The New and Improved Recommendation - Fantasy / Horror

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

  1. DurzoBlint

    DurzoBlint http://tinyurl.com/363ogv

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2009
    Messages:
    1,620
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    71
    whatshouldireadnext.com

    While it can be hit or miss the website www.whatshouldireadnext.com is also a good place to start if you are looking for a book.

    I will say that when the site misses it is off by miles. But nothing is perfect.

    Here is the homepage blurb about the site:

    Enter a book you like and the site will analyse our database of real readers'
    favourite books (over 65,000 and growing) to suggest what you could read next.
    (You can register on the results page and build your own favourites list)
     
  2. Horsip

    Horsip New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2009
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    what to read

    I thought I
     
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2009
  3. Walt

    Walt Registered User

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2009
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Hello,
    Just like some of the other posts in this thread, I'm new around here and joined the community to get ideas on what I should begin reading next. I'm fairly new to the genre and really have no idea where to go after I'm finished with the series of books I am currently working on.

    On the advice of a friend, I picked up Wizards First Rule by Terry Goodking and began reading the series. At the moment I am working on book 8 (Naked Empire) and have enjoyed what I have read so far. The only exception being Books 3 (Blood of the Fold) and Book 7 (Pillars of Creation).

    With the series growing closer to a close, I'm looking for suggestions on what to read next. I've gotten some random suggestions to check out Wheel of Time and a Story of Ice and Fire. I looked into picking up the first couple of books for one of the series, but I've come to learn they are not complete.

    I would like to move into another series that is finished so that I don't find myself waiting for the last book(s) to be published. Any book that I pick up to follow the Sword of Truth series doesn't necessarily have to be a series, a single book would be just fine as well.

    Being that the Sword of Truth Series is my only experience with this genre, I should probably make a couple of notes on what I've liked and disliked, so that suggestions would be easier to make.

    I'm kind of torn on the lack of races in the book. I've loved movies with Elves, Dwarves, Humans, etc, but at the same time I didn't miss them in this series. I like that the story is fairly straightforward and easy to follow, but I wouldn't mind more twists along the way.

    I often feel like the author thinks that his readers may have memory problems. The non-stop reminders of things in past books are not required and I would happily do without. While I can read through a couple of paragraphs detailing a rape in progress, I'm seeing it so often in these books I'm becoming numb to it.

    Some books that I have enjoyed outside of the Wizards and Magic arena have been Velocity by Dean Koontz, the three Hannibal books by Thomas Harris (Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal), and a handful of Stephen King novels from back in my High School days.

    While I'm unsure if any of this will help you make suggestions on my next book purchase, I look forward to any direction you may have on where to go from here. Even though I am a little ways out from finishing the series (3 Books and a Novella), I've been reading about a book per week and like to order things in advance so that I don't have to sit around and wait for the USPS/UPS/Fed-Ex truck to arrive with my order.

    Also,
    Almost forgot to mention it. Someone recommended that I read Villains by Necessity by Eve Forward. On a whim I ordered it with the last of the Sword of Truth series. I haven't read it yet, but would like to know how it compares, if at all, to what i am currently reading.

    Thanks
    -Walt
     
  4. PeterWilliam

    PeterWilliam Omnibus Prime

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2008
    Messages:
    2,471
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Hiya Walt,

    I've nothing on Eve Forward. Concerning finished series, there are several by many authors. You might try David Eddings (series: Belgariad, Malloreon, Elenium, Tamuli), Terry Brooks (various Shannara series) and Raymond E. Feist (numerous series set in the world created first in Magician).

    Other finished series, darker and more grim in content, would include: R. Scott Bakker's Prince of Nothing trilogy, Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy and Brian Ruckley's Godless World trilogy.
     
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2009
  5. Walt

    Walt Registered User

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2009
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    PeterWilliam,
    Thanks for the suggestions. I've done a couple of quick searches on all of the titles mentioned and they seem very interesting.

    I think I am going to start with David Eddings: Belgariad

    -Walt
     
  6. Seak

    Seak and I like to party.

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2008
    Messages:
    1,421
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    71
    So I've really been in the mood to try some Stephen King lately. I've never read anything by him, but I own the first 3 books in the Dark Tower series. I figure I'll definitely like them, but I really need a stand-alone novel right now.

    I've narrowed it down to The Stand and The Talisman. Which one should I get? They both seem really good and I've read nothing but good reviews on them.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  7. trippingchris

    trippingchris New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2009
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I'm looking for a new fantasy series to pick up. I really like political and military fantasy like A Song of Ice and Fire and Malazan. I've already some of the newer authors like Bakker, Abercrombie and Lynch. I've searched and can't find a solid recommendation along those lines. Any help is appreciated.
     
  8. Bastard

    Bastard Jack Bauer

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2009
    Messages:
    1,826
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Hi, I've been looking into Earthsea. I see that there are about 5 novels and 7 short stories. Never been a fan of reading short stories, so before I start reading the novels I'm wondering if any of the short stories is crucial to the series or are the novels themselves enough to fully understand the series?

    Thanks.
     
  9. Hobbit

    Hobbit Now.. A Seriously Likeable Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2001
    Messages:
    11,455
    Likes Received:
    106
    Trophy Points:
    198
    The Stand is wholly Stephen King wheras the Talisman was Peter Straub/Stephen King. Might help your choice. Out of those two I'd go The Stand myself, though I know RobB loves Talisman. (I keep meaning to reread that one myself.) You've picked two great doorstops though, Seak. Personally i'd go for something like Firestarter or The Dead Zone to start with. Shorter, yet you still get the idea of King's writing.

    Tripping: sounds like you might be one for David Anthony Durham's Acacia.

    My advice would be to start with the first three books. See how you feel after that.

