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Initial post: 15 Jul 2013 17:05:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jul 2013 17:07:20 BDT
Claire C says:

I'm looking for some new books, or preferably series, and was wondering if anyone out there's got any ideas. Authors I've enjoyed are:

Raymond Feist - all the Riftwar saga books
David Eddings
Sherri S Tepper
Melanie Rawn (especially the Exiles - so frustrating The Captal's Tower has never appeared!)
Maggie Furey
Margaret Atwood and Marge Piercy in 'Speculative fiction' mode

As you can see, I'm not keen on vampires, zombies etc, and can also do without too many dwarfs / elves / goblins / dragons. I prefer the utopian / dystopian type of book. Am I asking too much?!

Posted on 15 Jul 2013 18:47:25 BDT
D. Brown says:
have you tried Robin Hobb?Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy - Book 1)

moved on to her, once i'd finished The Belgariad

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2013 20:30:29 BDT
Claire C says:
I think I may have tried one of hers a while ago, but didn't quite get into it. Certainly worth a go - thanks.

Posted on 17 Jul 2013 17:23:32 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jul 2013 17:29:39 BDT
Fantasy-Fan says:
I'd like to suggest The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One by Brandon Sanderson, which is a fantasy book set in a dystopian world. No vampires or zombies, and no dwarves/elves/goblins/dragons. (1st in a trilogy but can be read on it's own).

If you also like Sci-Fi and want to examine the whole utopia/dystopia thing, can I also suggest The Player Of Games (The Culture) by Iain M. Banks. (This is actually the 2nd book in the series, but I'd say it's more accessible than the first, and it's not vital to read these strictly in order).

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2013 18:25:55 BDT
Claire C says:
Sounds interesting. Thanks in particular for the Iain M Banks reference - I'm keen to try some Culture novels, and didn't really know where to start.

Posted on 17 Jul 2013 19:16:31 BDT
W. Davidson says:
I got into Stephen Donaldson in the 90's and have all the Thomas covenant books, the new one is pre-ordered for release in October. If you enjoy sci-fi as well as fantasy Mr. Donaldson has written the gap series. I can highly recommend these books.

Posted on 18 Jul 2013 11:38:41 BDT
Linanoran says:
I loved Kevin J Anderson's "Saga of the Seven Suns" seven books in total.. great space opera, also have you read any of China Mieville's Perdido Street Station, Embassytown, The Scar, The Iron Council really good sci fi

Posted on 19 Jul 2013 17:17:31 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Aug 2013 14:28:21 BDT
Claire C says:
Some really good ideas here. I've just had a parcel - Assassin's Apprentice has arrived! Really looking forward to starting it. Thanks so much for these suggestions.

Posted on 22 Jul 2013 22:44:07 BDT
Phil Stephen says:
Patrick Rothfuss is writing some fantastic literature right now and Mickey Zucker Reichert has a nice series of warrior fantasy.

Posted on 23 Jul 2013 08:42:26 BDT
Your list matches mine ...Trudi Canavan, Plus if you fancy trying a little British Urban, Ben Aaranvitch - Rivers of London

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2013 01:31:25 BDT
Rowena says:
Not dystopian, but Joe Abercrombie might be worth a look. Not much magic and definitely no elves or dragons! His books are full of great characters and black humour, and he plays around with some familiar fantasy tropes. I'd start with The Blade Itself to see if you like it.

Posted on 27 Jul 2013 17:37:51 BDT
Claire C says:
Thanks for these. I've now read Assassins's Apprentice, and loved it. Lots more for me to mull over as well - great for summer holiday reading!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2013 21:35:24 BDT
Jade Bertram says:
Kristen Britain - Green Rider etc? Hurry up follow on from Blackveil!
Elizabeth Moon - Paladin's Legacy series (not necessary to read Deed of Paksenarrion series first though it does partially explain how some characters end up where they are)

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2013 14:30:57 BDT
Claire C says:
It looks like I've got a great summer's reading ahead. Have now finished Royal Assassin, and have ordered Assassin's Quest. Any ideas as to which of Hobbs' series I should go to next?

Posted on 4 Aug 2013 14:33:43 BDT
Claire C says:
So many recommendations - should keep me going for a while ... I'm reading The Player of Games at the moment, and also have Atwood's Maddadam preordered. Thanks, everyone.

Posted on 5 Aug 2013 22:32:28 BDT
James says:
Thats cool. Try - Legends of the Tulpa - Y.L. Sansom. Its quite new and pretty cool.

Posted on 6 Aug 2013 16:25:38 BDT
After the Farseer Trilogy you could buy the Tawny Man Trilogy, which follows on from it. I really enjoyed them (both trilogies).

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2013 12:47:26 BDT
Rowena says:
There's also the Liveship trilogy which is set in the same world, chronologically it goes between the Farseer/Tawny Man trilogies but can be read as a stand-alone series as it is (mainly) all different characters. It is probably my favourite of all Hobb's series so far - no Fitz, but you do get pirates and sea-serpents!

Posted on 7 Aug 2013 14:28:18 BDT
The Last Observer: A magical battle for reality

Posted on 7 Aug 2013 23:47:42 BDT
Miss J. Eyre says:
I'll second Rowena and suggest you read Hobb's Liveship series next starting with Ship of Magic (The Liveship Traders, Book 1). There's a tiny bit of character cross over with little hints of things from the Fitz books that just won't mean the same if you read them out of order (I read them ages ago and still remember the moment, almost like an epiphany, when I realized who this certain character was...)

Posted on 8 Aug 2013 11:07:57 BDT
Claire C says:
That's great. I'm desperately waiting for Assassin's Quest at the moment, but I'll know where to go next now. Thanks so much

Posted on 8 Aug 2013 12:09:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Aug 2013 12:10:49 BDT
Fantasy-Fan says:
Someone in another thread just reminded me about Replay by Ken Grimwood. I really enjoyed this, and thought I would throw it into the mix as another suggestion.

(The Mistborn trilogy is still my top recommendation though).

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2013 18:36:04 BDT
C Harper says:
Try The First Sense by N P Postlethwaite

Posted on 11 Oct 2013 22:56:11 BDT
Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series is fantastic and has a lot of books...all excellent.
His other series is good as well...
Harry Connolly's 20 Palace series was very good.
Trudi Canavan was quite good...although not very dystopian.
Shadow Lands by Simon Lister is also pretty good.
Or you could try the Deathstalker series by Simon Green.

Posted on 15 Oct 2013 20:56:42 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Oct 2013 21:07:52 BDT
Steven Erikson's Gardens of the Moon (Book 1 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen). This series is extremely good but don't expect a gradual introduction to characters or plot as the author makes you run from the start. In the first book I would suggest given it the first 100 pagers before things start falling into place. Don't let that put you off as this is an incredible series once you get used to the authors style. I'm now on my second read through as I never got to finish the 10 book series and I had left it too long between reads to remember what was going on.

For adult fantasy, not only do I recommend the above author but also The Blade Itself: Book One Of The First Law (Gollancz S.F.). This is a gritty fantasy series which is up there with George RR Martin, Steven Erikson, Scott Lynch etc
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