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Subject: Help, please! I need advice on authors and titles
Date Posted: 5/1/2009 10:52 PM ET
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I am so out of my element.... I first posted this on the science fiction forum, so, as you can tell, I need all of the help I can get, LOL.

A soldier at the troop support site I belong to has asked for "medieval style era books with magic and such".  Any suggestions for titles or authors I should look for would be muchly appreciated.

Do you think he's looking for authors like Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind or am I completely off base?


Date Posted: 5/2/2009 12:05 AM ET
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browse through my bookshelf (it changes quite often), i should have several of that type left. "Godslayer" by Mickey Zucker Reichert may interest him-  a US soldier during the Vietnam Nam war is teleported to the times of old to fight for the Norse gods. read the full book synopsis.

Date Posted: 5/2/2009 12:08 AM ET
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Yes, he's asking for epic high fantasy. Robert Jordan, David Gemmell, Robin Hobb, Tad Williams, Jack Vance, Stephen Lawhead -- there are so many more!

Date Posted: 5/2/2009 3:37 PM ET
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I highly recommend David Eddings for a medieval fantasy setting. Try his Elenium trilogy and the Belgariad series...

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Date Posted: 5/2/2009 4:04 PM ET
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The Song of Ice and Fire series (starts with "A Game of Thrones") by George R.R. Martin.  Absolutely fantastic.

I hesitate to recommend Terry Goodkind since that series went steeply down-hill after the 4th book (though the first few were great).

Edit to add:

If he's looking for something on the "pulpy" side, you can't go wrong with Fritz Leiber and his series on Fahfrd and the Gray Mouser (starts with "Swords and Deviltry".

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Date Posted: 5/3/2009 10:19 AM ET
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Thanks muchly for all of the suggestions and advice!  I'll start looking for something for him today.

Date Posted: 5/4/2009 1:24 PM ET
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If he is amenable to fantasy with a strong military element, he may like Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen (first book: Gardens of the Moon) or Glen Cook's Black Company series (first book: The Black Company) and Dread Empire series (first book: A Shadow of All Night Falling).  Erikson is more epic whilst Cook is down to earth and gritty; both can be quite dark though.

For lighter epic fantasy, novels by Brandon Sanderson -- Elantris and the Mistborn trilogy (The Final Empire / Well of Shadows / Hero of Ages).

Date Posted: 5/4/2009 11:37 PM ET
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If he would appreciate a much lighter look, start him with Terry Pratchett with _Guards! Guards!_.
Date Posted: 5/5/2009 6:44 PM ET
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I love the Song of Ice and Fire series by Martin, but there's not very much magic in it, so beware of that.

Date Posted: 5/5/2009 9:56 PM ET
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Keyes Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone is also an excellent series.

Date Posted: 5/7/2009 7:25 PM ET
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Harry Turtledove's Videssos cycle is military fantasy.

Terry Brooks is really good.

You can never go wrong with a set of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, either.

Date Posted: 5/12/2009 12:08 PM ET
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"I highly recommend David Eddings for a medieval fantasy setting. Try his Elenium trilogy and the Belgariad series..."


Finally someone who has read these epic fantasy books!

Date Posted: 5/12/2009 5:00 PM ET
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not exactly medieval, but. check out Mercedes Lackey and Roberta Gellis's "The Doubled Edge" series (first book is "This Scepter'd Isle") which imagines elvish intervention in the court of King Henry VIII.

He also might like Naomi Novik's Temeraire series - the first book is called "His Majesty's Dragon"  It is basically an alternative history of the Napoleonic wars, imagining what it would be if both sides had dragons.

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 12:15 AM ET
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For sure Edding's Belgariad also Modesitt the Magic of Recluce series.

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 4:26 PM ET
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You guys are great!  If I hear back from him, I'll have lots of books to look for.  Thanks everyone!