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JediJitsu - I'm just wrapping up clash of kings, how does dresden files or first law or way of kings compare as far as enjoyablity? Phone Post
I'd go ahead and finish the Song of Ice and Fire books before getting into anything else. There's a lot of characters, plots, subplots going in SoIaF. If you step away for a while, there's a lot of "refreshing" to do or else you feel lost.

I'm just starting the First Law series, only about 30 pages in, so can't comment on that. But I liked Way of Kings as much as I liked books from SoIaF, though the books/writing styles are quite different and have different appeals. Phone Post
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Naheb - Steven brust jehreg/Taltos series is awesome <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>



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7/11/12 9:44 PM
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MushroomHead - With the second season being over, I'm suffering from Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire withdrawal.

I've read all the books and the Dunk and Egg short stories.

Anyone have any recommendations on books or series of books in the fantasy genre? I realize a Song of Ice and Fire is probably the epitome, but its one of my favorite genres.

I read the first Wheel of Time book and decided its not a series I feel like pursuing. Phone Post
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7/11/12 10:33 PM
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Mencken -  Steven Erikson's Malazan series is pretty solid.  Extremely rich world
Everyone who talks about his books must be required to say, "extremely rich world." that's all I hear. I am a veteran fantasy reader and gave up trying to read book one. Just couldn't do it. Still have it and will try again in a bit. Phone Post
7/11/12 10:34 PM
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Why didn't you like it?
7/11/12 10:37 PM
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Mencken -  Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is good, but i've heard his second book is a huge drop off in terms of quality
I'm on book two and although it's fun, it's not riveting and there's been more Harry Potter kid-shenanigans at magic school than actual fantasy action or depth. I'm sticking with it but have long realized it's the farthest thing from GoT or Wheel of Time than anything.

A book I really enjoyed was The Way Of Kings by Eric Sanderson. You'll have to wait a bit before his next one because he's finishing up the Wheel of Time finale. but read his book so you'll be ready for the next. Phone Post
7/11/12 10:38 PM
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Have you guys read any of Lincoln Childs books? Just got into reading and have enjoyed the two books of his I have read. Has Enders Game been suggested? I read that in 10th grade and loved it. Phone Post
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Mencken -  Steven Erikson's Malazan series is pretty solid.  Extremely rich world
Everyone who talks about his books must be required to say, "extremely rich world." that's all I hear. I am a veteran fantasy reader and gave up trying to read book one. Just couldn't do it. Still have it and will try again in a bit. Phone Post


Did the same thing, put it down, and then a couple years later thought I would give it a shot. Took awhile but, man, when it finally clicks its great
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slam1523 - Caine Black Knife/Caine's Law - Matthew Stover. a continuation of Heroe's Die. dark, philosophical, but still very accessible. it doesn't go that deep, but it tries.


I wanted to like Hero's Die, since Matt Stover is a martial artist and did a good job on the Star Wars Episode III novelization.

But I was underwhelmed and never bothered with the rest of the books in the series.
7/12/12 12:36 AM
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Erikson's series is hard to get into but once you do it is worth it.

Gardens of the Moon was not that good of a book.

The next book Dead house gates is good.

Memories of Ice is very good.
7/12/12 12:38 AM
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slam1523 - Caine Black Knife/Caine's Law - Matthew Stover. a continuation of Heroe's Die. dark, philosophical, but still very accessible. it doesn't go that deep, but it tries.


I wanted to like Hero's Die, since Matt Stover is a martial artist and did a good job on the Star Wars Episode III novelization.

But I was underwhelmed and never bothered with the rest of the books in the series.


The second book was better than the first. I have not read the last 2 but I am going to pick them up now.
7/12/12 1:14 AM
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leifdawg - Half Blood Chronicles by Mercedes Lackey and Andre Norton:

Elvenbane
Elvenblood
Elvenborn
Elvenbane (I just now found out there was a 4th book and it's been so long I get to re-read all of them so yay!)


um dude, I'm wiking these suggestions and this is what it says for the half blood chronicles

" The series is released by Tor Books, and comprises Elvenbane, Elvenblood, Elvenborn, and Elvenbred. Elvenbred, the fourth book in the series, has not yet been released. Due to the death of co-author Andre Norton, it is currently unknown as to when it will be released"

So you might want to hold off on rereading them.

Anyways after reading through this thread I'm deciding between the farseer trilogy, malazan, the gentlemen bastard, and drenai. I'm leaning toward farseer right now because the premise interests me but I'm not a hundred percent sure. I'm younger and not super picky about the writing because of it but I definetly prefer high fantasy and for the most part for it to be centered around one or two people instead of a bunch. Would any of these be a good choice for me based off that?
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Also, name of the wind is very good imo, there was a definite drop off between the first and the second but that was mostly caused by the author taking waaaay too long for them to walk around a forest basically. As for the sword of truth series I quit reading it because I got bored with it, nothing special about it imo.

