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Old 18-09-2009, 18:49   #21
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Jim Butchers Codex Alera series is fantastic, Rome with a dash of magic and some large critters thrown in, marvellous stuff.
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Old 18-09-2009, 21:48   #22
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Raymond E Feist's "Magician" is magnificent, really liked that. Also a fan of Stephen Donaldson's "Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant" Series.
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Old 21-09-2009, 13:52   #23
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Raymond E Feist's "Magician" is magnificent, really liked that. Also a fan of Stephen Donaldson's "Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant" Series.
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Old 28-09-2009, 10:01   #24
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KJ Parker's Engineer Trilogy is excellent - and I've heard good things about his other stuff too.
I'm also enjoying Jim Butcher's Dresden Files for a bit of light reading!

Trudi Canavan's Magician's Apprentice trilogy is pretty good
Stan Nicholls' Orcs books I enjoyed too
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Old 30-10-2009, 04:31   #25
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In my opinion Fantasy = Dragons therefore, Anne McCaffrey is my recommendation.
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Old 30-10-2009, 09:29   #26
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The Fantasy Masterworks put out by Gollancz has a pretty good selection of mostly stand-alone works. One of the exceptions is the two volumes of Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and Grey Mouser stories, vol. 1 & vol. 2. They also put out a selection of Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melnibone stories;
and books by Poul Anderson, Jack Vance (subject of a new volume of stories based on his Tales of the dying Earth)

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Old 30-10-2009, 19:03   #27
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Old 06-11-2009, 14:33   #28
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Martin's work is indeed huge and complex but he keeps a focus on character and doesn't allow things to become bloated.
I've got to say. I dont agree. yes I did enjoy the first book and I got most of the way through the 3rd book and just lost interest. Too many characters, too much time spent discussing minor characters who your then supposed to remember the full details of in a book and half's time. Time and interest invested in characters only to find them killed off leaving you wondering whether you actually needed to have all that superflous info and on the whole I ended up feeling that there was a lot of padding going on.

Also george finish the next bloddy book for gods sake.

Given his age, physique and the speed at which he writes I seriously doubt that this series will ever be complete.

I'll wait for the HBO series

Belgariad and magician are brilliant
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Old 06-11-2009, 15:52   #29
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Surprised no one has mentioned Neil Gaiman.

Legend imo
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Old 06-11-2009, 16:55   #30
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Gaiman's Neverwhere and American Gods are great books!

I also absolutely love Julian May's Saga of Pliocene Exiles. While it's a little bit Sci-Fi it can also be seen as believable fantasy, if that makes any sense.
One of my all time favorite series, and I'm a massive fan of Pratchett's work if that makes any difference.
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Old 12-03-2012, 13:26   #31
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Also suprised no one has mentioned Tad Williams. His Memory Sorrow and Thorn trilogy is fantastic, as is the Shadowmarch Quartet.

For a starter you could also try his stand alone The war of the Flowers which is absolutely fantastic (imho)!

Wasn't quite as fussed with the Otherland series, which started really well and has some great sections although wasn't quite as impressed with its ending.

Mini review of War of the Flowers here: http://www.sfsite.com/12a/wf165.htm

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Old 12-03-2012, 13:34   #32
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I'd add Robert Rankin and Tom Holt. Rankin's Armageddon series and Holt's Expecting Someone Taller are great. Not necessarily fantasy, but certainly the same sort of humour as Pratchett (Craig Shaw Gardner always felt like a wannabe to me).
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Yeah I have read some of Tom Holts work as well, pretty good stuff. Need to get hold of some more actually.
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Also suprised no one has mentioned Tad Williams. His Memory Sorrow and Thorn trilogy is fantastic
I found these to be a bit of a struggle, especially the last one (which was split into two paperbacks).

Most of the books by Tom Holt I've read have been pretty funny.
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Another vote for Joe Abercrombie.

Would have been G R R Martin, but while the first 3 books just kept getting exponentially more awesome, he seems to have pretty well lost it with the last two books. There's no plot progression at all, they pay way too much attention to a certain dull as ditchwater character on a pointless search, and have taken him ten years to write to boot!
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Yes, I reckon Joe Abercrombie is the best writer out there at the moment. He combines fantastic characters, dialogue and stories and knocks them out at a rate of one every 18 months or so.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Abercrombie's first book, but have thought that each subsequent one has got weaker.

Has there been no mention of David Gemmell yet? He wrote some excellent fantasy books with, admittedly, much the same plot in all of them. But a good read nonetheless

My most recent fantasy reads have been by Patrick Rothfuss Patrick Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson Brandon Sanderson

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Old 15-03-2012, 23:21   #38
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Steven Erikson's Malazan books are awesome, if not quite overwhelming in scale at times. It tends to drop you in at the deep end and has a huge cast. I got it to them form several friend's recomendations, I had to re-read the first chapter of the first book (Gardens of the Moon - Rubbish title but makes sense later on, kinda) quite a few times before I realised that you don't get everything nice and neatly explained to you right away.
Hear hear! Erikson is the Proust of fantasy. He's astonishingly good.
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I found these to be a bit of a struggle, especially the last one (which was split into two paperbacks).

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God aren't they though? The majority of 2400 pages is plodding along somewhere looking for something/someone with about 30 pages of actual battles thrown in. I absoluted hated the main character Simon in the first 2 books as well the whiney little bitch. I'm just getting to the end now and am forcing myself to continue....
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Been reading the Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch on the strength of the recommendations above - good stuff. If you like Joe Abercrombie, then this is at least worth a look.
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