Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > E-Book General > Reading Recommendations

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-08-2012, 09:58 AM   #31
stonetools
Wizard
stonetools ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.stonetools ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.stonetools ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.stonetools ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.stonetools ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.stonetools ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.stonetools ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.stonetools ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.stonetools ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.stonetools ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.stonetools ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
stonetools's Avatar
 
Posts: 2,016
Karma: 2838487
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Washington, DC
Device: Ipad, IPhone
Just finished The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham. Good fantasy novel in non-medevial setting (although there are elements of the early Renaissance, I would say). Strong female character. Will read the next novel The King's Blood.

Thanks again for all the recommendations so far. My wish list is a lot longer.
stonetools is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2012, 11:30 AM   #32
taosaur
intelligent posterior
taosaur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.taosaur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.taosaur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.taosaur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.taosaur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.taosaur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.taosaur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.taosaur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.taosaur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.taosaur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.taosaur ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
taosaur's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,438
Karma: 14902820
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Ohiopolis
Device: Kindle Paperwhite 2, Samsung S8, Lenovo Tab 3 Pro
Quote:
Originally Posted by artifact View Post
Also just finished re-reading Sanderson's The Way of Kings which has some heavy-duty world learning with its flora and fauna. Still low tech, if that is the OP's issue, but its absolutely not Earth. Plus its 1000+ pages!
Way of Kings is unique, but decidedly medieval, replete with nights in armor. I would say it's simultaneously one of Sanderson's most original works (competing with Elantris) and his most Dungeons-&-Dragons-like, with all the monster fights and enchanted whatnots.
taosaur is offline   Reply With Quote
Advert
Old 06-12-2012, 03:36 PM   #33
fantasyfan
Wizard
fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
fantasyfan's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,224
Karma: 24604368
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Ireland
Device: Kindle 3 (wifi only) Kindle Paperwhite 2G Wi-Fi only, iPad, iPod Touch
A fine example of a fantasy set in a non-medieval setting would be the Darkangel trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce. It is really set in the future. {I won't say where--you might like to experience that for yourself }
fantasyfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2012, 03:48 PM   #34
JSWolf
Resident Curmudgeon
JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
JSWolf's Avatar
 
Posts: 52,459
Karma: 47532851
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Roslindale, Massachusetts
Device: Kobo Aura H2O, Sony PRS-650, Sony PRS-T1, nook STR, iPad 4, iPhone 5
Peter David's Modern Arthur series takes place in New York City.

1. Knight Life (1987)
Quote:
King Arthur arrives in modern-day New York City with his friend Merlin the Magician and decides to run for mayor but Morgan Le Fey and Modred try to ke Arthur from reaching his goal.
2. One Knight Only (2003)
Quote:
Arthur Pendragon, the Once and Future King, has pursued his political career all the way to the White House. Then tragedy strikes, in the form of an assassination attempt that leaves his wife Gwen at death's door. To save her, Arthur must once again seek the Holy Grail, the Cup whose magical powers can heal her body and soul...
3. Fall of Knight (2006)
Quote:
When former first lady Gwen DeVere Queen is discovered to be hale and hearty-after falling victim to a successful (and very public) assassination-the jig is finally up. Arthur Penn, aka King Arthur, reveals his true identity, and the existence of the Holy Grail, to the world.

Unable to cope with the sick and dying who desperately entreat him to heal them with the power of the Grail, Arthur accepts an offer from an entrepreneur with a new approach to health care: siphon water through the Grail, bottle it, and sell it as a curative. Flooding the market, Grail Water becomes the hottest-selling commodity in the history of humanity. Unfortunately, it's also tainting the very purpose of the holy cup's existence-and Arthur may soon discover exactly how the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
JSWolf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2012, 08:41 PM   #35
Apache
Readaholic
Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Apache's Avatar
 
Posts: 3,919
Karma: 66079147
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: South Georgia
Device: Surface Pro 4 / Galaxy Tab A 8"
How about Poul Anderson's Operation Chaos and Operation Luna?
They are also offered in an Omnibus titled Operation Otherworld.
Apache
Apache is offline   Reply With Quote
Advert
Old 06-14-2012, 05:16 PM   #36
GreenMonkey
DRM hater
GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
GreenMonkey's Avatar
 
Posts: 945
Karma: 2066176
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Michigan
Device: Nook ST glow, Kindle Voyage
Will throw out another one - C.S. Friedman's Coldfire trilogy. Technically you could kind of call it sci-fi - since it's set far in the future where humans settled on a world where the world reacts and "evolves" based on the thoughts of people, conscious and subconscious.

