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Old 31-08-2009, 11:58   #1
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Fantasy author recommendations wanted.

Love Terry Pratchett and Craig Shaw Gardner but looking for something new; any recommendations?
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Old 31-08-2009, 14:06   #2
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George R.R. Martin is the king of modern fantasy literature, although his stories are very adult compared to what you've listed. Very much worth a read though, he is fantastic. His major series is A Song Of Ice & Fire which started with A Game Of Thrones. It's currently being adapted into a TV series by HBO.

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Old 31-08-2009, 14:15   #3
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Although a childrens' author, Diana Wynn Jones has written some great books - Howls Moving Castle is extremely funny (more so than the film); A Tale of Time City is also excellent - a very intriguing time travel story mixed in with wartime evacuations.
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Old 31-08-2009, 16:31   #4
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George R.R. Martin is the king of modern fantasy literature.
Yep, no question about that - A Song Of Ice And Fire is the best thing out there in the genre IMO.

Other authors I've really enjoyed recently are:

Joe Abercrombie
Scott Lynch
R. Scott Bakker
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Old 01-09-2009, 00:19   #5
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Piers Anthony is pretty good, check out the Blue Adept or Incarnations of Immortality series (its criminal that the latter has never been considered for turning into a movie series)
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For a lover of Pratchet RR Martin may be way off the deap end, its HUGE and has so many characters its hard to keep up.

Others to think about:

Raymond E Feist - start with Magician, perfect.
Raymond E Feist + Janny Wurts, Empire trilogy.
Steve Erickson , Malazan Book of the Fallen - start with Gardens of the Moon.
David Gemmell - if you havnt you should, ace characters, great fight and battle scenes. Start with Legend & continue with the rest of the Drenai series.
Patrick Rothfuss - The Name of the Wind , IMO the best debu fantasy novel for a long time.
Brent Weeks - The Night Angel Trilogy

And an honorary mention of Glen Cook and his Black company books, short & not sweet, dark gritty anti hero stuff.
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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. Robin Hobb writes fantasy on a slightly less epic scale but it's quite enjoyable, the Farseer trilogy is a good read.
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I like(ed) Hobb but she's gone all crap lately.
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As well as Martin I have enjoyed Kate Elliot, Michael Scott Rohan and Brian Ruckley in the last year or so.
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Old 01-09-2009, 13:14   #10
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Raymond Feist - Magician (and the rest of the Riftwar Saga)
David Gemmell - Legend
David Eddings - The Belgariad and The Mallorean
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Joe Abercrombie is top of the recent new wave of fantasy authors for me.
His "First Law" trilogy is hard to put down and features the best character in fantasy ever (Inquisitor Glotka).

Also second the mentions of Scott Lynch and Patrick Rothfuss above.

For something a little different (Napoleonic Wars + Vampires), try Jasper Kent's "Twelve".
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I recommend China Meville books. Really Enjoyed his first 3
Perdido Street Station
The Scar
The Iron Council

All excellent reads. The Scar is a personal Favorite.
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Raymond Feist - Magician (and the rest of the Riftwar Saga)
David Gemmell - Legend
David Eddings - The Belgariad and The Mallorean
The Belgariad by David Eddings is definitely worth a read, the rest of his stuff is a bit too similar I've found.

Magician is definitely good, the rest of the trilogy wasn't quite as strong but still worth reading.

The Drenai series by David Gemmel (starting with Legend) is very good, easy reads but definitely enjoyable. Most of his books are similar but also very enjoyable.

Somone not mentioned yet is L E Modessit Jr. I've read a few of his/her "Recluse" series and really enjoyed them. There are quite a few and I've read 3 or 4 of them. They don't seem to require reading in any particular order once you've read the first (well, I didn't think so, the ones I read weren't "in order" but they still made sense based on the first one).
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David Eddings 'The Belgariad' I found to be a cheap LOTR knockoff and didnt get very far with it.
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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.
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..or ever... Love them tho, powers & gods & super characters all over the place.
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I loved the Belgariad and the Mallorean mentioned previously, although some of Eddings other work is a bit iffy.

Stephen Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant is good, although can be a little hard work. The Second Chronicles are much less satisfactory.

Anne McCaffrey's dragons of Pern books are good too - she also has other books, although some of them are a little more sci-fi than fantasy.

Possibly also the Dune series by Frank Herbert?
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Stephen Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant is good, although can be a little hard work. The Second Chronicles are much less satisfactory.
I love Stephen Donaldson's stuff, enjoyed the "second chronicles" just as much as the first I think. Can't wait for the third set to be finished, I'm not starting them until they are!

His short story collection "Reave the Just and other Tales" is very good too (although the title story was one of the worst in there I'd say).
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I love Stephen Donaldson's stuff, enjoyed the "second chronicles" just as much as the first I think. Can't wait for the third set to be finished, I'm not starting them until they are!

His short story collection "Reave the Just and other Tales" is very good too (although the title story was one of the worst in there I'd say).
Donaldson's writing is very good, in that I found myself completely drawn into Covenant's character. I think that's why I found the Second Chronicles less enjoyable - Covenant is in such a dark place for the whole thing! I have the first book of the Last Chronicles, but haven't started it yet. My brother also reads them and he said it's very, very dull!

Donaldson's Mordants Need series is also good.
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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.
His chapter structure is a work of genius - by having each chapter dedicated to a particular subset of characters and focused on one in particular means that you very quickly get to know each one of a large cast and understand their relationships. Very, very good writing.
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