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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Candiru » Tue May 03, 2011 8:20 am

Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix is very good. Focusses mostly on necromancy (good and evil). Well written with good characters. The first book is called Sabriel.
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby fuzzygeek » Mon May 09, 2011 4:40 pm

bldavis wrote:NOES!
I MUST NOT GET STARTED AGAIN!

......
shit

now i just know ill be digging up my copy of The Gunslinger again


I see what you did there. I think.

I actually liked the end of the Gunslinger, personally.

I read the first half of the first Kushiel before giving up on the turgid writing.

Read the first two Mistborn books (Sanderson) yesterday, currently working on the third. They're decent, but I think the first book was the stronger of the two. I have a fondness of capers, and the first book is structured around one. The worldbuilding is also very solid. The second book was muddled by a bit of mysticism, which was neatly subverted at the end (I think), which gives me hope for the third book. Mysticism makes my teeth hurt.
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Arnock » Mon May 09, 2011 4:54 pm

Started reading WoT, pretty good so far.


The plot is fairly reminiscent of the fellowship of the ring
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Koatanga » Mon May 09, 2011 5:00 pm

I got my wife an Amazon Kindle for her birthday. She absolutely loves it. We have couple thousand books around the house that are going to gather a lot of dust now, I reckon.

There's a teacher at my daughter's school whose son is starting to get into reading fantasy novels, so my wife leant him Magician by Raymond E Feist. That of course got her interested in it again, so she's reading it on her kindle while the book is on loan.

The kindle is great - I want one, but I want the big one (she has the version 3, I want the big DX).
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Amirya » Mon May 09, 2011 5:10 pm

fuzzygeek wrote:I read the first half of the first Kushiel before giving up on the turgid writing.

I read all of the first Kushiel, and while I found the plot itself interesting, I was annoyed by all of the "clever" ways the courtesan got her way. And by clever, I mean how clever she was to get her way while on her knees. Or back. Or both.

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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Melathys » Mon May 09, 2011 5:17 pm

Arnock wrote:Started reading WoT, pretty good so far.


The plot is fairly reminiscent of the fellowship of the ring


how?

I'm trying to think of any part of the story that could conceivably be like fellowship, and not coming up with anything...

..ok, well, maybe the small town guy has a world spanning adventure, but I think the similarity ends there.
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Arnock » Mon May 09, 2011 6:06 pm

Melathys wrote:
Arnock wrote:Started reading WoT, pretty good so far.


The plot is fairly reminiscent of the fellowship of the ring


how?

I'm trying to think of any part of the story that could conceivably be like fellowship, and not coming up with anything...

..ok, well, maybe the small town guy has a world spanning adventure, but I think the similarity ends there.


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Our young hero, (Frodo/Rand) lives in the peaceful area known as (two rivers/the shire) with his (father?, Tam/ uncle, Bilbo). Soon after the story opens, all of (the shire/two-rivers) celebrates(bel tine/Biblo's birthday). After the celebration the (Wizard Gandalf, Aes-sedai Moiraine) Informs the protagonist that not only for his protection, but for the protection of all of (the shire/two-rivers), he must leave his hometown and flee to (Rivendel/Tar Valon), along with 3 of his companions from the village. Soon after leaving, (Frodo/Rand) is pursued closely by a black-robed rider called a (Nazgul/Myrdraal). The companions narrowly escape the (Nazgul/Myrdraal) by boarding a ferry to cross a river. Soon after their escape, the companions arrive in the bustling, walled town of (Bree/Baerlon). They find some rest in the city, and are joined by a new companion, one who is skilled in the healing arts and herblore. Unfortunately, they narrowly escape being killed by a (Nazgul/Myrdraal) and flee yet again. Their journey takes them to the millennia-old ruined (City of Aridhol/Weathertop fortress) where they, yet again, are assailed by the (nazgul/myrdraal).

And that's as far as I've ready

There are a few more similarities, Frodo/Rand receive a sword (sting/heron-marked blade) from Tam/Bilbo, Lan is similar to Aragorn etc.






The overarching plot and setting aren't too close, but there's enough to make one chuckle.
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Melathys » Mon May 09, 2011 7:02 pm

yea, thats really really really early. Like I said, aside from the small town guy having a big adventure, thats about where it ends. I guess being familiar with the rest of the story, I have a problem finding the parallels.

then again small town guy having a big adventure is rather cliche. I'm honestly not sure I can think of one of these kinds of stories that doesn't start that way. Game of thrones, maybe, but then their little kingdom is so far removed, it may as well be small town.
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Levantine » Tue May 10, 2011 2:48 am

Okay, just finished Game of Thrones. Wow. Will be buying next book on Friday.
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Kelaan » Tue May 10, 2011 12:21 pm

Arnock wrote:The overarching plot and setting aren't too close, but there's enough to make one chuckle.


Heh. :D Reminds me of the photoshopped Titanic^WAvatar synopsis. Nicely done.
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Aerron » Tue May 10, 2011 12:44 pm

At least it was as blatant a rip-off as the "Legend of the Seeker" TV show's theft of the first Act of Star Wars ep. IV.
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Fivelives » Tue May 10, 2011 4:51 pm

"Legend of the Seeker" is actually based on Terry Brooks "Sword of Truth" novels.
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Garov » Tue May 10, 2011 10:55 pm

Wizard's First Rule had such promise for that the Sword of Truth series. Then he had to blatantly rip off of Jordan (although I did chuckle when he spent an entire page describing Bella) and start to turn it into an idealistic political soapbox *sigh*
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Fivelives » Tue May 10, 2011 11:48 pm

Wizard's First Rule should've positively shouted that "Hey, this author has a soapboax and isn't afraid to use it!"

At least, that's what I took from it anyway. I don't mind the soapbox agenda, but Richard is a Marty Stu, and Kahlan is a Mary Sue. That's far more of a literary sin than soapboxing, in my book anyway.
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Aerron » Wed May 11, 2011 8:18 am

Fivelives wrote:"Legend of the Seeker" is actually based on Terry Brooks "Sword of Truth" novels.


I realize that, but the tv show is a pretty far cry from the books. Much like the "Merlin" tv show that shared only names of characters and places with any actual Arthurian myth.

And the first episode of LotS really was a horrible rip off of SW Ep. IV. Watching with my wife we both laughed at the predictability. "Now he's going to go find the old man in the wilderness. Old man's going to give him a magic sword. Now it's going to dawn on him that his family is in trouble back home. He's going to find his house destroyed and his family dead." All it was missing was a wookie.
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