Originally Posted by Nesacat
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.