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Dang, I check all 5 pages. I see several people recommended Jim Butcher Dresden Files. But no one mention his other series, which is actually closer to dungeon and dragon as OP asked.

I recommend Jim Butcher's Codex Alera. 7 books in the series, and completed. It got great world building and great character development.
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Reading sci-fi and fantasy is probably my #1 leisure activity. I've read so many things that I could easily recommend, but sometimes I have to hold back just because it dilutes the recommendations for the REALLY good stuff.

In that vein, I consider Roger Zelazny to be my favorite author and recommend anything he's written, but specifically I think anyone who likes fantasy needs to read The Chronicles of Amber, which is a set of 2 5-book series starting with Nine Princes in Amber. None of the books are very long, and you can actually get all 10 books in one collection (The Great Book of Amber).
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DragonLance is my all-time favorite. I've got well over 100 books from the series. The core books by Weis & Hickman are amazing, and I like all the other books because they bring more of the world to life. I've been reading and re-reading them for about 25 years. It's a shame that there's never been a DragonLance game becasue I'd give almost anything to be a Kender!!

The best new books I've read recently are the Gears of War books by Karen Traviss. I'm not a big fan of the games, but the books really bring SO much life and depth to the world and its characters. The books fill in gaps before, between, and after the game storylines. The games are worth playing just so you can read and enjoy the books!
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Never read sword of truth, but the TV show Legend of the Seeker was awesome! Wish it went longer than 2 seasons.


Had you read the books the series would have made you very very angry.
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Kingkiller chronicle by patrick rothfuss is on par with song of fire and ice. do it naow
Edited by Blaner04#1619 on 3/22/2013 12:32 PM PDT
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The Black Company - Glen Cook
- Solid 9 books in the series, lots of characters, interesting magic (though not a lot of it) and from the view of a grunt on the ground. Great story.

The Forever War - Joe Haldeman
- Not the only book in the series, but Forever Peace and Forever Free are all excellent Sci-Fi on the lines of Robert Heinlein who is also a fantastic author.

Legacy of Aldenta series - John Ringo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legacy_of_the_Aldenata
- Sci-fi military, very interesting, lots of cool battles and strategy from a military point of view. Hope it continues.
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03/22/2013 12:31 PMPosted by Blaner
Kingkiller chronicle by patrick rothfuss is on par with song of fire and ice. do it naow


Definitely - i like it by far better than A Song of Ice and Fire. The first book was terrible, way too much characters introduced until the point i wished the boy who fell of the wall would've died for the sake of one character less to "remember". I've read it 1 year ago and i don't remember a single character... I started with the second and just the same. That's the point i've given up.

There are authors who do way better, f.e. Brent Weeks, Pat Rothfuss, Alexey Pehov and Peter V. Brett...

PS: If you speak german, read Richard Schwartz's "Askir"-Cycle.
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Foundation by Issac Asimov
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Titus Crow trilogy by Brian Lumley.
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02/05/2013 09:37 PMPosted by Squeal
Dang, I check all 5 pages. I see several people recommended Jim Butcher Dresden Files. But no one mention his other series, which is actually closer to dungeon and dragon as OP asked.

I recommend Jim Butcher's Codex Alera. 7 books in the series, and completed. It got great world building and great character development.
it's 6 books but great minds think alike

The codex alera 6 books by Jim butcher
The child of the ghosts 9 books by Jonathan Moeller not d&d but has magic in it
The chronicles of luminiea by Ben hale
Raymond e feist

The Riftwar Saga

Magician
Silverthorn
A Darkness at Sethanon

The Empire Trilogy

Daughter of the Empire
Servant of the Empire
Mistress of the Empire

Krondors Sons

Prince of the Blood
The Kings Buccaneer

The Serpentwar Saga

Shadow of a Dark Queen
Rise of a Merchant Prince
Rage of a Demon King
Shards of a Broken Crownl

The Riftwar Legacy
Krondor the Betrayal
Krondor the Assassins
Krondor Tear of the Gods
Jimmy and the Crawler

Legends of the Riftwar

Honoured Enemy
Murder in LaMut
Jimmy the Hand

Conclave of the Shadows

Talon of the Silver Hawk
King of Foxes
Exiles Return

Darkwar Saga

Flight of the Nighthawks
Into a Dark Realm
Wrath of a Mad God

Demonwar Saga

Rides a Dread Legion
At the Gates of Darkness

Chaoswar Saga

A Kingdom Besieged
A Crown Imperiled
Magicians End
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i'll start off with my own recommendations. 2 books. The Knight. The Wizard. both by Gene Wolfe. both fantastic books.
He also has a couple other series that i think are really good although they are more sci-fi or sci-fi/fantasy. those series are the book of the short sun, the book of the long sun, and the book of the new sun.
whenever i see these threads i always look to see if the Elric books are mentioned and they almost never are. a gold star to the one person in this thread who did. Michael Moorcock's Elric series has , imho, done as much for the fantasy genre as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
i would also recommend Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser books.

also, yes, the name of the wind and the wise man's fear.
also, also, a song of ice and fire.
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I have quite a 'few' books and writings to recommend...

Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive By William Gibson.

Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis.

American Gods and the entire Sandman series by Neil Gaiman.

Deva Zan By Yo!@#$aka Amano.

The Sandman: The Dreamhunters By Niel Gaiman and Yo%^-*aka Amano.

Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross.
Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles

Alice Munro's Who Do You Think You Are?

