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Ok so I feel like ive read every good author in existence. posted 29 Dec 2006, 16:12 by dillinisgood, Commoner

Ive noticed some of you guys know a ton of good authors so i pose the question; who am I missing out on? Ive read: Feist, Martin, Jordan, Keyes, Bakker, Jim Butcher, Donaldson, Paul Kearney, Tad Williams, Kings Dark Tower, Tolkien, Hobb, Eldon Thompson, Farland. Are there any uncharted waters left for me? Please help. view post


posted 29 Dec 2006, 17:12 by gierra, Sorcerer-of-Rank

robert rankin.. if you like silly, dry english humour a la douglas adams. view post


posted 29 Dec 2006, 18:12 by Harrol, Moderator

Try Erickson too. view post


posted 30 Dec 2006, 02:12 by paddyenglish, Candidate

and what would be wrong with "silly dry english humour" Robert Rankin is the best cult auther in Britain at the moment......much preferable to pratchett in my opinion........but you have to start at the beggining as there are a lot of in jokes that run through the entire set........also Neil Gaiman kicks ass as does China Mieville......a bit out there but very worth it Peridido street station was one of the most refreshing reads i have had for quite some time, a liittle diffrent view post


posted 31 Dec 2006, 14:12 by Murrin, Peralogue

[quote="Harrol":38ppeo47]Try Erickson too.[/quote:38ppeo47] Do you mean Erickson or Erikson? (I ask because I don't see Steve Erickson mentioned anywhere near as often as Steven Erikson.) Wolfe. Read Gene Wolfe. view post


posted 31 Dec 2006, 17:12 by Warrior-Poet, Moderator

Anything by Gene Wolf is awesome. view post


tried to posted 31 Dec 2006, 20:12 by dillinisgood, Commoner

I bought the Knight and found it so bizarre that i couldnt get into it. I bought The Wizard also in hopes of one day giving it another shot. I had a hard time understanding what the hell was going on. Im not a dense person. I mean I got through the PON series. Im an english major so ive had to read Faulkner and Pynchon but something about Wolfe was killing me. Ive always heard that The Black Company novels are really good. view post


posted 02 Jan 2007, 20:01 by Harrol, Moderator

[quote:2lsb41uy]Do you mean Erickson or Erikson? (I ask because I don't see Steve Erickson mentioned anywhere near as often as Steven Erikson.) [/quote:2lsb41uy] Spelling error on my part. Thanks for catching it. view post


Re: Ok so I feel like ive read every good author in existenc posted 03 Jan 2007, 15:01 by shadow9d9, Candidate

[quote="dillinisgood":2el9ofr1]Ive noticed some of you guys know a ton of good authors so i pose the question; who am I missing out on? Ive read: Feist, Martin, Jordan, Keyes, Bakker, Jim Butcher, Donaldson, Paul Kearney, Tad Williams, Kings Dark Tower, Tolkien, Hobb, Eldon Thompson, Farland. Are there any uncharted waters left for me? Please help.[/quote:2el9ofr1] Try Bujold's Vorkosigan series. view post


posted 10 Jan 2007, 08:01 by Zarathinius, Auditor

Steven Brust. Quirky sense of humor, that guy has. view post


posted 10 Jan 2007, 15:01 by borfalkian, Candidate

Another Canadian author is Guy Gavriel Kay who wrote "The Fionavar Tapestry". Aside from that is the obvious solution of widening one's reading scope beyond the realm of tradisional fantasy novels. "Fantasy" is a great genre, but there are many many more authors "in existence" who are good in their own rights. view post


