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fantasy books!

Post by rainking123 » Thu Oct 04, 2007 1:12 pm

Any other Gaiman or Pratchett fans on here? I'm reading American gods on my lunchbraks at work, such a good novel to really enjoy and savor
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Post by postalblue » Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:50 am

Me!
I've read Neverwhere, Coraline, American Gods and I'm planning to start Anansi Boys next. I love Gaiman. I didn't see Stardust when it was showing here, though.

As for Pratchett, I've only read half a dozen of the 2,065 Discworld books, only because I could use some more spare time. I love the series. Haven't read his other works, though.

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Post by whit » Sun May 11, 2008 9:49 am

I used to adore gaiman, but not anymore. i mean I don't hate him and I still read him but I don't obsess about his work anymore. Right now, I'm into post-war Sf and fantasy novels - golden age/new wave SF stuff - and reading Michael moorcock's elric. Good read!

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Post by Modern Antiquarian » Tue May 13, 2008 9:52 pm

I'm always let down by Gaiman as he's not come close to the Sandman in anything he's done subsequently. I 've not read anansi or coraline though. I used to love pratchett when I was little ( I re-read the first 8 discworld books many times), but I've not been drawn back to him as a grown up.

I recently tried to stop reading fantasy as its been way too big a mix in my reading, though I missed it too much and not being greatly into self denial, I allow myself a guilty pleasure after a couple of normal books.

Three authors who are writing at the moment I've been really impressed by (well written and page turners) are Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch and China Mieville.

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Post by postalblue » Fri May 16, 2008 5:14 pm

Yes, China Mieville is amazing.
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Post by whit » Sun May 18, 2008 9:21 am

What's with Mieville? I hate the King Rat novel so much. I thought it was too serious/earnest for its own good and there's something clunky storyline. It was the first and (so far) the last Mieville I read. It kind of turned me off his other books. Are the other novels good or at least not as bad as King Rat? I am willing to give Mieville a second go in the future, though.
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Post by Modern Antiquarian » Mon May 19, 2008 2:18 pm

I've not read king rat, so can't comment.
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Post by Dan Pop-o-matic » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:08 pm

Modern Antiquarian wrote:Three authors who are writing at the moment I've been really impressed by (well written and page turners) are Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch and China Mieville.
I've just finished reading the first Locke Lamorra book by Scott Lynch and thought it was brilliant. Genuinely imaginative, well written and actually funny.

Loving everything I've read by Joe Abercrombie too. These modern fantasy authors are all quite good at avoiding the genre cliches (low on elves, epic quests, dark lords and orcs). Weird how a fantasy version of Renaissance Italy seems to be in vogue though (the Locke Lamorra stuff and Best Served Cold by Abercrombie).

Didn't mind Mieville's fantasy stuff, but The City And The City is better than all of them I reckon...

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Post by Dan Pop-o-matic » Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:47 pm

Anyone read "The Malazan Books Of The Fallen" by Steve Erikson?

It's proper epic high fantasy stuff that's incredibly well written. Occasionally funny, very dark and intricately plotted to the point that it gets pretty complicated at times. The first book just throws you into the middle of it and expects you to keep up, and the last one I was reading was told from the perspectives of about 30 different characters.

I'm on book 8 of 10 (10!) at the moment, and they're all massive doorstopper sized books, so I've basically read nothing else all year, but it's amazing so I'm happy with that.

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Post by Temeura » Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:21 pm

I am have just finished Memories of Ice (book 3 of Malazan) and it is brilliant. Such great characters and whilst the scale of the books is somewhat daunting, it is such an enjoyable read.

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Re: fantasy books!

Post by Dan Pop-o-matic » Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:06 pm

That's when it starts to get really good as I recall.

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