In a rut....

90 Orc Hunter
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Any David Gemmel.

Malazan Book of the Fallen.

David Eddings.

Janny Wurts (Cycle of fire, and the Mistress of the empire series with Feist)

Raymond Fiest - Riftwar.
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85 Night Elf Rogue
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"That's all you have to say? This is a momentous scene, you fat fool! This is where everything really, truly, finally begins! So squeeze the ale from your brain, mortal, and say something worthy of your kind. You stand before a god! Speak your eloquence for all posterity. Be profound!

"Profound... huh." Temper was silent for a long moment, studying the cobbles of the alley mouth. And then he lifted his helmed head, faced Shadowthrone, and said, "!@#$ off."

----

"Could I explain this, even to myself, I might someday make a claim to wisdom."

----

Banaschar grunted. "No, Lostara. She rarely speaks at all - you of all people should know that by now. No. Instead, she simply refused to waver from her path, and by that alone she has humbled the gods. Do you understand me? Humbled them."

Ruthan Gudd shook his head. "The gods are too arrogant to ever be humbled."

"A year ago, lying drunk on my cot, I would have agreed with you. So tell me now, will you fight for her?"

His eyes were thinned as he studied Banaschar, and then he said, "With all my heart."

The gasp that came from Lostara was almost a sob.


Denigration afflicted our vaunted ideals long ago, but such inflictions are difficult to measure, to rise up and point a finger to this place, this moment, and say: here, my friends, this was where our honour, our integrity died.

The affliction was too insipid, too much a product of our surrendering mindful regard and diligence. The meanings of words lost their precision -- and no-one bothered taking to task those who cynically abused those words to serve their own ambitions, their own evasion of personal responsibility. Lies went unchallenged, lawful pursuit became a sham, vulnerable to graft, and justice itself became a commodity, mutable in imbalance. Truth was lost, a chimera reshaped to match agenda, prejudices, thus consigning an entire political process to a mummer's charade of false indignation, hypocritical posturing and a pervasive contempt for the commonry.

Once subsumed, ideals and the honour created by their avowal can never be regained, except, alas, by outright, unconstrained rejection, invariably instigated by the commonry, at the juncture of one particular moment, one single event, of such brazen injustice that revolution becomes the only reasonable response.

Consider this then a warning. Liars will lie, and continue to do so, even beyond being caught out. They will lie, and in time, such liars will convince themselves, will in all self-righteousness divest the liars of culpability.

Until comes a time when one final lie is voiced, the one that can only be answered by rage, by cold murder, and on that day, blood shall rain down every wall of this vaunted, weaning society.

Impeached Guild Master's Speech
Semel Fural of the Guild of Sandal-Clasp Makers


and:


"Come near me with intentions other than amorous and I'll stick you"

"Amorous. What a horrible thought-"

"What if I told you I was pregnant?"

"I'd kill the mule."

This is not war. This is... what? Errant save us, I have no answer, no way to describe the magnitude of this slaughter. It is mindless. Blasphemous. As if we have forgotten dignity. Theirs, our own. The word itself. No distinction between innocence and guilt, condemned by mere existence. People transformed against their will into nothing more than symbols, sketchy representations, repositories of all ills, of all frustrations.

Is this what must be done? Take the enemy's flesh and fill it with diseases, corrupting and deadly to the touch, breath of poison? And that which is sick must be exterminated, lest it spread its contamination.


"I doubt," Buruk said in an empty voice, "there was time to suffer."

True. Leave that to us.

----

Terrified screams echoed as Shurq Elalle walked down the wide, high-ceilinged corridor to the Master Chamber of the Tolls Repository. Guards, servants, clerks and cleaning staff all succumbed to perfectly understandable panic. There was nothing worse, she reflected, than the unexpected visitations of dead relatives.

----

"What happened to the legs of my bed?"

"We needed the wood, master."

"Yes, but why only three of them?"

"I was saving the other for later. I found a bag of something that might be tea."

"Well." Tehol sat up. "I'm just amazed I slept through it."

"You were clearly very tired, Master."

"Yes, which is very understandable, given how busy I've been. I have been busy, haven't I?"

"I could not say, having been too busy myself to take much notice. But I have faith in your proclamations, master. You certainly slept like a man who'd been busy."

"Seems proof enough, I would say. I'm convinced. Now, while I've been working myself senseless, you make claim to having had many things on your table. Let's hear about them."
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19 Orc Hunter
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01/25/2012 05:57 AMPosted by Verelyse
If you're into historical fiction as well as fantasy, anything by Bernard Cornwell (just ordered Death of Kings, the latest installment in the Saxon-era epic involving the wars between the Saxons and Danes).


loved the Sharpe books


Jim Butcher's Dresdin files are a lot of fun. I would recommend him has well.
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90 Night Elf Druid
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The Deed of Paksenarion trilogy by Elizabeth Moon


OMG yes!!! I can not recommend this book enough. I've never read about a more dynamic and real person than her. I read the books over and over and bought a copy for my daughter for Christmas.


