and books tend to focus on this in terms of concepts discussed etc.. Not your average fantasy read. US author.
    18. Mickey Zucker Reichert -Renshai Series. The renshai books follow the trials of a warrior elite swordsman known as Colbey Carlistinsson who battles humans and the Norse gods with some of the action taking place at Valhalla. Heavily immersed in the Norse mythology this series is really enjoyable. It’s a very well written series and a favourite of mine. I know I read somewhere recently that she was planning to write some more Renshai books, as the last one came out in 1998. US Author.

    Arguably not in the same league as above but still pretty good:

    1. Weiss & Hickmann - Death Gate Cycle I’ve read all of Weiss and Hickman’s work and in my humble opinion their best work. Dragonlance series worth a look.
    2. Raymond E Feist – Magician A classic of the genre.
    3. Guy Gavriel Kay - Finovar Tapestry Trilogy. Unusual series.
    4. Terry Brooks – Shannara series. Read everything he's written. I think his recent series Voyage Of The Jerle Shannara is his best since Sword Of Shannara although I feel his Demon trilogy is his best work. Tolkien-like with dwarves, elves etc.. US author.
    5. Tad Williams Otherland series. Unusual cyberspace come virtual reality epic.
    6. Cecilia Dart-Thornton - Bitterbynde Trilogy. Female Aussie author, definitely available in US, nice writing style.
    7. Ian Irvine - View From The Mirror and Well Of Echoes Quartets. View From The Mirror is really good. He’s an Aussie author from my neck of the woods. If you like engineering gadgets/concepts you’ll revel in this one. But very good storyline, as you get further into the series, not sure on availability in the US??
    8. RA Salvatore’s Icewind Dale trilogy and Dark Elf Trilogy. Features the incomparable drow elf Drizzt Do’Urden the kick butt sword fighter extraordinaire!! Salvatore of course is well known for his fight sequences/scenes. Dark Elf is his best series in my humble opinion!! featuring our hero once again. Quite good with exciting stories and lots of action!!. In fact for any budding authors out there you could do worse than study Salvatore for his battle sequences, especially the sword sequences between Drizzt and his arch nemesis and near equal Artemis Entreri.
    9. Axis Trilogy - Sara Douglass. Interesting series, Aussie author.

    Authors I’ve heard about but yet to investigate

    1. Roger Zelazny Amber Series. Considered as a “classic” in this genre, from the late ‘60’s through to the 90's*. Considered a great of the genre. (thanks goes to Mr. Terry Weide for his correction of my dates!).
    2. Gene Wolfe- Book Of The New Sun duology. Considered by several critics as one of the best literary writers in modern America full stop never mind just fantasy. Definitely on my list of books to read. Also considered one of the greats of this genre. Maybe more SCI-FI than fantasy but apparently good stuff. Have also heard good things about the current duology Wizard Knight.


    My Must Read List of 2005/early 2006

    I include this so you can see the stuff I’m currently into/hanging out for and maybe use it as some sort of a guide for current series.

    Books marked with an “*” are basically the concluding books in that specific series/story arc.

    Straken*, by Terry Brooks (Aug/Sep 2005)
    Knife of Dreams, by Robert Jordan (Oct 2005)
    In the Ruins, by Kate Elliott. Book 6 of Crown Of Stars series. (June 2005)
    Crown Of Stars*, by Kate Elliott. Book 7 of Crown Of Stars series. (Feb 2006)
    The Blood Knight, by Greg Keyes (Aug 2005)
    A Feast For Crows, by George RR Martin (approx Sep 2005, a guess.)
    The Thousandfold Thought*, by R Scott Bakker (Sep 2005)
    Sword of Angels* by John Marco (May 2005)
    A Sword from Red Ice* by J.V. Jones (fingers crossed by end of 2005)
    Shadow Roads* by Sean Russell (May 2005)
    Rose Of The World* by Jude Fischer (out now in States, mid year in OZ).
    The Bonehunters, by Steven Erikson (Feb 2006)

    And hopefully sooner rather than later…

    The Sea Beggars II by Paul Kearney (2006?)
    Book 2 of the Last T. Covenant quartet, by Stephen Donaldson’s (2006?)
    Book 2 of the Shadowmarch trilogy, by Tad Williams (along the lines of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn mentioned in above lists but not quite as good).

    Anyway I hope these lists keep you all busy!!!!

    Enjoy.
     
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