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16-06-2017, 12:45 PM (This post was last modified: 16-06-2017 12:58 PM by Szuchow.)
RE: Favorite fantasy books
(16-06-2017 12:18 PM)RocketSurgeon76 Wrote:  Ahh! Ah!! I forgot my favorite non-Tolkien fantasy author, David Gemmell. His stuff is mostly Young Adult, but pretty advanced for that genre, and definitely enjoyable by grownups.

I think his best work was his swansong Troy trilogy... but I'd recommend starting with Waylander, of the outstanding Drenai Series. The first book I read of his was Quest for Lost Heroes, which contained a pair of characters that remain some of my favorite fantasy characters to this day: a pair of forest rangers (in the classic Tolkien sense) who may or may not be a gay couple... Gemmell never quite says, but when one is tortured and killed, and the other absolutely loses his shit and starts taking out the badguys in classic Sacred Band of Thebes style, I knew I was hooked. I've read everything of his I could get my grubby mitts on.

Edit to Add: Minor spoiler alert... it takes place in an alternate dimension/parallel version of Earth, which is accessible through portals controlled by Druids and other types of shaman, which were built by an ancient race... and only later in the series do you learn that it's actually not magic, but technological wizardry that the "mages" of that world employ, though they don't know by then it's what they're doing, and that the "demons" are simply extradimensional beings which can be summoned through such portals by nefarious humans who use that "magic" (one of the heroes in one of the last books stumbles upon the powerplant and satellite communications arrays which power these phenomenon, and there are hints that it may have been the downfall of those who developed the technology), or else they are the result of genetic experiments resulting in animal-human hybrids who face both discrimination and exploitation as the "monsters" of that world. It's fascinating to see how he makes things seem magical and then explains they are nothing of the sort. I love this sort of writing.

Checked the guy on review site I frequent. Was going to read his Drenai series but first book got too many 10/10 notes which according to my experience is best sign of book not being good one. Honestly not one book I read I would grade so high and abundance of such grades makes me suspicious. Sadly suspicion is unwarranted as 4 shittiest book I bought had such high notes on them. After your recommendation I think I reconsider and add it to my always growing reading list.

As for premise it reminds me of Jarosław Grzędowicz (untranslated) Master of the Ice Garden where all remains of magic were nano machines left after devastating war which made world into permanent medieval stasis.

Edit: For those interested in gritty fantasy in Viking theme I found something interesting on Amazon. Łukasz Malinowski Karmiciel kruków [The Crow Feeder] audiobook allegedly in English. Definitely worth hearing if one like dose of realism and not so moral main characters. Plus it's quite good info on Vikings given author master degree in history and specialization in medieval Scandinavia.

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16-06-2017, 01:45 PM
RE: Favorite fantasy books
(16-06-2017 12:38 PM)julep Wrote:  Have you read Moon's SF books? (I prefer them to her fantasies; they are also inside-military-feeling with strong and interesting female protagonists) Just finished the latest one, Cold Welcome--good story until about the last 15 pages, when unfortunately it fizzles out to make room for part two.

My Star Trek Online character's name is Sassinak... that should answer your question. Smile

Edit to Add: And her ship's name is the U.S.S. Zaid-Dayan.

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19-06-2017, 04:56 AM
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(16-06-2017 09:23 AM)julep Wrote:  My earliest favorites were the Tolkien books, which I read for the first time at about age 8 and then reread many times. I also read fantasies by others of Tolkien's writers group, the Inklings, including C.S. Lewis (condescending and overly allegorical) and Charles Williams (weird), neither of Tolkien's quality.

Nowadays I prefer my fantasy on the funny and/or urban side. Terry Pratchett's Discworld was a great series for many years, and my overall favorite, up until about the last four or five books, when the dementia (I think it was Alzheimers?) started to take hold.

I also like Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London fantasies and Tom Holt's Beyond Good and Evil novels. Neil Gaiman spends a lot of time in the fantasy realm; he's a fantastic writer. Tim Powers, an acquired taste but I really like his Fault Lines series. Charles Stross Laundry novels are also great, combining a Lovecraftian universe with the greater horror of the corporate life.

Also shoutout to Jack Vance, a writer who's hard to find these days but whose prose style is much missed by me. His fantasy series include The Dying Earth and Lyonesse.

I agree with much of this except that I find Tolkien less than enthralling. I enjoyed LOTR the first time I read it, less so for the reread and I will never read it again.

I bought every Discworld novel except the first one on the day of release.

I have Ben Aaronovitch's and Charles Stross's next novels on pre-order for September and July respectively. Paul Cornell's Shadow Police series are in a similar vein to these two - occult initiates attached to the Met Police.

Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys and American Gods are worth reading, but overshadowed by his comic book Sandman series.

Tim Powers has written some excellent stuff, particularly The Anubis Gates, The Stress of Her Regard, On Stranger Tides, and Final Call. Later stuff I found less to my taste.

One author who could do with wider publicity is James Branch Cabell, though, like Jack Vance he is an acquired taste.

Aside from Gaiman there is another comic book author worthy of note - Alan Moore who wrote The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Lost Girls (more porn than fantasy, but it does include Dorothy Gale, Alice Liddell, and Wendy Darling).

