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10-08-2011 @ 6:39PM
@Ashstryke: I thought Jordan's first 5 (6?) WoT books were amazing. 7, 8, and parts of 9 drag on interminably. I get that there is a lot of stuff going on in relatively tiny timeframes, but ... /shakes head. The latest 3 have been much closer to the earlier feel. (and, as always, YMMV). In other news, I absolutely have to second the recommendation for Valdemar. The poor main characters tend to get beat down (and Misty likes to beat the snot out of her characters at the drop of a hat! "... -Any- hat."), but mostly it serves to keep them relatable to the reader, I thought. Note to self: if in Valdemar, don't develop Adept-level powers.I'm surprised Piers Anthony got mentioned, I don't often see his name thrown out in a recommendation thread. Probably because he's best known for Xanth, I suppose. I liked Split Infinity best of his fantasy work, and if you're also into sci-fi, try his Bio of a Space Tyrant books.For authors/series I haven't seen mentioned yet today: Janny Wurts, Cycle of Fire. Elizabeth Moon, Deed of Paksennarion. David Eddings, Elenium (the trilogy pair, not the quintet pair). Raymond Feist, Riftwar Saga. David B. Coe, Lon-Tobyn. Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel books (more adult-oriented). David Gemmell, anything, though I liked Knights of Dark Renown best of what I've read, I think. Angus Wells, Lords of the Sky (and others). Dennis McKiernan, anything. Sara Douglass, Starman trilogy. A last few, that I liked everything I read (... and can't remember specific titles thanks to intervening time): Gordon Dickson. Tom Dietz. Jack L. Chalker. James Priest. Katherine Kurtz. Orson Scott Card. Michael Moorcock.Unlike many others, I did not like Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth. (Had I read it before Eye of the World I might have felt differently, but that's a whole other discussion.) I found the series good and bad by approximately equal turns, although he tends to wax very preachy, which kinda turned me away from it.
10-08-2011 @ 7:04PM
My favourite fantasy authors include L.E. Modesitt Jr (love all the Recluse books), Brandon Sanderson (his original stuff - although the Wheel of Time stuff is okay too - it's just a series that has gone on forever and ever), Sara Douglass, Anne McCaffrey, Guy Gavriel Kay (amazing stuff and he's a fellow Canadian to boot), Jack Whyte (historical fiction/fantasy), and, of course, George R.R. Martin.Someone mentioned Mercedes Lackey - I liked her stuff when I was younger, now, as a more "mature" adult (approaching 40) I find her stuff to be more like fantasy "mind candy." Fun to read when I want something light and easy, but not really deep or satisfying. But YMMV.
10-08-2011 @ 7:37PM
@KyleneI wouldn't say Christie's novels are much better. She does not have the technical matters down any better than the others. She rushes her books and it shows greatly--particularly in the pacing and excessive exposition. Not to mention, she doesn't seem to double-check and edit things, leading to a lot of contradictions or outright silly ideas. Rise of the Horde was not a good book at all, and had many of those failings.Maybe it's because I have a degree in Creative Writing and thus have lots of experience with going through and reading/editing people's work, but it's very painful for me to read any of the WarCraft books.As far as people's comments about 'writing in another person's IP is the cause', I'd say that's fairly inaccurate. You can do it very well if you're a decent writer, and given a bit of freedom in plot. Golden, Knaak, etc are not decent writers. The Star Wars books are a good example of decent fiction in another IP--they certainly aren't the best books in the world, but they are very technically sound and flow well, and for the most part they do get the characters and setting right. They're definitely miles ahead of any of the WarCraft novels (especially Zahn's and Allston's work).I'd really like to see Blizzard hire some better authors, and also give more leeway as to plots (very tired of seeing stories about our glorious Mary Sue the World-Shaman. I find new characters far more interesting than Blizzard's mains). While writing in another IP isn't necessarily problematic, when the books are just preplanned and used solely as a way of introducing/explaining upcoming content then it does have the effect of making the plots boring. When combined with the poor writing talent of the current stock of authors, this makes for bad novels.
10-08-2011 @ 7:55PM
@ Chance,If you are at all uncomfortable with incest and child rape, do not read the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Watch the show instead, where at least the child rape is missing.I say the same thing to anyone thinking of reading Clan of the Cave Bear. Good world and story, but some very sensitive topics for some, and with no warning.
10-08-2011 @ 8:25PM
I'm going to refrain from commenting on the Warcraft novels but do yourself a favor and pick up the Riverrun Trilogy by S. P. Somtow. It's an excellent combination of fantasy and science fiction, neither element over shadows the other and it's just superb writing. Seriously, go find a copy now, I'll wait.
10-09-2011 @ 1:31AM
@NadiaThanks for the heads up, but I'll be fine. I've been desencitised for quite some time now. :)
10-09-2011 @ 6:47AM
All these recommendations for Fantasy fiction and no one has mentioned the late husband and wife team, David and Leigh Eddings? Shame on Queue! The Belgariad, the Malloreon, the Elenium and the Tamuli Cycles all add up to among the best if not THE best sixteen High Fantasy books ever written.The authors were quite gleeful and blatant about using just about every Trope in the tvtropes.org list. Indeed, David Eddings himself was proud to say it was the"literary equivalent of peddling dope".And the books were almost to a page the best examples of their genre ever written.The authors did write another series, the Dreamers verse, but no one talks about those, 8-)(even Picasso had his off days)
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