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Old 03-31-2011, 04:35 PM   #1
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Need a fantasy book recommendations

Guess I am not as nimble as the rest of the fantasy book readers, although I do not mind the really huge size of the novels, I find it difficult to keep keep up with all of the characters that Greg Martin has in his books (song of Fire and Ice and so on). I need a book series with a simpler cast such as Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth. What do you recommend with a simpler cast?
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Well, if you can't get the author's name correct (George Martin), maybe something along the lines of Go Dog Go!

I'm going to recommend my all-time favorite fantasy series: the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.

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Guess I am not as nimble as the rest of the fantasy book readers, although I do not mind the really huge size of the novels, I find it difficult to keep keep up with all of the characters that Greg Martin has in his books (song of Fire and Ice and so on). I need a book series with a simpler cast such as Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth. What do you recommend with a simpler cast?
Maybe the Elizabeth Moon Paksenarrion books? Sheepfarmer's Daugher, Deed of Paksenarrion, and Oath of Gold. I enjoyed those when I read them years ago and I also see she has a couple of new ones set in that world I need to investigate (Oath of Fealty, Kings in the North).

I had the same problem with G.R.R. Martin. He doesn't follow his characters or has too many of them to follow and he doesn't have a coherent plot, IMHO. I got lost and gave up which is a shame because I loved the first book.
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Maybe the Elizabeth Moon Paksenarrion books? Sheepfarmer's Daugher, Deed of Paksenarrion, and Oath of Gold. I enjoyed those when I read them years ago and I also see she has a couple of new ones set in that world I need to investigate (Oath of Fealty, Kings in the North).

I had the same problem with G.R.R. Martin. He doesn't follow his characters or has too many of them to follow and he doesn't have a coherent plot, IMHO. I got lost and gave up which is a shame because I loved the first book.
Sheepfarmer's Daughter is a Baen freebie!
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:01 PM   #5
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I recommend two of Michael A. Stackpole's awesome stand-alone fantasy novels; Once A Hero or Talion: Revenant. Proof positive that "Epic" can be achieved in one book.

Series? Sorry, I'm not currently recommending any series
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:02 PM   #6
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How about The First Law Series by Joe Abercrombie? I am reading book 1 The Blade Itself right now and it's very good. Not too many characters and really well written.
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Sheepfarmer's Daughter is a Baen freebie!
Cool! Maybe I'll re-read the entire series.
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I'm going to recommend my all-time favorite fantasy series: the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.
Great series, I loved that one. A one volume fantasy that I would like to recommend is "Tigana", by Guy Gavriel Kay. A series that I've had a lot of fun reading recently is "The Riyria Revelations".
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:24 PM   #9
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Elantris or Mistborn, from Brandon Sanderson. The first is a stand alone book, the other is a trilogy.
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:40 PM   #10
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Will try Brian Sanderson and Joe Abercrombie. Also Baen is also a good source as well.

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Not sure which all have you read before. You can have a look at these books:-

Acacia Triology - David Anthony Durham
Coldfire Trilogy -C S Friedman
Demon Triology - Peter V Brett
Dresden Files - Jim Butcher
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How about The First Law Series by Joe Abercrombie? I am reading book 1 The Blade Itself right now and it's very good. Not too many characters and really well written.
I had problems getting into the First Law series. It had an odd tone to it. Didn't make it very far into book 1.

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Great series, I loved that one. A one volume fantasy that I would like to recommend is "Tigana", by Guy Gavriel Kay. A series that I've had a lot of fun reading recently is "The Riyria Revelations".
I've read the first 3 in the Riyria Revelations, and they're so fun. I swear that book 2 was based around Trogdor.

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Elantris or Mistborn, from Brandon Sanderson. The first is a stand alone book, the other is a trilogy.
I seem to be the only person who loved Mistborn and hated (not disliked) Elantris.
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I had problems getting into the First Law series. It had an odd tone to it. Didn't make it very far into book 1.



I've read the first 3 in the Riyria Revelations, and they're so fun. I swear that book 2 was based around Trogdor.


I seem to be the only person who loved Mistborn and hated (not disliked) Elantris.
I fear that the last book in the Riyria Revelations might have the publishing date pushed back to 2012:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael...ia_Revelations

I didn't hate Elantris, but it took me ages to get through. I've been meaning to get to the First Law series. I'll be sure to take a look at Trogdor!
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I beleive the dresden files are about vampires? Don't particularly care for vampire tales. However Brett, Freidman and Durham are possibilities. I was looking at Brett's novels this morning and they are looking good.
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I beleive the dresden files are about vampires? Don't particularly care for vampire tales. However Brett, Freidman and Durham are possibilities. I was looking at Brett's novels this morning and they are looking good.
If the books are like the TV show or I should say, if the TV show followed the books, then its more about Demons than Vampires. In fact, I don't remember seeing any Vampire on the show. It was a very short lived show, unfortunatly.
The Dresden Files is one of the series on my Wish List.
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