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Subject: Looking for new authors!! HELP!!
Date Posted: 3/12/2008 5:00 PM ET
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Hi i am posting to find out about other authors. I have gotten a little tired of reading the ones that i am used to. Can anyone give me any suggestions?

Any would be wonderful. :) Thank You.

Date Posted: 3/12/2008 5:39 PM ET
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Some Fantasy authors I really like are R.A. Salvatore, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, and Richard Lee Byers.  I also love Greg Keyes's The Kingdom of Thorn and Bone series.

Date Posted: 3/12/2008 6:54 PM ET
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R.A. Salvatore's Forgotten Realms and Margaret Weis/Tracy Hickman's Dragonlance series are some of the best available. I also highly recommend The Belgariad, The Mallorean, The Elenium, and The Tamuli. All by David Eddings.


  I think you owe it to yourself to have a look at www.fantasyliterature.net

  It has a very broad index of fantasy authors and reviews of thier work. Check it out.

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Debbie - ,
Date Posted: 3/12/2008 8:53 PM ET
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Two of my favorite fantasy authors are Sara Douglass and Elizabeth Haydon. 

Date Posted: 3/13/2008 9:51 AM ET
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my fav fantasy authors by far would be R.A Salvote  the Drizzt series(forgotten Realms) , Margaret weis (dragon Lance), Terrry Brooks (Shannara)

Date Posted: 3/13/2008 6:08 PM ET
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I'd suggest the Riftwar Saga by Raymond Feist and the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.

Good luck!


Date Posted: 3/17/2008 2:34 PM ET
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I'll second the Brandon Sanderson recommendation.  He's a relatively new author, but very good.

Date Posted: 3/17/2008 7:03 PM ET
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For some great recommendations, check out the forums at www.sffworld.com

A few authors I'd recommend:  George R.R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie, Robin Hobb, Raymond E. Feist, Guy Gavriel Kay, Roger Zelazny, R. Scott Bakker, Scott Lynch, etc.

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 7:42 PM ET
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Mercedes Lackey, Jennifer Roberson, Kate Elliott, Jane Fancher, Kristen Britain, Janny Wurts, George R.R. Martin,

Sarah Ash, Jude Fisher - just for a start!


Date Posted: 3/19/2008 3:31 PM ET
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Who are the authors you are used to?

Were you looking for something slightly different or really different from them?

Date Posted: 3/19/2008 5:23 PM ET
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for a fast paced action filled book you do not get any better than Matthew Reilly's Contest (man & daughter caught up in intergalactic 'game' for only 1 person wins done in library for somethings amusement who really has it rigged so none survive the game at all (all different kinds of beings from various planets); Temple; 7 Deadly Wonders & 6 Sacred stones who have same charactors in them; his Scarcrow series with same charactors in them Area 7;  Scarcrow (which is the last book) & there is another Ice something or other. He is an outstanding author from Australia & well worth any read; he has done action writing which makes his books a treat. Again, you don't say what it is you are bored of reading so hard to steer you in another direction; If you like dragons; Anne MacCaffrey's Pern series is most excellent; Robin Hobb's Assassin trilogy; followed by Liveship series; followed by Fool series that all tie in around Fritz tho seeming not to esp in Liveship series are one of the best of the best available if you can get your hands on them;

Date Posted: 4/16/2008 9:41 AM ET
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I heartily second the recommendations of blake06 (above). Those are some great ones! I would add Patrick Rothfuss and Lois McMaster Bujold. We've got all our very favorite at FantasyLiterature.net listed here: http://www.fantasyliterature.net/index.html   That's a really good place to start!

Date Posted: 4/16/2008 8:12 PM ET
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Megan Whalen Turner's series is excellent.  It starts with The Thief, then The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia.  It does need to be read in order.  Wonderful twists and turns in an Ancient Greek like setting.

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 7:17 PM ET
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Terry Goodkinds "Sword of Truth" series. George R.R. Martin is also a very good writer.

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Date Posted: 5/7/2008 12:23 AM ET
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Books by wen spencer, anne bishop and elizabeth kerner. all are great authers that are not widly known.

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Date Posted: 5/9/2008 6:16 PM ET
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 My favorite fantasy authors are Anne Bishop "The Black Jewels Trilogy", Elizabeth Haydon's "Rhapsody of the Ages Saga"  (fantastic !!)   Sara Douglass' " Wayfarer Redemption"   and Kate Forsyth's "The Witches of Eileanan"    These are all terrific books, most of which are on my keeper shelves.

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Date Posted: 6/27/2008 9:45 PM ET
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If you want something out of the ordinary, not the typical dark epic fantasy of JRR Tolkien/ Terry Brooks/ Robert Jordan (and yes, I love them all) I heartily recommend a little known book titled "The Wood Wife" by Terri Windling.  (If you can find it.)  Takes place in present day Arizona but the magic involved is certainly not out of place.

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 2:37 AM ET
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The Nightside books by Simon R. Green are good. I also really enjoyed the Rose of the Prophet trilogy by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis.

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 7:21 PM ET
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Here’s a few that haven’t been mentioned ...


Esther Friesner – Tempting Fate

Randall Garrett – Gandalara

Elizabeth Hand – Waking the Moon

Harvard Lampoon – Bored of the Rings :-)

Nina Kiriki Hoffman – Fistful of Sky

Betsy James – Long Night Dance

Justine Larbalestier – Magic or Madness

Rebecca Lickiss – Eccentric Circles

Jane Lindskold – Child of a Rainless Year

Patricia McKillip – Od Magic

John Myers Myers – Silverlock (Classic! A multiple re-read for me)

Sharon Shinn – Shape-Changer’s Wife

Amy Thomson - Storyteller

Laurel Winter – Growing Wings

Date Posted: 8/2/2008 8:10 PM ET
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Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series (Luck in the Shadows, Stalking Darkness, Traitor's Moon) and she has number 4 out now, Shadows Return.

Jesse Hajicek wrote The God Eaters, awesome cowboy/western fantasy.


Date Posted: 8/4/2008 4:41 PM ET
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Robert Rankin

Terry Pratchett

Kate Elliot

They are the authors who's books I buy over anyone elses.

Date Posted: 9/20/2008 6:25 PM ET
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Mercedes Lackey

Garth NIx

Piers Anthony

Date Posted: 9/27/2008 8:15 PM ET
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Let's see...

How about Melanie Rawn? Her series (2 trilogies put together) are fantastic; I'm waiting on books 5-6 right now.

And the Kushieline series by Jacqueline Carey, as well as seconding all Sara Douglass recommendations.

L.E. Modesitt is very good as well, and Tad Williams is good if you have lots of time and patience to devote to an epic saga like that.

Subject: How About a Newbie
Date Posted: 11/29/2008 5:03 AM ET
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Ever heard of Joe Abercrombie?  Probably not... He is brand new to the realm of the published but his "First Law" Trilogy is fantastic.  The titles are "The Blade Itself", "Before They Are Hanged" and "Last Argument of Kings."  The series is fantastic, especially for a new author.  There are a number of main characters through the series and all are unique individuals whom you feel that you know personally.  The plots are full of action and never a dull moment.  Loved it!

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Date Posted: 1/6/2009 11:37 AM ET
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Jim Hines. his Goblin trilogy is funny and awesome.