Book Suggestions

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

  1. Yasmar

    Yasmar New Member

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    Steven Erikson's "Tales of the Malazan Book of the Fallen" series:
    1. "Gardens of the Moon" (Don't worry, it's not sci-fi...)
    2. "Deadhouse Gates"
    3. "Memories of Ice"
    4. "House of Chains"
    5. "Midnight Tides"
    6. ...yet to come out...
    Highly recommended if you want an author that assumes you have enough intelligence to follow a fairly complex web of interwoven storylines and not get lost along the way. Complex characters that don't fit easily into "hero/villian" categories, who you immediately want to know more about, set in a turbulent world with interesting races/species and a vast history that spans continents. Many, many truly touching insights into human (and not-so-human) experience. Mappo Trell and Icarium are my two favorite characters, met in the second book, and their friendship is heart-breaking. Right up there on my favorites list with George RR Martin. Some great reviews can be found here:
    http://www.sfsite.com/revus/revuerikson.htm

    Also, Paul Kearney's "Monarchies of God" series is fantastic. Five books in a finished series, and the books aren't epically huge, so it could be a relatively quick read if you like. Full of political and religious intrigue, with incredible strategic battles and some truly heart-wrenching emotional moments.
    Here's a link to reviews of three of the books (look down the left-hand column of books, near the bottom of the page):
    http://www.sfsite.com/revus/revuk1.htm
     
  2. Elan Morin Tedronai

    Elan Morin Tedronai The Forsaken

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    Since we're recommending books here, anyone know a good samurai fantasy book, or a good vampire one ?
     
  3. Yasmar

    Yasmar New Member

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    One that's on my list, but I haven't bought yet (it was highly recommended by a friend), is called "Across the Nightingale Floor" by Lian Hearn. It is a pseudo-fantasy set in feudal Japan. Here is a link to a description on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1573222259/103-8261792-9899058?v=glance

    A vampire-related book (recommended to me by the same friend) that is supposed to be quite good is called "Bitten," by Kelley Armstrong. It takes place in modern times, though.
    ...Ooops.... I just looked it up on Amazon and found out it's actually about werewolves, not vampires! The second book in the series, "Stolen," has werewolves, witches, and vampires in it, though. Still, supposed to be good if you want to check it out...

    A series that actually IS about vampires is the "Power of the Blood" series by Nancy Kilpatrick. Do a search under her name to see what books are in the series...
     
  4. Jessehk

    Jessehk The introverted

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    I'd reccomend anything by Dan Brown, and "His Dark materials" by Phillip Pullman.
     
  5. Elan Morin Tedronai

    Elan Morin Tedronai The Forsaken

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    Cool, thanks Yasmar, not only do you have a cool Drizzt avvy, but your full of info ! :D Thanks mate.
     
  6. Yasmar

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    No prob, Elan. Hope you find one you like...
     
  7. Elan Morin Tedronai

    Elan Morin Tedronai The Forsaken

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    I think im gonna try the Tales Of The Otori, how many books in this series are there ? I think I recall hearing its a trilogy.
     
  8. Yasmar

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    I'll second that! :) Great books, Martin and Erikson are some of the greatest authors in today's Fantasy-genre.

    Anne Rice is good, though her characters are a bit...over the top, emotionally. I'd also recommend the Empire-triology by Feist and Wurst, although the plot is almost identical in each book...
     
  10. Elan Morin Tedronai

    Elan Morin Tedronai The Forsaken

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    Hey, speaking of Tales Of The Otori, the first book, "Across The Nightingale Floor" is being turned into a movie, with the rest soon to follow.
     
  11. Yasmar

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    Cool news, Elan! Where did you hear about it? Any links you could post?
     
  12. Loki the Demon

    Loki the Demon "Belgium, Man!"

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    I've mentioned these in other threads, probably, but i strongly recommend anything by Catherine Jinks. She writes historical fiction set in Jerusalem and France at the time of the Crusades. Really great stuff
     
  13. Elan Morin Tedronai

    Elan Morin Tedronai The Forsaken

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    www.talesoftheotori.com have some news on it, mainly saying who the director is and when the script should be finished. I can't wait.
     
  14. Yasmar

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    Thanks for the info, Elan. I'll have to keep my eye on that one as it develops!
     
  15. Turin

    Turin Valar Morghulis

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    I have a friend that has been pushing me to read the Raven Loft books. Some of them are about Vampires. Though they are now out of print, I hear they are very good.
     
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    I didn't read all of these posts so I don't know if these are already recommended by someone convincingly enough... but anyway, I would say everyone should read Robin Hobb's books, the order is:
    The Farseer Trilogy, The Liveship Traders Trilogy and The Tawny Man Trilogy.
    So, the first book to read would be Assassin's Apprentice.

    People seem to love those books (and many of those people are 25-40 years old).
    Now, I was convincing, wasn't I? (wink)

    I liked Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms very much when I was a teenager;
    I thought Dragonlance a bit better, I would recall... Though I doubt they
    would strike me as wonderful reads anymore.

    About Dune... I liked the first volume very much, then I lost my interest.
    (I have read the whole book, it's just that I was 12 years old when I did.)
    I don't think that the book is of the same magnitude as Lord of the Rings.
    And Herbert's use of language isn't as masterly as Tolkien's either.
    Well, a great book anyway (as far as I know, or cared to know)...
     
  17. The Fantasy Guru

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    Any books by these authors are highly recomended, and the best in the business IMHO:

    1. George R. R. Martin
    2. Neil Gaiman
    3. Dan Simmons
    4. Peter F. hamilton
    5. China Mieville
    6. Jonathan Carroll
    7. Frank Herbert
    8. Tad Williams
    9. Michael Moorcock
    10. Terry Pratchett
     
  18. Child of a Pineapple

    Child of a Pineapple Echo Design & Camera God

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    The Sevenwaters Trilogy by Juliet Mariller (I think that's how it's spelled) is great. I've read the first two, and I'm really looking forward to reading the third one, if I can ever find it. The books in order are Daughter of the Forest, Son of the Shadows, and Child of the Prophecy.
     
  19. Turin

    Turin Valar Morghulis

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    I'm reading the Prism Pentat by Troy Denning, they are out of print, but very good so far.
     
  20. Klay

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    Do not be drawn into the realms of George R. R. Martin. His books i found extremely boring put simply.
    Anywho, lets not dwell on the shortcomings of good old George.

    I would reccomend Raymond E. Fiest, If you have not already come across his works. If your interested, begin at magician and I can, with about.... lets say 98% sureity, asure you, you will be sucked in.
    His series is set in one world, and consists of at least twenty books.

    If however, you are not interested in beginning a long journey, exploring the deep well of one man's mind, you could puchase of of David Gemmell's novels.
    I would reccomend 'Legend' Or 'Sword in the Storm" as two novels to set you on the road. Be warned however, if you are a hardcore Tolkienite you might find Gemmell's quick and fast-paced novels a bit different, and in that scenario I would revert you back to Fiest's work.

    For something extremely different however, you could take a throw of the coin at the Dark Tower series, written by the one and only Stephen King.
    They are fantasy books set in, well, the present time which is rather unusual, but the books themselves are highly entertaining. That series begins with 'The Gunslinger'.