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January 13th, 2010, 12:38 AM #121
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heya, would like to have some advice on wich books i should buy now aswell xD
to be honest, i never liked to read that much till about 7/8 months ago and only recently started to read more intensivly (im 20 now), so i guess im really new to this ><
the books i have read so far are few:
-hearts in atlantis, bag of bones from stephen king
-the 3 books from inheritance (eragon, ..)
-percy jackson series
-1st book of sword of truth
and im currently reading game of thrones.
i intend to get the next books of sword of truth, and to keep reading song of ice and fire (130 pages into the book, and im liking it)
do you guys got any ideas?
from the books i said, i liked percy jackson simply because of the mithology part even thought it's for a younger audience, and inheritance because i found the idea of dragon/rider interesting).
and if possible, a mention of a serie that doesnt start with a guy who's a nobody and that for some reason becomes special and has the world to save... but instead, that starts as a "important evil person".
sry for long post, anyway... ty in advance
January 19th, 2010, 05:26 PM #122
Can anyone point me in the direction of a fantasy/horror novel which is loosely based on Greek myth? Now, I'm looking for something specific.
Things I Would Like to see:
- Romance - and no, not a story about someone falling in love. More of an romantic, soft, ethereal type of atmosphere.
- Something with a female protagonist.
- Poetic prose.
Things I Would Not Like:
- The actual Olympians or heros running around. I don't want gods/heros as characters, unless in the form of a dream, or religious ritual of some sort.
- Stories set in Greece. I want it loosely based.
I know. It's specific, but it's something I've been looking for in a book for a long time. Thought I'd give it a shot.
January 19th, 2010, 05:41 PM #123
I don't really know and I'm only going on hearsay, but The Age of Misrule by Mark Chadbourn is supposed to hit a lot of those points you want and I don't think any of the points you don't want. It takes place in Britain I think and I don't know a lot more.
Please correct me if I'm wrong.
January 19th, 2010, 11:35 PM #124
January 20th, 2010, 09:33 AM #125
At any rate, when I finish the batch of books I've just received in the mail, I might very well check it out.
January 22nd, 2010, 09:40 PM #126
Hey all, what can you tell me about these books:
Doctor Rat by William Kotzwinkle
Watchtower by Elizabeth A. Lynn
Nifft the Lean by Michael Shea
Bridge of Birdsby Barry Hughart
what I DO know is that they are all World Fantasy Award winners, but I'm wondering in general what some of you think of them, what is the writing style like, etc.
January 26th, 2010, 12:35 PM #127
In the order that I've read them
Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind
Wrapped up the series as well as Debt of Bones. Overall I was happy with having read it.
Villains by Necessity by Eve Forward
Interesting story with the bad guys being set in the role to save the world. Being a stand alone novel, I felt it was a bit short and the pace of the story seemed to jostle around. At times, the pages seemed to fly by and at others they seemed to be grinding to a halt.
The biggest drawback for me was the way magic was portrayed. I didn't mind the hand gestures and incantations, but the all encompassing power was a bit much. On a whim a wizard character could simply teleport around the world. I like when limitations are set so that the story has an added bit of realism.
Belgariad by David Eddings
I thought this was a sort of happy-go-lucky kind of story which put a smile on my face on more than one occasion. Because of how innocent it seemed overall, I struggled to read more than a couple of chapters at a time before setting the book down.
Towards the end of series I couldn't wait to be finished with it. I found myself loosing interest frequently throughout the series.
The Child Thief by Brom
Thought The Child Thief was excellent. The story had a dark element to it that held my interest from start to finish. The pace of the story seemed fast, which i liked. At times it became frustrating because there were few times along the story that I felt I could set the book down and take a break without missing something important on the next page.
This is a book that I will certainly re-read somewhere down the road.
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Thought the first book was fantastic and read through it in just a couple of days. By the end I was a little concerned with the remainder of the story because of how powerful Vin became.
The second novel took me weeks to get through. The story was interesting but I just found it difficult to read more than a chapter at a time. My major issue was the detail of allomancy. During an action scene my eyes would glaze over as I read how Vin dropped a coin and pushed, then pulled on a window hinge across the street, followed by pushing on the armor of an unsuspecting soldier down below, and on and on and on.....
When I finally did finish the second book, I took a break from Brandson Sanderson and moved to a single novel before heading back.
The Law of Nines by Terry Goodkind
It was like someone pressed the fast forward button after the Sword of Truth was finished and we jumped a couple thousand years into the future, to present day.
The story became very predictable at times but the pace was good. Goodkind didn't seem as preachy in Law of Nines like he did in Sword of Truth (perhaps because it was a single novel versus twelve).
Ultimately, I thought it was a good change of pace and I enjoyed it. I managed to finish reading in two days.
Right now I'm back to Mistborn and about 150 pages into the last book. The story seemed a little slow to start but it is picking up some steam now. I'm still not thrilled about the details of pushing and pulling during action scenes and it is the only negative aspect of the book that I have run into.
I currently have the following, waiting to be read
- Malloreon by David Eddings
- Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
- Shannara Series by Terry Brooks (not sure which series it is)
Based on what I have mentioned above, do any new recommendations come to mind? Should I shy away from anything I have listed above, as waiting to be read?
January 26th, 2010, 12:43 PM #128
The Malloreon will be more of the same. Its just Belgariad, part 2. Farseer would be a better pick to head into, imo.
I recall that you prefer a completed series, and in that case, I would recommend the numerous works surrounding The Black Company, by Glen Cook. Its definitely an adult, hard bitten and salty series about a veteran mercenary company.
January 26th, 2010, 12:43 PM #129
The Mallorean is pretty much the exact same thing as The Belgariad just to warn you. It even comments on how things are happening the same way. So, if you want more of the same, go for it.
A Song of Ice and Fire is amazing, but not finished, but might still be worth it.
If you liked Mistborn, I thought Warbreaker was really good and it's stand-alone.
A series that'll blow your mind, that is massive in scope and magic, will be finished this year, and is one of my favorite ever is the Malazan Book of the Fallen starting with Gardens of the Moon.
If some of the more traditional series are getting old, you might try that.
January 26th, 2010, 12:44 PM #130
January 26th, 2010, 12:45 PM #131
January 26th, 2010, 12:48 PM #132
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Robin Hobb is the best in the genre for genuine emotion and characterization. I found the prose to be a bit spare for my tastes but it isn't really a detriment to the story and its emotive power.
February 3rd, 2010, 12:48 PM #133
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I´m searching for a book with the same amount of sex and violence as in A Song of Ice and Fire. I think there is the perfect balance there.
Joe Abercrombie´s work has nice fighting scenes but the sex scenes are horrible.
Scott Bakker´s female characters have no aspect that is not sexual.
Steven Erikson only uses sex as a shadow in the background.
I have read Tigana a few weeks ago and thought that it matched my taste. Are all of Kay´s books written this way? (I´m going to read them anyways)
I want to read a book where sex is discribed, but not just to give the reader a break from all the bloodshed. It should be a part of ordinary live just like death.
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February 4th, 2010, 11:07 AM #134
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The K, you should read Jacqueline Carey's Kushial series. I think its exactly what you want.
February 7th, 2010, 12:57 PM #135
I ran across some Dan Abnett books at the used bookstore the other day...I've heard good things about him but I have a few questions:
1. Where to start?
2. Is his stuff SF or fantasy or a blend?
3. I read that his book Triumff is meant to be funny...is all his work like that?