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Subject: It's June--what fantasy are you reading this month?
Date Posted: 6/1/2009 9:09 AM ET
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I've just finished listening to Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey, part of the Pern series, first in the Harper Hall Trilogy. Very enjoyable.

I'm currently reading a classic post-apocalyptic book called Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank, which I've been meaning to read for years. Not sure if it's fantasy, sci-fi, or more speculative fiction I guess, but it's good so far. Was written the year after I was born so it is a bit dated.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 12:55 PM ET
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I too am reading a post-apocalyptic series, Vampire Earth by E. E. Knight.  I just finished book four this morning and I think I have four more at home to go.  I am really enjoying this series and would recomend it to anyone that liked the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher or any David Gemmell books, it is not like them in the subject or story but the spirit is the same and I feel good after reading them.

after this series I am going to be reading the next two books in the Diane Paxton series Wodan's Children, the first book was not bad.

 

Mike

 

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 5:40 PM ET
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Not sure if Weaveworld by Clive Barker counts as fantasy or horror, but its on the list.......

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 7:50 AM ET
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I'm reading (of course) Dragonlance.  About half way through Kagonesti.  I tried reading it in chronological order but have found that it makes the stories bounce around too much.

I've also shown interest in the Redwall series and have been checking out the Bazil Broketail series (has anyone read it and what did you think?)

Also someone tell me about the Forgotten Realms books.  Do they rate higher than the DL books or are they more sci fi than fantasy?

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 12:09 PM ET
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the Forgotten Realms books are all fantasy like the Dragonlance books, and they are set in a different world than Dragonlance.  As far as quality they run from excelent to very bad just like Dragonlance as well.  I would recomend the first trilogy the Darkwalker on Moonshae by Douglass Niles, or anything by Elaine Cunningham or R. A. Salvatore to start.  Another good idea is to pick up some of the anthologies( the titles all start out as Realms of... Magic, the underdark, the sea etc) to see which realms authors you might like.  Many people like Ed Greenwood who created the Forgotten Realms setting, I think his Game supplements are the best but his novels I do not care for.

if you have any questions about what order to read any of them in just ask.

 

Mike

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 12:51 PM ET
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Thank you sooo sooo much!!

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 3:08 AM ET
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i'm probably 3/4 of the way through Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey, which caught my attention in the YA section of a local bookstore.  but really, it's not keeping my attention very well, so at this point i wouldn't recommend it.  if the ending is good enough, i might change my mind.

ETA: it didn't really get any better.  maybe i'm just not in the right mood, but it didn't work for me.



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Date Posted: 6/3/2009 4:57 PM ET
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I just finished Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey, though it would technically be sci-fi, not fantasy. And as soon as it comes out I'll be reading her new book in the Kushiel series, Naamah's Kiss.

 

Other than that I am attempting Stan Nicholls' Orcs novels, but finding them kind of boring so far, I'm going to read New Amsterdam, by Elizabeth Bear, and I'll probably reread Sunshine by Robin McKinley.

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Date Posted: 6/3/2009 5:13 PM ET
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I just finished Backup by Jim Butcher...more of a separately published short story than a book, but still good.  I'm also slowly reading Gate of Ivrel by C.J. Cherryh.  I can't say it's that great, but I promised myself I would read through all of Cherryh's books, and this is her first.

Amy
Date Posted: 6/5/2009 6:34 PM ET
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I'm not completely sure if it counts as fantasy, but I am reading Kushiel's Avatar (Kushiel's Legacy, Bk 3) :: Jacqueline Carey.

I love this series.

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 7:51 PM ET
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The Kushiel's series is definitely fantasy.  It's just one of those with less of the fantasy aspects in it.

I just finished an urban fantasy book--A Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix (I think that's the title, I don't have it right in front of me).  It wasn't the best I've read, although there were interesting elements to it.

Date Posted: 6/6/2009 1:38 PM ET
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I find dragonlance so bland compared to David Eddings The Belgariad and The Mallorean.

At the moment I am reading the Lon-tobyn chronicles.

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 6:37 AM ET
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I just picked up Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik, #4 in the Temeraire series to tuck in my purse and start reading at lunch today. I'd call this 'historical fantasy.' It's about the Napoleonic wars, but with dragons!

Cheryl

Amy
Date Posted: 6/15/2009 12:37 PM ET
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About halfway through Ancestors of Avalon :: Diana L. Paxson, Marion Zimmer Bradley. I'm liking it very much so far.

