The Recommend a Book Thread

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  1. puglover

    puglover Disturber of Worldviews

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    OK, I'll be in need of some new reading material to feed my addiction soon. I figure a few of you literary types can be of assistance. :)

    So, here's something I'm looking for: I want a fantasy novel, but not one full of your average ho-hum elves, dwarfs, "insert-fantasy-race-here"s.

    The hero has to be someone I can admire and empathize with, so no anti-heroes or downer books. I like a story that can pick me up, with a protagonist I can feel good about rooting for, even if the opposition is dark and foreboding. Think "idealistic" on the sliding scale of Idealism versus Cynicism

    I really liked The Princess Bride, C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy, Dracula, and the Richard Sharpe series.

    Anything fantastic and exciting you can recommend. I look forward to your suggestions. And feel free to use this thread to post any requests yourself.

    Thank you! :king:
     
  2. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    I really enjoyed The Homecoming Saga, by Orson Scott Card.

    It's sorta a mix of fantasy and sci-fi, although there isn't really much sci-fi, until the last novel. Most of the story plays itself out in fantasy-like fashion, whereas some of the stuff behind the scenes is more sci-fi-like.

    I'm reading the wikipedia entry on it, and it doesn't really explain the story well.. maybe because it gives away a bit too much right off the bat?

    It's based on the book of Mormon, apparently, something I didn't really know when I was reading it.. There are religious overtones, which might appeal to you, I'm not sure..

    I highly recommend it - it was one of the best series I ever read.
     
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    Old Man's War by Scalzi -Pretty descent, a bit of like Starship Troopers

    2666 - supposed to be a great scifi book.
     
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    Puglover: Are you much for science-fiction? Isaac Asimov's stuff is light on technical aspects and heavy on story-telling. His Foundation series may be of interest.
     
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  7. mrtn

    mrtn Shaven not stirred

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    How about a three musketeers pastische set in a fantasy world? Try The Phoenix Guards by Steven Brust, one of my favourite authors. His Vlad Taltos series is just as good.
     
  8. Eli

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    The answer is obvious here:

    The Chronicles of Amber

    Best Fantasy ever, and it's far from your typical elven BS. Don't be put off the by the series length - It's 10 books, but they are all very short so in total it's maybe the size of two regular fantasy volumes.
     
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    you want Snow by Orhan Pamuk
     
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    The Amber Chronicles were way out there. I also enjoyed Raymond Feist's Magician series.
     
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    Sounds like to me you would enjoy science fiction. Warpus already recommended one by Orson Scott Card (I don't know it), but Ender's Game is a fantastic book with a great main character.

    From what I remember, the Empire of Man series by David Weber and John Ringo is quite good and has plenty of fantasy in it. The first book, March Upcountry, is probably the best, but I can't remember that well.

    For more classic sci-fi there is always Foundation and Dune
     
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    Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
    Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove
     
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    Robert Heinlein's Glory Road.
     
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    I hIHgly reccomend Mario Puzo's "The Godfather"
     
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    both by Philip K. Dick. I especially enjoyed the first one.
     
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    Sweet! Thanks, everyone! I'm really liking these suggestions so far. It's off to the library for me. :)

    @Warpus, Spock: I've actually read Ender's Game. It's one of my favorite books. Orson Scott Card is a great writer, and I might pick up something of his.

    I like science fiction, but I haven't really dug deep into it. I've read Foundation, and it was an interesting read.
     
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