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Subject: any Fogotten Realms, Ravenloft readers?
Date Posted: 10/2/2009 10:40 AM ET
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I love this site since Ive joind I have been able to collect about 17 forgotten realms books and a few Ravenloft books......Does anyone else read these kinds of books. I am a serious collecter of everything Forgotten Realms from boxed sets to novels to game guide.....I even have a calender from 1989. Anyway I just thought I would see if there was anyone here who liked these books or maybe had some Forgotten Realms books they want to get rid of.



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Date Posted: 10/3/2009 9:15 AM ET
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I devoured those books like crack years ago.  Unfortunately, I don't think I have any of them anymore...  passed them on to my brother, who passed them on to a friend, etc...


I liked just about all the books -- even the ones that were total schlock ("Spellfire" anyone?).  I even used to have a few AD&D modules for Forgotten Realms...  If I can find them, I'll let you know.

Date Posted: 10/3/2009 10:06 AM ET
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I completed my set of all the forgotten realms novels on this sight (except a few which have come out this year).  I do not care for the changes they made to fourth edition so I am closing off my collection to any of the new books they are putting out set in the fourth edition setting.

 

Mike

Date Posted: 10/3/2009 9:51 PM ET
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I too have been reading them quite a bit, with Dragonlance novels interspersed. While I have boycotted the 4th Ed D&D, some of the novels are worth it, particlualry Bruce Cordell's Abolethic Sovereignty series, whcih continues with characters he started in 'Stardeep.' The author I have the hardest time with though is Ed Greenwood. I think his novels, with all the names he throws out, require an in depth knowledge of the history of Faerun. I am looking forward to the Lady Penitent series by Lisa Smedman as well.

Date Posted: 10/3/2009 10:04 PM ET
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"I am looking forward to the Lady Penitent series by Lisa Smedman as well."

 

I have all three of these books and they are an excellent read..........

 

I am not really excited about 4th edition either......never could understand....If It aint broke dont fix it

Date Posted: 10/5/2009 6:44 PM ET
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I just started reading the Dark Elf Trilogy and will probably be getting into Forgotten Realms more.  Any recommendations of other particularly good stories/arcs I should start with?

Date Posted: 10/6/2009 9:03 AM ET
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I read all of the Forgotten Realms books in the early and mid 1990s. Cleaning out my stuff I came up the Dark Elf and Icewind Dale trilogy. I am almost done with Exile and look forward to revisiting all of these again.

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 1:48 PM ET
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I have a hard time reading Ed Greenwoods novels as well, I think his game supplements ( like the Volo's guides and such ) are the best but even with an in depth knowledge of the Realms the novels are not that great.  I think the books by Elaine Cunningham are among the best of the Realms novels and some of the newer authors like Lisa Smedman are very good as well.  I have not completly boycotted the 4th edition novels I am still going to get the R.A. Salvatore books because I have the rest of them all in hardcover.

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 2:46 PM ET
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I currently have about 170 of the 220 or so Forgotten Realms paperback novels.  I also have all of the Eberron & Dark Sun novels.  I am missing one Spelljammer novel and will be starting on Dragonlance soon.  I think I only have about 20 or 30 of these.  I don't have too many Ravenloft and am missing the back half of the Double Diamond series.  I plan on picking up the Greyhawk line and am debating about some of the others (Birthright, Planescape, Mystara, etc.)  I also have four of the R.A. Salvatore omnibus books autographed by him.  If you are looking for a series to read, I found the War of the Spider Queen really entertaining!  I highly recommend it.  It also leads into the Lady Penitent series.

I agree with Ed Greenwood being hard to read! 

I think that is all I have for now.  I might have some extra Forgotten Realms novels on my Bookshelf if there are any you need.  You might want to filter by Genre so you don't have to look at my wife's romance books.



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Date Posted: 2/10/2010 12:35 AM ET
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The Sellswords trilogy by R. A. Salvatore was a great read. I was probably biased though as the D&D campaign my friends and I played was a very motley group of villainous characters, and The Sellswords tells a tale of adventurers, a very classic quest sort of story, but told through the perspective of evil adventurers. That sums it up poorly though, as all of the characters are very interesting and unique, and merely calling them "evil" is a cop-out. Each one is very in-depth and the writer does well to shed light on each of their backstory to hint or tell you why they are the way they are.

I also found Vampire of the Mists to be a great novel from the Ravenloft world.

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 10:05 AM ET
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After reading seven or eight Drizz't books and then the War of the Spiderqueen series, I think I'm done with this universe. Not that they were bad, but man, I was just rolling my eyes half the time at the cliches and tropes. I think if I had read these in junior high or highschool I might have fonder memories to kind of cushion the reality.

as for Ed greenwood, I tried 2 of his Elminster books and just couldn't finish either.

@Michael-I bet your bookshelf looks AWESOME with all those books lined up :-)

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 5:28 PM ET
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I will agree that the Sellswords series is also a good read. The Transitions series for Drizzt books I found to be very well written and does a good job setting up future stories. It consists of the Orc King, Pirate King, & Ghost King. The Hunter's Blade trilogy also did great at setting up future events.

One old school series I liked is the Maztica(?) trilogy. It is basically the Forgotten Realms version of the Spanish conquistadors versus the Aztecs. There is a part in the second book that changes everyone that really hit me when I read it way back when.

I tried reading Ed Greenwood's Band of Four and had to give up. He had the hardest sentences to read in there. While they were technically correct they just felt like work to make it through!

Oh, ravenknight, the bookshelf does look pretty awesome!

Date Posted: 2/18/2010 6:49 PM ET
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ok, I just finished War of the Spiderqueen. I want more. I figured out from this thread that the Lady Penitent Trilogy comes after that. Is there some sort of site somewhere that lists the books in some sort of order? Chronological, etc? I know all the Drizz't books have a chrono order, but all the rest? thanks...

Date Posted: 2/19/2010 9:12 AM ET
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Here is a listing from the Wizards of the Coast website that has the chronology of most of the novels. I plan to use it when I get to reading all of the novels (again!). I hope this helps...

http://www.wizards.com/forgottenrealms/FR_Timeline.asp

There are various timelines listed so have fun digging around!

Date Posted: 2/19/2010 1:51 PM ET
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umm, it didn't have the war of the spider queen novels, nor the Lady penitent trilogy. Is it an old list? I thought the WotSQ was old. [enough anyway :-)]

Date Posted: 2/19/2010 2:59 PM ET
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After looking closer, I notice that it is missing quite a few of the more recent novels. Looking at the publication dates and the date at the bottom of the website it looks like it only covers what was published in 2000 or earlier. I guess Wizards of the Coast hasn't gotten around to updating it (and most likely won't). It looks like I might have a fun little project to work on!

Date Posted: 2/19/2010 4:52 PM ET
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ahh well. thanks anyway :-)

Date Posted: 4/22/2010 11:31 PM ET
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Try Wikipedia. I usually find pretty good listings there for each universe, in both chronological and publication order. I'm collecting/re-reading all of the WoTC books in publication order. I just find that easier.

Subject: Maztica series
Date Posted: 7/29/2010 10:11 PM ET
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I have the Maztica series up on my list if anyone is looking for them.