Since demons and ghosts and everything else scary come out at night (influence of the dark fae) humanity tends to live grouped together in scattered urban centers. Technology is mostly limited to simple machines people can understand (because otherwise their unconscious fears cause them to sabotage themselves...pistols tend to blow up...etc). Magic workings can reinforce the technology's stability but it's still a dubious undertaking.

A favorite of mine.

Last edited by GreenMonkey; 06-14-2012 at 05:19 PM.
GreenMonkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2012, 06:07 PM   #37
whitearrow
Guru
whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 804
Karma: 2260766
Join Date: Apr 2008
Device: Kindle Voyage
+1 for The Coldfire Trilogy. I love those books. (And don't let the prologue of the first book turn you off.)
whitearrow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2012, 06:38 PM   #38
sgoldin
SF/Fantasy Author
sgoldin ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.sgoldin ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.sgoldin ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.sgoldin ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.sgoldin ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.sgoldin ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.sgoldin ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.sgoldin ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.sgoldin ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.sgoldin ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.sgoldin ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
sgoldin's Avatar
 
Posts: 295
Karma: 214264
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: San Ramon,California, USA
Device: Adobe Digital Editions
More recommendations, non-medieval fantasies

I wonder if anyone could include Robert Heinlein's Glory Road? Science fiction with a twist into fantasy.

I'd like to second (or third) Barry Hughart's incredible stories about Master Li and Number Ten Ox, beginning with Bridge of Birds. Some of the most imaginative fantasy around. I recently reread it, and was blown away all over again.

[promotional plug edited - moderation]
[/blatant plug]

Last edited by dreams; 07-09-2012 at 01:36 AM. Reason: [promotional plug edited - moderation]
sgoldin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2012, 09:47 PM   #39
H.P. Lovesauce
Word Herder
H.P. Lovesauce ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.H.P. Lovesauce ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.H.P. Lovesauce ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.H.P. Lovesauce ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.H.P. Lovesauce ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.H.P. Lovesauce ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.H.P. Lovesauce ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.H.P. Lovesauce ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.H.P. Lovesauce ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.H.P. Lovesauce ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.H.P. Lovesauce ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 29
Karma: 674360
Join Date: May 2012
Device: Kindle Fire
Quote:
Originally Posted by artifact View Post
I just started in on The Native Star by M.K. Hobson and so far so good. Its set in late 1800s California with Witches and Warlocks and things like Patent Charms via mail order and zombie controlling machines from Chicago.
That sounds awesome.

Amazon has the first chapter up as a sample. Interesting, but not awesome; I suspect Stonetools may not luuurve it owing to the romance aspect.

Now, you want some Weird West, Mark Sumner is good. The Devil's Tower I believe is the first of two novels. Either that or it's the second. Maybe it'd be good to check that.

I want to fourth (fifth?) the Barry Hughart Bridge of Birds recommendation. Sean Williams' The Gatherer of Clouds had a similar Asian feel, but not the lighter tone.

A lot of sword-and-sorcery fiction avoids medievalitis, as with Conan. Karl Edward Wagner's Bloodstone throws big sorcery and a touch of weird science together.

But sword-and-sorcery's offshoots will get you even further away from Arthurian headaches. Sword-and-sandal fiction spills blood in the classical world (Michael Moorcock wrote very favorably of Michael Ehart's The Servant of the Manthycore, which features a badass heroine). Sword-and-soul, like the Griots anthology or Charles Saunder's Imaro, might well be medieval, but relocates the action to Africa or its fantastical analogues.

And really, try to grab yourself a copy of Black Gate magazine. It's like all of these recommendations jammed together to make a fragrant, intoxicating potpourri. (One that occasionally drips with blood if it's not suffused with sorcery.)
H.P. Lovesauce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2012, 10:57 PM   #40
JSWolf
Resident Curmudgeon
JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
JSWolf's Avatar
 
Posts: 52,459
Karma: 47532851
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Roslindale, Massachusetts
Device: Kobo Aura H2O, Sony PRS-650, Sony PRS-T1, nook STR, iPad 4, iPhone 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by GreenMonkey View Post
Will throw out another one - C.S. Friedman's Coldfire trilogy. Technically you could kind of call it sci-fi - since it's set far in the future where humans settled on a world where the world reacts and "evolves" based on the thoughts of people, conscious and subconscious.

