Hi all -
I've always liked the idea of fantasty (with the magic, getting to live in mediaeval type periods without being filthy and disease ridden, dragons, unicorns, vampires, werewolves etc etc). However, I've often been disappointed by the fantasty books I've picked up. Many of them seem to be light on plot and characterisation and 'feel', and heavy on silly names (I have a problem with all the apostrophes that crop up in fantasy names sometimes, it's irrational, but they irritate me).
So, I had hoped that if I give people some examples of fantasy novels I've enjoyed (and those I've not), people may be able to give me some recommendations?
So - I've enjoyed
- The Lord of the Rings (and the Hobbit, not the Silmarillion though)
- Harry Potter
- His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman writes so beautifully)
- Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen (loving the original ideas and the strong female characters)
- Anne McCaffrey's dragon books
- The Belgariad (I didn't enjoy the Malloreon so much)
- Anne Rice's earlier books (before Memnoch the Devil)
- There were some vampire books I remember loving but I can't remember the titles or the author - something about a ring, and vampires were from this other worldly ring (anyone have any idea what I'm talking about?)
- Stardust and Neil Gaiman's work in general (not too keen on Terry Pratchett, though)
- Melanie Rawn's Sunrunner series (really original idea, I thought. I loved the beginning of the series but thought it tailed off towards the end)
- Trudy Canavan
I really didn't like Eragon. I loathe and despise Twilight!
Any ideas would be gratefully received - I'm sure that there are many fantastic fantasy writers and I would dearly like to know who they are!
EDIT 16/02/2012: I do not read self-published work and self-promotion is banned outside the 'Meet Our Authors' forum. Please do not self-promote on this thread, or I will have to click the 'report abuse' link.
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