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#1 Jul 05 2012 at 11:21 AM Rating: Good
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Make some suggestions, please, ZAMites.

I would prefer books that come in a series. It's always nice to follow the same story/characters through mutliple books.
I like fantasy, sci-fi, and, oddly enough, mysteries.
I've read Game of Thrones, Wheel of Time, most of Agatha Christie's Poirot novels, most of the Alex Cross novels by James Patterson, enough of the Dune series to know I don't want to read any more, Harry Potter, and a ton of other random stuff.

I need some suggestions on what to read while waiting for GoT book 6.
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#2 Jul 05 2012 at 11:43 AM Rating: Excellent
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Could always go with comic books.
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I found the Farseer Trilogy to be pretty enjoyable. It's a bit Game of Thrones-ish, in that it skews towards the darker side of fantasy. Not very many truly happy moments, and about the same treatment of 'magic' that GoT has (it's there, but it's not the focus). It's a little simpler a read than GoT, I think, and a little less, err..."rape-y". There's good characterization, an interesting story, and a unique ending.

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Terry Pratchett's vast Discworld library could keep you occupied for a while.

You'd especially like the City Watch series, which starts with the book Guards! Guards! and eventually turns into the fantasy equivalent of a buddy cop show.

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#5 Jul 05 2012 at 3:27 PM Rating: Excellent
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I second the farseer series and terry Pratchett. Other series suggestions (links go to first book in the series):

Glen Cook: The black company
Steve Erickson, the Malazan series (Last book just released)
David Weber's Honor Harrington series
Steven Brust's Jherig cycle
Jack mcdevit's Alex Bennidict series
L.E. Modesset's Recluse saga
Jennifer Roberson's Sword Dancer series
Jim Butcher's Dresden files
Sharon lee and Steve miller's Korval saga
Terry Brooks sword of Shanarra

Plenty more where those came from, but those are some series with a large buffer of already existant books.
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Jim Butcher's Dresden files


I second the Dresden Files. My old college roommates tried for YEARS to get me to read them; finally did last year, and promptly devoured every available book. They're like Harry Potter meets Dirty Harry.

Jim Butcher also has a completed six book series called the Codex Alera. That one is really good too, and unlike the DF, you won't be anxiously awaiting the next one for the next few years Smiley: lol
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Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:
I second the farseer series and terry Pratchett. Other series suggestions (links go to first book in the series):

Glen Cook: The black company
Steve Erickson, the Malazan series (Last book just released)
David Weber's Honor Harrington series
Steven Brust's Jherig cycle
Jack mcdevit's Alex Bennidict series
L.E. Modesset's Recluse saga
Jennifer Roberson's Sword Dancer series
Jim Butcher's Dresden files
Sharon lee and Steve miller's Korval saga
Terry Brooks sword of Shanarra

Plenty more where those came from, but those are some series with a large buffer of already existant books.


Thanks for the list Kao and others.

I've read The Black Company. I'll have to re-read it before continuing on with the series because I don't remember anything about it except that they were mercenaries.
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#8 Jul 05 2012 at 5:17 PM Rating: Good
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I've read The Black Company. I'll have to re-read it before continuing on with the series because I don't remember anything about it except that they were mercenaries.

They sell the series in multiple-book collections now. The first three are some of my favorite fantasy books ever, but they progressively get more lethargic as the series continues. The changing perspectives (via changing annalists) keeps the series relatively interesting through the end though.

I'd also recommend the Belgariad and Mallorean cycles from David Eddings. They're geared towards a teen/young adult crowd so you won't get the maturity (read: *** and melancholy) that you'd find in Song of Ice and Fire, but they're pretty fun reads, and they follow the same cast of characters throughout both series.
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I've read The Black Company. I'll have to re-read it before continuing on with the series because I don't remember anything about it except that they were mercenaries.

They sell the series in multiple-book collections now. The first three are some of my favorite fantasy books ever, but they progressively get more lethargic as the series continues. The changing perspectives (via changing annalists) keeps the series relatively interesting through the end though.


I've been curious about the Black Company books, but they don't seem to be available in ebook form. Rather, in ebook form for US people, for some odd reason.
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The last series I read that I really enjoyed was The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. The first couple books are a bit rough, they were his first published works, but after that they get pretty good. Butcher creates an interesting world and populates it with realistic and complicated characters (eventually, at least). So far there are thirteen books with more on the way.

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They are available in e-book. I have them.

David eddings I also second, though I personally preferred the Elanium over the Belgariad. Mainly because Sparhawk is awsome!
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They aren't series, but if you haven't read any Neal Stephenson or China Mieville, I'd pick some up. Probably Snow Crash or The Diamond Age for Stephenson, and maybe Perdido Street Station or Embassytown for Mieville. You should really read Mieville's The City & the City, but I'm not sure how well it works as an introduction to his writing.

Oh, also, read Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl.
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What? Nobody mentioned the MythAdventure series?

