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!