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Subject: Can anyone recommend some fantasy books for my brother?
Date Posted: 5/6/2007 4:18 PM ET
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Can anyone recommend some fantasy titles? My brother asked me to look for some titles for him, but I'm not really a fantasy buff, so have no clue. I know he likes stuff with warriors, magic and dragons. I want to say years and years ago he used to read a few Dragonlance books....but I have no clue really. Oh, and I just remembered that he love the JRR Tolkien books. So stuff like that.

Also, if this is not asking too much, books that are known to have audio versions would be appreciated. He likes to sit and play on the computer while reading and watching movies, rather than reading print stuff.

Anyway, if anyone can help out, that would be great! I'll say thanks in advance.

Natalie B.
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Date Posted: 5/6/2007 9:46 PM ET
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 I would recommend the Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind

Date Posted: 5/6/2007 10:28 PM ET
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I would recommend these 3 series. George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time & Greg Keyes Kingdom of Thorn and Bone.Goodkind lets his politics spoil the Sword of Truth series.                                                                            Ann
Date Posted: 5/7/2007 1:10 AM ET
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Thanks very much! It's at least something to look into. I really don't like choosing books for others, but my brother asked me to do this for him and I like to help if I can.

Thanks again. And if anyone else knows of anymore titles, send them my way.

Natalie B.
Recently Read: Speed Dating by Nancy Warren, Beyond All Reason By Judith Duncan
Intending To Read: Captive Bride by Johanna Lindsey, Heartbreaker by Carly Phillips, To the Limit by Pamela Britton, Never Love a Cowboy by Lorraine Heath.
Currently Reading: Causing Havoc by Lori Foster, some Harry Potter prediction book by mugglenet.com, True Believer by Nicholas Sparks, No Shirt, No Shoes, No problem! by Jeff Foxworthy.

~~Please do me a BIG favor and check out my bookshelf. I've got about 531 romances currently listed. Harlequins, Silhouettes, Zebras, as well as the occasional oddball book.~~

Date Posted: 5/7/2007 8:15 AM ET
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A recent series that many people seem to like is Naomi Novik's Temeraire series. It blends fantasy and historical. The setting is England and war with Napoleon, but both sides have dragons.

 It starts with His Majesty's Dragon, then Throne of Jade, and Black Powder War.



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Karen B. - ,
Date Posted: 5/7/2007 10:06 AM ET
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If your brother hasn't read the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan he might enjoy it - I think he might be up to Book 1,659 by now (just kidding - but it does go on and on and on....)
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Date Posted: 5/7/2007 6:05 PM ET
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I have one comment.  You mentioned audiobooks, and many of the people here recommended the Wheel of Time series.  I have some of them in audiobook (like your brother, I like to listen to books when I am on the computer or commuting), and the audiobook versions of the wheel of time books are over 20 hours a piece, so he better have some time on his hands!

Date Posted: 5/23/2007 12:02 AM ET
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Natalie, I have a 3 for 1 special on David Eddings Fantasy series books on my shelf. Perhaps he might be interested in those. My husband read them when he was in school, and just re-read 3 of the series again because he remembered how much he had enjoyed them. I'm doing a book cull so am offering a deal on the books he still has left. If you're interested just PM me and let me know which books might catch your brother's fancy.



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Date Posted: 5/25/2007 7:37 PM ET
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The Dragon Jousters trilogy by Mercedes Lackey is excellent too.

Date Posted: 6/2/2007 4:00 AM ET
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Song of Fire and Ice series by george r r martin.  a good series.

Date Posted: 6/11/2007 2:39 PM ET
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I would suggest a few series that are complete before I move on to series that have no end in sight (Jordan, Wurtz, Martin and Goodkind).

C.S. Friedman:  Coldfire Trillogy.

Terry Brooks:  Sword of Shanarra, Elfstones of Shanarra, and the Wishsong of Shanarra.

Raymond Feist:   Magician, Aprentice, Silverthorn and A darkness at Sethanon.

Just about all of R. A. Salvatore's series have an ending of sorts.

 

Good Luck,

Patrick

 

Date Posted: 6/19/2007 7:13 PM ET
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If he likes Tolkien, he would probably love the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.  The last book should be out in a year or two (it will probably take at least that long to read the rest in the series - 11 books!).  He is by far my favorite author!

Jeannie S.

 

Date Posted: 6/30/2007 4:34 PM ET
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Memory Sorrow and Thorn Trilogy by Tad Williams -- The Dragonbone Chair, Stone of Farewell and To Green Angel Tower(Green Angel is spilt into two books in the paperback format)

Date Posted: 7/1/2007 3:39 AM ET
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steven brust's taltos series is very good especially if he got into dragonlance

Date Posted: 7/1/2007 9:46 AM ET
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I would second the Song of Ice and Fire by Martin as well as the David Eddings books.  While I really enjoyed the Wheel of Time books and plan to keep reading them as they come out, I never recomend them to people to anymore because the Author has a life threatening blood disease and may not finish the series.  I have also heard he has put in his will, no one else is allowed to finish the series if he passes away before it is done (I dont like to spread rumors so here is the link to the authors own web site about it http://www.dragonmount.com/RobertJordan/).  I rally like the codex alera by Jim Butcher (who wrote the dresden files) and am currenttly re-reading them.  I also like David Gemmell, I have read every one of his over 30 books and every one was good.  He is the most consistantly good writer I have ever read, I like a few authors more but every one has a stinker in there list of work.  Gemmel has several small series as well as some stand alone books, I recomend Legend or the rigante series (first book is Sword in the Storm).

Mike

Date Posted: 7/2/2007 6:49 PM ET
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My favorites:

George R. R. Martin, Robert Jordan

Also OK:

Temeraire Series, The Dragon series by mercedes Lackey (hate her other stuff tho).

 

Date Posted: 8/16/2007 2:25 PM ET
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War of the Spider Queen series

Date Posted: 8/19/2007 3:32 AM ET
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I would reccomend The Belgariad and the Mallorean by David Eddings.

Date Posted: 8/20/2007 9:15 AM ET
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I agree that the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan would be interesting for your brother as the main character is a young man with special powers.  Also, I strongly recommend an author by the name of Mitchell Graham.  He is fairly new to the writing arena.  His first book is called 'The Fifth Ring' and is the first of three.  They are about a young boy who finds a ring and develops special powers.  Similar to the Lord of Rings but a little simpler.  I really enjoyed these books and I think that your brother would.

I also read some books about a guy who turns into a dragon which he might like.  I will think hard and come up with the name.

Good luck!