C.S. Friedman posted 16 Jan 2007, 03:01 by TSignus, Commoner

C.S. Friedman is also an excellent author, particularly if you enjoy darker fantasy. Her Coldfire Trilogy is magnificent and her new Magister Trilogy (Of which the first book just came out like two weeks ago) shows the promise of being equally good. I highly recommend her. -TS view post


posted 17 Jan 2007, 18:01 by Penfold the Mighty, Commoner

The Black Company series is by Glen Cook and he is excellent. view post


posted 22 Jan 2007, 17:01 by Corvis, Commoner

Try E.E. Knight "Way of the wolf" first book in the series view post


posted 25 Jan 2007, 17:01 by Madness, Peralogue

Agreed, Knight's post-apocalypse series is excellent; I've the entire David Valentine set at home. Also, agreed with paddyenglish and though I've never read Rankin's stuff, Pratchett's excellent. I'd recommend some of Gemmell's stuff particularly [i:3b20v6hj]Legend[/i:3b20v6hj]; I wouldn't read too many of his books though as his plotlines quickly start repeating themselves. Lastly, The [i:3b20v6hj]Tyrants and Kings[/i:3b20v6hj] trilogy by John Marco is basically the only other fantasy I feel rivals Bakker's especially the second book [i:3b20v6hj]The Grand Design[/i:3b20v6hj]; Biagio is one of the best villains I've ever had the experience of reading. view post


posted 15 Feb 2007, 14:02 by Curethan, Didact

Ye-ah. John Marco. Liked it a lot. Just a shame the proantagonist was such a tosser, the story and villians were great. view post


posted 17 Feb 2007, 16:02 by shadow9d9, Candidate

I second Guy Gavriel Kay, but I say to skip to his first standalone book, Tigana. His first work, the trilogy, got reviewed as being a relatively sloppy first work. view post


posted 18 Feb 2007, 01:02 by Corvis, Commoner

You could also give Richard K. Morgan in his books sometimes its hard to decide if the main char is good, bad or just in the middle. the first book of his that i read was "Altered Cardon" give it a shot its one hell of a book. view post


posted 18 Feb 2007, 10:02 by Curethan, Didact

Yeh, Altered Carbon was great. The 2 sequels were quite good also - I've heard its been optioned as a movie too :D view post


posted 21 Feb 2007, 15:02 by RazorSmile, Candidate

[quote="Curethan":2pilsm8p]Yeh, Altered Carbon was great. The 2 sequels were quite good also - I've heard its been optioned as a movie too :D[/quote:2pilsm8p] Boy, that would be tough to film, wouldn't it? What with all the resleeving and all. You'd need to find actors who can duplicate each others mannerisms to a freakishly telepathic degree. view post


posted 20 Mar 2007, 03:03 by Corvis, Commoner

True it would be pretty hard but in the first book he is in one body the majority of the time view post


Re: tried to posted 25 Mar 2007, 04:03 by Zarathinius, Auditor

[quote="dillinisgood":24ewxuh2]I've always heard that The Black Company novels are really good.[/quote:24ewxuh2] Yeah, those are a good read. My dad tells me Glen Cook's other works aren't quite as great, though. Patricia A. McKillip, I liked her [i:24ewxuh2]Riddle-Master Trilogy[/i:24ewxuh2] very much. I'll mention Steven Brust again, because I've read more of his books since the last time I posted. Robert Holdstock's [i:24ewxuh2]Mythago Wood[/i:24ewxuh2] is one of my absolute favorites. So, dillinisgood: Cook, McKillip, Brust, and Holdstock. Four more authors to add to your repertoire. view post


Some other authors to look at: posted 26 Mar 2007, 01:03 by Dassem Ultor, Commoner

Consider the following (hands Bill Nye his obligatory nickel): Glen Cook is an excellent author .... the Black company is well plotted Steven Brust is very good as well .... The Phoenix Guards is a good place to start. Charles De Lint ................. Try Svaha if you can find it ... myths with a twist Elizabeth Moon............... The Deed of Paksenarrion is excellent ... not for the plot which is average at best but the realistic look at combat in the sword and sorcery world is interesting David Drake .................. Grab yourself a copy of The Lord of the Isles David Gemmel .............. A bit repetitive in his plotting but Legend is a must read. The Eddings ................. Just for the setting and character development in the first four books. Plotting is a bit ho hum but I loved them as a young adult for their deft growth of character and some nifty down home description of places like Aunt Pol's Kitchen. Steven Erikson .......... Similar to Cook and much more interesting in his characters and plotting. Those should keep you busy for a bit. Enjoy :D view post


