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Ozzysun
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Lately I've been reading anything by David Gemmel I can get my hands on. Druss and Waylander are two of my favorite characters right now. I love reading Salvatore, Terry Brooks and Lawerence Watt Evans right now as well.

Drizzt is probably one off my all time favorite characters, his troubled life, dealing with the evilness of his race and never being accepted by surface dwellers truly is great reading.

Richard in the Sword of Truth Series is great as well. Unfortunately the last 3-4 books in the series haven't been as good as the first 2.

Dragon Weather and the ensuing sequels are a great read as well. Lord Obsidian's quest to slay dragons and everything about them is awesome.

Have any of you guys read any of these books, and if so what are some of your thoughts on em.
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Other than Terry Brooks, no. I loved Brooks early work but he drove (IMO) his concept into the ground. I lost interest. It's been years for me on most scifi/Fantasy, except for a few select authors (Asimov, Tolkien, LeGuin, McCaffrey, Eddings, Farmer, Donaldson). I used to read all the ST books, but kind of lost interest.

It's so hard to choose new books - I prefer series, primarily because of the need for character development. But I don't have a lot of time to waste on time selecting books. Perhaps I'll look into some of your selections. I am looking for a new set of books to read since I am caught up (almost) on all my authors.



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I am used to reading from the Star Wars book base, but gave up after the 22 book story arc that had no real end. 22 books, you think one guy would find a good ending to it. I like the classics like Dune, Stranger in a Strangeland and others. I will say my guilty D&D fanboy favorite is the Dragonlance series. I know it gets pounded on by critics, but I love it. I would suggest stopping at Dragons of a Summer though after that it gets hella lame.



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Just finished reading The Two Swords, the 3rd installment of the Hunter's Trilogy about Drizzt and his pals.
I liked it a lot, as it ends with several set ups for other new adventures.
Love all the other Drizzt tales, and all other Drow books.

Also I just read about all of the Riftwar (and follow-ups) books by Feist and I just got started on the "...of the Empire" series by him and Jamie Wurts.
I both love and hate the skipping of years in the Riftwar, Serpentwar etc sagas. The fact taht it spans generations makes it interesting but also hard to get into the books when you start reading.

Most favorite writer remains Moorcock though, Elric was, is, and always will be my hero. I am thrilled yet sad that Moorcock is wrapping up the whole eternal champion saga with one more Elric book.



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I'm actually looking forward to reading Two Swords, I haven't yet cause its kinda expensive still in hardback.
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.43
    Originally posted by AWArulz
    Other than Terry Brooks, no. I loved Brooks early work but he drove (IMO) his concept into the ground. I lost interest. It's been years for me on most scifi/Fantasy, except for a few select authors (Asimov, Tolkien, LeGuin, McCaffrey, Eddings, Farmer, Donaldson). I used to read all the ST books, but kind of lost interest.

    It's so hard to choose new books - I prefer series, primarily because of the need for character development. But I don't have a lot of time to waste on time selecting books. Perhaps I'll look into some of your selections. I am looking for a new set of books to read since I am caught up (almost) on all my authors.


If you haven't read George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" (A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords), you really should (and that goes for everyone). Then you can join the rest of us in impatiently waiting for Martin to finish the fourth book (three years, and counting...).

As for Donaldson, you know he's starting a new Thomas Covenant series? I've read the first one and it's pretty good -- he's still finding original approaches to the characters and the Land, rather than it being one of those cases where a writer just keeps doing his most popular work over and over (a la David Eddings).

I haven't tried Terry Goodkind's stuff, because I understand that after a few books it turns into one huge lecture on objectivism, and objectivism gives me hives. Same with Salvatore, because I have yet to read any D&D-based books that are worth a crap, other than the original Dragonlance trilogy.



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Donaldson's good. Also Michael Morcock. I enjoyed the Riverworld series although it's not recent.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.75
The Song of Ice and Fire books are really amazing, though Martin does some things with the changing character perspective that really annoys some people. They are freaking phone books though. Don't start the books unless you have a good amount of time on your hands, you won't be able to stop reading very easily and each book will take even the fastest reader days to finish.



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To add to what Lise said, I alternately love and hate reading Martin. There's no doubt that his work is amazing, but it sometimes is, at least for me, quite annoying.

If you're into darker characters, I can't recommend enough Karl Edward Wagner's Kane stories. They can be hard to find since several of them are out of print, but any decent library (and that is actually one of the definitions of a decent library) should have them. In addition, the aforementioned Covenant novels are, in my opinion, second only to Tolkien in depth and complexity of backstory and should be mandatory reading, but Donaldson's Gap series is also well worth reading and features some of the least likable and darkest protagonists you'll ever see. Finally, I'd also recommend David Drake's Northworld trilogy which also feature the morally and ethically conflicted characters that Drake prefers.

Tim



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I think I'm going to borrow the entire series of The Song of Ice and Fire and see if I can't read them again before the fourth book comes out. Of course, at this rate, that'll be sometime next year - although I do remember hearing that it was supposed to be out this year ... April, maybe?

As for the Sword of Truth series ... maybe it was just bad timing on my part, but when I read that series, it was right after reading George R.R. Martin's work, so it came off as a bit ....underwhelming. There's also a lot of "well, isn't that convienent" types of work. (Of course, since I haven't read those in a while, I can't recall any of said conviences, but I know I thought that while reading it.) Also, something about Richard vaguely annoys me - if I go back through the series, I could tell you what that is.

I've also been reading the Wheel of Time series .... although if you're considering doing that, heed this advice: don't read past the fourth or fifth book. It gets tedious. Very much so. Proceed beyond that at your own risk. (The most recent book was almost unreadable at times, but at this point I've gone too far to stop now.)
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.23
If you read all of the WOT books in a row (assuming you have a spare month or so) they are better than if you get each new paperback every 2 years. Then you will be pissed because the main plot has gone nowhere in the last 5 books and you are waiting for Jordan to go on a much needed killing spree.
Martin's books are great but even longer. Plus book 4 has been 6 months away from publishing for 3 years now so that is pretty annoying.
I really can't stand Thomas Covenant. I like every other character and think the Land and it's inhabitants are great but the Unbeliever only seems to rape and do nothing. He is a really unlikeable character.
As far as SciFi goes Turtledove rights good books and has some of the best characters out there and for a writer who has written 60 or so books I only disliked 1 that's a good percentage. Stirling and Flint are good also if you like military SciFi.
But my favorite is David Weber. Honor Harrington is a great character and the books are very good. The Starfire books are great also. The Fifth Imperium is probably my favorite books though (obviously).



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Well, the things is I've read WoT both ways - slowly and quickly. However, I've gotten the same result each time, only now I'm even more aware of the fact that the plot's gone absolutely nowhere lately. Reading them slowly won't really change that.
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What I meant about reading WOT is that if you read all of them in a row it's easier to keep track of the second, third, twentythird level plots.
Now I don't think there should be more than 3 or 4 viewpoint characters Jordan needs to kill off at least 30 secondary characters and about 10 viewpoint characters. Not one major character has died in the last 5 books. Hell, I don't think that one minor character had died in the last 5 books.




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Oh, I have no problem keeping track of the plots. I do find myself not caring about half of them, and that simplifies things. Also, yes - characters need to bite it. And not just the two-pages-of-narration characters, either. Jordan's averaging about 5-7 minor to mid-minor character kills a book now - certainly not enough to counter-act the 15 minor characters he's bringing in.
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