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Old 01-25-2011, 04:30 PM   #1
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Fantasy Novel Recommendations

I'm gonna leave this a broad topic, but I want to make a list of recommendations. I'll start:

A Song of Ice and Fire By George R.R. Martin
The Wheel of Time By Robert Jordan
The Sword of Truth By Terry Goodkind

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Old 01-25-2011, 04:31 PM   #2
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The Lord of the Rings By J.R.R. Tolkien
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:15 PM   #3
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The Spirit Ring by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Book of Night with Moon by Diane Duane

Lucy's Blade by John Lambshead

Billibub Baddings and the case of the Singing Sword by Tee Morris

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Old 01-25-2011, 05:24 PM   #4
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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

I'm not a big fan of fantasy novels and was "forced" to read this by a book club. i loved it! It's the first of a trilogy--the second comes out in March and I can't wait!
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:28 PM   #5
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Off the top of my head, here are a few I've quite enjoyed:
  • The Gentleman Bastards Sequence by Scott Lynch (starts with The Lies of Locke Lamora)
  • Memory, Sorrow, Thorn trilogy by Tad Williams (starts with The Dragonbone Chair)
  • The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks (starts with The Way of Shadows)
  • The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin (starts with A Wizard of Earthsea)

If you're looking for something different*, I recommend:
  • The first two books of the Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake (starts with Titus Groan)
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (I'm currently reading this)

* These books are not fantasy you're used to. They are not Robert Jordan, R. A. Salvatore, George R. R. Martin, or even Tolkien.

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A Song of Ice and Fire By George R.R. Martin
Great series, but it's unfinished and it seems highly unlikely it will ever be finished in his lifetime despite 5 years worth of claims that "it will be done soon."
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:48 PM   #6
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Off the top of my head, here are a few I've quite enjoyed:[LIST][*]The Gentleman Bastards Sequence by Scott Lynch (starts with The Lies of Locke Lamora)
Seconded. The Lies of Locke Lamora is so brilliant. I loved it.

The Painted Man by Peter V Brett is very good. The Empire trilogy by Raymond E Feist and Janny Wurts is also excellent.
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:14 PM   #7
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The Painted Man by Peter V Brett is very good.
I've heard good things about that one. It's on my TBR list.
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:39 PM   #8
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Lord Dunsany and William Morris are essential reading to provide a context to early fantasy, esp. the former's _The Charwoman's Shadow_.

Lindsay and George McDonald as well.

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Old 01-25-2011, 08:59 PM   #9
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Almost any of Terry Prachett's "Discworld" series. I have a personal prefernce for the Watch novels.

And for a fantasy novel from a non-fantasy author, I've always loved Eyes of the Dragon, by Stephen King.

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Old 01-25-2011, 10:48 PM   #10
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The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie

Morlock Ambrosius series by James Enge

Enge is only available as DRM-ridden TOPAZ ebooks for the Kindle, but they convert nicely to ePub.
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:51 PM   #11
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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

I'm not a big fan of fantasy novels and was "forced" to read this by a book club. i loved it! It's the first of a trilogy--the second comes out in March and I can't wait!
Oh yes indeed! Brilliant book - can't wait to read the second one.

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Old 01-26-2011, 12:09 AM   #12
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I've already seen most of my favorites, but I will put second recommendations on any George R. R. Martin (I'm re-reading a Song of Ice and Fire now - currently on A Clash of Kings. It's even better the 2nd time around!). Also The Name of the Wind. A friend recommended and I'm going to be getting the 2nd book (A Wise Man's Fear) when it is released on March 1st. (Can't wait!)
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The Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny!

I can't recommend GRR Martin's work any more. At least until there seems to be some movement toward completing the series. A partial series of 3 great books and one so-so book is not worth a recommendation.
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I really liked Blake Charlton's Spellwright. It was a different take on magic (if magic followed DNA rules).
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