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Subject: Stuck in Rut
Date Posted: 9/25/2007 1:46 AM ET
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I always used to laugh at people who would tell me that they had no clue what to read.  I always had two or three books started at any given time, but now with college books filling my shelves I run into the problem of what do I read for a break?  I had filled the time with Raymond E. Feist books, but I have completed the series.  I love fantasy novels which read smoothly and are impossible to put down, like those of Feist.  Now I'm stuck, what do I read now?  Does anyone have any suggestions?

Date Posted: 9/25/2007 8:57 AM ET
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Naomi Novik, Her Majesty's Dragon. Have you read Robin Hobbs and George R.R. Martin yet? Perhaps Dave Duncan would appeal to you more.

Date Posted: 9/25/2007 5:35 PM ET
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Terry Goodkind?  Just make sure you stop before the last trilogy when his politics get annoying (unless you like that sort of thing - it's not like fantasy character politics, it's like "this is how life should be organized" politics).

I couldn't put down Sarah Monette's first trilogy (Melusine, Virtu, Mirador), but that's pretty dark fantasy.

Same with Anne Bishop's Black Jewels.

Oh!  Lian Hearn's Otori series is fantasy set in medieval Japan and very smooth and engrossing.



Date Posted: 9/25/2007 7:45 PM ET
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I really liked Tad Williams' "Memory, Sorrow, Thorn" trilogy, begining with The Dragonbone Chair. The Yurt books by C. Dale Brittain are good light fantasy.
Date Posted: 9/26/2007 11:43 AM ET
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Lynn Flewelling- Luck in the Shadows, Stalking Darkness, Traitor's Moon, Bone Doll's Twin, Hidden Warrior, Oracle's Queen.  Her style is very easy reading and the stories are engrossing.


Lous McMaster Bujold- Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls, The Hallowed Hunt, three related but self-contained novels that will sweep  you off your feet. 


Megan Whalen Turner- The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia.  You don't have to read them in order, but you will enjoy them more that way.  Eugenides, Thief of Eddis, will steal your heart and hours of your time as you savor these books.


And since you say you are stuck in a rut, I thought I would suggest some great reading that isn't in the same genre as Feist.


Octavia Butler- Is officially scifi, but it is never techie, and you will be caught up.  Try the Xenogenesis trilogy, also rereleased as Lilith's Brood, containing all three novels: Dawn, Adulthood Rites and Imago.


E.E. Knight- Earth has been conquered by aliens who treat humanity as cattle to be herded, tended and ultimately devoured, but there are some who fight on, with the help of alien enhancements.  Okay, it sounds a bit hokey put like that, but these are extremely well-writen.  You'll feel your own heart racing with adrenaline as you read of one recruit's metamorphisis from soldier to spy to leader.  Just start with 'Way of the Wolf' and see if you can put them down.


Date Posted: 9/27/2007 9:19 PM ET
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I'm going to have to second The Black Jewels Trilogy - fantastic!

Robin Hobb is great and so is JV Jones.

Date Posted: 9/27/2007 11:45 PM ET
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I'll second the EE Knight recommendation - very good series.


Date Posted: 9/28/2007 10:35 AM ET
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Octavia Butler is one of my favorite authors.  I'll also second Anne Bishop's Black Jewels Trilogy. 

If you like political intrigue and intricate plots, I would recommend the Mordant's Need books by Stephen Donaldson:


You may also this stand-alone title by Vonda McIntyre:

The Moon and the Sun


Date Posted: 9/29/2007 4:22 AM ET
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I'll second Naomi Novik. I just got #4 in her Temeraire series and can't wait to read it!

An author I'd suggest is Elizabeth Kerner. She has a trilogy out - Song in the Silence, The Lesser Kindred and Redeeming the Lost. I really enjoyed them, and if  you like dragons, it's got talking dragons.

Date Posted: 9/29/2007 11:10 AM ET
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I would suggest L.E. Modesitt's Recluse Series and Corean Chronicles.  They are a little more in depth than Modesitt's books, but are awesome reads.

If you want a lighter simpler read, then you could read R.A. Salvatore's Dark Elf Trilogy, and the related books, and also check out the Cleric's Quintet by him.  Also like an earlier poster mentioned, the Yurt series by C. Dale Britton are funny and a little zany



Date Posted: 9/30/2007 11:43 AM ET
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I don't know if this has been suggested yet, but I think every fantasy lover ought to take a shot at Gene Wolfe.  People tend to either absolutely love or absolutely hate his writing.  I fall into the former.  Wolfe is not easy to read, as his narrative is dense and sometimes misleading, but in many ways that's what makes his books rewarding.  In fact, I've found his books to be the most "re-readable" of any books I've read.  And, his stories are smart, complex, and best of all, not

Date Posted: 9/30/2007 11:50 AM ET
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If you have never read Gene Wolfe, you ought to give it a shot.  He's the smartest writer in fantasy/sci-fi today.  Warning: he's not formulaic or traditional - you won't find a farmer boy alone in the woods who turns out to be next in line to the throne and have a magic sword that does everything, etc.  If you want that, read Terry Goodkind or David Eddings.  I personally find Goodkind's books awful, but a lot people like him.  I liked Eddings, though he is as formulaic as they come.

