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Posted on 5 Aug 2013 22:30:51 BDT
James says:
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Posted on 8 Aug 2013 03:10:48 BDT
R. C. Mcleod says:
Neil Gaiman is a writer of some considerable ability, not quite sure what genre I'd put him in though.
You might also want to check out a book called "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" by Laini Taylor which I thought refreshingly original.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Aug 2013 22:42:19 BDT
Marta says:
What about Anne McCaffrey's Pern series. Or anything by Sherri S Tepper.

Posted on 13 Aug 2013 13:18:09 BDT
Must reads would be:
David Eddings Belgariad series - This is one of the best series in the genre. His other books are well written with good characterizations but this is the stand out series.
David Gemmell books - All of his books were very well written and are a pleasure to read. Not sure of they are new ideas but I would recommend them to anyone.
Jim Butchers Harry Dresden series - This, for me, is the best series being written at the moment. The writing is incredible and the ideas are great. His other series is also very good.
Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series - These are well written and interesting. Sometimes they can be a bit romantic fantasy but are an enjoyable read.
Terry Brooks - Elfstones of Shannara - This is an excellent book that is well written and enjoyable.

there are others but I think these are enough to start with....

Posted on 14 Aug 2013 23:56:04 BDT
William Morris is very good. Pre Tolkien with an older prose style but well worth looking at.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2013 21:36:39 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2013 21:42:19 BDT
Greenslade, this is an abusive post and I've reported it to Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2013 20:38:07 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2013 12:49:52 BDT
is there something wrong with you?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2013 21:55:02 BDT
Greenslade says:
Absolutely not. Why, is there something with Hugh?

Posted on 24 Aug 2013 17:58:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Aug 2013 18:02:59 BDT
I'd like to suggest
Bridge of Birds : A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was by Barry Hughart
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever: "Lord Foul's Bane", "Illearth War" and "Power That Preserves... by Stephen Donaldson
And Neil Gaiman and Terry Brookes who have already been suggested.

Posted on 1 Sep 2013 01:55:06 BDT
Odd how popular authors are deemed to be not High Brow, but drivel written by others takes on this mantle, Jordons Wheel of Time certainly starts off well for the first few books. It however becomes mind numbing boredom after that, his publishers should be ashamed of themselves for allowing him to delude his fans into wasting their money. As for the Erikson Books he must take the award for using twenty words when one will do, I'm not yet convinced that even he knows what he was attempting to say. My take on this is that there is only so many good Books in any author, after they achieve some distinction, the Publishers then bring out the authors first fledgling attempts ( most are so diabolical they should never have seen the light of day, but hey the Publishers need the money ), Then there are the books where the author has exhausted their creativity, but once more the Publishers need the money, and force the author to churn out mediocre rubbish. The problem seems to stem from the fact that there is a voracious appetite for a good Book, but a sad lack of writers with the ability to produce one time and time again. Mary Gentle has written some good Books as has Gavriel Kay,I enjoyed the Winter of the World series by Michael Scott Rohan.Tales of the Ketty Jay by Chris Wooding, The View from the Mirror Quartet by Ian Irvine, some of the Abercrombie books kept me amused as well. But in my humble opinion David Gemmell was a writer that knocked all those into a cocked hat as an author, even though his work was not thought to be all that original.
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