I am fond of Steven Brust's Dragaera series of novels. The twentieth novel, Vallista will be published in October

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21-06-2017, 12:14 PM
RE: Favorite fantasy books
My favorite fantasy novel is Journey to the West (1592), one of the four great Chinese classics. In short, the narrative follows Sun Wukong, an immortal Monkey demon-turned-Buddhist guardian who protects the Chinese monk Tripitaka on his journey to receive holy scriptures from the Buddha in India. You can read my synopsis of the 100 Chapter novel here:

http://historum.com/blogs/ghostexorcist/...-king.html

The novel struck a chord with me because it is an amalgam of Chinese history, Buddho-Daoist religion, folk beliefs, and political commentary. Plus it's like a normal fantasy novel on steroids. For instance, Sun Wukong is capable of growing miles tall and multiplying his arms and iron staff to battle the 100,000-strong heavenly army by himself. He is so powerful that the Buddha must step in to stop his rampage.

This video (the first of four and more to come) is a good introduction to the early chapters:



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22-06-2017, 08:50 AM
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(21-06-2017 12:14 PM)ghostexorcist Wrote:  My favorite fantasy novel is Journey to the West (1592), one of the four great Chinese classics. In short, the narrative follows Sun Wukong, an immortal Monkey demon-turned-Buddhist guardian who protects the Chinese monk Tripitaka on his journey to receive holy scriptures from the Buddha in India. You can read my synopsis of the 100 Chapter novel here:

http://historum.com/blogs/ghostexorcist/...-king.html

The novel struck a chord with me because it is an amalgam of Chinese history, Buddho-Daoist religion, folk beliefs, and political commentary. Plus it's like a normal fantasy novel on steroids. For instance, Sun Wukong is capable of growing miles tall and multiplying his arms and iron staff to battle the 100,000-strong heavenly army by himself. He is so powerful that the Buddha must step in to stop his rampage.

This video (the first of four and more to come) is a good introduction to the early chapters:




There was a Japanese-made TV series (1978-9) shown on the BBC under the title Monkey (it was Journey to the West, presumably renamed because that would mean little or nothing to British viewers.) I have never read the book, but I did see quite a few episodes on the telly.

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22-06-2017, 10:04 AM
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At work.

Um.... can I nominate all my RPG books? Blush
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22-06-2017, 10:19 AM
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(22-06-2017 10:04 AM)Peebothuhul Wrote:  At work.

Um.... can I nominate all my RPG books? Blush

Can't see why not.

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22-06-2017, 10:41 AM
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At work.

Squeeee

Well... There's my 1st edition D&D stuff. Then 2nd Ed, or 'Advanced' D&D followed by my 3rd Ed/Alternate company/Open source/D20 stuff.

All my 'Iron Crown Enterprises' (I.C.E.) Tolkien/Lord of the rings stuff.

All my D20 'Steampunk' Iron Kingdoms stuff.

Um.... there's a little more in bits and pieces. Like my 'Tunnels & Trolls' stuff etc.

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22-06-2017, 12:49 PM
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My very favorite fantasy book is "The Hound and The Falcon" by Judith Tarr. Tad Williams' "Dragonbone Chair" trilogy is a close second. Anne MacCaffrey's Pern novels. Guy Gavial Kay's "Fionovar Tapestry" trilogy. Stephen J. Donaldson's "Mordant's Need" duo. Michael Coney's "Fang The Gnome" and its sequel, "King of the Sceptered Isle." Andre Norton's "Elvenbane" trilogy. "Maia" by Richard Adams.

I have read these books many times and enjoy them anew with each reading.

I read and enjoyed Tolkien's "The Hobbit" and TLOTR trilogy in high school, but when I tried reading them again recently, I couldn't get into them. The movie trilogy of TLOTR will probably always be my very favorite. I am one of those people who think they weren't long enough and there wasn't enough extra stuff included in the extended version DVDs.

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22-06-2017, 01:55 PM
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(22-06-2017 12:49 PM)Jeanne Wrote:  My very favorite fantasy book is "The Hound and The Falcon" by Judith Tarr. Tad Williams' "Dragonbone Chair" trilogy is a close second. Anne MacCaffrey's Pern novels. Guy Gavial Kay's "Fionovar Tapestry" trilogy. Stephen J. Donaldson's "Mordant's Need" duo. Michael Coney's "Fang The Gnome" and its sequel, "King of the Sceptered Isle." Andre Norton's "Elvenbane" trilogy. "Maia" by Richard Adams.

I have read these books many times and enjoy them anew with each reading.

With the exception of Pern I've never heard about books you mentioned and even when it comes to said Pern I'm not sure.

Quote:I read and enjoyed Tolkien's "The Hobbit" and TLOTR trilogy in high school, but when I tried reading them again recently, I couldn't get into them. The movie trilogy of TLOTR will probably always be my very favorite. I am one of those people who think they weren't long enough and there wasn't enough extra stuff included in the extended version DVDs.

I still like book LOTR. Movies are different beast - I can watch first and third one but second is just disaster. Nearly the same with Hobbit first was good, rest, well rest is silence (and sand-worms from III part).

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