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    Gimme some good adventure books! (Similar to Three Musketeers,Locke Lamora or Sharpe)

    Title is pretty self explanatory. After wracking my mind on Bakker, Martin, and Erikson, I'm ready—and by ready I mean NOW!—for some lighter but by no means unintelligent fantasy: swashbuckling stuff, stories revolving around roguish adventurers and derring-do. Something similar to The Three Musketeers or The Lies of Locke Lamora or the Sharpe series. Suggestions?

    Thank you for your time

    Mage-

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    Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy fits that particular bill, imho. Very fun and action packed.

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    These two series have been in progress for some time, so you may have already read them, but...

    Glen Cook's Black Co. or Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos books might do the trick.

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    from what you described, Robin Hobb's Liveship Traders series would be perfect.

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    There's a thread from earlier in the year that has some good info in...

    http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showt...ight=adventure

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    I would disagree with Liveship Traders being all that light-hearted. Hobb's work is usually depressing. But there definitely is an adventure involved (pirates!) so it could work.

    My suggestion is Naomi Novik's Temeraire series. Some heavy guilt does develop around book 4, but the first few books are very light hearted. The first book, His Majesty's Dragon (in the US), can be read alone and is pretty fun.

    Also, Terry Pratchett's stuff is pretty light and funny to boot. The Rincewind novels are a lot more like the adventurous derring-do you requested, but they aren't actually my favorites. I liked the Watch novels. Look here for a chronology.

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    What to read next? (something similar to Scott Lynch, hopefully)

    I am a bit at a loss on what to read next!
    I have been reading fantasy since i was 12 (witch means roughly for the past 17 years, starting with Lord of the rings, a copy I borrowed from my father!), and of course I have developed a certain feeling for what I like.

    I feel I am a bit over the long epic fantasy series, where a young boy/girl rises to save the whole world, etc etc. But I have absolutely loved the 2 first books in "The Gentleman Bastards" series by Scot Lynch. I also really liked "The Prince of Nothing" series by R. Scott Bakker.

    I have been trying to find similar books by searching both this web-site and other sites, and I have noted me "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss as a possibility. But I still need some help, as I wont get long with just one book!

    Any help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

    Arlendius

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    Have you read The First law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie? It sounds like what you're looking for... No young farmboy becomes superpowered hero here! ANother book i enjoyed was The Etched City by K.J. Bishop, but a lot of people really don't like this.... Right now I'm reading Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay and am about half way through... It also seems like one you'd like.

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    Did you really search our forums? Scott Lynch comes up quite a bit when people finish his books and look for other things to read, specifically these threads:

    Reading if I enjoyed Scott Lynch?
    Gimme some good adventure books! (Similar to Three Musketeers,Locke Lamora or Sharpe)

    Snarkiness aside, the authors who immediately come to mind are:
    Steven Brust (multi-volume series about a theif told in a distinct first-person narrative)

    Joe Abercrombie (Trilogy recently completed, writing sensibilities similar to Lynch)

    Brent Weeks (recently completed trilogy about an assassin, very good stuff)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob B View Post
    Did you really search our forums? Scott Lynch comes up quite a bit when people finish his books and look for other things to read, specifically these threads:

    Reading if I enjoyed Scott Lynch?
    Gimme some good adventure books! (Similar to Three Musketeers,Locke Lamora or Sharpe)
    Of course I did, but to be honest, with the amount of information on this board, it's a bit like being thrown in to deep water and told "learn to swim", trying to search for the exact information I wanted!

    But that aside, I will pick up Abercrombie next, as it sounds like it might be a good fit! Thank you for your recommendations!

    Arlendius

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    Not entirely sure how you conducted your search, but if just typed lynch into the search bar and clicked, you probably came up with a bunch of threads that merely mentioned him. I would suggest using the advance search and searching for threads with lynch in the title, that way you get what you want without having to slog through material that's useless to you. Again, I don't know how you went about searching, maybe you did just what I suggested and still came up empty. Just trying to be helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodboot View Post
    Not entirely sure how you conducted your search, but if just typed lynch into the search bar and clicked, you probably came up with a bunch of threads that merely mentioned him. I would suggest using the advance search and searching for threads with lynch in the title, that way you get what you want without having to slog through material that's useless to you. Again, I don't know how you went about searching, maybe you did just what I suggested and still came up empty. Just trying to be helpful.
    Obviously I did something wrong when I made my search, so no offense taken, and thanks for your help!

    When that is said, I am amazed at the amount of information gathered at one place! I just love to browse around and see what other people recommend, but in this case I was after something special, so I had to register and post

    Arlendius

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