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Initial post: 31 Mar 2013, 23:48:55 BST
K. Turner says:
I have been struggling to find anything to read so some new suggestions would be welcome .

Most important is good story & credible world.
Not averse to a bit of sex or violence or magic or dragons.
Appreciate decent/good writing.
Recent favourites are:
Patrick rothfuss - wise mans fear
Tad Williams- dirty streets of heaven ( and back catalogue)
George Martin
Laini Taylor
Robin hobb

Also liked Ben aaronovitch , charlaine Harris , Larissa Iona, Brent weeks
Joe Abercrombie , Stephanie Meyer , Truro Canavan , hunger games Harry potter , weaveworld

Old favs lord of the rings, Ian m banks , ursula le guin , th white,

Did not like maria Snyder or muirwood or vampire diaries
Never really got into gaiman, feist or gemmell. Liked the first 8 Robert Jordan's then got bored. Same with Bernard Cornwall - loved the Arthurian series but last few have left me cold.

Hopefully that's a flavour of likes/dislikes . Would be happy to discover older authors I missed at the time or recent stuff
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and recommendations

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2013, 12:09:49 BST
M J Porter says:
Hi

Why don't you try Mark Lawrence - Prince of Thorns and King of Thorns. I got the first one on promotion when I got the last George RR Martin book and although its being compared to Martin - I think it's quite unique. The only frustration is that it's a 3 parter and only 1 and 2 have been released.

Also try the awesome Terry Goodkind - but you're in for a long ride with them!!

Hope that helps

Posted on 1 Apr 2013, 13:15:44 BST
Last edited by the author on 1 Apr 2013, 13:17:41 BST
K. Turner says:
Thanks have read mark Laurence also eagerly awaiting #3!
Haven't tried goodkind so will give that a go thanks! Quite enjoyed some terry brooks a few years ago too and sort of have goodkind in same bracket in my head not sure if that's true or not though.

Also long ride is fine-I like value for money and I get through books fast

Posted on 1 Apr 2013, 18:48:14 BST
Hi
Have you tried kristen britain ?Green Rider is first in the series

Posted on 1 Apr 2013, 21:49:26 BST
K. Turner says:
Thanks that's a new one for me too. Will give it a go!
Am now a few chapters into Dresden files #1 enjoying so far feels quite fresh and tight.
More suggestions very welcome

Posted on 1 Apr 2013, 22:00:54 BST
J.Yasimoto says:
One word: "Erikson".

Posted on 2 Apr 2013, 00:41:52 BST
Miss J. Eyre says:
Give Brandon Sanderson a go, The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One or he has 2 standalone novels "Elantris" or "Warbreaker"
I'm also nearing the end of The Red Knight and after a slightly slow start am really enjoying it.

Some other recent reads i've loved are Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy 1), Kate Elliott's Cold Magic: Spiritwalker: book 1 and a couple of good teen fantasy novels: Seraphina and Nix's Sabriel.

My favourite urban fantasy series so far has to be Ilona Andrews' Magic Bites: A Kate Daniels Novel: 1.

Posted on 2 Apr 2013, 08:05:23 BST
Last edited by the author on 2 Apr 2013, 08:10:54 BST
K. Turner says:
Great thanks! Nearly those are new to me ! Gotta love the magic of the interweb ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013, 10:16:29 BST
Last edited by the author on 2 Apr 2013, 10:33:45 BST
Garscadden says:
The one i always trot out - Perdido Street Station by Mieville. Convoluted, dense writing, violent in parts, odd magic in parts. It's fun.

For less dense, have you tried Temeraire [a.k.a. His Majesty's Dragon? A series about fighting dragons during the Napoleonic Wars. I'd say the series wouldn't win any literary prizes, but it's jolly.

The Devil You Know - contemporary magic noir. Kinda Hellblazer in novel form. The series gets a bit samey in my opinion, but it passes the time :)

Finally - The Year of Our War (that link is to the omnibus - you can probably find the single book second hand dirt cheap). Got rave reviews at the time, it's good... I actually never got into it that much - one of those books / series I always intend to try again, once I have a bit more time. Maybe this summer.

