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Posted on 2 Jul 2013 19:06:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jul 2013 17:33:25 BDT
stucody says:
I've just started to read Among Thieves: A Tale of the Kin (Tale of the Kin 1). Good start so far!

Actually, don't bother with this book as it's just too basic and not enough of a challenge for me. The first person narrative just doesn't work.

Posted on 2 Jul 2013 19:47:14 BDT

I love this world building...

The Chosen (The Stone Dance Of The Chameleon)
The Standing Dead (The Stone Dance Of The Chameleon)
The Standing Dead (The Stone Dance Of The Chameleon)

Posted on 2 Jul 2013 20:56:27 BDT
Karina says:
Have you read Kushiel's dart? Not sure if it fits what you are looking for as it has a female lead but not too romantic.

Posted on 2 Jul 2013 23:07:11 BDT
Sue H says:
Dan Simmons' Hyperion and Endymion series. Not exactly fantasy...more fantasy/sci-fi. Page turners from start to finish for me!

Kevin J Anderson - Saga of the Seven Suns...easy reading but enjoyable.

Posted on 3 Jul 2013 08:10:25 BDT
scott lynch and joe abercrombie as additional authors

Posted on 3 Jul 2013 15:37:38 BDT
Lirael17 says:
We seem to like the same authors, if you are looking for something different have you tried China Mieville, Perdido Street Station is beautifully written and errs on the weird side of fantasy. It wasn't the easiest of reads but well worth it

Posted on 4 Jul 2013 00:09:40 BDT
Ben says:
Just listening to a new author Anthony Ryan Blood Song: Book 1 of Raven's Shadow and it's a gem, probably the best fantasy that I've listened to in a long time. Trust the reviews on this one and buy it, you won't be disappointed.
I don't know if anyone has mentioned Michael Sullivan and his trilogy - The Riyria Revelations, starts with Theft Of Swords: The Riyria Revelations it's not bad, might be worth a look.
Also, if you don't mind a bit of humour with your fantasy, how about
Tom Holt - J W Wells series - First book - The Portable Door - The Portable Door

Posted on 4 Jul 2013 20:49:43 BDT
stucody says:
This is a good series that involves a mixture of history fiction and mythology. The Whale Road (Oathsworn 1) Joe Abercrombie also recommends this book.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2013 01:15:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jul 2013 01:45:58 BDT
K. Maxwell says:
Bujold's Vorkosigan series you should read. Much better than sharing knife, though its scifi not fantasy. It has some really witty and funny sections in it especially the earlier books in the series.

I also reccomend Aaaronovitch Rivers of London series (which you've already read) and Charles Stross Laundry series (start with the Atrocity Archives).

I also enjoy Kate Griffin's Matthew Swift series (start with Madness of Angles) though I suspect its probably not your cup of tea.

Its possible you also might like Matthew Stover's "Heroes die" if only for its gritty fantasy/scif setting and somewhat nasty characters.

Posted on 9 Jul 2013 20:44:34 BDT
Clement says:
Thanks CarolF, I doubt I'll pay out, might try renting..

I read Among Theives, Mr Coady and I'd give it 3/5*. Not great, but has promise as a series.

Don't know about The Stone Dance Of The Chameleon Mrs Mulligan, if it's anything like Gormanghast I don't want to know.

Hmm, you say Kushiel's dart isn't very romantic Karina, but from the synopsis & reviews it certainly appears to be a romance..
I'm not sure it's my cup of tea.

Anderson & Simmons are pure sci-fi Sue, not in a bad way, just I'd rather focus on Fantasy for this discussion.

Lynch & Abercrombie have been discussed Francisco- thanks though.

Lirael, Lirael, I'm about 2/3 through Perdido Street Station and have been for ages. Clever world building, but I just can't get into it.

I've ordered Blood Song Ben. Loved Riyria series, but Portable Door looks too... Comedy Fantasy? I'm beginning to think this style is almost it's own genre- Terry Pratchett, Simon Green etc.

The Whale Road looks more Historical than Fantasy to me, is this accurate?

