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6/25/12 9:01 AM
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any good short fantasy series?

don't have time to read 15+ books

looking for good trilogies probably
6/25/12 10:27 AM
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Good suggestions here.
Everything I know of pretty much covered.

Night Angel series by Weeks is a fun read, lots of action.
Magician Series by Feist is a must read.
Codex series by Butcher is very good.

Black Company series by Cook. Is a great place to start.
Most book stores have 3 book collections in on large paperback, I would go that way.

Dresden series by Butcher and Vlad Taltos series by Brust are pretty quick reads.

Good suggestions

Always take advice on Dark Fantasy books from someone named Croaker.




6/25/12 5:12 PM
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anyone have experience with the Morningstar Strain series?
6/25/12 6:10 PM
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the black company has some cool elements to it. Though you really get the feel the writer is really unpolished
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Wolfs Law - 
Louisvillain -  Icewind dale trilogy
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while the above was egdy in terms of pulp d&d novels, they're still pretty cliche
6/25/12 6:15 PM
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Ridgeback -   I like fantasy settings, but fantasy as a genre is full of some god awful writing.



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6/25/12 6:18 PM
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croaker - If you like the high fantasy stuff: The Malazan series, by Erickson, is incredible. Followed by the Ice and Fire and the Wheel of Time groups

Fck the Sward of Truth. All his stuff is stolen outright from Martin and Jordan

Of course, the grandaddy of the Malazan series is The Black Company series, by Glen Cook. Guaranteed to hook you in hard and long. Also, Cook has a couple of others in the fantasy genre: The Dread Empire series, and an ongoing one called the Instrumentalities of the Night. Cook is a crusty bastard, served in Nam with Recon (I believe), and it shows. He likes to tell stories like he's talking over a beer in a bar

Tad Williams is good, also: he's got a series of books that take place in a computer game that's pretty decent modern fantasy

Now, for the 'Urban' fantasy stuff, the best is The Dresden Files. However, there are a couple of more that are really pretty good but unknown outside of the 'kindle crowd' The first is the Zero Sight series, the second is the Academy series. Both have just begun

A couple of very good books are 'Out of the Black' by Doty and 'Wearing the Cape' by Harmon. Also, I really liked 'Hero Years, I'm Dead'. I got lots more, but all of these are very good to start

Warning, Though: both the Black Company and the Dresden Files series will consume you. Don't start them unless you are prepared to do a LOT of nothing but reading. It's like taking up the pipe


there is this weird fantasy series by the guy who wrote "the keep" that borrows alot from lovecraft. I forget his name, but he's a decent enough writer, and can spin a really cool story

google says: F. Paul Wilson
6/25/12 8:25 PM
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The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant is a decalogy of fantasy novels written by American author Stephen R. Donaldson. The series began as a trilogy, entitled The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever. This was followed by another trilogy, The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, and finally a tetralogy, The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

Thomas Covenant, an embittered and cynical writer, afflicted with leprosy and shunned by society, is fated to become the heroic savior of The Land, an alternate world. In six novels published between 1977 and 1983, he struggles against the satanic Lord Foul, "The Despiser", who intends to escape the bondage of the physical universe and wreak revenge upon his arch-enemy, "The Creator". Some elements are similar to those found in Richard Wagner's epic "Ring Cycle" and in earlier Celtic literature, but with some of the values inverted.

Stephen R. Donaldson's works are infused with psychological undertones involving an exploration of the darker side of the protagonist Thomas Covenant whilst preserving strong humanist ideals. The contextual richness of the Land's varied geography, races, cultures and history enables all three series of the Chronicles to explore and expand upon an increasingly diverse and storied environment.
6/25/12 9:05 PM
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Oh and also Brandon Sanderson's - "The way of kings" is an astonishingly good read. It's not light-reading at over 1000 pages but I found it extremely compelling.

Shame I have to wait for him to finish the wheel of time series before he does the next in the ten part series.

And Brent Weeks new 'lightbringer' series is worth a go, although not on the level of the dark angel trilogy yet in my opinion. Phone Post
6/25/12 9:21 PM
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aritwo - any good short fantasy series?

don't have time to read 15+ books

looking for good trilogies probably

Once again I'll shill for the Seer King series by Chris Bunch. It's a trilogy you can pick up all three books for about 10 bucks. It will be a quick read for you because it sucks you in. I got my friends, who never read books ever, into the series and they loved it.
6/25/12 9:25 PM
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6/25/12 9:28 PM
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Timothyk - Legend of huma/thread

 I had to google this, and make sure i remembered correctly who Huma was. When i was right, i lolerskated all the way home.
6/25/12 9:29 PM
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6/25/12 9:43 PM
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Jim Butchers Dresden Files series
Glen Cooks Black Company Series
Simon r Greens Nightside series
Gotrek and Felix Series (warhammer)
Grey Seer trilogy (warhammer)
Monster Hunter series by Larry Correia
Mathias Thulman Trilogy by CL Werner
Night Angel series Brent Weeks
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
The Laundry Files by Charles Stross
Vengeance Fantastic Anthology
The Quintessential World of Darkness
The Essential World of Darkness
Good Omen's Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Fragile Things neil gaiman
Tales of the Old World Anthology (warhammer)
Brunner the Bounty Hunter Omnibus by Cl Werner (warhammer)
Malus Darkblade series by Dan Abnett
Vampire the Masquerade Clan Novel series
Werewolf the Apocalypse tribe novel series
White Plume Mountain,Descent into the Depths of the Earth and Queen of the Demonweb Pits by Paul Kidd

Keep in mind the series and titles i suggested go from high fantasy to dark fantasy to scifi/urban/fantasy

anyhow that should be a good start for ya

6/25/12 9:54 PM
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aritwo - any good short fantasy series?

don't have time to read 15+ books

looking for good trilogies probably


i have a fairly vast collection of fantasy short story collections,not all the stories in each of the books are awesome but overall very good books.

