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Best fantasy?

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Adlham posted 12/27/2019 12:30 PM

Dresden fans! Peace Talks is scheduled to be released in July 2020!

I'm so freaking excited!

Oldwounds posted 12/29/2019 10:39 AM

Robin Hobb is fantastic.

You all were correct, I'm really enjoying her books a lot. Less time to read lately, but always fun when I finally get to sit down and catch up more.

Dresden fans!

This is a series many of my friends keep suggesting to me, maybe I can start in once I read through my Hobb pile of stuff.

Adlham posted 12/29/2019 19:27 PM

OldWounds, the Dresden series is amazing. There are 15 books, so far. Peace Talks is coming out July 14, 2020, and I can't wait!

It's been an incredible series, imo. You know how some start to get a little repetitive after a while? Dresden has grown so much. All the main characters have, really. The last 4 books have left me in tears. I don't often cry at books. Movies, tv shows, hell, even commercials can make me cry, but until those last 4 books, I could count on one hand how many actually made me cry.

The character and storyline development are truly awesome. They've grown and become so much more well-rounded.

And many newer urban fantasy writers have paid homage to Jim Butcher and Harry Dresden. Not always by name, but there is no mistaking the description! I've been reading since the very beginning, Storm Front was published in 2000, so Dresden and I have kind of grown from young adult to not-so-young adult together over the last 20 years.

Anyways, I could go on and on about how much I love this series, but it would just get all gushy, fan girl embarrassing so I will stop here!

Walloped posted 12/30/2019 19:27 PM

Dresden fans! Peace Talks is scheduled to be released in July 2020!

Nice! Been a fan since the beginning too.

Itís been too long since Brief Cases.

Not GRRM or Rothfus long, but still...

ChewedMeUp posted 12/31/2019 11:38 AM

Speaking of book announcements - Stormlight 4 is now officially finished (1st draft) and scheduled for release in November!

Walloped posted 1/1/2020 06:57 AM

Cannot wait for that!

2020 is looking good.

KingofNothing posted 1/3/2020 15:35 PM

I haven't read every post in this thread (in fact, I didn't know we had a book club, but by Jiminy, I support this idea!). So I'm not sure if it has been mentioned yet.. apologies if this is redundant.

Let me suggest JOE ABERCROMBIE. He's gritty, humorous, very human, and he writes great, appealing characters. I enjoy Joe's writing very much. Most of it is set in "The North/Empire" universe, where an Iron Age colonial empire (reminiscent of Britain's colonial empire) is at odds with "The Northmen" (who are kind of like colorful Viking types). There's magic, of sorts, but it isn't terribly prevalent. Everyone in Joe's worlds is terribly philosophical, and enemies will often discourse on the horrors (and boredom) of war. Start with THE FIRST LAW trilogy, then THE HEROES. He has some standalone in the same world and other series as well. Yes, yes, I know you are thanking me now, it isn't necessary.

I read the Gentleman Bastard series a couple years ago, and heartily second the recommendation. Sadly the author went through (you guessed it) a nasty divorce about the time of book 3, and has not been writing much since that shattering experience. We should get him on here!

Lastly-- check out the work of KJ Parker. Specifically, the FENCER Trilogy, then THE ENGINEER trilogy. He's funny (like Abercrombie) but less philosophical. He has more of an epic eye that Abercrombie but that's a good thing. The author knows quite a bit about medieval archery and swordsmithing, which infuses his work.

I hope these haven't been mentioned yet.

Walloped posted 1/9/2020 05:45 AM

Good call on Joe Abercrombie. Iíve read most of his series (including Half a King, War, World, which is actually a different style than his usual) and theyíre all really good.

Thanks for the recommendation on KJ Parker.

Oldwounds posted 1/9/2020 11:57 AM

I can also add me to the list of readers who enjoy Joe Abercrombie.

Solid storyteller with an edge to his tales.

Walloped posted 1/15/2020 05:51 AM

Went back to the beginning of this thread looking for some recommendations and came across this line...

I was just looking for something to read while waiting desperately for Rothfuss's Doors of Stone (is it EVER going to come out?).

The date? September 2016!!!

I recently read Mark Lawrenceís Sister trilogy. Not bad.

Any ideas for a really good, meaty series to sink my teeth into? Iím coming up with a list of ďhavenít read but need to check outĒ based on this thread, but any recommendations would be appreciated.

