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Old 14th July 2008, 06:14 PM   #166 (permalink)
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Re: Fantasy Recommendations for the Unenlightened 2

"The Last Unicorn"-did they happen to make a certain movie acording to that?

ushumgal-I READ fantasy,like Dunsany and such and dont read it and im just fine,thankyouverymuch.
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Old 14th July 2008, 09:13 PM   #167 (permalink)
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Let's watch the sharp retorts, please, people. The suggestion was meant, I'd say, in admiration of the man's work and influence, and there's certainly nothing wrong with expressing that. I simply have doubts that even Tolkien, as important as he is to the field, can be considered quite so essential that one must read his work if they love fantasy....

If, however, you're interested in the field as a whole, and want examples of the best, I'd certainly include LotR, as it is indeed a very special book....

As for Beagle's The Last Unicorn -- as good a book as it is, I would put it rather farther down the list than that, as there are many books which are, as a whole, much, much better and certainly more representative of the growth of the field; but again, it is a very good book and deserves to be read... though I will admit that I myself prefer his A Fine and Private Place....
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Old 15th July 2008, 12:38 AM   #168 (permalink)
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For a new person the Masterwork series isn't a bad introduction. Plenty of shorter novels and in the main the books are stand-alone.

I think I prefer Fine ad Private Place too for Beagle but Last Unicorn seems to garner more kudos.
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Old 16th July 2008, 12:29 PM   #169 (permalink)
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My suggestion for newbies is to try several different writers with briefer books, or a few anthologies (preferably ones that include both short stories and reasonable-length excerpts from longer novels, to get a taste of what a variety of things are out there, and go from there....
I feel the same way, especially given the many 'tomes' and long series in the genre. It's a tad much for someone just starting to dip their toes in. I tend to start with collections of short stories personally and then go along to the novels if I find I have a liking for the writer. Then if the books are indeed 'tomes' I know that here is a writer I already rather like and am more willing to dig in.
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I feel the same way, especially given the many 'tomes' and long series in the genre. It's a tad much for someone just starting to dip their toes in. I tend to start with collections of short stories personally and then go along to the novels if I find I have a liking for the writer. Then if the books are indeed 'tomes' I know that here is a writer I already rather like and am more willing to dig in.

I share that view too, i have made people fantasy fans with stand alone David Gemmell books,Tim Powers, Jim Butcher, Neil Gaiman etc


I have found it its very destructive recommending people huge epic series. Usually they are too slow paced for newbies.
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Old 24th July 2008, 04:23 PM   #171 (permalink)
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Anyone read or is going to read The Enemy's Son - Erth Chronicles book 1 by James Johnson, I'm intrigued to know some thoughts on the book as the author is local to me.

One review I've read mentions traces of Dune and Brave New World, and the writing has hints of Mieville and Tolkien.
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i have no idea wts been goin on lately but yes they did make a film Lobolover...its a good film although its more 4 little kids
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good threads these, thanks for the recommendations.
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Old 6th November 2008, 07:37 PM   #174 (permalink)
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Why is eragon on the 1st post?
The name of the wind is an immensely awesome book.
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Old 6th November 2008, 08:37 PM   #175 (permalink)
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Why is eragon on the 1st post?
I would say that was answered in the first line of that post: all the recommendations from the previous "Fantasy Recommendations" thread were included (or at least, that was the intent), and that was a huge thread; not quite dwarfing this one into inconsequence, but not too far from it, either.....
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I am loving 'The Name of the Wind'.
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Old 13th January 2009, 12:19 PM   #177 (permalink)
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The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss
Book 1: The Name of the Wind

A refreshing read, to say the least.
The writing is very good, with plenty, but not an overbearing amount, of detail. Everything is described in a vivid and believable way, helping to bring the world, its people and their actions to life.
The characters themselves are convincing and the protaganist, Kvothe, is highly likeable yet imperfect, as characters should be. (I won't go into detail for fear of spoiling the plot.) The supporting cast are all strong and distinguishable too.
The pacing does slow in the latter-middle part of the book, but it's still enjoyable and refreshing.
Oh, and the changes from third to first person are very slick and have been done perfectly, in my opinion!

Edit: Whoops, didn't see that someone had posted before me! Well, I'll keep the post for the detail if that's alright.
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No worries Lirael. Great minds...
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Old 14th January 2009, 04:38 PM   #179 (permalink)
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Valerio Massimo Manfredi is a fantastic author....well..one of the best...but he wrote a trilogy on alexander the great and although i dont read books based on history...this was really something.i recommend it.
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Old 14th February 2009, 08:12 PM   #180 (permalink)
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Great list - also the author Philip K Dick is very good if you like Sci Fi- ever heard of him?
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