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Mah Reedin' List

PostPosted: December 13th, 2009, 1:10 am
by Carzal
'Tis the season to be out of reading material.

I work in a bookstore, so I get fairly decent deals off of books, and as a result, I read more than a little. For classes, I, of course, have to, but I mean for pleasure.

And I'm looking for suggestions. Good books are my aim, but some people thought Twilight was good, so I'll give you some pointers so that you don't make such grave mistakes.

I mostly like fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction. Essentially, adventure books. However, my favourite books tend to be things like Wicked (or rather, the sequel), Life of Pi, Watership Down and, best book of all time, Fantastic Mr. Fox (so awesome).

Any suggestions, preferably along the whole "epic fantasy/historical fiction" route?

An example of books I enjoyed are...

Shogun for historical fiction.

The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Stephen Erikson
The Dresen Files by Jim Butcher
The First Law by Joe Abercrombie
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Any Terry Pratchett book...

Ender's Game

As you can see, it's kinda heavily leaning towards epic fantasy series, so if you've got a good one, sing it out. Obviously, I've read more than this, but reccomend away. I'll tell you what I have an haven't read, and tell you my various and varying opinions on them.

Re: Mah Reedin' List

PostPosted: December 13th, 2009, 3:03 am
by Agustus
Im a Dean Koontz fan
and ive read a few of his novels
my favorite series is the Odd Thomas series its about three books long least so far
bout a guy who can see ghosts and solves mysteries as well as impending/future mass deaths

Cold Fire
Life Expectancy
ive read more but the titles elude my thoughts

Im also a Huge John Grisham fan
ive read almost all his books
A Time to Kill
The Pelican Brief
The Client
The Chamber
The Runaway Jury
The Partner
The Street Lawyer
The Testament
The Brethren
A Painted House
The Summons
The King of Torts
The Bleachers
The Broker
The Innocent Man

hehe :blink:

Re: Mah Reedin' List

PostPosted: December 13th, 2009, 3:18 am
by Zuka Zamamee
If you like epic fantasy, then all I can do is recommend George R. R. Martin. :D

Re: Mah Reedin' List

PostPosted: December 14th, 2009, 3:30 pm
by Carzal
Koontz is someone I'm looking into. He's frankenstein series is very tempting. I think I'ma get into that over christmas.
Which grisham would you recommend, if you could only recommend one?

I've ready ALOT of fantasy. Perhaps a more exauhstive list is required.

Also, there's no point in reading Martin. he's never going to finish the series, since he writes one book EVERY UMPTEEN YEARS!! I mean, dammit, how long has it been since Feast for Crows came out? 2005? That's minimum four years ago, possibly FIVE. And we have no idea when it`s coming out. If it was coming out in 2010, we`d know. The earliest is therefore 2011.

stupid martin.

Anyways, other awesome fantasy that I`ve read are (including the above list) and by author rather than series.

Stephen Erikson
Jim Butcher
Joe Abercrombie
Patrick Rothfuss
Terry Pratchett

George R.R. Martin
christopher Moore
Robert Jordan
kate Eliott
Some of the MAGIC the Gathering series
terry Brooks
Ian Esselmont
Gregory Maguire
L.E. Modesitt
Scott Lynch

I can't think of any other important/age appropriate ones. there may be. Keep the suggestions coming! I know you all read fantasy!

Please don`t suggest Goodkind, I think he's terrible.

Re: Mah Reedin' List

PostPosted: December 15th, 2009, 2:16 am
by Curulan
If you haven't read Feist's Krondor novels, you should.

Re: Mah Reedin' List

PostPosted: December 15th, 2009, 2:32 am
by Carzal
I've read some of them, but not all.

I read the Betrayal of Krondor, which is one of the first ones, quite a long time ago. More recently I read his trilogy about Talon of the Silver Hawk. Twas alright, but not really that impressive. Any specific books you recommend?

Re: Mah Reedin' List

PostPosted: December 15th, 2009, 7:49 pm
by Twist Rolarian
Add Elizabeth Moon's "The Deed of Paksenarrion" to your list. You won't regret it.

Re: Mah Reedin' List

PostPosted: December 17th, 2009, 3:08 pm
by Curulan
Read Magician. It's a large book, usually sold in two volumes now (Apprentice and Master). Get the Author's Preferred Edition, if you can find it.

The whole Riftwar Saga is pretty good, actually.

Re: Mah Reedin' List

PostPosted: December 17th, 2009, 10:30 pm
by Carzal
Thanks. I'll check 'em out.

Re: Mah Reedin' List

PostPosted: December 20th, 2009, 3:50 am
by Agustus
i would say the Testament its funny in a way
synapse is rich old dude dies leaves will family fights to deny will so they get money instead of illegit child from the guys affairs

all im gonna say about the story i found it funny when i read it a while back... then again its been quite a while since ive read the book... i might pick it up again

Re: Mah Reedin' List

PostPosted: January 28th, 2010, 12:42 am
by jadewik
Boy's Life by Robert McCammon. It was recommended to me by a co-worker a couple weeks ago. I read it and loved it.

Re: Mah Reedin' List

PostPosted: January 28th, 2010, 7:25 pm
by killadaemon666
here are some suggestions for ya!

the thomas covenant chronicles by stephen r donaldson

and the belgariad unsure of the author bout 10 books aswell david eddings just googled

the hobbit and lord of the rings if u havent read yet (read them twice.)

also have read magicians apprentice by raymond e feist cant remember it tho its sittin on the bookshelf in my room

ive read them all. thats all i can think of at the moment oh and also there was a trilogy i think the first book was assassins apprentice.

i also like terry goodkind tho. so its up to u if take my opinion into consideration there are a few more but alas i cant think of the names or titles maybe someone else knows

there was a book about a god who was placed on the earth with no knowledge that he was a god and he could create powerful weapons he was a blacksmith at the end he remembers who he is.( a bit vague but thats what happens when u live in vancouver and smoke copious amounts of weed)

also another book about these invaders from another world who had rainbow like armor and they came through a portal also vague I had a collection of books almost a hundred but i think i sold em.*walks off smokin a doob*

hope that helps ya.


Re: Mah Reedin' List

PostPosted: January 29th, 2010, 3:09 pm
by Curulan
*points killa to his post above* ;)

Re: Mah Reedin' List

PostPosted: January 29th, 2010, 6:12 pm
by Warscott
I have been reading all of R.A. Salvator's books. All the ones in reference to Drizzt the Dark Elf.

Then I am looking into some of the other Forgotten Realm books by Weiss

Re: Mah Reedin' List

PostPosted: January 29th, 2010, 6:31 pm
by killadaemon666
yes curu i saw that thats why i mentioned it. dunno if i read the the other one tho magician master (ive read quite a few books). also the redemption of althalus is good by david and leigh eddings its only one book tho. im sure ive read some ra salvatore books aswell warscott
gonna google to see which ones tho.