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January 21st, 2012, 21:05
Originally Posted by bkrueger View Post
The "Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser" stories by Fritz Leiber surely fulfil both requests. Mouser however is is more a rogue/thief then a rogue/assassin. Fafhrd is the typical barbarian.

They are good examples of the pre-Tolkien phantasy of the "Conan" area.
+1 on Leiber although I am not very certain on his appeal on younger audiences…

Also, are there any good fantasy books that are not full of tolkish cliches (fuuuu Eragon).
Also an all time favorite, are the Wizard of Earthsea books by the much respected Ursula Le Guin… For newer fare people might want to check out the Farseer, Tawny man and Liveship traders trilogies from Robin Hobb, great stuff. The new one is also good supposedly but I have not started on it yet.

If you are into more young adult fare (the good ones, not crowd pleasing pastiches ala Harry Potter )I could recommend Garth Nix's Abhorsen Books (a personal favorite).

I am currently reading the last book of Tad Williams Shadowmarch tetralogy. I would not hesitate to recommend any of his books (I love him as much as Robin Hobb from the Contemporaries) but free from Tolkien influences he is not…
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