The New and Improved Recommendation - Fantasy / Horror

Discussion in 'Fantasy / Horror' started by Rob B, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. algernoninc

    algernoninc Now I'm an axolotl

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    if you like your magic over-explained there's Brandon Sanderson with his colour or metal based inventions: WarBreaker, The Mistborn and The Way of Kings. I haven't read the last one yet, but It has been discussed at length on this forum, together with Sanderson's efforts to finish the monumental Wheel of Time - the series with the most interesting epic magical system I have read until now.

    Another favorite of mine is Vlad Taltos - an assassin with spell casting abilities from Steven Brust series.
     
  2. upperhi

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    Love Brust

    Vlad taltos is a great character, love all the Brust books, including The Viscount of Andrilankha series (Paths of the Dead, The Lord of Castle Black, Sethra Lavode) and The Phoenix Guards.
     
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    A bout a week ago my roommate was reading a store called Masters Bloodline on his kindle. I've been reading it and i'm about one half way through, but so far it's a good read and its kinda Jim Butcher-ish. Well style wise anyway.
     
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  4. NickeeCoco

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    I've asked for similar recommendations in the past, but didn't really get a response, so I going to broaden the search a bit.

    I'm looking for stand alone novels with female protagonists and strong themes. Style is a major factor as well. I prefer prose that's all showing, no telling and has lots of dialogue. I want to learn about the world through characters' actions and words, not through info dumps. The less adverbs the better. Young Adult fiction is totally OK to add in there.

    Authors I've read that fit this bill (but not all of them):

    - Ursula K. Le Guin
    - Margaret Atwood
    - Robin McKinley
    - Sheri S. Tepper
    - Elizabeth Moon
    - Patricia A. McKillip
    - Patricia C. Wrede
    - Garth Nix

    Thanks!
     
  5. upperhi

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    Lots of recommendations

    I like action packed books with tough characters, or somewhat literate fantasy reads, but NOT tomes of wasted words or romancy fantasies.
    That said, here are some favorites or recent fairly new authors you might want to look at:(I won't bother with the obvious ones everyone reads, like Jim Butcher who is wonderful) (author with lst in series if there is a series). Some were already mentioned by others somewhere in this thread.

    Well written, non-romancy vamps:
    Kim Newman - Anno Dracula (Queen Victoria marries
    Dracula- bloody and hilarious)
    Clay & Susan Griffith- The Greyfriar
    Ilona Andrews- Magic Bites (some schmaltz/romance)
    Armintrout, Jennifer- The Turning: Book1:
    Baker, Nancy-The Night Inside aka Kiss of the Vampire
    Bowen, Gary Diary of a Vampire

    Action packed fantasies: I just loved these.
    Harry Connolly- Child of Fire
    Warren Ellis- Crooked Little Vein
    Kadrey, Richard Sandman Slim
    Bell, Alex The Ninth Circle
    Pratt T A (Tim) Blood Engines
    Saintcrow Lilith Working for the Devil
    Williams, Liz The Snake Agent

    Weres/shifters
    Kelley Armstrong- Bitten
    Carrie Vaughn- Kitty and the Midnight Hour
    Patricia Briggs- Moon Called
    Cacek Patricia Canyons

    Sword/sorcery but without the wasted words:
    Janrae Frank- In the Darkness Hunting (every word counts)
    Matthew Sturges- Midwinter
    Steven Brust- Taltos or The Lord of Castle Black


    Vamps who are sort of anti-heroes (tough, brutal)
    Karen Taylor-
    Sherry Gottlieb - Love Bite
    Nancy Collins- Sunglasses after Dark
    Charlie Huston- Already Dead
    Cacek Patricia Night Prayers
    Garton, Ray Live Girls

    vamps who help human friends or at least don't kill them
    Tanya Huff- Blood Price
    Mario Acevedo- Nymphos of Rocky Flats
    Martinez, A Lee Gil's All Fright Diner
    Simmons, William Mark 1-One Foot in the Grave
    Stein, Jeanne C The Becoming
    Thurlo, Graham Pale Death

    Dragons
    Jaida Jones- HaveMercy (metal dragons with sentience)
    Naomi Novik- Dragons used as fighter planes against Napoleon- gentle, charming
    Alan Troop- The Dragon de la Sangre- Brutal, pragmatic, warning- children are special tidbits
     
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    Ron Sarti?