Bujold, Aaronovitch, Stross & Griffin have already been mentioned K. Maxwell & Matthew Stover's Heroes die looks sci fi and the synopsis is giving me deja-vu, has this also already been mentioned?

Thanks again all x)

Posted on 9 Jul 2013 21:04:19 BDT
stucody says:
Did I not mentione Blood Song much earlier in the thread? If not then I highly recommend it as it's a good book and a promising start to a good series.

The Whale Road is a mixture of historical and viking mythology. Its not a bad book but then I enjoy any story with vikings.

Posted on 10 Jul 2013 16:56:50 BDT
Clement says:
Also I've read the following recently;

The Legend of Eli Monpress, Volumes I, II & III Really enjoyed this, more than I expected, though the individual books are too short.

The Magic of Recluce (Saga of Recluce) In the end I liked this, but it took a while. The principals of magic are overly simple as are the characters- the whole book to be honest, yet it's still readable.

The Steel Remains (Gollancz) Phew what to say about this? It's a readable book apart from the overly explicit gay porn scenes which ruin it.

Talion: Revenant I liked Talion, but it's standalone which is disappointing.

Posted on 11 Jul 2013 06:21:39 BDT
Mark Chadbourn's Age of Misrule, in which magic returns to our world, shattering society in the impact.

Sarah Monette's Melusine etc. Very character-driven. The second one, The Virtu, is the best one.

Posted on 11 Jul 2013 17:25:20 BDT
Janny Wurts - Wars of Light and Shadow
Katharine Kerr - Deverry Series
Katherine Kurtz - Deryni Series
Kate Elliot - Crown of Stars Series
Terry Brooks - Shannara
Robin Hobbs - Farseer series

if you search that lots more will link to them
its a fast growing genre so I'm sure you will find some gems

Posted on 5 Sep 2013 20:55:25 BDT
stucody says:
Just finished The Black Guard (The Long War). It was okay but nothing special. In fact, I've got so fed up with the current batch of recent fantasy book releases, I've gone back to re-read Steven Erikson books as I never got finishing the series. Have to say, it's getting increasingly hard to find a good author as that of Erikson, GRRM, Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch etc.

Posted on 6 Sep 2013 13:49:19 BDT
louisemae says:
Hi Clement, Just finished a trilogy of self published e-books by Rob Hayes The Heresy Within (Book 1 of The Ties that Bind)The Colour of Vengeance (Book 2 of The Ties that Bind)The Price of Faith (Book 3 of The Ties that Bind). I only found them because they'd got great reviews on Amazon and I'm really glad I did, if you overlook the odd spelling mistake, they are excellent books and right up your street, lots of highly dubious characters, blood and gore aplenty and even the little bit of romance is brutal. Only drawback is you might need to get a kindle as I don't think they've been published as paper books yet, but they ought to be.

Posted on 18 Sep 2013 00:52:54 BDT
Strange how many of the suggestions given by others here as great writers I found to be so, so, yes reasonable but not great writers no. Even Jack Vance hit a few bum notes now and again, and I still can't make up my mind what Erikson was trying to say in his series, or even if he knew what he was trying to say, because I didn't. To my mind the late David Gemmell took some beating , although his series of books were not all that long. Though to be honest all his books had broadly the same theme, so actually you could say that they were all one series.Frankly most of the modern Fantasy Authors bore me , though as I have been reading Sci Fi and Fantasy for some 60 odd years now perhaps I'm a little jaded.

Posted on 19 Sep 2013 16:22:54 BDT
And most of the suggestions I was thinking of making turned up in the last couple of pages (just as I was thinking I wouldn't be duplicating anything)! I noticed you said you were going to try Grunts earlier in the thread. If you enjoyed that, you might like Jim Hines' Goblin series. Book 1 is Goblin Quest.Goblin Quest although it's looking now like the trilogy is available in a single volume The Legend of Jig Dragonslayer: Goblin Quest/Goblin Hero/Goblin War, so you could just read them all in one go. I like his Stepsisters series too, where he puts a twist on old fairytales, but that might have a little more romance in there. And I know I'm duplicating, but just to give you some idea of what I've enjoyed, I would probably also have mentioned titles by Mark Chadburn, Simon R Green, Ben Aaranovitch, Patrick Rothfuss, Mark Hodder, Terry Pratchett and Raymond Feist, if other people hadn't already done so.