Elizabeth Moon is writing a followup series now - covering Dorrin Verrakai and Kieri Phelan's struggles with running duke/king-doms: Oath of Fealty and Kings of the North, with Echoes of Betrayal out this Feb. Includes some action with Paks too.

More Fantasy recommendations: Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy + the two standalone books (as someone on reddit's /r/fantasy posted in their AMA with Abercrombie; "it's like reading about a middle earth where Gandalf used the ring"). Or there's Richard Morgan's The Steel Remains. Give Jonathon Stroud's Bartimaeus trilogy a go too.

Sci-fi: Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon, Broken Angels and Woken Furies are awesomely rough-edged cyber-techno-punk dystopian spy/milporn crimestuff. Thomas Harlan's Wasteland of Flint, House of Reeds and Land of the Dead make for excellent space opera.
Edited by Shimmerglade on 2/2/2012 6:09 AM PST
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85 Gnome Mage
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Have you read Stephen R. Donaldson's Mordant's Need books?

Book 1: The Mirror of Her Dreams
Book 2: A Man Rides Through

Read those a few years back and thought they were great.
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90 Draenei Priest
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01/06/2012 06:06 AMPosted by Bartlesen
I'd recommend Song of Ice and Fire over the Belgariad. I found the cast of the Belgariad to be rather shallow and lacking in development and depth.


This is a harsh judgement on a series that helped push Fantasy out of the geek realm into a more popular genre :-(

It's more that they are two different sub genres. High Fantasy (Eddings) versus Epic Fantasy (Martin). Sort of like the difference between Lewis and Tolkien. These days most refer to one as children's and one as young adult, but at the time they were written that distinction wasn't there. Lewis was focused on the struggle of good against evil, whereas Tolkien explored the insidious good/ evil in everyone. Ditto with Eddings versus Martin.

Unfortunately people like to be deep and spout interpretations of a Picasso rather than enjoy the reproduction of reality in a Michelangelo. They don't see the beauty of both.
Edited by Rauri on 2/4/2012 5:29 PM PST
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90 Draenei Priest
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Eddings died in my heart with the dreamers trilogy. the belgariad, the elenium and the tamuli were right up there with anne mcaffrey's pern novels in my early teens. sparhawk was the shiznitz.

but the dreamers... man... the ending was the ultimate cop-out. old farmer guy turns out to be god and makes it all like it never happened. i haven't picked up an Eddings book ever since.


Yea I never even finished the first one. But David Eddings dies in '09, so I don't blame him a whole lot. For the 4 series he wrote before that I'll forgive him the last one lol.
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90 Orc Death Knight
Dro
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there is a series called the pirates of the thunder, thats a good one. also just about anything wrote by robert heinlin. the dresden files are a really nice series of books as well
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90 Draenei Paladin
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A Song of Ice and Fire-George R. Martin

There is this relatively new guy named Brandon Sanderson. His new series, "The Stormlight Archive", has only one book so far, but it's really, really good. His "Mistborn" trilogy is excellent as well. Read his stuff, read it I say!!!
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90 Tauren Warrior
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If you haven't read Dune, you should definitely read Dune.

Like others said, A Song of Ice and Fire is awesome.

The Dresden Files is one of my all time favorites. A must read for fans of urban/modern fantasy.
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90 Blood Elf Paladin
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I know this sounds sketchy but a i started writing my own lore. My inspiration is from WoW and seeing that you like all these books i was wondering if you wanted to read my first draft/sketch of some lore i have been putting time into. I call it Eldgar. If you are interested please reply back to this as i have been wanting to share my lore for some time now.
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90 Draenei Paladin
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Read Brandon Sanderson's books. The dude that finished the Wheel of Time. Mainly "The Mistborn Trilogy", and his new series "The Stormlight Archive". I have never read anyone who was as good at coming up with new systems of magic than this man. I truly believe this guy is part of Fantasy literature's future.
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90 Draenei Paladin
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To those recommending the Malazan series. I tried the first book in this, and...well...I found the story to be interesting and all, but it's very difficult to understand. The author explains nothing about...well...anything really. Like the Warrans that people use magic from. What the heck are they? It is a series I am considering reading more of, I am just unsure. Does he ever start explaining these things?
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90 Night Elf Druid
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Ah the foundation series by Asimov and then the i robot series by him.
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79 Dwarf Warlock
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The Dark is Rising, The book of three series is really good. The series goes - The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, and The High King. Hunger games too.


You are my hero for suggesting the Prydain Chronicles. Lloyd Alexander is a very under appreciated writer, and that series remains one my favorites. It has a very special place in my heart.
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90 Gnome Rogue
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The Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

- Dragon Wing
- Elven Star
- Fire Sea
- Serpent Mage
- The Hand of Chaos
- Into the Labyrinth
- The Seventh Gate

The Night Angel trilogy by Brent Week:

- The Way of Shadows
- Shadow's Edge
- Beyond the Shadows

The Dragon Prince and Dragon Star trilogies by Melanie Rawn.

- Dragon Prince
- The Star Scroll
- Sunrunner's Fire

- Stronghold
- The Dragon Token
- Skybowl
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