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Looking for something to read

I'm looking for something to read and looking for some suggestions. I mostly read fantasy struff. I've read lots of WOTC stuff, went through almost all the Dritzz books. I liked the L5R novels. I thought they introduced the setting well and had some great characters. I'm still waiting on the new George RR Martin and Robert Jordan books. That gives you an idea any suggestions?

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Try these:

First, I don't see Lord of the Rings on your list. If you haven't read them, go do it. Now. When you are done, come back and find something else in this thread to read.

I'll second the recommendation for Terry Pratchett, almost anything of his is excellent.

Robert E. Howard's Conan & Soloman Kane stories:

Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen series (2 out in the US so far, 3 additional books out in the UK):

China Mieville's Perdido Street Station:

Gene Wolfe's The Wizard Knight books:

Poul Anderson's Three Hearts and Three Lions:


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Thieves World!! Go read those, the old ones, the new ones. Its collections of short stories so if there is one story you don't like you can skip it and move on to the next.


Can't go wrong with the classics!

"Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser" stuff by Fritz Leiber
the "Conan" and "Solomon Kane" stuff by RE Howard
"LotR" by Tolkien
Any Michael Moorcock stuff, but especially the "Elric of Melnibone" saga.

For more modern fantasy stuff (most of these are series, but there's a few stand-alones), off the top of my head:

'll second the "Black Company" recommendation, and "Three Hearts and Three Lions" by Poul Anderson, and add, in no particular order:
"Guardians of the Flame" series by Joel Rosenberg
The Wraethu trilogy by Storm Constantine
Anything by Tad Williams (esp. the "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn" trilogy!!)
"Wars of Light and Shadow" by Janny Wurts
The "In Fire Forged" series by Laura Resnick.
"Tales of the vampire Earth" (Forget the author.)
"The Runelords" series by David Farland
"Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" by Susannah Clarke
the "Fools Gold" series by Jude Fisher
"Crown of Stars" series by Kate Elliott
the "Bone" collection (OK, this is actually a comic, but a phemomenal one!!)
"The Last Herald Mage" trilogy by Mercedes Lackey (not a huge fan, but this series, IMO, is stellar.)
the "Obsidian Trilogy" by Mercedes Lackey
The "Chronicles of Amarid" trilogy by David Coe
the "Sword of Truth" series by Terry Goodkind. (Worth reading the first few, though he's beginning to fall into Jordan territory, IMO.)

Hope this helps!
If you do end up reading any of these, I'm interested to hear what you think of them.


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Anything by J.V Jones is a good idea. The writing subject is similiar to the ones you've said but has a real individual feel, quite low magic as well. the writing style is superb though.


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For something a little different, I'd highly recommend Dean Koontz's Frankenstein. It's well-written and a really fresh/modern take on the old story.


The best books I've read lately were by Neil Gaiman - "Neverwhere", "American Gods" and "Stardust".

They aways get good reviews, but the subject matter did not appeal to me for some reason and I never got around to reading them until now. However, all 3 of them are excellent and I am very glad I read them.

However, they are nothing like Robert Jordan!

I have read Neverwhere by Gaimen, The Bakers boy trilogy by JV Jones, the Tad Williams trilogy, and was reading the sword of truth series by Goodkind. I haven't bought the last book and I'm not sure if I want to.

My old Dm has sorta of soured me on Mercades Lackey. He loved the books and thus all of the main characters where in our campaign, Tannim, his dragon buddy, the evil elves of the books and Herald. Herald's "fame" in the camp that he ran was an irritant to a player. We finished a story line at the end of 2e and were going to convert to 3e. The Wizard/Cleric was suppose to be the discoverer of "new magic" and thus be famous and have a place in the world, oops DM read about Herald now he's got that spot.

Other wise there are some great suggestions. I was thinking about the Black company series. A friend just picked up the Green Ronin setting and it looked cool.


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Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell, Bloomsbury.
- A very good example of literary fantasy. A great book, but quite different from normal fantasy and not always easy to read.

Ted Chiang, Stories of Your Life, and Others, Tor/Tom Doherty Associates.
- A collection of very good short stories.

Ursula K Le Guin, The Earthsea Trilogy, Bantam.
- This is a classic. If you haven’t read it, do it now.

Jeff Wheeler, Landmoor and Silverkin.
- Regular fantasy but entertaining and well written.

Gene Wolfe, The Book of the New Sun, Orb/Tor.
- Not an easy read but very rewarding


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I might have overlooked it in this thread so far, but ...

Roger Zelazny's Amber books are also a classic and much recommended.

And of course I have to second Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen as I can't miss an opportunity to spread the word ;)

Hand of Evil

Simon Brown's Keys to Power have been a good read for me, then Christohpher Rowley's Bazil and Relkin are also a fun read, Zelazany's Lord of light is fantastic,.


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Dakkareth said:
I might have overlooked it in this thread so far, but ...

Roger Zelazny's Amber books are also a classic and much recommended.

And of course I have to second Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen as I can't miss an opportunity to spread the word ;)
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Another untraditional fantasy that you might like is Orson Scott Card's "The Tales of Alvin Maker" there are seven of them, plus short stories found in the Legends 1 and 2 collections. Basically an alternate world history set in the 1800's where folk magic is REAL.

Some historical fiction that borders on fantasy: Bernard Cornwell's Warlord trilogy i s an interesting look at the Arthurian legend. His "Grail Quest" trilogy (The Archer's Tale, Vagabond, and Heretic) is neat, well, Grail Quest story, complete with a cool adventuring party!


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If you'd consider branching out into historical fiction with mythic overtones, I recommend Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Trilogy (The Winter king, Enemy of God, and Excalibur). It's a Dark Ages, post-Roman Empire, Arthurian saga that simply rocks :)

Stephen Pressfield's Gates of Fire is also historical fiction, based on the Battle of Thermopylae between the Spartans and the Persians. Amazing.

If you've never read it, I really liked an older book by someone name Preiss (I think) called Dragonworld - generic fantasy title, but not a generic book: very well written, and full of well developed characters.

edit: somehow I didn't see the above post when I wrote. Anyway, that's two votes for Mr. Cornwell. :)


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You have to check out some of H.P. Lovecraft's works if you like a more cerebral horror
Obviously we have all heard about Lovecraft's links to gaming but he deserves mention here for his great stories. Right now im so hooked on the stuff i have to stop myself from reading it all right away and end up left with nothing for later.

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