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11/16/06 2:07 PM
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Lymond
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I ordered all of Erikson's stuff via amazon uk. Much better than waiting for it. Funny that you mentioned emailing Brust as I've done the same thing and got quick, friendly replies as well. The Dresden novels are very fun reads but I've never picked up the Academ series because they didn't look that good. Maybe I'll take another look.
11/16/06 9:40 PM
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VM, Your right on regarding Greg Keys. When I first started reading his stuff I was intrigued. By the time I was done I was just disturbed. He seems full of hate and loathing. Very depressing read.
11/16/06 11:00 PM
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Butcher's fave stuff is his Academ series (or whatever its called). I like the Dresden stuff a lot better, but its kinda sad to see how hard he pushes the pure fantasy stuff. Its not bad, its just nowhere near as enjoyable at the Dresden books. Its one of those things where the author has a preference that no one else agrees with (and the Dresden books pay his bills!). Have you read all the side Malazan books about the two corpse magicians? I can't remember their names off the top of my head... Jon - book 3 is where its at. 2 is awesome, but book 3 makes Martin's stuff whimper in a corner.
11/17/06 2:26 PM
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I've always liked the immortals series by Piers Anthony. I'm also at this moment reading his book - Firefly - pretty good
11/17/06 10:40 PM
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Katherine Kurtz's Deryni series and Jim Butchers books are good
11/18/06 1:24 PM
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I'm about 150 pages into Gardens of the Moon. How does this book compare to the rest of the Malazan series?
11/19/06 2:16 AM
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2 is good, though less story lines running concurrently. The third book is my favorite so far. The first book sets a lot of stuff up, and is a lot more enjoyable the 2nd time through.
11/20/06 2:47 PM
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I will have to give Malazan another try. I bought the first one and it didn't grab me at all. This could have been because I was looking for something to fill the GRRM void.
11/27/06 1:26 AM
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Have you read all the side Malazan books about the two corpse magicians? I can't remember their names off the top of my head... The two Erikson Malazan side books about Bauchelain and Korbal Broach are pretty short but quite entertaining. Just don't buy them retail, not worth the price imo
11/28/06 9:34 PM
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Edited: 28-Nov-06
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Thanks for the tip, I'll look for them!
11/30/06 7:37 AM
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R.A. Salvatore is brilliant, don't be thrown off because he writes Forgotten Realms novels, he created Drizzt Do'Urden. Also, the Demon Wars saga was great. Terry Brooks is a good one also.
12/1/06 8:25 PM
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Based on all the recommendations, I just picked up the first Malazan book. I knew the UG had to be good for something... well, we'll see...
12/8/06 4:20 AM
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The second one is indeed better so far. Bout 1/4 way through it, thanks Robert!
12/8/06 11:59 PM
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The first is better appreciated after you've read the second.
12/9/06 12:54 AM
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The Dark Elf trilogy is tight. Also,go to some used book store and find the destiny of the sword trilogy. Dave Duncan is the author. I like the first Shannara story. I like the world the exists in Jordan's Eye of the World books. Sometimes the story crawls, but I just enjoy reading about those people.
12/15/06 8:23 PM
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I really like Dave Duncan but I haven't read the series mentioned by Ison. Just ordered it online though so I'll rectify that. He also wrote a series called The Great Game which is very good. I think his best is West of January, a standalone novel. It won some Canadian writer award so you know its good! :)
12/19/06 9:51 PM
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Salvatore's Drizzt stories progressively got worse. I liked the Dark Elf and the first few novels set in Icewind Dale. I read up until Servant of the Shard. I tried reading it, but just couldnt finish it. His books are like reading a D&D module. Personally I am a huge fan of David Gemmell. His books are fast paced and full of action. He doesnt waste pages with excessive dialogue and pointless background on characters.
12/23/06 5:26 PM
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I just started Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. It may get good but it's the slowest starting fantasy book I've read yet. And that's saying alot. Martin's fantasy is top notch though, the best.
12/23/06 5:39 PM
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another vote for Gemmell.
12/24/06 12:56 AM
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I loved Dave Duncan's 'A Man of His Word' series. I also liked his king's blades books.
12/30/06 6:02 PM
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Can't... put... Malazan series... down... *dies*
12/30/06 8:06 PM
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Lymond
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LOL Jon, I just started a reread of Malazan and I can't stop either. Great freaking series.
12/31/06 12:00 PM
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Katherine Kurtz' "Deryni" series.  Great collection.
1/3/07 5:05 PM
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Malazan is the shit. Just finished Deadhouse Gates. Gonna have to wait until spring break to finish Memories of Ice.
1/11/07 2:08 AM
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Some more suggestions...

Tad Williams stuff is good (Dragonbone Chair and the sequels)

Raymond E Feists stuff (Faerie Tale is a fave)

Jim Butcher's Dresden novels are good.  I am starting to take a shine to his Codex Alera stuff as well.  I like the 3rd book better than the first two.  Hes starting to get better character development going in the series and worked his way out of a boring literary cul de sac finally.

R Scott Bakker's Prince Of Nothing series is interesting, though I think the author might be gay as hell.

Anything by Guy Gavriel Kay is worth reading.  Tigana is great.  A Song for Arbonne is one of the best books I've read.

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