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Old 02-02-2011, 02:48 PM   #31
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I'd like to second or third a lot of the reccs, especially Disk World. And, I'd like to add one, too.

The Elemental Masters Series by Mercedes Lackey

It's a series of at least four books, mostly set in England, three of them late Victorian Era, one in WWI. They're based on classic fairy tales, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty (though that one's set in San Fran in 1906) for example, and feature elemental magic heavily. Elemental magic not just in the earth, wind, water, fire sense, but in the same way D&D means Elemental, as in a supernatural creature of the elements. Dryads, Golems, Undines, that sort of thing.

They were really cool books where the familiar and the new are blended together into a yummy concoction.
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Old 02-02-2011, 03:11 PM   #32
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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!
I read The Name of the Wind. It's been a while. I can't believe the second one is still not out yet! But you're right it's a good book.

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I'd like to second or third a lot of the reccs, especially Disk World. And, I'd like to add one, too.

The Elemental Masters Series by Mercedes Lackey

It's a series of at least four books, mostly set in England, three of them late Victorian Era, one in WWI. They're based on classic fairy tales, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty (though that one's set in San Fran in 1906) for example, and feature elemental magic heavily. Elemental magic not just in the earth, wind, water, fire sense, but in the same way D&D means Elemental, as in a supernatural creature of the elements. Dryads, Golems, Undines, that sort of thing.

They were really cool books where the familiar and the new are blended together into a yummy concoction.
I have to agree about the Elemental Masters. I think there are five or six books now. Really love them. Also the Tales of the 500 Kingdoms by M.L. Also have fairy tale themes but lighter and more tongue-in-cheek. I also like M.L.'s UF books.

If you like UF I would recommend Tanya Huff although her books may be hard to find now and Patricia Briggs, Mercy Thompson series. I'm caught up on the series and waiting for the next book. I'm also reading P.B.'s "straight" fantasy (dragons, magic, completely different world) and it's pretty good.

If you don't mind romance and lots of sex I also recommend Angela Knight. She has two series currently running: Time Lords - think Time Cop with lots of sex. The first book is Janes' Warlord - 20th century Jane is rescued from Jack the Ripper who is a time jumping alien. Her other series is the Mageverse - King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table are immortal vampires and the women, including Guinivere and Morgana LeFay are witches. I think there's 11 books in the series including a couple of short stories. Did I mention that there's lots of sex?

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Old 02-02-2011, 06:36 PM   #33
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I haven't read them in a few years, but Dragonlance: Chronicles is what got me into fantasy in junior high. I didn't care much for any of the other books but the first three were awesome...at least they were back in 1987...
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I haven't read them in a few years, but Dragonlance: Chronicles is what got me into fantasy in junior high. I didn't care much for any of the other books but the first three were awesome...at least they were back in 1987...
I discovered these ones around 1990. I liked Dragonlance Legends, too.
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:19 PM   #35
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Oh! Another author I'd recommend is Morgan Llywellyn. I enjoyed Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish, Red Branch, Druids, and Elementals. All historical Irish fantasy.
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:28 PM   #36
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Oh! Another author I'd recommend is Morgan Llywellyn. I enjoyed Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish, Red Branch, Druids, and Elementals. All historical Irish fantasy.
I haven't thought about those in years. Her books about Grania and Brian Boru are great too, though they're more historical fiction rather than historical fantasy.
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Alright, so I am going to slowly move through these, as I can. A lot of good recommendations here, and quite a few I have already read, but forgot about over the years. Keep them coming!
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The Mists of Avalon (I'm still reading it, but I'm really enjoying it). American Gods (Neil Gaiman. People seem to either really love or really dislike his books, I've found), and Anything by Brandon Sanderson. Other favourites of mine have already been mentioned.
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The Mists of Avalon (I'm still reading it, but I'm really enjoying it). American Gods (Neil Gaiman. People seem to either really love or really dislike his books, I've found), and Anything by Brandon Sanderson. Other favourites of mine have already been mentioned.
I love how Brandon Sanderson has taken the Wheel of Time, and made it interesting again. I'm looking at his The Way of Kings as one of my next novels.
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I love how Brandon Sanderson has taken the Wheel of Time, and made it interesting again. I'm looking at his The Way of Kings as one of my next novels.
I really, really like "The Way of Kings". I hope you enjoy it if you do end up reading it. I'm looking forward to reading the WOT series (I've been meaning to for ages!)
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Once a Hero by Michael A. Stackpole (stand-alone epic fantasy... unheard of!)
Dark Border series by Paul Edwin Zimmer (the original duology).
Thomas Covenant series by Stephen R. Donaldson (but do yourself a favor and stop after book 6).
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I really, really like "The Way of Kings". I hope you enjoy it if you do end up reading it. I'm looking forward to reading the WOT series (I've been meaning to for ages!)
I've heard nothing but good about it. And yeah, you definitely should read WOT. You hear a lot of complaints about it dragging on, but it really is a good read.
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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.
I'm as frustrated as the next guy about how slowly he is producing this series, but I sincerely think any given volume is a great piece of writing and worth reading if you are a fan of low fantasy or medieval politics and war.
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I think for many of us of a certain age (25 to 35) DragonLance is the series that got us into fantasy.

I read it awhile ago as a grownup. I still like the books (by which I mean the first six Chronicles and Legends, it goes off a cliff after that.), but they don't hold onto me the same way they did when I was 13. My two other favorites from that age, Lonesome Dove and North and South are still as powerful at 33 as they were at 13. I'm thinking that most of the readers on this board are adults, and they'd also find them a bit pale in comparison to the other books we're listing.
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I've read a book and a half of the Night Angel Trilogy and I've read The Warded Man which is the American print of The Painted Man, looking forward to the second book, The Desert Spear. I've read two different trilogies by Karen Miller called The Awakened Mage and The God Speaker. There's another trilogy I'm working on, right now near the end of the second book of The Last Stormlord Series by Glenda Larke, and I'm reading Echo City by Tim Lebbon. When I finish it I will get back into Servant of a Dark God by John Brown.
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