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Initial post: 28 Oct 2012 23:35:16 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Oct 2012 23:41:12 GMT
Here is a list of most of the fantasy authors I have read so far;

S. Donaldson, R. Feist, R. Jordan, T. Williams, G.R. Martin, S. Erikson, J. Abercrombie, R. Hobb, G. Wolfe, D. Gemmell, W. Smith, M. Moorcock, P. Hoffman, T. Goodkind, J.R Tolkien..

I'm finding it hard to find authors who reach the quality and highs of some of these, most notably the bigger names. Throw some suggestions my way for some gripping fantasy:)

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2012 01:05:18 GMT
Anita says:
Well, for starters, in my opinion fantasy does not exist without Le Guin's Earthsea trilogy (yes, I mean TRILOGY).

Note: the next particular recommendation is for Mr. Alex G. Jones personally, as hardly of any use for anyone else: I'm afraid I've recommended this about 100 times before, sorry folks.

Not really an avid fantasy reader, as I do prefer science fiction, but I do think that the first 6 Black Company books by Glen Cook are really good:

Chronicles of the Black Company: The Black Company - Shadows Linger - The White Rose
Books of the South, the (Chronicles of the Black Company)
(Just I'd suggest to read "The Silver Spike" 5th, not 6th)

An afterthought:
Merman's Children by Poul Anderson is a beautiful book, sadly, out of print (I think)

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2012 14:44:21 GMT
Thanks for the suggestions. Have heard much praise regarding Ursula Le Guin and G. Cook. Isn't Le Guin aimed at younger readers though? might be wrong.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2012 15:18:23 GMT
Anita says:
Re Le Guin - you are both right and wrong. Yes, the Earthsea books are supposed to be for younger readers, however, there are lots of things definitely *not* for someone too young to grasp. I read them as an adult and totally loved them. (Having said that I really hated the 4th one, Tehanu, but - *it is my personal opinion*)

Posted on 29 Oct 2012 15:19:52 GMT
Snow says:
Some recommendations - not pure fantasy but if you read the reviews on Amazon - you will get an idea;

Gargoyle - Davidson
Weaveworld - Barker
Absent after-life - Holmes
The Dark Tower series - King
The raw shark texts - Hall
Divided kingdom - Thomson

I would also agree with the Earthsea trilogy recommendation - the last one was a little hard work for me. But looking at the first two authors on your list - Donaldson (Mordant's needs/A man rides through) and Feist's Magician series - they are pretty hard to beat!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2012 15:32:13 GMT
Ah, you've listed the 'Dark Tower' series. Sounded like a great series and one that I have thought of picking up a few times now. I guessed it would be something like D. Gemmell's 'Jon Shannow' books, about a post-apocalyptic gun slinger, enjoyed them a lot though.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2012 15:38:03 GMT
J.Yasimoto says:
You seem to have all of the modern greats covered. For additional recommendations I would move into the past. How about Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber or Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2012 15:41:40 GMT
Anita says:
Dark Tower - not exactly fantasy, but I second that. (Not as the best, but as enjoyable)

Posted on 29 Oct 2012 15:43:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Oct 2012 15:49:47 GMT
Snow says:
Spot on.

It is how you have described (the first one is actually entitled The gunslinger!). I have to be honest and say that I have not read the series yet - I am just finishing book two, The drawing of the three - and thoroughly enjoying it. According to workmates, the series gets stronger as it progresses.
Another benefit for me is I don't mind purchasing second hand books (some people do) as long as they are in a clean condition. I have picked up the first four books in this series, off Amazon, at rock-bottom prices - so wasn't much of a gamble for me.

Re Donaldson - I really enjoyed Lord Foul's Bane too - but then the series just seemed to go on and on - I actually wanted to throttle the lead character Thomas Covenant well before the end!

Posted on 4 Nov 2012 01:23:28 GMT
N. Murphy says:
The Night Angel trilogy - Brent Weeks
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Belgariad series - David Eddings
The Painted Man/The Desert Spear - Peter V Brett
Harry Dresden series - Jim Butcher
Iron Druid Chronicles - Kevin Hearne
Noble Dead series - Barb and JC Hendee
Wolfsangel - M D Lachlan

Posted on 4 Nov 2012 12:44:25 GMT
Tony says:
I've enjoyed many of those listed above.