ChewedMeUp posted 1/15/2020 08:05 AM

Back on page 1, I'd recommended Jemisin's Inheritance Trilogy. Now I also recommend her Broken Earth Trilogy (different universe).

And you could go through the Hugo/Locus/WFA/Nebula lists too! Including the nominees listings, if you plan on creating an infinite TBR list.

Walloped posted 1/15/2020 10:35 AM

I'd recommended Jemisin's Inheritance Trilogy.

I tried reading her stuff multiple times and just couldnít get past the first person style. It just came across as pretentious to me and was off-putting. By all accounts her books are excellent and very well received, but I just couldnít get into them.

Walloped posted 1/15/2020 19:23 PM

Questions for all you Raymond Feist fans.

I read Magician Apprentice and Magician Master ages ago. They were good but then I put the series down.

1) Is the 30 book series worth it?
2) What would be the correct / best order to read them in? Publication date or something else?

Oldwounds posted 1/16/2020 20:19 PM

Is the 30 book series worth it?

Sort of.

If you read the first two, Magician and Apprentice, the first arc is really good with the next two books, Silverthorn and A Darkness at Sethanon.

The second series (The Empire Trilogy) is unique, the one he co-wrote with Janny Wurts. And also entertaining.

After that, I guess it's like anything else that runs for a long time, there are some solid additions to overall story and some stuff that feels like filler.

As for reading order, there are a couple ways fans attack it. One is as they were published, which worked fine for me. The other has a chronological order as some later works were set at the time of the first four books. Both may be on Feist's author pages or fan pages online.

There are some great highlights along the way. I loved the stand alone books - The Prince of the Blood and the King's Buccaneer among my favorites.

If you get this far, then you may be curious about moving farther in the books. Some of the books focus on specific characters -- that stuff was okay, like the Jimmy the Hand series of books, but definitely thrown out there for long time fans.

It ended on a solid note, as Feist found a way to wrap it all up in the Chaos War Saga.

The new books, new series from him, The King of Ashes (4.2 reader rating on Goodreads) -- and NOT set or related any of his other series is decent too. A bit darker at times than the Magician series. Second book in that set is out this summer.

[This message edited by Oldwounds at 8:21 PM, January 16th (Thursday)]

Walloped posted 1/17/2020 05:21 AM

Thanks!

Iím looking for a good series to sink my teeth into and Iíve read most of the more well-known (and not so well-known) ones. Something a but more meaty. Would love another Stormlight Archive type, so I thought maybe Feist fits the bill.

ChewedMeUp posted 1/17/2020 08:05 AM

Broken Earth is actually in second-person, rather than the first-person of the other. But I can certainly understand not gelling with the styles of certain authors.

Because of the WoT tv show in production, I've been listening to the audio version of that series for the first time. It's really a whole different experience from reading them. I've listened to other books in audio only or audio first, then gone back and read them, but not usually the other way around. It's been interesting!

Adlham posted 1/17/2020 23:20 PM

Walloped,I'm not sure how much of an Urban Fatasy fan you are, but if you enjoy Desden, the Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka is really good.

I have been experimenting around with a lot of different authors in the genre and when I stumbled on to Verus, I practically inhaled the entire 10 book series.

Which, in retrospect, was pretty dumb because now I'm in that whole waiting pattern for the next book.

Patience is not one of my strongest points!

Walloped posted 1/19/2020 08:28 AM

I'm not sure how much of an Urban Fatasy fan you are,

Iím good with it as long as it doesnít devolve into teenager-ish type stuff. I like my fantasy deep, a little dark / gritty, with fleshed out worlds and/or magic systems.

I might have been spoiled by Butcherís work.

Adlham posted 1/19/2020 10:37 AM

I think the Verus series would hit all the right notes for you.

I am very spoiled by Butcher, too! He ses a high standard.

Benedict Jacka is one of those authors that references Butcher. Not by name, but there is no doubt that he's paying homage to Harry. The Verus series is more dark, but I'm heavily invested in what happens next.

I enjoyed it a lot more than Kevin Hearne's series. I like his work ok, but I really love Jacka's Verus series.

Notthevictem posted 1/30/2020 09:26 AM

Fyi - found one I like...
Web serial: a practical guide to evil.

Anyone else read it?

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