Topic Suggest some books for me?
Hey there everyone. I'll keep this quick, I'm looking for a couple new books to read. I love fantasy and I have read all of GRRM's work and Tolkien's as well. I really want something with some intrigue not just 'Hurr durr swing sword big fight' sort of stuff. Please no Robin Hobb, I don't really like much of his stuff.
I also enjoy manga so any of those you could suggest would be great as well, I loved Death Note, Bleach, and a few more that I have forgotten the names of.
Please no Warcraft books, I've read all of them and they are currently on a massive pile on my desk.
Thanks in advance guys :D
It's not fantasy, but if you don't mind sci-fi, try Dune. It's like ASoIaF set in space, with all the intrigue, backroom dealings, and court politics.
Glenn Cook's Black Company series. That'll keep you busy for a bit.
L.E. Modesitt's Imager Portfolio, Recluce Saga, or the Spellsong Cycle. Hell, anything by him, really. He's a bit repetitive on themes and characterization, but you do know what to expect and it's entertaining enough.
Jim Butcher's Codex Aleria. If you don't mind urban fantasy, it simply doesn't get any better than the Dresden Files.
For a bit of retro, Fred Saberhagen's Empire of the East, and the sorta sequel of The Book of Swords.
Edited by Phitz on 4/2/13 11:38 PM (PDT)
I love Robin Hobb so I say "Screw you" with every bit of my heart. ;)
Another great story comes in two trilogies from Melanie Rawn.
Dragon Prince Trilogy
-The Star Scroll
Dragon Star Trilogy
-The Dragon Token
An excellent series. I have re-read this story more then any other.
I have to recommend one other series.
The Death Gate Cycle:
The Hand of Chaos
Into the Labyrinth
The Seventh Gate
Try these if you haven't:
Patrick Rothfuss - the name of the wind and wise mans fear (one of my favourite series that I've read in a long time)
Brent weeks - either of his series (night angel one is better IMO) both are quick paced, funny with intriguing lore
Guy Kay - the fionavar tapestry (lotr rip off but very well done) any of his books are great actually, he helped Chris Tolkien put together the Silmarillion.
Jack Whyte - the a dream of eagles series, starting with the sky stone. Don't read his other series unless you reall really like the dream of eagles series (the others aren't nearly as good) its the King Arthur tale set in the real world, minor fantasy, more of a historical fiction, but lots of action and good likeable characters
i can understand that. gardens of the moon original started out as a storyboard background for a tabletop D&D game erikson and his friend Ian C Esslemont worked on together in college. the first two thirds of the book really reflect that, along with the fact that erikson wasn't sure where he was going to take the whole series when he first started it.
the first parts of the book are especially hard because there is no narrative exposition to hold your hand and explain things. you're plunked down right next to the characters, and the only time your given a history lesson is when one character tells it to another. and even then, you later learn that just like in real life, just because one character says it doesn't mean it really happened that way, only that they thought it happened that way.
once you get past the all the slow stuff that lays the groundwork for the ending of gardens of the moon, the whole series really takes off.
and unlike GRRM's song of ice and fire, the malazan book of the fallen is a complete, ten book saga that you don't have to spend 7 years between books in order to read.
"The 48 Laws of Power", and
"The 33 Strategies of War"
19 Orc Hunter
there are a lot of great suggestions in this thread already, but I will add one that is a little out of genre, but one of my all time favorites.
Steven King's Dark Tower Series.
Especially if you have read some of his other stuff and liked it. This series ties most of his books together into a pretty awesome mega-story.
In genre, I would say Brandon Sanderson
Either Mistborn, or Way of Kings, but I would start with Mistborn