One more thing, a series I read recently that is good if you're looking for something quick and entertaining is the strongbow saga, it's basically a fiction novel about vikings. I'm a big vikings fan in general (fuck the football team) and I tore through them in no time at all. Not especially complex or anything but as I said it's a nice light read.
7/12/12 1:18 AM
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7/12/12 1:20 AM
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Mencken -  Steven Erikson's Malazan series is pretty solid.  Extremely rich world
Everyone who talks about his books must be required to say, "extremely rich world." that's all I hear. I am a veteran fantasy reader and gave up trying to read book one. Just couldn't do it. Still have it and will try again in a bit. Phone Post


Did the same thing, put it down, and then a couple years later thought I would give it a shot. Took awhile but, man, when it finally clicks its great
On your word I'll give it another try in the fall. Thanks. Phone Post
7/12/12 3:25 AM
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Farseer Trilogy follows the same main character all the way through AFAIR
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BaldTony - Farseer Trilogy follows the same main character all the way through AFAIR
I started reading the first one but couldn't get into it. Phone Post
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for later. didn't read thread but David Eddings has a couple of good series. I've probably read the whole series like 5 or 6 times.
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I disagree with the Rothfuss criticism. The second book in a trilogy is always going to have more to do with setup than the first. I get that people wanted more big action, but I loved seeing more of Kvothe's wandering and learning. A large part of that though is that I think Rothfuss's prose is fantastic, and thanks to the quality of his writing, I'd read about Kvothe watching grass grow. I do agree that the book is slower, and has parts that could have been shorter, but overall I loved it. He's just a great storyteller.
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Lymond - I disagree with the Rothfuss criticism. The second book in a trilogy is always going to have more to do with setup than the first. I get that people wanted more big action, but I loved seeing more of Kvothe's wandering and learning. A large part of that though is that I think Rothfuss's prose is fantastic, and thanks to the quality of his writing, I'd read about Kvothe watching grass grow. I do agree that the book is slower, and has parts that could have been shorter, but overall I loved it. He's just a great storyteller.
This!

I don't understand the hate it's getting on this thread.

I don't understand the comparisons to Harry Potter either. Why, because he goes to a "magic" school?! Because his parents were killed?! That's about the only two similarities I've seen. The Kingkiller Chronicles is a GREAT series and it's a darker story than HP. I don't remember any butchering, kidnapping, raping, disemboweling in HP either.

Kvothe is an excellent main character and the author keeps me engrossed in the story. Actually all the characters are great, I don't think there is any one character I didn't want to hear from/know about. The world and "magic" used in the story is awesome too.

Again I'd highly recommend it to anyone that hasn't read it yet. Phone Post
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Lymond - I disagree with the Rothfuss criticism. The second book in a trilogy is always going to have more to do with setup than the first. I get that people wanted more big action, but I loved seeing more of Kvothe's wandering and learning. A large part of that though is that I think Rothfuss's prose is fantastic, and thanks to the quality of his writing, I'd read about Kvothe watching grass grow. I do agree that the book is slower, and has parts that could have been shorter, but overall I loved it. He's just a great storyteller.
This!

I don't understand the hate it's getting on this thread.

I don't understand the comparisons to Harry Potter either. Why, because he goes to a "magic" school?! Because his parents were killed?! That's about the only two similarities I've seen. The Kingkiller Chronicles is a GREAT series and it's a darker story than HP. I don't remember any butchering, kidnapping, raping, disemboweling in HP either.

Kvothe is an excellent main character and the author keeps me engrossed in the story. Actually all the characters are great, I don't think there is any one character I didn't want to hear from/know about. The world and "magic" used in the story is awesome too.

Again I'd highly recommend it to anyone that hasn't read it yet. Phone Post
Whoa there, yeah i mentioned Harry Potter in the same sentence but I'm still reading the Kingkiller Chronicles and enjoying it.  I didn't mean it sucked and I agree with others that Rothfuss is an incredibly skilled writer.

My comparison to HP was to the guys looking for the next GoT, which KingKiller has no parallel with.  It does however have similarities to HP in the fact that it's a story about youth, friendship, hijinks, mysteries, fighting bullies, and learning magic.  A coming of age magician so to speak.... 

BUT... I'm only halfway through book two.  So please do not take my comments as a broad stroke on the series.  And do not confuse it with criticism; it's just not what I was expecting and not exactly what I was looking for when I started it but I have been very pleasantly surprised.  It's enjoyable reading.
 

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