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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Fivelives » Wed May 11, 2011 8:25 am

That's ... actually pretty close to Wizard's First Rule. I never watched the series, myself.
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Thalia » Wed May 11, 2011 9:07 am

Not sure if anyone mentioned this one already but the Hunger Games trilogy was awesome IMO.
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Sabindeus » Wed May 11, 2011 9:41 am

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


Terry Goodkind wrote the Sword of Truth series

not Terry Brooks (who wrote the fantastic Magical Kingdom For Sale? Sold! series and a bunch of other crap that wasn't as good)
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Trav » Wed May 11, 2011 2:55 pm

Ten pages, and no mention of Neil Gaiman or Gene Wolfe? Two of my favorite authors, primarily working in fantasy.

Gaiman: American Gods (modern fantasy epic), Neverwhere (urban fantasy), Stardust (fairy tale) are all great. I also recommend his short story collections.

Wolfe: Book of the New Sun, Book of the Long Sun, and the Wizard Knight are the books I've read so far from him. That's still only about half his cateloge : p

EDIT: Gaiman and Pratchett teamed up to write Good Omens, which is a comedic, Hitchhiker-esque take on the Christian end of the world and, more specifically, the Omen.
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Fivelives » Wed May 11, 2011 4:10 pm

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


Terry Goodkind wrote the Sword of Truth series

not Terry Brooks (who wrote the fantastic Magical Kingdom For Sale? Sold! series and a bunch of other crap that wasn't as good)


Erk, yeah. I'm horrible with names, especially people with similar or identical first names!
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Gerunna » Thu May 12, 2011 6:36 am

Trav wrote:Ten pages, and no mention of Neil Gaiman or Gene Wolfe? Two of my favorite authors, primarily working in fantasy.

Gaiman: American Gods (modern fantasy epic), Neverwhere (urban fantasy), Stardust (fairy tale) are all great. I also recommend his short story collections.

Wolfe: Book of the New Sun, Book of the Long Sun, and the Wizard Knight are the books I've read so far from him. That's still only about half his cateloge : p

EDIT: Gaiman and Pratchett teamed up to write Good Omens, which is a comedic, Hitchhiker-esque take on the Christian end of the world and, more specifically, the Omen.


Yep, American Gods is probably my all-time favorite book of any genre. And don't forget Anansi Boys, the quasi-followup to American Gods, which is also a great read.
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Arnock » Sat May 14, 2011 10:03 pm

I finished reading The Eye of the World yesterday. Definitely throwing another recommendation in the ring for the Wheel of Time series.
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Arnock » Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:43 pm

So I finished reading WoT a few days ago, and I can definitely agree that it is a very good series.

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However, though Jordan is a very good writer, I really gotta throw out some hate for his editors that let him publish books 7-10 in more than one book. 4 books dedicated to what probably could have been condensed down to one. Especially Crossroads of Twilight, Matt continues to travel away from ebou dar, Egwene continues to lay seige to tar valon, Elayne continues to try to secure the throne of Andor, Perrin continues to try to rescue his wife, and rand is missing as he recovers from cleansing saidin

Nothing significant to the plot really happens until the very end of the book, and it was quite annoying, I can only imagine how it felt for those who were following the series as it was written.

Sanderson was certainly a good person to finish the series however, and I'm eagerly awaiting the final book.



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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby bldavis » Sat Aug 06, 2011 1:11 am

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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Garov » Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:52 pm

Arnock wrote: I really gotta throw out some hate for his editors that let him publish books 7-10 in more than one book. 4 books dedicated to what probably could have been condensed down to one.


I think the rumor goes his editors were drunk on the success Jordan was having and just let him edit his own work. It painfully shows. It's sad because 6 is such a great book (rolling ring of earth and fire) and then it turns to crap for a few books.
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby tullock » Sat Aug 06, 2011 11:40 pm

Either that or they were so drunk on his success that they wanted it to be 4 books instead of 1, because most everyone who read 1-6 was going to read the rest of them even if there were 2000-3000 pages more than there needed to be. I also enjoy the Sanderson written ones, if i didnt know it wasnt Jordan writing them, i dont think id have been able to tell, aside from the fact that things started happening aagain :P
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Arnock » Sun Aug 07, 2011 11:17 am

Yeah, I was surprised at how similar the writing style was.

Of course, with all the stuff that's happened in books 12 and 13, I'm surprised that jordan was hoping to publish those three books as one volume.
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Aerron » Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:05 am

Arnock wrote:Yeah, I was surprised at how similar the writing style was.


It's really even more surprising when you read some of Sanderson's other works like Way of Kings. He's definitely got his own voice there, and it makes you wonder just how much of an effort he was conciously putting in to make the WoT books sound like Jordan.
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby Astronomic » Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:12 pm

I'm too lazy to read the whole thread but I'm currently reading the Mistborn series. Its like game of thrones for people without ADHD (the character hopping in Game was just distasteful for me).
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Re: Recommended Reading?(Fantasy)

Postby fuzzygeek » Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:14 pm

tullock wrote:Either that or they were so drunk on his success that they wanted it to be 4 books instead of 1, because most everyone who read 1-6 was going to read the rest of them even if there were 2000-3000 pages more than there needed to be.


It is interesting what happens to things when they become marquee titles.

A friend was looking through audio books for a certain series. First book: $10. Fourth book: $23. Sixth book: $30.

Maybe the production values and quality of VA went up as the thing got more popular; on the other hand, perhaps they figure the hook has been sunk and it's time to reel 'em in.

I don't listen to audio books personally so have no idea what the going rates are, but god damn that seems pricy.
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