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November 30th, 2018, 11:12
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…, The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolffe, and …
Ugh, no, sorry. Those were way too obtuse for me. I slogged through all 3 of them, but half of the time I had a headache trying to figure out exactly what was going on. I enjoy reading, but not enough to have to analyze every paragraph.

Lots of people praise them, which is why I picked 'm up, but sorry, can't recommend. English is my second language though, so that might have something to do with it, even though I exclusively read in English these days and have not struggled with other books.
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November 30th, 2018, 11:48
Battle Circle is a classic sci-fi book by Piers Anthony
More recently, in fantasy, The First Law series is really good. Here is how I would judge the books:

Book 1 - The Blade Itself -- excellent fantasy book. This is more of a muscular type fantasy than high fantasy, the main character is kind of a brawler and macho type hero.

Book 2 - Before They Are Hanged -- outstanding fantasy, one of the best fantasy novels in years.

Book 3 - Last Argument of Kings -- meh, very disappointing. Can be skipped.
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November 30th, 2018, 12:06
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I'm stunned that no-one mentioned Modesitt's Recluce and Imager series. They are by far my favourite books, though I do like Rothfuss and Sanderson!!
Which book should I start with ???
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November 30th, 2018, 13:53
Originally Posted by wiretripped View Post
Ugh, no, sorry. Those were way too obtuse for me. I slogged through all 3 of them, but half of the time I had a headache trying to figure out exactly what was going on. I enjoy reading, but not enough to have to analyze every paragraph.

Lots of people praise them, which is why I picked 'm up, but sorry, can't recommend. English is my second language though, so that might have something to do with it, even though I exclusively read in English these days and have not struggled with other books.
Heresy!

Each to their own, of course, and I'm also a heretic on this subject. Many of the fantasy books popular with others I think are juvenile tripe by third-rate writers.
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November 30th, 2018, 19:02
Another series i liked and one that still makes me sad because one graphic scene is called the Briar king by Gergory Keys. 4 book series that are a fast read (much less complex than Tad Williams Shadow March series); but create vivid images of what is happening.
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November 30th, 2018, 19:04
Watership Down is fantastic (reread it a couple of months ago) but I wouldn't call it fantasy or sifi; it is just a story by a father to his little girl about bunnies.
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Ender Games is very good but then you want to read the gazillion follow up books and some of them are ok but others not so good.

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November 30th, 2018, 19:12
If a dark fantasy doesn't turn you off, the Black Company is a fine read. Cook created a fantastic world here, plenty of books to read and enjoy. Not for the meek, though!!
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November 30th, 2018, 19:38
If you are interested in the Recluce series, which is quite good and one I would second the recommendation, then for your first book I would choose either "The Magic of Recluce", or "The White Order". Both of those books are, in my opinion, among the best of the series. Plus, the magic of recluce is a good introductory book to the world and setting, while the white order is also superb, but focuses more on magic and an apprentice wizard learning spells and magic, that type of story. The whole series is pretty much traditional fantasy though.

Keep in mind the Recluce books are kind of unusual in that there are many mini series in the books. Like, one or two, or three books will all be about one particular character, while the next books will take up an entirely new character and storyline. So you can jump around and read the books in any order, if you want. The thing they all have in common is the setting.
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November 30th, 2018, 20:06
Originally Posted by Arkadia7 View Post
Battle Circle is a classic sci-fi book by Piers Anthony
More recently, in fantasy, The First Law series is really good. Here is how I would judge the books:

Book 1 - The Blade Itself -- excellent fantasy book. This is more of a muscular type fantasy than high fantasy, the main character is kind of a brawler and macho type hero.

Book 2 - Before They Are Hanged -- outstanding fantasy, one of the best fantasy novels in years.

Book 3 - Last Argument of Kings -- meh, very disappointing. Can be skipped.
I read the whole trilogy and thought they were very well written, but I agree about Book 3. The author has a very pessimistic view of humanity, and if I knew how he was going to end the series, I am not sure I would have started reading it. I'm not going to read any of his other books either.
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November 30th, 2018, 20:16
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Which book should I start with ???
The first book of each series of course here is the reading order.

