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Subject: Please advise
Date Posted: 8/24/2009 10:23 PM ET
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I'm trying to start reading fantasy books, but any book I choose I quit because I loose interest very fast.  Can anyone reccomend me any great fantasy book to get hooked on.  I don't like anything to do with star track  types books or Harry Potter types. 

 

Thank you

Date Posted: 8/25/2009 12:40 AM ET
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What books do you love, fantasy or not? What do you like in a book: in-depth world-building, great characters, great action sequences, magic? Do you like coming-of-age stories, or romances, or heroes that go it alone?

Date Posted: 8/25/2009 9:03 AM ET
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I like in-depth world-building, great characters, great action sequences

Date Posted: 8/25/2009 10:06 AM ET
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Go with David Eddings, start with his Belgariad Series. If that doesn't do it, almost nothing will :-)

Date Posted: 8/25/2009 9:07 PM ET
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+1 with Eddings

Date Posted: 8/25/2009 11:16 PM ET
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Sword of Truth series    I thought they were wonderful books.... ok maybe the last few got a little preachy in some areas against the Order, but the characters were great!!

 

 

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 5:15 PM ET
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Sword of Truth, not sure that is for someone who has already proclaimed they lose interest quickly; those are BIG books. [even though I happen to agree with you. I LOVED that series...]

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Date Posted: 8/26/2009 11:08 PM ET
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Try the Prydain Chonicles by Lloyd Alexander.  They're not too heavy like the big epic fantasies (Sword of Truth, Lord of the Rings, Wheel of Time) but I've still found them to be an exceptionally fun read.

The Book of Three
The Black Cauldron
The Castle of Llyr
Taran Wanderer
The High King
The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain

Date Posted: 8/27/2009 11:01 AM ET
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Try Ursula K. Le Guin's Wizard of Earthsea.  It's a short novel, and there are more in the series if you decide you like it.

Date Posted: 8/27/2009 11:55 AM ET
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Mercedes Lacky has some outstanding books.  Some of my favorites are some of her trilogies that are co-written with various authors.

Date Posted: 8/28/2009 11:53 PM ET
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Try L. E. Modesitt and the Recluce stories.