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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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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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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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#10 Jul 05 2012 at 6:32 PM Rating: Decent
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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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#13 Jul 06 2012 at 7:36 AM Rating: Good
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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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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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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#20 Jul 07 2012 at 5:59 PM Rating: Good
Someone just dropped the Outland series by Diana Gabaldon on my desk. Anybody read them?
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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.
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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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.

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I love love love LOVE LOVE LOVE my Kindle.

With Amazon Prime, I got the entire library of out of copyright classics for free. That included pretty much every book I actually sort of enjoyed from middle school and high school, included the entirety of the works of Mark Twain.

The 99 cent book sales ensure I'm not paying too much for something I might not like, and every month Amazon publishes a list of 100 books available for less than $4, which usually includes a few bestsellers.
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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.


Seconded. LCD screens are fine for short duration reading, reading magazines, or playing games. If you value your eyes, you shouldn't use them for reading novels. I've owned 2 e-readers so far, a nook simple touch and a nook simple touch glow. The simple touch glow is entirely worth it. The Kindle e-ink version of the simple touch glow will be out shortly. I think Kindle has a slight edge on their operating system over the nook, but its not huge and if you have a barnes and noble card already that outweighs it. The sony e-readers are also quite nice. overprices, but still very nice. they didn't have a glowlight one as of last time I looked though.

Buy a tablet for playing angry birds. Get a simple touch glow for actual reading.
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I think I see a Nook Simple Touch Glow in my future.
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UPDATE TIME:

Went to BN on my lunch break today and picked up Storm Front, the first book in the Dresden Files. I was kind of disappointed in the price because at first I had Sword of Shannara, which was $2 cheaper and a couple hundred pages longer.

I read the first couple chapters of Storm Front and it's pretty good. A guy at BN saw what book I was buying and asked if I had ever read a similar series by Glen Cook of The Black Company fame. I said I hadn't and he couldn't remember the series name, just that every book had some kind of metal in the title.

Anybody know what he was talking about and if it's any good?

Edit: After overlooking it on Glen Cook's Wikipedia page 4 times, apparently he was talking about Garrett PI. My second question still stands.

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Amazon Marketplace and Ebay are where I pick up my books now. Between the two of them, I can usually find the books I want in hardcover for less than the price of new paperback. Unless it's a newly released book, I always buy used. As much as I love technology, I prefer holding an actual book in my hands over a tablet/ereader.

The first couple books in The Dresden Files are the worst of the lot. They don't really start to grab you until book four, but after that they make for a fairly solid series.
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I've read the Garret series. It's good. it's also some of his oldest work so you can find the whole entire series in used book stores. It's making a comeback because he just wrote a pair of new books in the series though. Its hard to find piecemiel, and they haven't re-released up to the point where he just picked back up again writing them, so if you don't go the used book store route they can be difficult to find in order. Some of the middile ones can be a little similar, though the last one just threw out most of the paradigm and reset a few things, which will be interesting to see how it goes.

You might also like some of Simon R Green's similar series (the "secret histories" one or the "Nightside" one in particular) There is also a very similar series that I can't remember the auther about a character in the title named "Tharaxxis" but not spelled like that since google appears to be refusing to find anything similar to that name and the books are hideing on my bookshelf from me. But that one is also good, though he never finished it because he went crazy and stopped writing.
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Ender series is cool, by O.S. Card (was mentioned a few post up). If you have not read them, find a site that list them in the "right" order as the story flows better.

Discworld is something I picked up because there were many books (I do Audio books at work, so I can, in Theory listen to 8hrs or so each day), and found I REALLY liked them. Netflix has some of the RL TV movies, and animated ones. They are awesome.

Everything else I could list I think has been said. However a quick search didn't show The Kingkiller Chronicle. It is @ book 2, with at least 1 more to go. It is a pretty good story.
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Did you pick up a Nook yet, BDJ? If you did, you can find torrents online, and a program like Calibre should help to convert file formats if you need to, in order to get them onto your reader. For backing up copies of books you already own, of course.
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Did you pick up a Nook yet, BDJ? If you did, you can find torrents online, and a program like Calibre should help to convert file formats if you need to, in order to get them onto your reader. For backing up copies of books you already own, of course.


