Book Suggestions

Discussion in 'General Books' started by Turin, Aug 12, 2003.

  1. Turin

    Turin Valar Morghulis

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    I am considering taking a break from my quest to read all of Tolkiens stuff and try something new.

    Has anyone read any of the Lost Realms stuff? It looks interesting to me and I wondered where I should start.
     
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    Radagast Art House Member

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    Nope, but heard its good.

    If you wanna read a really good series that already has 10 books in it, check out Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. I am currently reading this series, (just finished the first, starting the second) and it has me addicted just like LOTR.
     
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    Turin, the first suggestion that comes to mind is Pratchett's Diskworld series. It is also fantasy-based, but has a very different approach to wizards and magic and is a most refreshing change after some serious Tolkien reading. You can not NOT love Pratchett's humorous and self-ironic attitude. His talent of capturing the ludricrous sides of human nature is just unique.
     
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    Turin Valar Morghulis

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    HMMM, thanks for the suggestions, I'll look into them.
     
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    frodogurl49 Jedi Sabermistress

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    I can recomend a book for almost any type. classic: treasure Island
    sci fi: any two word title that starts with Star
    Fantasy (besides Lotr): The Dragon Lance chronacles
    Adventure: (your on your own there)
    ROmance: (get a life)
    Mystery: (Laugh if you will, but I'll always say) HArdy Boys
    Series: I Like fearless, but that seems to be all I am reading right now.
    I also like to read Nancy Werlin books. She does a wonderful job in my opinion.
    I hope this helps
     
  6. Turin

    Turin Valar Morghulis

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    Has anyone read much of the Dragon Lance, or Forgotten Realms? I am most intersted in those for the moment and would like some input on those specifically. Which do you feel is the better series, where should I start, is there a chronological order?
     
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    I have read the Forgotten Realms Dark Elf trilogy. (Homeland, Exhile and Sojourn) i liked them alot. If you want to read some books that are like Tolkiens' Middle_Earth, then you should try the 10 book series about Mithgar by Dennis L McKiernan. I truely loved and enjoyed these. I couldn't tell you anything about Dragonlance, I haven't read them, though they have been offered up to me as good reading, just haven't gotten there yet. For me the Wheels of Time series was dull. I couldn't even force myself to read them, I ended up using them to start my fireplace with LOL
     
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    Gûd Daedheloth Foe of Morgoth's Realm

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    The Picture of Dorian Gray was a very good book, if you don't feel like starting a series.
     
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    Turin Valar Morghulis

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    I just started reading one of the forgotton realms books. So far I am not extremely impressed, it all seems a bit broken to me.

    I may look into those Mithgar books though, or maybe Dragon Lance. We'll see.
     
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    I have read many forgotten Realms books, i would reccomend them, but you should start at a certain book to get to know the "world" that it is. Check out the Forgotten Realms thread, they are really good books, just takes a little time to get to know the world, after that, you'll love it!
     
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    Turin Valar Morghulis

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    After I finish these Dragon Lance books I just started I may give it another shot. There have been many good suggestions offered to me as of late, I have alot to consider.
     
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    waenlotien Healer/ Magicuser

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    If ya need help or something, just holler at me.
     
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    Skyanide The Big Meanie Staff Member

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    Frank Herbert's Dune series is on par with Tolkien, only in a sci-fi genre...
     
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    Other recommended authors:

    John Wyndam (The Chrysalids)
    Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451)
    Aldous Huxley (Brave New World)
    Arther C. Clark (The long stories....DO NOT read his short stories if you intend to read the novels -- they're just expansions on the short stories....)
     
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    Yes, if your looking for a Sci-Fi equivelant of Tolkien, Dune is the way to go. I finished Dune two weeks ago, and can't wait to start Dune Messiah, the book following. Very complex and detailed, and the planet Arrakis is so detailed in every known aspect, it could easily be a real planet.
     
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    the dragon lance books are very good, actually anything written by Weis and Hickman are good even those outside of dragon lance. Also try the series by Terry Goodkind not sure of the name of the series but the first book is Wizard's First Rule
     
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    Sword of Truth series ;)

    Pretty good books, but I find I prefer Wheel of Time over them.
     
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    I love the wheel of time also. waiting for the next book of each series, but I think it will be along wait. I just picked up the new Terry Brooks book "High Druid of Shannara Jarka Ruus" hope its good the other Shannara books were.
     
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    Broknpotre I know kung fu...

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    I've found that Weis and Hickman are by far the best and most influential contributors to the Dragonlance books. They also have several other unrelated series' together, all of which are great books.

    Two other authors I've been very impressed with lately in the fantasy genre are Elizabeth Hayden and George RR Martin. Both write some highly engrossing novels, and they're both pretty new as far as authors go. They don't have many books out, so it wouldn't take too long to catch up.
     
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    Feanor, have you read Terry Goodkinds new book 'Naked Empire'? If so tell me what you think of it. I am waiting for the paperback (another 6-7 months) before I buy it, but is it worth the read to try and get it at the library?