Posted on 2 Apr 2013, 10:20:53 BST
K. Turner says:
Cheers Garscadden also all new authors. I have clearly been looking in all the wrong places for my fantasy fixes! Will put them on the list too - might have to have a trip to the second hand bookshop they are petty good for this kind of thing- discovered robin Hobb there.

Posted on 2 Apr 2013, 22:18:59 BST
You might also like The Lies of Locke Lamora. There's 3 in the series now. Quite a Fritz Leiber vibe if you like his stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Apr 2013, 05:45:07 BST
C Kendrew says:
you might want to try The Codex Alera by Jim Butcher - magic in elemental forms, heroes and monsters!

Posted on 3 Apr 2013, 06:50:34 BST
M. Jolliff says:
Something slightly different and now up for a Hugo check Throne of the Crescent Moon. If you have a kindle/tablet there is a sampler free. I'm currently halfway through and enjoying immensely.

Posted on 3 Apr 2013, 09:55:33 BST
K. Turner says:
Thanks for the new suggestions have looked at Locke lampreys a couple of times and both that and butcher seem to come up quite often on these forums.
Am half way through Dresden Files #2 now still enjoying but think I might have to ration them and not read them all in one go!
Thanks again folks

Posted on 3 Apr 2013, 10:44:32 BST
Anita says:
I can't stop recommending the first six books of Black Company by Glen Cook... In case it's something new for you, definitely worth a try, I think.

(The first one starts maybe a bit slowly, but gets up to speed pretty quickly. The second one (Shadows Linger) and the one I'd suggest to read 5th instead of 6th (The Silver Spike) in my opinion are the best.) There are maybe 5 more, but not as good (again, in my opinion).

Chronicles of the Black Company: The Black Company - Shadows Linger - The White Rose
Books of the South, the (Chronicles of the Black Company)

(Two omnibus editions actually)

Something to re-read... if I have time for that this summer

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Apr 2013, 20:38:20 BST
I would highly recommend anything by Brandon Sanderson. The Way of Kings was amazing and I also loved the Mistborn series. If you love fantasy, you can't go wrong with any of his books.

Posted on 3 Apr 2013, 22:57:46 BST
Last edited by the author on 3 Apr 2013, 22:58:55 BST
I second Steven Erikson's superb 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen' series of books although they do require a reader's full attention.
Jack Vance's The Complete Lyonesse: Suldrun's Garden, The Green Pearl, Madouc (Gollancz Black Books)Is a classic high fantasy masterpiece. One book, I recently read, that surprised me for being so absolutely gripping was Raven's Shadow Book One: Blood Song (Raven's Shadow)

Posted on 3 Apr 2013, 23:23:00 BST
K. Turner says:
Brilliant thanks for the suggestions will get cracking and report back.
Edison and Sanderson prob where i will start but like the sound of high fantasy masterpiece too! Are these mostly US authors ? (Just curious - seems like the urban stuff comes mostly from there but I could be wrong aaronovitch wld be case in point I suppose)

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Apr 2013, 08:55:22 BST
Sanderson is American. Not sure about Edison.

Posted on 4 Apr 2013, 10:06:54 BST
Steven Erikson was born in Canada now lives in Cornwall. Jack Vance is American and Anthony Ryan who wrote Raven's shadow book one: blood song is British.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Apr 2013, 10:16:06 BST
K. Turner says:
Thanks I suppose I could look it up but you guys are better than google.
K

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Posted on 5 Apr 2013, 17:25:13 BST
j m c says:
the wheel of time picks up again after the dodgy path of daggers and is worth revisiting especially as the final book in the series has now been published.

Posted on 5 Apr 2013, 17:40:37 BST
K. Turner says:
I did read up to 11 or 12 despite being a bit fed up but haven't wanted to part with cash! Borrowed/libraried them. Did enjoy though. But thanks! I can't really remember the details of different books of that series tbh - pre child and ~6 years ago wiped the memory quite effectively I have found. ;-)

Posted on 18 Apr 2013, 23:51:05 BST
K. Turner says:
Have now read mistborn 4/5 hit
Pern 3/5 prob won't read anymore but was worth reading.
Now to try some of the others. Erikson next I think.
Thanks again for all the ideas
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