Other modern day authors not mentioned include in no particular order:

Patrick Rothfuss
Alan Campbell and
Scott Lynch

As far as older generations are concerned these are others to consider:

William Hope Hodgson
Michael Shea, and
HP Lovecraft (horror fantasy)

Posted on 4 Nov 2012 13:13:01 GMT
M. Jolliff says:
Mary Gentle
Neal Stephenson
Robert E Vardeman
Louis de Bernieres
Richard Morgan
Richard Monaco

Posted on 4 Nov 2012 14:05:40 GMT
Tony says:
Should also have mentioned:

Brian Ruckley and
Hugh Cook (10 book age of darkness chronicles from the 80's/90s)

Posted on 4 Nov 2012 14:38:24 GMT
M. Jolliff says:
And I forgot John James

Posted on 4 Nov 2012 14:40:46 GMT
M. Jolliff says:
And Clark Ashton Smith

Posted on 6 Nov 2012 08:38:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Nov 2012 08:43:43 GMT
E. Saara says:
I'd just like to second Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind has been one of the best books I've read in the last few years.

And you might like to try Brandon Sanderosson work, my favorit is the start of his new series (Stormlight Archives) Way of the Kings, but have read all his books and liked every one.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2012 21:25:31 GMT
im nearly at the end of the second "lightbringer" book by brent weeks really enjoying it hadnt ever heard of him before but im always open to new authors and i like his new take on magic and colours, also i always have to say the Age of the Five trilogy from trudi canavan it has been one of my favs and i re-read them on a yearly basis!! i like to re-read books :) her black magician trilogy was really good too but her follow ups on that the magicians apprentice and the traitor spy trilogy werent quite as good but i still really enjoyed them just compared to the age of the five they arent as good! ive read all of t-goodkinds sword of truth ones really got sucked into his books i need to get the omen machine tho ive not read that yet.

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 15:26:17 GMT
Hectare says:
Please also check out Paul Kearney's 'A Different Kingdom', his best novel (I think), with a similar approach to Robert Holdstock's 'Mythago/Ryhope Wood' series. Speaking of Holdstock, I would also highly recommend his 'The Fetch', both creepy and a 'fantasy' (or was it real?).

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2012 14:37:53 GMT
I made a bit of a blunder with T. Goodkind. I read his worst book first 'The Pillars of Creation', silly not in chronological order. The brilliant cover art drew me to it and was an impulse buy because I had heard him mentioned before. It left a bad taste in my mouth nonetheless.

Posted on 9 Nov 2012 15:11:42 GMT
James says:
S. M. Stirling's Nantucket series is probably one of the best series that I have read, along with L.E. Modesitt's Recluse Series(of varying quality all are very good but Colours of Chaos and a few others are simply great!) both of which I very much recommend.

Posted on 9 Nov 2012 19:05:40 GMT
As I added to another discussion in this forum if you haven't already done so check out Frank Herbert's entire Dune series which are brilliant - grew up reading these and still dip in now and then - so much better than the movie and introduced many of the ideas taken up by Star Wars.

If you want something that links in with our world and have any interest in Scotland then I would strongly recommend India Drummond's series of Fae books - three written and another on the way.

Patrick Rothfus is another favourite - just bought his latest and currently reading Jools Sinclair's 44 series and thoroughly enjoying it so far.

Posted on 9 Nov 2012 23:55:57 GMT
One of the most beautifully written fantasy series I have read is the The Riddlemaster of Hed sadly out of print now, you can buy the trilogy from Amazon and second hand book stores.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2012 12:33:01 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2012 13:02:52 GMT
That's strange, because the review says it's by you. So that means that *you* have described it as "a gripping fantasy novel ... etc. etc." ...

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2012 13:41:30 GMT
Anita says:
It is just a bit confusing... The review is written by Mrs B, and who is Chris Logan then?..

I have a little language problem though. What does "nodded" mean in "Alisha nodded her hand on her daughters shoulder"? Something I understood even less: "...he was a snake in his wagon at night..." Three lines of a blurb (?) giving me an impression it's a book I'd never be able to understand. But perhaps just me
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