Since demons and ghosts and everything else scary come out at night (influence of the dark fae) humanity tends to live grouped together in scattered urban centers. Technology is mostly limited to simple machines people can understand (because otherwise their unconscious fears cause them to sabotage themselves...pistols tend to blow up...etc). Magic workings can reinforce the technology's stability but it's still a dubious undertaking.

A favorite of mine.
It is science fiction and thus, doesn't fit.
JSWolf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2012, 05:10 AM   #41
mbovenka
Wizard
mbovenka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.mbovenka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.mbovenka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.mbovenka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.mbovenka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.mbovenka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.mbovenka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.mbovenka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.mbovenka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.mbovenka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.mbovenka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 1,727
Karma: 6411769
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Almere, The Netherlands
Device: Kobo Forma
Anyone mention the 'Rivers of London' series by Ben Aaronovitch yet? I'm just now reading the first ('Rivers of London' (UK)/'Midnight Riot' (US)) and I like it so far. Young London cop finds out magic is real and gets assigned to a DI who is a wizard and 'not as young as he looks' (not as yet further explained :-))

The description was 'What if Harry Potter grew up and joined the fuzz' and doesn't fit that well, but gives some idea. Dresden Files or Iron Druid fans will like it, I think.
mbovenka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2012, 06:09 AM   #42
fantasyfan
Wizard
fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fantasyfan ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
fantasyfan's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,224
Karma: 24604368
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Ireland
Device: Kindle 3 (wifi only) Kindle Paperwhite 2G Wi-Fi only, iPad, iPod Touch
I would second Philip Pullman's great Dark Materials trilogy mentioned earlier by BenG. It has some amazingly powerful writing and is set in an alternative Oxford.
fantasyfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2012, 11:27 AM   #43
GreenMonkey
DRM hater
GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GreenMonkey ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
GreenMonkey's Avatar
 
Posts: 945
Karma: 2066176
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Michigan
Device: Nook ST glow, Kindle Voyage
Quote:
Originally Posted by JSWolf View Post
It is science fiction and thus, doesn't fit.
I wouldn't say the Coldfire trilogy is science fiction.

There's demons, undying creatures that can't walk into the sunlight (vampires), werewolf like creatures magic despite the "science" that explains it (fae), and people using swords and crossbows.

Sure it takes place in the far future on a planet far far away...but there's magic and there's magical creatures and people with swords and crossbows on a quest. Definitely fantasy.
GreenMonkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2012, 03:48 PM   #44
whitearrow
Guru
whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.whitearrow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 804
Karma: 2260766
Join Date: Apr 2008
Device: Kindle Voyage
Coldfire might be technically science fiction, but it feels like fantasy.
whitearrow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2019, 08:38 AM   #45
ReadingManiac
Genre Jumper
ReadingManiac ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ReadingManiac ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ReadingManiac ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ReadingManiac ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ReadingManiac ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ReadingManiac ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ReadingManiac ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ReadingManiac ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ReadingManiac ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ReadingManiac ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ReadingManiac ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 409
Karma: 3529330
Join Date: Dec 2015
Device: Kindle paperwhite
I'm coming across a lot of mock-Arabic world Fantasy recently. Recommended are:

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

Other good Fantasy includes Jaq D. Hawkins' Goblin series which takes place in the future after a planetary disaster reduces the population to feudal societies.

This one starts with Dance of the Goblins, but you can just as easily start with Demoniac Dance if you prefer fast action over exposition. They are self-contained.

Brandon Sanderson and Brent Weeks are authors to check out.
ReadingManiac is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Troubleshooting Calibre Settings to replicate Amazon store settings? kdwosk Amazon Kindle 0 02-22-2011 03:34 PM
Fantasy novels by Andrea K Höst kurzon Self-Promotions by Authors and Publishers 3 01-23-2011 02:59 AM
Hi from Tim Myers, new Suspense, PI, SF and Fantasy, Traditional Novels! Tim Myers Introduce Yourself 12 08-02-2010 06:27 AM
13000 Free Fiction/Fantasy novels Eaque Deals and Resources (No Self-Promotion or Affiliate Links) 2 02-27-2010 04:01 PM
Free science fiction / fantasy novels at FictionWise.com narve iRex 4 06-12-2007 05:21 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:03 PM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.