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Subject: Looking for suggestions for lighter fantasy
Date Posted: 1/21/2011 11:51 PM ET
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I've been on a run of dark fantasy recently--Steven Erickson, George R. R. Martin, others--and I'm looking for a change.  I don't want ponies and unicorns, but I'd like to see at least a few of the main characters survive to the end, the guy get the girl (or myriad variations there of), the possibility of a happy ever after, that sort of thing. 

Dennis McKiernan might be an example of what I'm looking for, just now--though I prefer to avoid the standard Tolkeinesque fantasy anymore (though if anybody has any to suggest, I'll listen).  David Eddings comes to mind as well.

Single books are preferred to a series, but I'll take a series if need be.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Date Posted: 1/22/2011 12:50 AM ET
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Bujold! The Curse of Chalion to start. It does start a series, but each book stands on its own within the series; they're just set in the same world. High fantasy, but not Tolkienesque as it's set in a vaguely Spanish country and has its own unique system of gods. Starts a little slowly, but I promise it picks up and is awesome and won't depress you. :)

Date Posted: 1/22/2011 9:25 AM ET
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Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief series is excellent.  The first book is The Thief, takes place in an ancient Greek like setting, where Gen the hero is taken on a quest to find a relic.  He whines, bitches and moans the entire time, but he really is brilliant.  The next book The Queen of Attolia is a bit more dark, but very good.  The third book The King of Attolia is a really funny, witty farce.  The latest is A Conspiracy of A Kings.  You really do need to read them in order. 

Date Posted: 1/22/2011 9:28 AM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions.

I tried the Curse of Chalion a while back and couldn't quite get into it.  Maybe I'll look at it again or I'll take a look at the next book in the series and see what I think.

I'll take a look at the Thief series.



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Date Posted: 1/22/2011 8:24 PM ET
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I'm a big fan of G A Aiken's Dragon books.  (AKA Shelly Laurenston)  She has this rowdy rough and tumble family of dragon shape shifters playing practical jokes on each other.  But they are very adult in content.  (Meaning there is sex and innuendoes galore.)



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Date Posted: 1/23/2011 2:36 AM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions thus far.  I'll look a bit farther into Aiken.  I have no issue with adult content and I've glanced at synopses, which were intriguing.

Date Posted: 1/23/2011 3:29 AM ET
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G A Aiken's books are funny without being fluffy.  The dragons have this crude sibling rough housing going on.  Sort of the extreme side of dipping each other's hair into ink.  Using axes and fire balls instead of ink.  (Her urban fantasy under the name Shelly often crosses the line into erotica.) 

Lisa Shearin and Moira Moore are also humorous fantasy authors.  

Date Posted: 1/23/2011 11:39 AM ET
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Another author you might like is Diana Wynne Jones.  Howl's Moving Castle is good, and was made into an anime movie. 

Date Posted: 1/23/2011 9:53 PM ET
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I'll take a look at Jones.

 

I'm not necessarily looking for humor (I'll admit that I didn't care for the Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy), more a sense of adventure, I supose.  Something not as a bleak as some of the authors mentioned above.

Date Posted: 1/24/2011 1:23 AM ET
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 Oh! Silly me! You could also try some of Barbara Hambly's sword-and sorcery. I love The Ladies of Mandrigyn. Or you could try some of Kage Baker's fantasy: The Anvil of the World.



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Date Posted: 1/24/2011 3:15 AM ET
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Patricia Briggs is known for her UF.  But I really liked the Hurog books.  Dragon Bones (1)  and Dragon Blood (2).

Date Posted: 1/24/2011 3:50 PM ET
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I absolutely LOVE the Leven Thumps series by Obert Skye. The books are geared for teens but as a young adult I absolutely adore them. 

Date Posted: 1/24/2011 7:50 PM ET
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Let me suggest Steven Brust. Start with _Jhereg_ and see how you like it--it's the first of a series but you can read it by itself.

Also, _Changer_ by Jane Lindskold is basically a stand-alone,; there is one sequel but again it is not necessary  to the story.

 Nina Kiriki Hoffman: The Thread to Bind the Bone or A Fistful of Memories (unrelated books)

Elizabeth Moon: The Deeds of Paksennarion has its very dark moments, but works through them. 3 books that can be found in one omnibus

P. C. Hodgell: God Stalk--again, the first of a series but can be read on its own.

The way I see it, if the series has a first book with a conclusion, that ends a story, then it is just a bonus if you like it enough that you want to read more. And IMHO all of these are excellent!

 

 

Date Posted: 1/26/2011 6:47 PM ET
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Thanks for all the suggestions.  I've got a number of titles to look into (though, if anybody has more, I will look at them, too).

Date Posted: 1/26/2011 7:07 PM ET
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I like the Bartimaeus series by J Stroud , there are four books in the series, rather humorus with demons, clever plots and magicians.

Date Posted: 1/28/2011 3:53 AM ET
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Try some Wen Spencer's http://www.paperbackswap.com/Tinker-Baen-Fantasy-Wen-Spencer/book/0743498712/ Tinker  or Wolf Who Rules. 

Date Posted: 2/1/2011 4:17 PM ET
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Try His Majesty's Dragon

its 4 books so far, and its the Napolianic war....with dragons.

or Napolian's Pyramids (which is a somewhere between traditional fiction and fantasy)

 

I HIGHLY Suggest HMD though I don't have it up for grabs, My dad is reading it.

NP I have up for grabs though. ;-)