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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.
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).
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!
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
- Sci-fi military, very interesting, lots of cool battles and strategy from a military point of view. Hope it continues.
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.
90 Blood Elf Hunter
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
A Darkness at Sethanon
The Empire Trilogy
Daughter of the Empire
Servant of the Empire
Mistress of the Empire
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
Murder in LaMut
Jimmy the Hand
Conclave of the Shadows
Talon of the Silver Hawk
King of Foxes
Flight of the Nighthawks
Into a Dark Realm
Wrath of a Mad God
Rides a Dread Legion
At the Gates of Darkness
A Kingdom Besieged
A Crown Imperiled
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.
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 Lord of the Rings
Unfinished Tales and The History of Middle-earth
The Children of Húrin.
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún
The Fall of Arthur
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
- The Eye of Time series (Fantasy)
- The Foreigner series (Sci-Fi)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- The Iron Druid Chronicles (Urban Fantasy)
- 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)
- The War Gods series (Fantasy)
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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