Vengeance Fantastic
Assassin Fantastic
Army of the Fantastic
Tales of Ravenloft
Cthulhus Reign
Civil War Fantastic
Emerald Magic
After Hours:Tales from the Ur-Bar
Merlin
Battle Magic
Villains Victorius
If i were an Evil Overlord
Fantasy Gone Wrong
The Last War
Terribly Twisted Tales
Swordplay
Tales of the Knights Templar
All Hell Breaking Loose
Places to be,People to kill
The Secret History of Vampires

6/26/12 5:09 PM
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Surprisingly, after trips to the library and Barnes and Noble, I'm having trouble finding a lot of the books mentioned.
6/26/12 7:18 PM
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I'm gonna go ahead and vote down Thomas Covenant.
Unless you want a total pussy as the hero.
6/26/12 10:32 PM
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'...Always take advice on Dark Fantasy books from someone named Croaker...'

Damn straight. If Cook was a little more sparse with his prose, it would be epic poetry

And a big thumbs up for the guy that listed Good Omens and American Gods

Also, there's a subgenre of stories using superheroes...some of which are surprisingly good. Like, 'In Hero years, I'm Dead', or 'Memoirs of an anti-hero', or 'nobody gets the girl'. Let me know if you want to know more

I've also got a bunch of alien infection/zombie type stuff that I've been itching to let people know about. Let me know if you're interested in that stuff

I read, a lot
6/26/12 10:54 PM
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What is the Magician series by Raymond E Feist?

Looking at his wiki, there's nothing named The Magician series? Phone Post
6/26/12 11:08 PM
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croaker - '...Always take advice on Dark Fantasy books from someone named Croaker...'

Damn straight. If Cook was a little more sparse with his prose, it would be epic poetry

And a big thumbs up for the guy that listed Good Omens and American Gods

Also, there's a subgenre of stories using superheroes...some of which are surprisingly good. Like, 'In Hero years, I'm Dead', or 'Memoirs of an anti-hero', or 'nobody gets the girl'. Let me know if you want to know more

I've also got a bunch of alien infection/zombie type stuff that I've been itching to let people know about. Let me know if you're interested in that stuff

I read, a lot


I thought the first few books of the wild card series were brilliant, which were edited by GRRM
6/26/12 11:19 PM
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McSurly - The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant is a decalogy of fantasy novels written by American author Stephen R. Donaldson. The series began as a trilogy, entitled The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever. This was followed by another trilogy, The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, and finally a tetralogy, The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

Thomas Covenant, an embittered and cynical writer, afflicted with leprosy and shunned by society, is fated to become the heroic savior of The Land, an alternate world. In six novels published between 1977 and 1983, he struggles against the satanic Lord Foul, "The Despiser", who intends to escape the bondage of the physical universe and wreak revenge upon his arch-enemy, "The Creator". Some elements are similar to those found in Richard Wagner's epic "Ring Cycle" and in earlier Celtic literature, but with some of the values inverted.

Stephen R. Donaldson's works are infused with psychological undertones involving an exploration of the darker side of the protagonist Thomas Covenant whilst preserving strong humanist ideals. The contextual richness of the Land's varied geography, races, cultures and history enables all three series of the Chronicles to explore and expand upon an increasingly diverse and storied environment.
have you ever read his Gap series ? Brutal, awesome sci fi stuff
 
6/26/12 11:26 PM
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also, Julian Mayes sagaof the pleocine exile is awesome, sort of a sci fi fantasy mix

aliens contact humanity in the near future and share all of their technology with us. Huans begin to develop psychic abilities, and a golden age of mankind begins


but some humans simply dont fit in, ordont want to. Criminals, anarchists, various other types. As earth is transformed, one of the recent developments is a time machine that put humans and items back into earths Pleocine era - far enough back to not affect human history, but close enough that people should be able tosurvive and grow and hunt food. People are given the choice for a one way trip to this era, to begin life over in an unspoiled wilderness. Each will be trained in survival and tool making, and given lots of supplies and modern tech to help them get started



except the time period isnt as uninhabited as is assumed......

EPIC freakin fantasy 
6/27/12 12:20 AM
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The Golden Torc stuff are lost classics. I could never figure why May wasn't just huge in the genre. I think that there was a follow on series

Covenant didn't age well. wonderful in the '70's, but some of his reactions were a little too...contrived. Foamfollower was a pretty good character, though, for me to remember him thirty years later. agree that his gap stuff is better.

For some surprisingly dark stuff, many old Piers Anthony books, well before Xanth, are pretty decent

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6/27/12 12:31 AM
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Donaldson's later works all seemed to be about faggots, too.
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TheAlchemist - You guys should try Chinese Wuxia. Jin Yong was/is a very good author. here's a sample:

http://wuxiapedia.com/Novels/Index/Eagle-Shooting-Hero


I love Jin Yong's stuff. Can't go wrong with secret societies and Shaolin/Wu Tang martial artists running around.

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