    Is there any info about this author? I searched the net and could only find his "Chronicles Of Scar" triolgy which was penned in the mid 1990's. I was curious as to what became of this author.
     
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    So after a couple "meh" reads, I figured it's time to post here for some suggestions.

    I've been on an assassin kick lately, so I suppose a good thief/assassin story would be my top choice. Primarily though, I want something with good character development. As far as theme and genre, I'm pretty much open to anything fantasy related. I tend to like sword/sorcery more than modern day/historical, but I'm open to reading something different.

    Here's a list of some things that I've read to hopefully help with suggestions:

    Books I liked a lot:
    Brent Weeks - Night Angel series
    Scott Lynch - Gentlemen Bastards series
    Brandon Sanderson - Mistborn series
    Joe Ambercrombie - First Law series
    George RR Martin - Ice and Fire series (not so thrilled about the 4th book)
    Terry Goodkind - The first 3/4ths of the Sword of Truth series (not thrilled about the last few books)

    Books that were good, but not great:
    James Barclay - Elfsorrow: I just finished this one and it's alright, but it's not really what I'm looking for right now. I didn't really feel any connection to the characters.

    Raymond Fiest - Magician Apprentice/Master: I really really liked the Apprentice portion. The Master portion got a little crazy for me. I really did like the characters in this one, so I'll probably go back for Silverthorn soon.

    Steven Brust - Jhereg, Yendi, Teckla: Not really sure what I didn't like about these. I think they just seemed a little light, maybe? They were enjoyable, but just lacking something for me.

    Anyway, I hope this can help someone offer up some solid suggestions! I'm looking forward to getting hooked on something new.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  8. AndrewF

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    I want to recommend Spirals of Destiny: Rider by Jim Bernheimer, but I have to mention that it's not a well known author, there's still only 1 book out from this series (and it ends with a cliffhanger), and it's not exactly amazing... But I did enjoy it, and it seems to fit your requirements.

    Out of the authors you listed I've read Earthsea series by Ursula K. Le Guin (it's one of my all-time favorites) and Abhorsen series by Garth Nix (also enjoyed it very much) so it could be that you'll like this book I mentioned...
     
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    I'm about to rap up Michael J Sullivans first Riyria series books, The Crown Conspriacy, nice light read, you dig the characters. I'm in for this whole series, no doubt. I think you'll like these.
     
  10. Jay83

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    You should try jacqueline carey - kushiels dart

    This is part of a trilogy and although the books should be read in order each is a stand alone. I think you would enjoy this book.

    Jay
     
  11. finnskeeper

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    We like a lot of the same authors and style. Based on that I think you'd like:

    Sherwood Smith's Inda series. I love these books and its one of my all time favorite fantasy series. I'm suprised its not mentioned more. That said, I really hated some of the YA stuff she has written.

    Sharon Shinn - love all of her stuff including the Twelve Houses, Angel and YA stuff. I would compare her to Robin McKinley.

    Lynn Flewelling - All her stuff is great, but only the Bone Doll's Twinn has a female protagonist.

    You might like Michelle Sagara as well.

    I enjoyed Kate Forsyth's books which all have strong female protagonists.

    Tamora Pierce is more YA but well written and tells a good story.

    Moira Moore is enjoyable humourous fantasy.

    Not a female protagonist but I love Naomi Novik's books. Also Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett. They latter two have an Atwoodish wicked humor.
     
  12. Loerwyn

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    Less a recommendation of what to buy and more of one for what to read.

    I've gotten started on Sanderson's Mistborn and whilst I quite like it, I got a bit confuddled over his different terms surrounding allomancy and how things are used. I'm also not really sure I want to read it at the moment, which is fun.

    So, not sure what I can read. Whilst I wasn't overly enthused with Sheepfarmer's Daughter, I'm considering picking The Deed of Paksennarrion back up and getting through Divided Allegience (Or whatever it's called).

    What else have I got? WoT and ASoIaF #1, Brooks' Shannara books, a truck load of King books. Uh... Can't think what I have now (Out of date - but still relevant - pics are in the bookshelf thread).

    Edit: Oh! Oh! I have the second Shadows of the Apt novel, too.
     
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    Need to buy a book that was either released in the last couple of months or is going to be released between now and late March. Want to buy a book in Barnes and Noble, but I'm shy of the $25 order for Free Shipping and all the books that I'm interested in I've already bought or can find for cheaper elsewhere, be it from some other site or used books.