ETA Hoffman's The Sandman

Also not exactly books and more plays but they're all very entertaining:

Cloud Nine by Caryl Churchhill

David Hwang's M. Butterfly

Tenessee Williams The Glass Menagerie

The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
A Hero of a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Anything by Ray Bradbury

Anything by Ernest Hemingway

All Below are By Edgar Allan Poe
"The Angel of the Odd" (1844) Comedy about being drunk

"The Balloon Hoax" (1844) Newspaper story about balloon travel

"Berenice" (1835) Horror story about teeth

"The Black Cat" (1845) Horror story about a cat

"The Cask of Amontillado" (1846) A story of revenge

"A Descent Into The Maelström" (1845) Man vs. Nature, Adventure Story

"Eleonora" (1850) A love story

"The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" (1845) Talking with a dead man

"The Fall of the House of Usher" (1839) An old house and its secrets

"The Gold Bug" (1843) A search for pirate treasure

"Hop-Frog" (1845) A midget seeks revenge

"The Imp of the Perverse" (1850) Procrastination and confession

"The Island of the Fay" (1850) A poetic discussion

"Ligeia" (1838) A haunting supernatural tale

"The Man of the Crowd" (1845) How to follow someone

"Manuscript Found in a Bottle" (1833) Adventure at sea

"The Masque of the Red Death" (1850) The horror of the plague

"Mesmeric Revelation" (1849) Conversation with a hypnotized dying man

"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1841) A detective story

"Never Bet the Devil Your Head" (1850) A comedy with a moral

"The Oval Portrait" (1850) A tragic love story

"The Pit and the Pendulum" (1850) A torture chamber

"The Premature Burial" (1850) About being buried alive

"The Purloined Letter" (1845) A detective story

"Silence - A Fable" (1838) A dream

"Some Words With a Mummy" (1850) A mummy speaks

"The Spectacles" (1850) A great little comedy about love at first sight

"The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether" (1856) Inside an insane asylum

"The Tell-Tale Heart" (1850) A murderer's guilt

"William Wilson" (1842) Identical twins or something else?
by Edgar Allan Poe

Anything by Robert Frost

Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics

The Hobbit

The Lord of the Rings

The Silmarillion

Unfinished Tales and The History of Middle-earth

Mr. Bliss

The Children of Húrin.

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún

The Fall of Arthur

Manuscript locations

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Old Man's War By John Scalzi (And the entire trilogy)

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

Killing is Harmless: A Critical Reading of Spec Ops: The Line by Brendan Keogh

Night by Elie Wiesel

Charnel Houses of Europe: The Shoah by Jonathan Blacke (Author) , Robert Hatch (Author)

Dune by Frank Herbet
The star wars novella, it's slightly different from the movie.
My Family and Other animals by Gerald Durrel.
The bond series by Ian Fleming.
Machine Man and Syrup, also Corporation by Max Barry.

How To Be a Man and He died with a Falafel in His Hand John Birmingham
HP lovecraft series
Narnia Series
1984
Watership Down
Starship Troopers.
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C.J. Cherryh:

- The Eye of Time series (Fantasy)
- The Foreigner series (Sci-Fi)

Louis Bujold-McMasters:

- Miles Vorkosigan series (Sci-Fi)
- The Curse of Chalion (Fantasy. Be aware that the last book in this series isn't as good as the first two. Fortunately, all three books are stand-alones, so the last one can be skipped.)

Barbara Hambly:

- Darwath series (Fantasy)
- Dragonsbane series (Fantasy)
- The Windrose Chronicles (Fantasy)
- The Sun-Cross series (Fantasy)
- The Bride of the Rat God (Fantasy, stand-alone. If you can find this, grab it. It's excellent.)
- Benjamin January series (Mysteries set in the early 1800s in New Orleans.)
- James Asher Vampire series (Set at the turn of the 19th century. Starts with Those Who Hunt the Night. No one sparkles, promise.)

Kevin Hearne:

- The Iron Druid Chronicles (Urban Fantasy)

Dean Koontz:

- Odd Thomas series (A cross between urban fantasy and horror.)
- Innocence (I don't know what to call this, but it's good.)

Sharon Lee & Steve Miller:

- The Liaden series (Space Opera)

David Webber:

- The War Gods series (Fantasy)
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Cliche and obvious, but everyone would do themselves well by reading the undisputed godfather of modern fantasy:
The Lord of the Rings (read The Hobbit first to set the stage)

After you've checked that off your list, I will echo a few others in this topic:

The Death Gate Cycle - Weis/Hickman
Easy to read, but also complex and emotional...this is an incredibly rich and detailed story for not being very well known. I think Weis and Hickman are more famous for their Dragonlance work, but it's nice that they went so deep on a "non-licensed" series of novels. You can read it from beginning to end without feeling like you need a million other books from other authors.

Legend of Drizzt - Salvatore
I'm only a few books into this, but so far the storytelling is top-notch. I suggest picking up the first couple collected editions (about 3 books in each) to give yourself a nice chunk of fairly seamless reading.

I will, however, have to disagree with recommendations for Sword of Truth series. To each their own, but I found the characters to be very one dimensional, and did not like the heavy overtones of the author's philosophical views. Instead of transporting me to another world, it felt more like I was being indoctrinated into the cult of Ayn Rand. That's just my take on it, but you can decide for yourself. :)
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The Black Company Series by Glenn Cook
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