No, I'll be getting the Nook as a Christmas present to myself when I get my bonus check in early December. Until then it's paperbacks for me.
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Picked up books 2 and 3 of the Dresden Files today. Someone earlier in the thread said the first few books were the worst. If this series only gets better after that first entry, I'm in for a treat.
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Picked up books 2 and 3 of the Dresden Files today. Someone earlier in the thread said the first few books were the worst. If this series only gets better after that first entry, I'm in for a treat.

I didn't find the first few books bad; it's just after you've read a bunch, you really get invested in the characters and (from what I remember) the author's writing skills improve a bit.
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I read the overview of the The Dresden Files on Wikipedia and had a good laugh over it. It's clearly not for me.

This bit really had me rolling:

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Butcher's original proposed title for the first novel was "Semiautomagic", which sums up the series' balance of fantasy and hard-boiled detective fiction.


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Picked up books 2 and 3 of the Dresden Files today. Someone earlier in the thread said the first few books were the worst. If this series only gets better after that first entry, I'm in for a treat.

I didn't find the first few books bad; it's just after you've read a bunch, you really get invested in the characters and (from what I remember) the author's writing skills improve a bit.


See, that's what I figured whoever posted that meant, but I didn't find Butcher's writing to be bad at all. I found the editing proofreading to be borderline terrible, but I'm not really reading a book unless I find an error every third page or so.

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God **** I am tearing through the Dresden Files. I bought book 4 (Summer Knight) on my lunch break Monday and I'm already over halfway done with it just reading it for a bit before work and on lunch breaks. I wanted to get book 5 (Death Masks), but the BN by work didn't have it. The one by my house has it, so I reserved a copy and I'll pick it up tonight.

And whoever said the books get better was right. Everyone so far has been better than the one before it.
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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.


An old friend of mine wrote this [or in ebook format]; It's a mystery novel set in a urban fantasy environment.
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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.


An old friend of mine wrote this [or in ebook format]; It's a mystery novel set in a urban fantasy environment.


And you gave him three five star reviews, very generous.
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Nope, I haven't read it yet, because I'm a bad friend.
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#46 Aug 15 2012 at 8:47 AM Rating: Excellent
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On a side note, I started reading Ender's Game last night, and I've torn through half of it already (granted, it's only about 300 pages). Really liking it.
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#47 Aug 17 2012 at 11:24 AM Rating: Excellent
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Had to buy books 6 and 7 of the Dresden Files yesterday. These books are so damned good!!! I noticed that a new one was just released, at least on paperback, but I can't remember the name of it. I'm enjoying Butcher's writing so much, I may have to check out his other series when I get to the end of the Dresden Files.

On a side note, a friend of mine is reading the Garrett, PI series and says they're pretty good. When I finish the Dresden Files (or at least catch up to Butcher's writing speed), I may have to check those out.
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#48 Aug 19 2012 at 8:03 PM Rating: Good
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On a side note, I started reading Ender's Game last night, and I've torn through half of it already (granted, it's only about 300 pages). Really liking it.


Read Ender's Shadow and Speaker for the Dead, then you can probably drop the series without missing much.
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#49 Aug 20 2012 at 5:12 PM Rating: Decent
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Speaking of The Dresden Files, there is an official release date for the next book, "Cold Days". I know what I'll be doing on November 27th.
#50 Aug 20 2012 at 9:02 PM Rating: Good
Something I've been reading recently is King's The Dark Tower series. On Book 4, and it's pretty good. It's not typical Stephen King work (i.e., not Horror). There's elements of it, but it's more of a Western/Fantasy/Sci Fi/Horror/Adventure mashup. Definitely worth a pickup if you like any or all of those genres.
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#51 Aug 21 2012 at 5:59 PM Rating: Good
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Good news for all you nerds, BT is working on completing his novel, Red Junction. It's a horror/zombie/western that's kind of the awesomest thing ever. If anyone is interested, here is a link to an exerpt, he is putting together a Kickstarter page to try to secure the final push of funds to finish, edit, and self-publish it as an ebook. Of course the dream is that enough people will like it that it will get printed some day, and he has enough material for a triology, so I thought this would be a decent place to test the waters and see if there are any nibbles.
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