Posted 01 July 2014 - 08:17 AM
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.
Posted 02 July 2014 - 02:33 PM
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.
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).
Posted 03 July 2014 - 12:49 PM
And Bob Asprin is a trip if you're not familiar. Followed him since the Thieves' World days.
You can't reason someone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into.