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Subject: Suggestions, please!!!
Date Posted: 2/27/2011 9:53 PM ET
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I am looking for a good fantasy read. It can be a series or just one book.

I'm not into the whole vampire/werewolf thing so any books like that I probably wouldn't like.

I'm really interested in anything reminiscent of Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, or the Door in the Wall series by Wayne Thomas Batson.

Please help me!! I am in desperate need of a good fantasy read!!

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 11:04 PM ET
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The only thing I can think of in that category (off hand) is Terry Brooks' Sword of Shannara (and subsequent titles).  Personally, when I read them, I felt that the first was a 'knock off' of LoTR.  The next ones, not so much.  I'm sure someone else will have more rec's for you in straight fantasy.

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 11:19 PM ET
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You could try some of the authors writing at the same time as (or a little before) Tolkien & Lewis. . . authors like Lord Dunsany and William Morris and Hope Mirrlees. . .

You could also try some of the modern epic fantasy novelists like Robert Jordan or Terry Goodkind or George R. R. Martin.

You could go with some childrens' fantasy classics like Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence or Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain.


All of these are sort of foundation works. . . works that most fantasy readers hit at some point early in their exploration of the genre. Of them the only ones I personally love are the Dunsany (The King of Elfland's Daughter particularly) and Mirrlees (Lud-in-the-Mist). :)

If I ignore the educational component and recommend stuff I just think is flat-out good traditional high/epic fantasy, well then the list would be more like this:

The Curse of Chalion, by Lois McMaster Bujold -- Iberian-influenced high fantasy with a great system of gods. It's a little slow to start, but I promise it's worth the wait.

Banewrecker/Godslayer, by Jacqueline Carey -- A really interesting inversion of LotR; a standard LotR plot except told from the "bad" guys' perspective, so it's obviously a tragedy.

Riddle-Master, by Patricia McKillip -- An epic fantasy trilogy that SHOULD be a classic.

But this isn't really my preferred section of the genre either.

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Date Posted: 2/28/2011 4:01 PM ET
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Thanks for all the suggestions.

I am definitely going to check some of them out!

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 10:16 PM ET
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I'll second most of PhoenixFalls's list., especially Bujold and McKillip.  I do have a couple of additions.

If you're a Narnia fan, have you read Lev Grossman's The Magicians?  It's sort of like if Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye went to Hogwarts, then went to Narnia after graduation.  (Comparing the main character to Holden is a bit of an exaggeration, I guess, but not much.)  It's a rather dark book and full of teenage angst, but I loved it and loved all the Narnia parallels.

For something like Tolkien, what about Tad Williams's trilogy, Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn?  The first is The Dragonbone Chair.  Though it's just the plot that's Tolkien-esque.  The writing style is completely different

Subject: Kage Baker
Date Posted: 3/19/2011 3:34 AM ET
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You could try Kage Baker's short series that starts with The Anvil of the World (just to whet your appetite); then The House of the Stag, which is a prequel to let you know where that awful Lord Ermenwyr and his Dad came from; then The Bird of the River. Hard to describe - somewhat as if the author had inserted some steampunk elements into a completely different world and then added a wicked sense of humor. Whatever you do, don't read Diana Wynne Jones' A Tough Guide to Fantasyland. It's such a funny sendup of all the cliches of the genre that you won't be able to read any of the Tolkien ripoffs or what someone here has called the big, doorstopper-sized series books.
Subject: Other authors of interest
Date Posted: 3/20/2011 9:14 PM ET
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Have you read: Sharon Shinn, Moira Moore, Violette Malan,  Mercedes Lackey, Elizabeth Moon, Lois McMaster Bujold, Anne McCaffrey, Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series?

Date Posted: 5/30/2011 4:05 AM ET
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anything by Brandon Sanderson.

Subject: Great Fantasy Read
Date Posted: 6/3/2011 9:09 PM ET
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I highly recommend The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.  It is a really hard book to describe to someone, but I was completely blown away by it and am now on the second book The Wise Man's Fear.  Try it... you won't be disappointed!

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 2:19 AM ET
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I wouold also recommend adding "Godstalk" to your list

Date Posted: 6/15/2011 2:20 PM ET
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Robin Hobb's Assassin and Tawny Man Trilogies are simply amazing.

Anything by Brandon Sanderson is really good.

I will agree with Kathleen as well, that The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss was mind blowing.

David Gemmell's stuff is good, especially Legend.

Subject: Le Guin
Date Posted: 8/8/2011 4:01 PM ET
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Since nobody's mentioned it yet, I have to add Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea series to the list of recommendations.

Bruce -
Date Posted: 8/11/2011 7:36 AM ET
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As mentioned before, The Kingkiller series by Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear) is excellent. Also The Warded Man and The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett. Along with George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice series, these are the best fantasy books I have ever read.