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RE, Stephan R. Donaldson/Thomas Covenant trilogies, there are actually 3 of them. Have only read the first book of the Final trilogy, so can't comment. But loved the first two trilogies.

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The 3rd trilogy falls way short of the first two. It just did not draw me in like the first two trilogies... maybe because I could not help but think that he is milking a dead cow. He wrote another "series" of two books called Mordant's Need. Excellent stuff. I read the first three books in the Gap series but it got too heavy for me after that....
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Has anybody read The Dark Tower series by Stephen King?
I managed to read the first three books but never managed to continue. I remembered it got more and more surreal....
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Old 13.03.2013, 17:07
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Cheers for starting this thread, Paddy, lots of reading material to dive into!
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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

May I humbly suggest a book? Author is a family member. His first novel. He`s now rewriting it, to cut out the crap (he says) and make it shorter. And has a sequel lined up to follow. Available from most book-sellers.

"They call me Nightwalker" by Ronnie van der Weide.

It`s fantasy, set in our village, when the old orchards were still intact, ancient cellars hadn`t been renovated, lores of the past begin to intrude into modern life, sort of stuff.
One needs to walk thru the misty forests to capture the spirit of the story.
Or just stumble home drunk on a snowy winter evening.
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Thank you all once again. Nearly finished the 2nd of the Kingkiller Chronicles, only to find out the 3rd is not yet available. That's 3 fantasy series for which I am waiting for the next installment .
Having said that, thoroughly enjoying his books, a little slow in places and some sections are overly long, but all in all a great read.
Peter V Brett's 3/3 is now out (The Daylight War, The Demon Cycle series, rampaging through it at the mo).

Most of the ones I (and others) recommended are old, so you can get into the full series knowing it is completed work.
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Loved The Gap series. Actually, I thought the first one was very weak (but short), but the remaining 4-5 were excellent, IMO!

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The 3rd trilogy falls way short of the first two. It just did not draw me in like the first two trilogies... maybe because I could not help but think that he is milking a dead cow. He wrote another "series" of two books called Mordant's Need. Excellent stuff. I read the first three books in the Gap series but it got too heavy for me after that....
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Thought of tipping your toe into scifi? If so Peter F Hamilton and Alistair Reynolds do some great stuff.

However, if you want to keep to the fantasy books then you must read the Robin Hodd liveship series, really good read, as is the Farseer trlogy
Sorry. meant Robin Hobb not Hodd!!
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Sorry. meant Robin Hobb not Hodd!!
I would strongly recommend Robin Hobb. I have finsihsed the Farseer and Liveship trilogies already. I am currently reading book three of the Tawny man trilogy, with the Rain Wild Chronicles to follow. I find her characters very real. However, her novels do not have the raw edge of George R.R. Martin. Less blood and sex

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Old 22.03.2013, 18:33
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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

I'm also looking for recommendations from fantasy readers. Here are examples of what I have enjoyed reading:

Shannara - 1st trilogy only
Spellsinger series
Magic Kingdom series
Dragonlance Chronicles and Legends trilogies
Deathgate cycle
LOTR and The Silmarillion
Thomas Covenant - Series 1+2 only

Any recommendations that match the tone of anything in the above list? I seem to enjoy titles that are completely based in a "Dungeons & Dragons" type world (i.e. nothing to do with the real world whatsoever), and stories that contain humour (hence, Thomas Covenant is bottom of my list since it is quite depressing!)

Was thinking about starting Game of Thrones but afraid that it would not fit my criteria. How about the "Sword of truth" series?
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I'm also looking for recommendations from fantasy readers. Here are examples of what I have enjoyed reading:

Shannara - 1st trilogy only
Spellsinger series
Magic Kingdom series
Dragonlance Chronicles and Legends trilogies
Deathgate cycle
LOTR and The Silmarillion
Thomas Covenant - Series 1+2 only

Any recommendations that match the tone of anything in the above list? I seem to enjoy titles that are completely based in a "Dungeons & Dragons" type world (i.e. nothing to do with the real world whatsoever), and stories that contain humour (hence, Thomas Covenant is bottom of my list since it is quite depressing!)

Was thinking about starting Game of Thrones but afraid that it would not fit my criteria. How about the "Sword of truth" series?
No, similar to Game of Thrones imho. Anne Bishop's "Black Jewels" books have good characterisation and some very funny scenes too, as does her "Tir Alainn" trilogy (think dancing/music loving horse); the "Emphera" ones not so much. Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series is good too.
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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

China Mieville's The City and The City about two cities occupying the same space, the inhabitants of each of which being forbidden from acknowledging the existence of their counterparts lest they find themselves "in breach".

