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Old 14th February 2009, 09:11 PM   #181 (permalink)
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Re: Fantasy Recommendations for the Unenlightened 2

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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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Old 28th May 2009, 06:13 PM   #182 (permalink)
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I recently read some of the "Chronicles of the black company" - Glen Cooke. Mostly dark, gritty stuff, though not quite as gritty and high-minded as say Stephen Eriksson.
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Old 21st July 2009, 01:58 AM   #183 (permalink)
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Ishtaria: Prince of Blades by Keith Collier
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Old 1st August 2009, 01:59 PM   #184 (permalink)
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Re: Fantasy Recommendations for the Unenlightened 2

I tell you the kind of fantasy I'm looking for. What i would call pastoral fantasy(is that a genre of fantasy?). Stuff like the scene depicted on the cover on this book
Ghost King (Sipstrassi : Stones of Power, book 1) by David Gemmell
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Old 1st August 2009, 02:10 PM   #185 (permalink)
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If you like historical fantasy then Paul Kearney books like Sea Beggars series,Tim Powers's The Drawing of the Dark.

Must it be British,dark ages history theme or any good historical fiction ?

Also Robert.E Howard wrote some quality Romano British historical stories. His crusade historical fiction feature gaelic,scottish heroes.
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I'm not sure its just historical fantasy,but kinda like nature fantasy. Err. Rather than magic and Dragons instead have animals,native peoples (like the american indians),hence my label pastoral there. I liked David Eddings' Belgariad but when looking for similar fantasy authors I don't know where to start. My other half likes fantasy but hates Terry Goodkind or Terry Brooks and David Gemmell(she didn't mind the John Shannow books tho)
I'm in the middle of a SF classic right now but am bored with it!
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Old 1st August 2009, 03:27 PM   #187 (permalink)
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Well Gemmell is as low magical as it gets. Dragons is never in his books.

He is hailed the as great heroic fantasy writer because he writes down to earth, historical themed books,with great heroes,characters.

People who dont read fantasy usually is likely to like him. My brothers are historical fiction fans and they read DG cause its very close and they dont have worry about reading a fantasy epic,more magical,fantastical than they would like.
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Wasn't there a film called Druss the Legend based on a Gemmell book?
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I'm not sure its just historical fantasy,but kinda like nature fantasy. Err. Rather than magic and Dragons instead have animals,native peoples (like the american indians),hence my label pastoral there. I liked David Eddings' Belgariad but when looking for similar fantasy authors I don't know where to start. My other half likes fantasy but hates Terry Goodkind or Terry Brooks and David Gemmell(she didn't mind the John Shannow books tho)
I'm in the middle of a SF classic right now but am bored with it!
You might try Medicine Road by Charles de Lint. See this:


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Hmmm interesting!
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You could also try Gary Wassner's Gem Quest series. His are very much "green" books and whilst I didn't find the earlier books all that well written w.r.t. prose the plot is compelling and characters interesting enough to keep one going. He's also a member here and someone I've enjoyed corresponding with. In fact you remind me I need to get back in touch with him LOL!

If you wanted to stretch that theme a little you could go for the IMO superb Thomas Covenant series by Stephen Donaldson. You'll either love or hate these books, not much of an in-between response is likely.

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I'm almost finished the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant and I'll second Gollum. I've found them really well written and exhaustingly epic. It's unlike any fantasy I've read - I think AE35 you would enjoy the focus on the Land.
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I'm almost finished the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant and I'll second Gollum. I've found them really well written and exhaustingly epic. It's unlike any fantasy I've read - I think AE35 you would enjoy the focus on the Land.
You mean the first chronicles, second chronicles or Last chronicles (current series) ?

Whichever one I enjoyed them.
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I'm almost finished the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant and I'll second Gollum. I've found them really well written and exhaustingly epic. It's unlike any fantasy I've read - I think AE35 you would enjoy the focus on the Land.
Hmmm a long series of huge books. I dunno.
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Hmmm a long series of huge books. I dunno.

I don't remember the books being that big. Looking at them the first one in the series is only 480 pages. (That's only Lord Foul's Bane, not the entire first chronicles).
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