    Thanks... recommend away without account for tastes.
     
  14. finnskeeper

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    Well just looking at some on my pre order list at B&N :)

    The Sentinel Mage by Emily Gee

    Lady-Protector by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

    Speak to the Devil (Brothers Magnus Series #1)
    by Dave Duncan

    The River Kings' Road
    by Liane Merciel

    Swords and Dark Magic
    by Jonathan Strahan

    If you can go into April:

    The Dragon's Path
    by Daniel Abraham

    Among Thieves
    by Douglas Hulick

    Retribution Falls
    by Chris Wooding

    The Unremembered
    by Peter Orullian
     
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    The Sentinel Mage by Emily Gee <-- Already Have it.

    Lady-Protector by L. E. Modesitt Jr. <-- Not following the series

    Speak to the Devil (Brothers Magnus Series #1) <--- I'm interested, but expensive at the moment
    by Dave Duncan

    The River Kings' Road <-- Already have it.
    by Liane Merciel

    Swords and Dark Magic <--- Not interested in anthologies.
    by Jonathan Strahan

    The Dragon's Path <--- Already have it
    by Daniel Abraham

    Among Thieves <--- Already have it
    by Douglas Hulick

    Retribution Falls <--- Already have it
    by Chris Wooding

    The Unremembered <--- Going to wait to buy it used
    by Peter Orullian

    Thanks.
     
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    Newton's The Book of Transformations, Bastard?

    I can't wait for it :)
     
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    Already on my radar, but not planning on paying $20+ for it at the moment, so I'm going to wait for the time being. Still haven't finished City of Ruin, so I'm in no hurry. Plus, I've been getting the UK version so far, so I'll probably stick with that. I don't think Barnes and Noble has it available in the US yet anyways.
     
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    Right now I'm looking for an urban fantasy series with an epic fantasy heart.

    The two examples I can give are Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series. Both of these tell the story of a human(ish) protagonist whose adventures build to something more ambitious; what starts with small confrontations with vampires grows into a huge storyline, battles whose outcome will change the world.

    As of this moment, I'm only interested in first-person narratives. I don't mind romantic subplots so long as they're not grotesquely codependent or the primary focus of the book. I tend to prefer a female protagonist.

    So, any recommendations for me? Any other urban fantasy series where the story grows more epic as the series progresses?
     
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    Yes,
    Greg Bear: The Infinity Concerto
    Jan Siegel: Prospero's Children
    and a new one
    Lev Grossman: The Magicians

    Though like many urban fantasy epics, they are subject to the wizard-of-oz syndrome (a strange desire of the author to return everything back to the same place at the end of the book). I wonder at that, since it's a piece-of-crap plot element in almost every case. Take the ending of the TV show Dollhouse for example- that's how it SHOULD be done.
     
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    Mark del Franco's Connor Grey series could fit the bill. It mainly deals with localized politics in Boston, but book by book the scope has been expanding with events affecting Ireland, Germany, etc. and I wouldn't be surprised if in the future we'll see more action outside of Boston. It also has a companion series, but this one is in 3rd person limited and it takes place in Washington DC, Laura Blackstone. Different planes of existence have come into play, and the politics is really heating up world-wide, particularly with the 3 big factions of Humans vs. Fairies vs. Elfs... and all the politics that goes with it. At any moment there could be a huge war, but I don't know if it'll go there, that's not to say that we haven't seen big battles yet because we have.

    Kelly Gay's Charlie Madigan series which starts with The Better Part of Darkness. Takes place in Atlanta, but there's some sort of gateway that connects two other worlds, worlds which had fooled humans into believing they were "Heaven" and "Hell" (haven't gone there yet). Only two books out, so hard to say where this is going, but certainly there seems to be some ambition here on a world-wide scale, plus those other two worlds, but we'll see.

    Nightside by Simon R. Green - Didn't enjoy this series as much as I thought I would, but at the very least is fun.

    Not really what you would call Urban Fantasy, but really check out Vlad Taltos if you really enjoy Dresden, I think you'll enjoy this one as well.

    Got to wait and see where they go from here, but might be worth keeping an eye out to see how "epic" they might get:

    Black Blade Blues - JA Pitts (Norse Mythology + Dragons) - I'll say this, first book had a battle of a bit of epic proportions.

    Courts of they Feyre - Mike Shevdon, got to wait and see really.
     
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