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Subject: I need a new author
Date Posted: 5/19/2010 1:56 PM ET
Member Since: 9/24/2007
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but I am really picky.  I really like Raymond E. Fiest and Morgan Llywelyn (Brian Jaques if I'm reading with my little sisters).  I've read everything they've all written, and need someone new.  The styles of Feist and Llwelyn really work for me, I prefer books with strong characters that have a very smooth and fast flow to them (I am not a fan of over-narration). I don't mind single books or long series arcs, I just want someone I will fall in love with.  Any suggestions?

Amy
Date Posted: 5/19/2010 3:14 PM ET
Member Since: 3/11/2008
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Mary Stewart's Crystal Cave series is very good.

Below are some of my favorite authors:

Juliet Marillier, Robin McKinley, Patricia McKillip, Diana Paxson, Jacqueline Carey, Rosalind Miles, Connie Willis, Michelle West

(I just noticed that they're all women!)

Anyway, I've read some of Morgan Llwelyn and if you like her then you'll love the authors I've listed above.

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 3:32 PM ET
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I would recommend Jim Butcher's Codex Alrera series.  It's really fast paced and with an extremely likable protagonist, and supporting cast.  I actually find I prefer it to Butcher's other series The Dresden Files (which is also pretty good).

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 3:55 PM ET
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I like so many authors it's hard to choose!

Lois McMaster Bujold - her Chalion series is a great fantasy series - I especially like the second novel The Palidan of Souls (not often you get a forty-something heroine in these types of novels).  Her Vorkosigan Novels are not fantasy but are very good, more character-driven than a lot of sci-fi.  If you try them, I'd start with Shards of Honor.  (everyone has a different recommended reading order).   If you want to test-drive her work, the novella "Mountains of Mourning" (which won BOTH Hugo and Nebulla awards) can be downloaded for free at the baen free library (just click on the "author" tab and then Bujold's name).  It takes place between The Warrior's Apprentice and The Vor Game but stands alone without major spoilers.  http://www.baen.com/library/

Jacqueline Carey - (there's two authors by that name, but only one write fantasy)   Her two Kushiel series are outstanding (although there are explicit non-traditional sex scenes).  Not as big a fan of the Sundering duology, although it was interesting (she basically re-tells the Lord of the Rings, but sort of switches the bad guys and the good guys).  Her latest novel Santa Olivia is pretty good, but different from her other work.

Garth Nix - his Abhoresen series is great.  It's labeled "teen" but is really a complex story.  I also like his "days of the week" series.

Terry Pratchett - I find his Discworld novels laugh-out-loud funny but great stories still.  If you find his humor appeals to you, he's written enough books to keep you going all summer.

Tamora Pierce - I go through her YA novels like popcorn, but most of them are not substantial enough for typical adult readers.  But her last two novels - Terrier and Bloodhound have really brought her writing to a whole new level and I'd recommend them to any fantasy lover.  The only caution is that there are more in the series still to come, and it's hard to wait!

Date Posted: 5/24/2010 5:51 PM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2010
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Angus Wells , for a stand alone I'd say Lords of the Sky.

Robert Silverberg has the Majipoor series.

these two are my favorite fantasy books and I've read thousands incliding Feist. Of all the Authors listed above I've only read one , Connie Willis , her Dooms Day Book was spectacular.

Date Posted: 5/25/2010 6:58 PM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2010
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Have you tried the Marla Mason series by T.A. Pratt?  Very well written - I had some up on my shelf, but they were taken within a half-hour of me posting them (guess someone else knew of their awesomeness too). I think the whole series (or what there is of it) is available on Amazon, too.

Date Posted: 6/14/2010 5:26 PM ET
Member Since: 6/12/2010
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Some of my favorites are the Pendragon Cycle (Arthur story) and Song of Albion trilogy.  I also love Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy and Tawny Man series.  Lets' see...what else?  Robert Jordans Wheel of Time series is sort of a fantasy "must read", but he might be what you would think of as over narrated...he is very detailed.  Very very good, though.  I also really like the Obsidian Trilogy and Enduring Flame series by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.