I haven't read Karen Miller's books, so I don't know how her Rogue Agent Series, published as K E Mills, compares to what you didn't like, but I quite enjoyed that. It's on the humourous side, rather than taking itself too seriously. Book 1 is The Accidental Sorcerer: Book 1 of the Rogue Agent Novels.

And for Mr Coady, I read a Viking one recently which was the start of another series I intend to follow up. Raven: Blood Eye (Raven 1). A little bloodier than my usual taste, but very well done.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2013 17:52:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Sep 2013 17:53:24 BDT
stucody says:
Raven: Blood Eye is a very good read. If you like anything to do with Vikings then check out Vikings on LoveFilm Instant which is a very well done historical and bloody drama series based on the viking culture. The series is based on the Ragnar Lothbrok Sagas which includes discovering and making the first raids on England.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2013 18:25:53 BDT
Totally agree about "Raven: Blood-eye". I also agree about the "Vikings" series on LoveFilm. I thought it was excellent - and I really hope they're making a second series!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2013 18:38:32 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Sep 2013 18:50:15 BDT
stucody says:
Season 2 has been commissioned and is currently being filmed. ...can't wait.

Keeping to the Viking fantasy books I thought I would mentioned this book again as I found it to be a good read Wolfsangel

Also, if you like Viking Sagas then this book is amazing. It's told in the traditional saga way and is about the settling of vinland ie North America/Canada. The King of Vinland's Saga

I've also brought 'Swords of Good Men (The Valhalla Saga)' which Is on my to read list after I've got through all of Steven Erikson series.

Posted on 19 Sep 2013 18:46:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Sep 2013 18:49:03 BDT
stucody says:
I've just pre ordered the sequel to the Red Knight called 'The Fell Sword' by Miles Cameron. And Scott Lynchs 'The Republic of Thieves (The Gentlemen Bastard Sequence)' is out very soon.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2013 19:59:15 BDT
That's great news! I can't wait, either.

I shall check out "the King of Vinland's Saga".

Haven't heard of the others - I must have missed any previous mention of Wolfsangel. Thanks for mentioning them.

And in relation to your other post above - glad that the sequel to "The Red Knight" is coming soon, AND the next Locke Lamora book. Too many books, too little time! Aaarrgghh!

Here's a tip of my own. I just finished reading The Gripping Beast, which I was asked to read by a friend, who happened to have done some beta reading for the author - I *think* that was the connection. Overall it was pretty good, although I have some concerns regarding historicity, which was why I was asked to read it in the first place. But my concerns are relatively slight in the grand scheme of things - I am *very* pedantic. It's the guy's first novel, and personally I think he's priced it a bit high as a 1st time SPA; but I do think it's quite a good read, if a little rough around the edges ...

Posted on 20 Sep 2013 16:55:52 BDT
Paul Tapner says:
Seeing that the Red Knight sequel is listed as being 992 pages, and that it's out in paperback in July, I think I know what book I'm taking on holiday with me next summer

Posted on 21 Sep 2013 18:53:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Sep 2013 18:57:27 BDT
Clement says:
Mark Chadbourn's Age of Misrule is great & original. Sarah Monette's I'm skeptical of, thanks though Heather.

Kelly A. Smith, read all those, Fantasy is a well established genre- I started this thread to find the cream of the crop. Thanks though.

3 oustanding debut books I've read:
The Red Knight in particular,
Malice: Book One of The Faithful and the Fallen (Faithful & the Fallen 1) &
Blood Song: Book 1 of Raven's Shadow

Bungey, don't know Jack Vance. While Malazan series doesn't follow traditional patterns, it has continuity, scale and excellent delivery- bearing in mind it began as a construct for an RPG.
And I have to say there is some great new talent appearing(refer to the above).

K. Hoskyn, grunts is lurking in my wish list- not sure when i'll read it. And i like all the authors mentioned though haven't started on Hodder yet.

Raven: Blood Eye is basketed, thanks all.

Can't wait for all the releases coming this winter!
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