Wolfe is very, very different.  He utilizes a dense, complex narrative that most folks either absolutely love or absolutely hate.  The upside is that his books tend to be the most "re-readable" ones out there, as each time you read them you discover new hidden gems and meaning.  His prose is fantastic, and he demands a lot of his reader.  Not for the faint of heart, but great books if you put in the time.  He has a number of stand-alone novels, but his Book of the New Sun series is where you ought to start.  The first book is Shadow of the Torturer, but I think it's now sold as "Shadow and Claw," which is actually the first two books (Shadow of the Torturer and Claw of the Conciliator).

If you're into more mainstream fantasy, but you insist on original plot and good prose, read George Martin.

By the way, I'm new to the site and not especially tech-savvy.  If there are any other Gene Wolfe fans out there, please feel free to shoot me a personal message if you're interested in discussing/finding any of his books.  I'm sure it's clear that I'm a huge Gene Wolfe fan, and if you know Gene Wolfe you know that discussing the meanings in his books is almost as fun as reading the books themselves.


Date Posted: 10/1/2007 8:37 PM ET
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Seconded Octavia Butler and Elizabeth Kerner's Song in the Silence (the remainder of the trilogy is on my TBR & WL).


There are a lot of good suggestions here!


Date Posted: 10/6/2007 9:16 PM ET
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Tamora Pierce is great for fast reads. She's actually a YA author, but I think that her work is very enjoyable even as an adult. She has many short series, but a good one to start with is either her latest one Terrier or  her first one Alanna: the First Adventure.

Jennifer Roberson is another great fantasy author. I do have some of her books posted, but I actually think the ones in her Sword series are better than the Cheysuli books that I posted. XD

Date Posted: 10/11/2007 11:57 PM ET
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You could read some of Tanya Huffs series.  The summoning the keeper and her blood series.  You could try some of Tamora Pierce, I know she's labeled as Ya, but really she writes to an adult audience too.  How bout David Eddings?

Date Posted: 11/2/2007 1:57 PM ET
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David Eddings' Diamond Throne series is good, too.  :)

Date Posted: 11/2/2007 9:07 PM ET
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A lot of good suggestions.  I would add Megan Whalen Turner's series:  The Thief, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia.  They do need to be read in order.  I think they are highly addictive.  The audiobook versions are excellent too.

Date Posted: 11/4/2007 6:35 PM ET
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Here's what may be an obvious (to some) recommendation.


George R. R. Martin's - A Song of Ice and Fire series

- Game of Thrones

- Clash of Kings

- Storm of Swords

- Feast for Crows

These books are tomes, but I found them absolutely impossible to put down.  Any spare moments that I had, I was reading one of these books.  I found the series gripping right from the very start.  Two of the things that I like most about the series are: 1) the rich detail of landscape and culture, 2) Martin's ability to be completely fearless with his characters.  I have never seen another author do what Martin does with his main characters.

Subject: stuck in a rut
Date Posted: 12/31/2007 10:17 PM ET
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The Kushiel's series by Jacqueline Carey is wonderful and will keep you turning pages.  The Southern Vampire Series is a delight - like Evanoviche's Stephanie Plum mixed up with vampires and werewolves.   Jim Butcher's Dresden Files is excellent and for more serious vampire fare Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series. 

Date Posted: 1/12/2008 3:38 PM ET
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David Eddings The Belgariad series followed by the Malloreon is one of the most outstanding series I have ever had the pleasure to read (and others have seconded this); they follow each other with the same charactors; his dream series i wasn't thrilled with; but these are like the best of the best; Another is the George RR Martin's A song of Ice & Fire recommended earlier; not my normal read at all but found recommended over & over so got from the library; thought this is not what I normally like at all; read the 1st chapter; put down thinking I don't like stories about thrones etc; BUT his writing is superb perhaps I will read a little more; Absolutely outstanding; I am anxiously watching his websight to find out when the next book will be out; Robin Hobb's Farseerer series is also superb; but be sure to realize that it's 1st the Assassin Trilogy; then the next 3 are the liveship trader's series; then the Fool series; I was unaware that the Liveship series followed the Assassin series & read the Fool series b/4; they should be read in the correct order; Another good read is Rhapsody, Prophecy & Destiny by Elizabeth Hayden; i have not followed up on the series but these 3 books were very good; 1st time author & she does an excellent job altho in 1 book she overwrote just a little at the very end; but she did introduce me to a new favorite character whom I adore: a loveable giant! (who has a major flaw but you have to find out what by reading the book!) then let me know what you think!