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 8:50 AM ET
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Getting ready to start Mistborn 1 & 2 by Brandon Sanderson.  I read half of the first book previously and gave up on it, but I'm determined to try it again.

 

oops, forgot I had The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss) from the library.  Better read that one first!



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Date Posted: 6/16/2009 10:33 AM ET
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I just started reading War for the Oaks by Emma Bull.

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 11:52 AM ET
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Reading Discworld IN ORDER; I'd first read "Night Watch" a few years ago, then "Making Money" and "Monstrous Regiment." Loved them and was shocked that these three were part of a 32+ book series (not a traditional series, just set in the same world with many same characters).

Collecting them has been a chore, but I'd gotten 1-12 in a stack and it was time to tackle them!  So I read The Color of Magic, Light Fantastic, and Equal Rites last month; this month I've read Mort, Sourcery, Wyrd Sisters, Pyramids, and Guards! Guards! Will probably finish up the rest of those I have on hand by the end of the month: Eric, Moving Pictures, Reaper Man and Witches Abroad. All the rest are still WL'd with long lists...drat.

But by the end of Witches Abroad, I will need a break from Pratchett and have either the Acorna series (Anne McCaffrey) or Jasper FForde's Tuesday Next series to tackle...

I also read Turn Coat, Jim Butcher's latest Harry Dresden - found it coverless at 1/2Price Books for $9, this is the only non-PBS book I've bought/read in 3 months!

Date Posted: 6/18/2009 9:48 PM ET
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I will need a break from Pratchett and have either the Acorna series (Anne McCaffrey) or Jasper FForde's Tuesday Next series to tackle...

I enjoyed the first one of the Acorna series. Read the 2nd, thought it was ok, and gave up halfway through the 3rd. But I guess it is popular, at least enough that I keep seeing "Acorna's This & That" at the SFBC. No accounting for taste I guess ;-)  So good luck and hope you get better mileage than I did out of them.

I just finished Corean Chronicles: Cadmian's Choice by Modesitt, Jr.  I liked the first trilogy much better. This is just confusing and Modesitt seems bent on refusing to allow the reader a clear picture of what is going on. Not very nice if you ask me!

Amy
Date Posted: 6/25/2009 12:46 AM ET
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So, I'm reading now Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle (Tristan and Isolde Novels, Book 1) :: Rosalind Miles. Would this be technically fantasy?

Either way, I'm loving it so far.

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 12:18 PM ET
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Ok, finally started the Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and I'm really enjoying it so far.  Its from the library but if it continues to be good, I'll buy my own copy.

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 2:13 PM ET
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I just finished Lies of Locke Lamora and its sequal Red Seas, Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch.  I really enjoyed them and need to check when the next one is coming out.  I started reading the last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell but it is histrical fiction not fantasy.

 

Mike

 

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 10:42 PM ET
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I finally got Singer in the Snow by Louise Marley from the wishlist.  Since I already had the other three in this series, I wanted to wait so I could read them back to back.  I finished the first three and now I'm halfway through "Singer".  They are GREAT reads!!  I would highly recommend them to anyone who likes fantasy.

Deborah

Date Posted: 6/26/2009 12:25 AM ET
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I am up to book 6 rereading  Robert Jordan's series, by far the best ever done in my opinion. Also getting ready to re-read Goodkind's series, which I only read through book 5 the first time. I quit because it seemed to me that whenever the author found his powers waning, he would introduce some new kind of magic into the Bad Guys' bag of tricks. Goodkind is extremely derivative of Jordan but still in the top ten percent.

D. John T. West, III

Date Posted: 6/26/2009 3:04 AM ET
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i read The Trouble with Demons by Lisa Shearin, which is the third in the series.  i thought it was a lot of fun, like the other books in the series.  elves, goblins, thieves, pirates, a paladin, a college of mages, and a Hellgate.  what's not to like?  :)

Date Posted: 6/26/2009 5:24 PM ET
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I just finished The Fionavar Tapestry Trilogy by G.G. Kay (fantastic) and  The Fyne Witches trilogy by Linda Winstead Jones (pretty good). Now I'm just staring at my tbr wondering where to start next. I think I will re-read some favorites for a while, maybe The Black Jewels trilogy by Anne Bishop or maybe some Drizzt books.   

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