Nice - always on the lookout for a good book. Here's my thoughts on some of the ones I've read...
Currently Reading: The Witcher Series by Andrej Sapkowski
This is a book series that a set of popular video games were based on (I haven't played them).
The main character is a Witcher - a special human bred to hunt monsters with supernatural abilities. If you pay attention, you'll find little tie ins with fairy tales and mythology. I'm currently on the second book, and wow - I am really enjoying this. The first two books are short story format and sort of "monster of the week" style. But with each story you learn more about the characters and the world they live in. This world is grey... very grey in it's morality and written with dry wit. And Sapkowski does a much better job of building a gritty world naturally without slapping you across the face with it compared to other authors. The main character provides us with a modern viewpoint out of place in a hard world.
Sanderson's Mistborn: Read the first and it was okay. It read almost like a fantasy Ocean's Eleven. Not my favourite, but not bad. I do have The Way of Kings in my pile as I've heard good things about this series.
GRRM's ASOIF series: Got through the first three books, quite a long time ago before the series became really popular. I quite enjoyed the first, but it went downhill and seems like he tries to slap you in the face in the following books with what brought him success initially. I enjoyed some of the characters and politics, but it seemed to be getting to be like a soap opera. I was also very uncomfortable with the sexualisation of characters that are supposed to be children, and the child brutality. This turned me right off and I had to give up on the series.
Goodkind's Sword of Truth Series: Somehow I plugged through 4 books. I guess because it was marketed bigtime at the books stores. I thought it was terrible and the plots and characters very contrived.
DragonLance Series: I first started on these when I was about 12 years old. The first books were pretty decent (Chronicles, Twins, and Legend of Huma). I read a bunch of the others though, and it quickly seemed like they started running out of ideas and kept rehashing the characters. I feel the same about the Forgotten Realms books - first few series were good, but then it seemed to be too much with focusing on characters that sell. The first books were decent bubble-gum, but nothing deep.
Dave Eddings: I enjoyed his series. Haven't read the Belgariad series in a long time and probably won't again. I read the Elenium series again a few years back and that one held up pleasantly - I much preferred that one and put it up near the top. His books are a little forumulaic, but it worked for him.
Dave Gemmel: I picked up Legend a couple months back. While a simple book and plot, it was quite enjoyable with interesting characters and little bits of wisdom scattered throughout to get you thinking. It moved along a little quick with some characters, but it was his first book. I think I will continue reading some of that series.
Tchaikovsky's Shadows of the Apt series: Read five books through the series and, although they weren't world shattering, they were very enjoyable! Seems the main plot wraps up in the first four, so not sure if I will continue. It's a steampunk type world where the races have insect aspects - how cool is that!
Malazan Series: I got through maybe two and a half books... and all I can say is wtf?
R Scott Bakker's Prince of Nothing series: Got through the first book. It was okay, but seemed to try hard to be gritty. The "prostitute with a heart of gold" trope is old and lazy. The main character is a machiavellian marty-stu type of character. Found it hard to read as well due to the naming conventions just not clicking.
Spirit Gate Series by Kate Elliot: Quite enjoyable, well written, interesting characters, and masterful world-building. It did seem to get a little long by the last book though with the descriptive prose. Basically a fantasy with a very heavy Asian influence.
LOTR: Always a classic (with the Hobbit and Silmarilion). This will always be near the top of my list.
Dune: Read the first a long time ago and am interested in reading more of the series. I put the first book up at the top as a classic.
Want to or thinking of reads:
Way of Kings by Sanderson
Dark Tower by King
Aeronaut's Windlass and Codex Alera series by Butcher
Cornwell's Warlord Chronicles
[This message edited by SerJR at 8:55 PM, January 7th (Saturday)]