Or maybe the Xanth books?

I'll grant that these are a bit silly and "kid-to-young-adult" oriented, but I had fun reading them, just the same.Smiley: tongue
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Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:
They are available in e-book. I have them.


Where'd you get 'em, if you don't mind me asking? Amazon & Google don't seem to sell to the US. (I'm sure there are workarounds, but I don't feel like going into dark alleys of the internet to get my fantasy novels.)
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Xanth books don't jive with the list of stuff he's read, but how about Stephen King's Dark Tower books?

for standard scifi/fantasy fair, I'd second Eddings. He's good. Orson Scott-Cards Enders series is good. I liked the Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix. I've liked some of Terry Prachetts stuff a lot, and other stuff not at all - so he's very hit or miss. His writing style is easy-going and light but sometimes the stories just don't jive for me.

I'm currently reading Winston's War. For some reason I've had a hankering for war stories.
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Have you read any of John Sandford's "Prey" series? Based on your example of Agatha Christie, you might like them. Lucas Davenport is the main character throughout. I think I made it to 7 or 8 before stopping. No specific reason, other things just came up.
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Do you like Alternate History? If so, check out Harry Tutledove. Good reading, he does some fantasy ones too.
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Eske Esquire wrote:
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They are available in e-book. I have them.


Where'd you get 'em, if you don't mind me asking? Amazon & Google don't seem to sell to the US. (I'm sure there are workarounds, but I don't feel like going into dark alleys of the internet to get my fantasy novels.)


I thought I snagged them from Barnes and Noble, but looking there now, thats not where they came from, so I'm not really sure. You have to remember I have a lot of ebooks on here.
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Someone just dropped the Outland series by Diana Gabaldon on my desk. Anybody read them?
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Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:

Jim Butcher's Dresden files


I second the Dresden Files. My old college roommates tried for YEARS to get me to read them; finally did last year, and promptly devoured every available book. They're like Harry Potter meets Dirty Harry.
I'll go ahead and add in a thirding of Dresden Files. Started reading it this week and while I've only finished the first book so far, it was quite good.
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Someone just dropped the Outland series by Diana Gabaldon on my desk. Anybody read them?


I've not read them, but i'm told that Giaboldon is always annoyed they are placed in the romance novel section, and not in the legitimate sci-fi section. That being said, I read very few things that come out of the romance section. Particularily because of a traumatic paper cut incident at the old book store I worked at during college.
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The One and Only Poldaran wrote:
LockeColeMA wrote:
Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:

Jim Butcher's Dresden files


I second the Dresden Files. My old college roommates tried for YEARS to get me to read them; finally did last year, and promptly devoured every available book. They're like Harry Potter meets Dirty Harry.
I'll go ahead and add in a thirding of Dresden Files. Started reading it this week and while I've only finished the first book so far, it was quite good.


I'm going to add one to the list that falls in the same category of "don't judge a book by its cover" The "Vampire earth" series, by E. E. Knight

Now before you roll your eyes and move to the next thread, know this:
1. I generally detest vampire related novels.
2. Stephanie Meyer should be drawn and quarterd, shot, hung, then flogged for her crimes against literature.
3. The series title is unfortunate.

It's actually, without spoiling anything, basically the aftermath of a successful alien invasion of earth, with said aliens finding humans to be a tasty food source. It's closer to an adult age version of the John Christopher "tripods" series than anything, and if you can supress your "I hate vampires" urges, its actually a pretty good read. Kind of an extended duration version of "red dawn" except with aliens instead of communists. Anyways, its worth a look. if you hate the first book after the first 4 chapters, you'll hate the series. Otherwise it gets better as it goes.
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God, reading this thread is reminding me how badly I need to start reading actual books again. It's in my blood so thick that every single one of those series sounds good, regardless of actually looking at them. By in the blood, I mean that my grandmother got my sister and I started reading before we hit kindergarten, and she owns so many god **** books she's impossible to buy a gift for, because she usually has 2 copies (of particular note, I believe she may own a copy every single nora roberts book in existence), my dad is a tolkien/patterson fanatic and has even more books than my grandma, and my little sister is so engrossed in books that she's majoring in literature. Me being the family fantasy nut means I'm really behind Smiley: frown
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I've read a few of the Xanth books and the entire Incarnations of Immortality series by P.A. My favorite book of his, though, was Firefly and I'll be damned if I can find my copy or a copy of it anywhere. It was a cross between a sci-fi and a, basically, "adult literature", but it had P.A. level of writing and was really good overall.

I think once I finish SoIaF book 5 I'm gonna start on the Dresden Files since so many people recommended that.

I was hoping SoIaF would last me through the end of the year because I'm planning on buying an e-reader with Christmas bonus money.

Speaking of which, Nook Color or Kindle Fire?
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I hate reading off a tablet screen for a long period of time, personally, and thus prefer the e-ink versions. Plus, you only have to charge them like once a month, if that.

This post probably won't help at all.
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