    Mark
     
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2009
  10. Shayna

    Shayna Greyscale

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2003
    Messages:
    869
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Hey Seak!

    I started reading Stephen King a long time ago and love his creations!! :D

    I have read and enjoyed so many of his books!

    I see Hobbit has given his point of view that you should read The stand first...but I on the other hand prefer you begin with The Talisman!! hahaha!!
    Yes...both Peter Straub and Stephen King collaborated on this great book, and I truly find it to be one of the better reads all around!

    Sorry to disagree with you Hobbit...hahaha!! But I will say the Stand is still a magnificent piece of writing!!

    His epitaph, of course, is the Dark Tower series and you will really enjoy this!!

    have fun reading, Shayna:)
     
  11. Criselle

    Criselle Go books!

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2008
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Hello,
    I have decided that I want to read some really cliche fantasy. I don't particularly know why...
    Maybe because so many of the popular books now are books that are "different" that are particularly Not Cliche. I have been reading these a lot lately and have found myself wanting to read some of that stuff taht they are different from.
    I want to read about elves that live in forests and are always inexplicably graceful and rangers and epic battles between Good and Evil, improbable heros, dwarves, dragons, and all the rest.

    No idea why this sudden urge has come upon me, but it has. I guess that so much of the stuff out there is so Original and Different that it will be different for me to read tjose books that they are different from. Forme right now, "different" has become the cliche and all that cliche stuff is different.

    So, can anyone recomend me the most cliche, elves-and-dragons types of books/series that you know? If you know of any good ones, with good writing that you liked despite the cliche-ness, that would be great. Length of series is no issue, I like long serieses (as long as they are good).
     
  12. ThaSensei

    ThaSensei New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2009
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    So I was in a couple weeks ago trolling for suggestions on what to read. I picked up Brent Weeks' The Way of Shadows and I just wanted to pop in and say thanks for the suggestion! I love the book and I can't wait to finish the series.

    Anyway, just wanted to say thanks!
     
  13. DurzoBlint

    DurzoBlint http://tinyurl.com/363ogv

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2009
    Messages:
    1,620
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    71
    I would agree that Prince of Nothing by Bakker and Godless World by Ruckley is a darker and grim series. Both series are completed.

    Still on the fence on PoN but I did enjoy Godless World quite a bit.
     
  14. abbeybrooke

    abbeybrooke New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2009
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2009
  15. NickeeCoco

    NickeeCoco Reader Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2009
    Messages:
    2,874
    Likes Received:
    79
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Hello everyone.

    I am looking for something specific in either sci-fi or fantasy. If it's fantasy, I would prefer it to not be modern.

    I'm looking for more 'feminist' stuff. Stuff like Margaret Atwood, Sheri S. Tepper, Elizabeth Moon, Angela Carter, but, please, no Marion Zimmer Bradley. I really don't like her writing. I don't like feminist writing where the women are so obviously different from the men. I mean, cultural/social differences are fine, but I prefer books where, if there's magic, both women and men have it.

    The stuff I've been reading lately has lots of action and a fast pace. I would prefer suggestions that contain those things as well.

    Suggestions?

    And thank you.
     
  16. PeterWilliam

    PeterWilliam Omnibus Prime

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2008
    Messages:
    2,471
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Well, since you really enjoyed Elizabeth Moon, at least as much as I did, perhaps we've got some parallel tastes here. If so, try Carol Berg's Rai-kirah trilogy.
     
  17. Cranky Hamster

    Cranky Hamster Registered User

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    558
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Rai-Kirah is a solid trilogy but there's nothing really "feminist" about it (the two main characters are guys, and there's not much gender equality going on in Alek's society) and it's also pretty modern, having come out in... 2000 or thereabouts?

    Mercedes Lackey's By the Sword is slightly older and has a story very similar to the Deed of Paksenarrion (charting the history and rise of a female professional soldier). I remember it being a pretty quick read, with what drum-banging there was being in the direction of gender/LGBT equality issues. I haven't read it in like ten years, though, so I can't vouch for the quality of the writing. I remember that it was better than some of Lackey's more slapdash work in the late '90s, but that is about all I can tell you.
     
  18. PeterWilliam

    PeterWilliam Omnibus Prime

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2008
    Messages:
    2,471
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I suggested it more for the writing. Carol Berg, as a female author, is underrated. Not as badly as Elizabeth Moon, IMO, but underrated none-the-less. Also, as a female author, she has male characters that are far more believable than many male authors' female characters. Also, the pace for Rai-kirah really seemed to fit what NickeeCoco was looking for.
     
  19. NickeeCoco

    NickeeCoco Reader Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2009
    Messages:
    2,874
    Likes Received:
    79
    Trophy Points:
    83
    I read Lackey, along with Katherine Kerr, a lot when I was a "tweener" and early teen, so from about '93-95. I tried to re-read some of her stuff a few years ago, but I have to admit it didn't really appeal to me anymore. There was a lot of cliche stuff and "easy fixes". I forget the book, but I remember once there was a female who went to some society that lived in trees and gardens. She couldn't speak their language, but she managed to meld minds with a doe (?) and learned the language that way. That just didn't sit right with me and put me off from Lackey. I think that sort of thing is sloppy writing. I don't remember the By the Sword series/book, though. I like a lot of feminist stuff that doesn't have gender equality. Take Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale, for instance. But thank you.

    I'll look into it. Thanks.
     
  20. sithren

    sithren Registered User

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2009
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I just finished reading the Godless World series. I hadn't read any fantasy in about 10 years (from what I can remember) and this series was great. I had only picked up the first out of curiosity in an airport.

    Would anyone have anymore suggestions for something similar? Something dark, and light on the magic side of things?

    Also, something that has intrigued me for a while are the books by Conn Iggulden...are they worth reading?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! Great forum, by the way.
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2009