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#1 mike wants wins

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 08:17 AM

There are some fantasy fans on this board. I started this thread to offer thoughts on some book series.

The Gentlemen Bastards series by Scott Lynch is highly recommended. It tells the story of two thieves. Book one is one of my favorite books. Book two is good. Book three is between the others in terms of quality.

Fun fantasy makes me think of Steven Brust's Jhereg series. Another series about a thief. It is fun, and not serious.

Guy Kay Gavriel is the best fantasy writer. His books are more serious. He is the guy the Tolkien estate trusted to write the Silmarillion.

That is a short start.

Oh, and Neil Gaiman.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 06:23 PM

Obviously I read Game of Thrones. Just finished Joyland by Stephen King which was really good and am reading something by David Wong called "This book is full of spiders". It's a classic.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 06:45 PM

I appreciate the idea of this thread mike. I love fantasy but I often read professionally and miss the trends until much later - so thanks!

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 08:46 PM

Just read my first Stephen King book, Misery, which I enjoyed. Now I'm debating between The Dark Half (another King book) and Pure Drivel by Steve Martin (I can't read two books at once).

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 02:33 PM

Just read my first Stephen King book, Misery, which I enjoyed. Now I'm debating between The Dark Half (another King book) and Pure Drivel by Steve Martin (I can't read two books at once).

Not sure I'd start with the Dark Half, it was sort of a Bachman book. Good but not really his top shelf stuff. His best stuff is It, Salem's Lot, Shining, The Stand. Eyes of the Dragon is a really fun fantasy story with a great bad guy. And Cycle of the Werewolf is a really short easy read.

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 02:39 PM

Any mention of Stephen King requires mention of The Dark Tower series. It has some down moments in terms of quality, but it's a really interesting and fun read.

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 12:49 PM

I'll put aside my Thomas Covenant fetish and just bring up the old-schoolers Fritz Leiber and L. Sprague de Camp.

And Bob Asprin is a trip if you're not familiar. Followed him since the Thieves' World days.
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Posted 04 July 2014 - 01:44 PM

Loved the first Covenant series, meh on the second, have not read the last ones yet. And loved Thieves World also, keep meaning to re-read that.
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