Re: Some other authors to look at: posted 26 Mar 2007, 04:03 by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Dassem Ultor":32rfwf5e]Consider the following (hands Bill Nye his obligatory nickel): Glen Cook is an excellent author .... the Black company is well plotted Steven Brust is very good as well .... The Phoenix Guards is a good place to start. Charles De Lint ................. Try Svaha if you can find it ... myths with a twist Elizabeth Moon............... The Deed of Paksenarrion is excellent ... not for the plot which is average at best but the realistic look at combat in the sword and sorcery world is interesting David Drake .................. Grab yourself a copy of The Lord of the Isles David Gemmel .............. A bit repetitive in his plotting but Legend is a must read. The Eddings ................. Just for the setting and character development in the first four books. Plotting is a bit ho hum but I loved them as a young adult for their deft growth of character and some nifty down home description of places like Aunt Pol's Kitchen. Steven Erikson .......... Similar to Cook and much more interesting in his characters and plotting. Those should keep you busy for a bit. Enjoy :D[/quote:32rfwf5e] David Drake, wow, if there is any author that uses the same plot line in every book, it is him. Gemmel was awesome, not heavy reading but some great books like Legend, Darkmoon and The Rigante novels. Going to miss him a bit. view post


posted 02 Jul 2007, 00:07 by Chyndonax, Commoner

[quote="Zarathinius":1vr8k100]Steven Brust. Quirky sense of humor, that guy has.[/quote:1vr8k100] I'll second this. Interesting reading. Hard to put my finger on why I like him though. I'd start with Jhereg, the first book in his Vlad Taltos series. To Reaing in Hell is a near classic, IMO. Gotta love it when the main characters are Lucifer, Satan and Yaweh with a supporting cast of Beelzebub, Lilith, and Azeroth just to name a few. If you care to branch out into space opera try Steve Perry. Start with The Man Who Never Missed. Nothing at all heavy here, quite the opposite, but fast paced and enjoyable. It'll keep you entertained for a weekend or so. view post


posted 02 Jul 2007, 02:07 by Sloemode, Commoner

I don't think I saw China Mieville mentioned. Anyone who enjoys Bakker's heady style would probably enjoy Mieville as well. I recommend starting wtih Perdido Street Station. view post


Bujold posted 02 Jul 2007, 21:07 by thegreenman, Candidate

I second Bujold, but I enjoyed Chalion the most. view post


posted 16 Sep 2007, 12:09 by The Marquis de Carabas, Commoner

Try [i:1u7awwpb]Night Watch[/i:1u7awwpb] and its sequels by Sergey Lukyanenko. view post


posted 17 Sep 2007, 01:09 by Shell, Peralogue

Hello all, I would strongly suggest Scott Lynch's "The Lies of Locke Lamora" and "Red Seas Under Red Skies" - this is supposed to be a 7 book series. Also Patrick Rothfuss' "The Name of the Wind" which just won the Quill Award for fantasy/SF/Horror catogory - this is the first book of a trilogy. Both are from my home state of Wisconsin, thank you very much! view post


posted 17 Sep 2007, 03:09 by Harrol, Moderator

Well if I was in Wisconsin all authors would look good. Even Terry Goodkind is awesome compared to the Packers. view post


posted 17 Sep 2007, 03:09 by Shell, Peralogue

Hey, My boy Brett just passed John Elway today as the winning-est quarterback ever! :D Harrol, you must be jealous as your favorite team probably has never even won a Superbowl... To complete my thread above, I forgot to add Alan Campbell's "Scar Night" and Glen Cook's "Instrumentalities of the Night" series. Both of these have really strong religious themes as the PON series. All have been written post 9/11... view post


Re: Ok so I feel like ive read every good author in existence. posted 08 Aug 2008, 19:08 by Chirios, Candidate

Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch view post


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