Spoiler – Recluse Saga

Spoiler – Imager Portfolio
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November 30th, 2018, 20:25
I also recommend a few Kate Elliott novels.


Spoiler – Crown of Stars

Spoiler – Jaran
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November 30th, 2018, 20:25
Maurice and his educated Rodents - a very good book by Sir Terry Pratchett, imho.
One of the few books I've read several times.

If you want ancient satire, then maybe Lukian is for you, especially if you know a few bits of the ancient Greek culture. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucian
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November 30th, 2018, 23:17
1. Robin Hobb and farseer trilogy. Other books of her are worth of reading as well. She is really one of a kind. I recall reading her farseer trilogy in a weekend or something back then. It was that good!

2. I like George Martin's ice & fire series very much. Not for everyone I quess. Game of thrones tv series seems to inspire a lot of hate, so I quess that applies for his books as well…

3. Stephen King's Dark Tower series was quite good. It is a bit unven thought. The sixth book in particular was really tedious, but thankfully the last book saves the day.
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December 1st, 2018, 02:23
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Watership Down is fantastic (reread it a couple of months ago) but I wouldn't call it fantasy or sifi; it is just a story by a father to his little girl about bunnies.
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Ender Games is very good but then you want to read the gazillion follow up books and some of them are ok but others not so good.
Ya, wasn't sure what to classify it as, but I decided to go with scifi/fantasy since it deals with anthropomorphism, mysticism, and apocalyptic themes. And if you watch the original animated movie, you really get the dark fantasy feel.

As for Ender's Game, I agree that it stands alone well for most any sci-fi fan. The sequels are very much a love or hate depending on the person's taste.
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Maurice and his educated Rodents - a very good book by Sir Terry Pratchett, imho.
One of the few books I've read several times.
I loved that book. Also his other unique ones like the Johnny Maxwell trilogy. And The Carpet People (which was probably the first fantasy book I ever read).

I also have a soft spot for The Guardians of the Flame series by Joel Rosenberg. About a group of college kids that play tabletop DnD, and get transported into their game. The plot sounds hokey, but well written. He also started an excellent series called Mordred's Heirs, about an alternate timeline where King Arthur was defeated, but died after the second book.
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December 1st, 2018, 02:44
The ice & fire series is 1000 times better than the show; but alas it is not complete and no completion date in sight. Rumor is that he has actually completed the full draft but just needs to do a gazillion edits…. so maybe one day - a lot closer than name of the wind third book.

I read the full dark tower series (every last book include the very last one that was delivered far later than the rest) and while it was ok i don't really recommend any of it. Stephen King has much better books (imho). The Stand is shockingly good but still not the best of the bunch (unfortunately i cant' really which ones are really good as i draw a blank having read at least 20 of them). I will add this tidbit there is one book that is extremely visual and not quite so mystic but it begins with a husband falling dead from a heart attack and a hungry dog…

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2. I like George Martin's ice & fire series very much. Not for everyone I quess. Game of thrones tv series seems to inspire a lot of hate, so I quess that applies for his books as well?

3. Stephen King's Dark Tower series was quite good. It is a bit unven thought. The sixth book in particular was really tedious, but thankfully the last book saves the day.
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December 1st, 2018, 04:32
You mentioned Wheel of Time, if you're itching for something in that vein I would suggest The Shadow of What Was Lost by John Islington.
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December 4th, 2018, 03:53
Originally Posted by GothicGothicness View Post
I would like to wish for some books for Christmas.
But I have no idea which books to wish for. I thought people here generally have a taste which match with mine so I thought I'd ask for some suggestions.

I like sci-fi, fantasy, magical realism
I haven't read that much but all lotr, wot, got and Haruki Murakami books.

I don't really like factbooks, crime, romance ( however if it is some exceptional books in this area, those are fine too )

Any books which is exceptionally good works no matter which genre.
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December 4th, 2018, 13:14
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Which book should I start with ???
I love Recluce series as well and read all of them. They have pattern and you will spot them in book 2 but I still love them! They are my comfort reading.

Start with "The Magic of Recluce", its the first published book in that series.


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December 4th, 2018, 14:10
Another lesser known series that is quite good (last book not quite as good as first two) is the broken earth series by Jemisin. The overall message has been told a 1000 times but the telling is very good.
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