It's mental and brilliant.
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Well, I'm up to speed with the Game of Thrones and Wheel of time series. Completed the Mistborn books and a few more Brandon Sandersons, but would like to try another Fantasy author. Can anyone recommend anything (has to be available on Kindle).
Cheers m'dears.
If you liked Game of Thrones, check out Joe Abercrombie. He's been influenced quite a bit by GRRM, and thus a good read, although quite a bit darker than GoT. If you liked Essos, then Stone Dance of the Chameleon by Ricardo Pinto is worth checking out as well.

Never liked the WoT myself, so unfortunately can't really give out recommendations based on that.
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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

I have read many of the books reccomended and have been an avid fantasy and sci-fi reader since childhood.

I thought I would say if you haven't tried him, take a look at some of Terry Pratchett's Discwold novels.

Not classic high fantasy, they are set in a fantasy world and are full of humourous and satirical allusions to things in the real world.
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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

Since I started this thread, I've been devouring fantasy books like warmed-through muffins.

Of particular note, I thoroughly enoyed the Kingkiller series by Patrick Rothfuss, can't wait for the final installment. Same for the Demon Chronicles series by Peter V. Brett. A Throne of Bones by Vox Day was a great read and has the makings of an excellent series, as does The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. No-one mentioned (I think) The Riryia Revelations trilogy by Michael J. Sullivan, perhaps a little more light-hearted than other high fantasy series, but thoroughly enjoyable.
A couple of books I can highly recommend are The Broken Empire series by Mark Lawrence, set in a post-apocalyptic, post-technological Europe, which has regressed to a feudal system and the most disagreeable, yet immensely likeable (if you see what I mean) protagonist. Again, I am patiently awaiting the third and final installment.
I've just started the 2nd book in the recommended Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist, all looking good so far.
Of special mention, The City and the City was a bizarre concept, but a great read, and a couple of stand alone books by Brandon Sanderson, Elantris and Warbreaker, were also good. Also managed to finish the Wheel of Time marathon.
I think I've ploughed my way through some 30-plus fantasy books (thank you Kindle) since February, and not one has been a dud. Many, many thanks for all your excellent recommendations.
Just waiting Mr. Martin to bring out the latest GoT, but seems he's too busy concentrating on the TV show at the moment, damn him.

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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

Hi All,

One of my favourites is

Katherine Kerr - The Deverry Series - I seem to read these books over and over again.

She writes well and you get attached to characters quickly - there is some repetition because you are taken through many transformations - but it all adds to the story being told.

My current addiction is China Mieville.

Perdido St Station
The Scar

just a couple of many.

He can be a difficult read and not to everyones taste.

He does say though.. that he does not try to write what readers want but tries to make readers want what he writes.
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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

I would highly recommend the Coldfire trilogy by C S Friedman.
http://www.csfriedman.com/category/n...dfire-trilogy/

I read these years ago and really enjoyed them.

Some good stuff listed in this thread!
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I just realised how many fantasy authors use their middle name initials; are they all trying to imitate the great Mr. Tolkien?
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I have read many of the books reccomended and have been an avid fantasy and sci-fi reader since childhood.

I thought I would say if you haven't tried him, take a look at some of Terry Pratchett's Discwold novels.

Not classic high fantasy, they are set in a fantasy world and are full of humourous and satirical allusions to things in the real world.
I read each and every book from the Discworld series, plus most of the other Pratchett's books, all during my last maternity break 2 years ago

I'm a great great fan, altough I think the last two Discworld novels weren't up to my expectations. And I didn't like Dodger as well.
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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

There's already trillions of books in the thread and I haven't read any of the books in the link I'm about to post... but I'm posting it anyway. A friend sent it to me and some of the descriptions of the books make me want to stop everything and dive right in.

13 Fantasy Novels that are good despite their covers

Not sure if they're on kindle.
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Re: Fantasy book recommendations

I agree with MarkL2005. The Death Gate Cycle (a 7 book series) by Margaret Weis is an absolutely fantastic read. The worlds in this series are so unique that you will not find anything similar in any other books. First book in the series is called Dragon Wing.

Is your kindle registered to a US address?? From what I can see the books are only available to kindle US and not available in switzerland.
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