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Fantasy (2 Viewers)

JBarnz

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My fav fantasy books are;

Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Silmarillion, I guess Harry Potter, and I really enjoy Jane Yolen's books. as well as Artemis Fowl and Eragon

What are your favorites
 

kintaris

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For the love of God would someone read Mortal Engines????? It's my favourite book and major inspiration.

Apart from that i like His Dark Materials and Magician by Raymond E. Feist. Robert Jordan is OK but far too long - the first book inspired me, the rest bored me.

I love the Artemis Fowl books, but Eoin Colfer's The Supernaturalist is my favourite - is that available in America? Im not sure...

I'm a big fan of the comic fantasy of Terry Pratchett and Tom Holt's The Portable Door too.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini's not bad either...

I quite often find, even as a 17 year old, that the fantasy written for young teenagers is often more engrossing and original than the old-timer's stuff (although Harry Potter is rubbish, in my opinion :shock: )

If you like Artemis Fowl and that, then I'd suggest you look less in the 'Fantasy' sections and more in the 'Young Adult' sections.

kintaris
 

Talia_Brie

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waylander said:
Any book from David Gemmell. Best heroic fantasy I have ever read.

From someone named 'Waylander', that makes perfect sense.

I will continue the campaign for the recognition of Steven Erikson. Along with George R R Martin I think Erikson is about the best fantasy writer around at the moment.

Feist has really dropped off over his last few books. The quality just isn't there anymore, though I liked Magician.

John Marco is also pretty good.
 

kintaris

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Talia_Brie said:
Feist has really dropped off over his last few books. The quality just isn't there anymore, though I liked Magician.

i agree, i only really liked Magician. I often find there's only so much of that kind of storyline i can take, which is why i look for original ideas like those found in Artemis and His Dark Materials.

kintaris
 

MiloDaePesdan

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Heh - high fantasy. *throws raspberries* I prefer mine with weird twists; take Rick Cook, who's written The Wiz Biz. It's about a hacker/geek William Zumwalt who gets pulled into another universe in the middle of a war between wizards.
 

waylander

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Talia_Brie said:
waylander said:
Any book from David Gemmell. Best heroic fantasy I have ever read.

From someone named 'Waylander', that makes perfect sense.

First thought was to use 'Druss' , but after checking the mirror, I chose Waylander. I just don't like axes :wink:
 

XandrilZaax

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My favs: Lord of the Rings, the Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Artemis Fowl of course. :thumbl:
 

Kane

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I'm reading "The Devil's Armor" by John Marco, just finished with the "Eye of God", before that. The stories aren't terrible, although the author seems confused as to the proper use of a comma. Not to mention the number of people in the different armies doesn't seem to accurately represent the way he describes the different nations. An army of two thousand doesn't seem like it would be the dominant force of a medieval time period.
 

blademasterzzz

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I quite often find, even as a 17 year old, that the fantasy written for young teenagers is often more engrossing and original than the old-timer's stuff (although Harry Potter is rubbish, in my opinion

Eragon..? Original? What have you been sniffing? :shock:

To be honest, it's an excellent guide for what things NOT TO DO in terms of plotting and charactering.

I'm seventeen, I'm determined to prove that 17-year-olds can write fantasy without copying it from different books into one.

He basically copied things out of Eddings and Tolkien in terms of world and magic. That's why I hate when people think "fantasy has to have elves, dwarfs, and some form of magic". It DOESN'T.

Actually, when I told my grandfather I was writing fantasy, he asked:
"Something to do with these pokemon things?"





Oh, and as for good books - Pullman is excellent. Fowl is pretty fun, of course.
 

JBarnz

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Everyone keeps talking pullman and His Dark Materials but i really just couldn't get into it. I don't know why, I've tried twice but I couldn't get halfway through the first book, and very seldom do I leave a book unfinished.

I don't know, hey maybe I'll get it the third time around.
 

kintaris

Senior Member
blademasterzzz said:
Eragon..? Original? What have you been sniffing?

sorry, i didnt put that in a very good order, did i?

I meant Tom Holt and Philip Pullman were original. You're right, Eragon isn't - but its ok if you don't want something too taxing to read.

kintaris
 

Beardedtroll

Senior Member
My personal favorites when it comes to fantasy:

Glen Cook, especially his first six Black Company books (gritty and muddy epic fantasy) but also his Garret books (Film Noir detective meet fantasy city).

Steven Brust, particularly his homage to the Three Musketeers (the series of books starting with "The Phoenix Guards") and, in a class of its own, "To Reign in Hell."

C. J. Cherry, whose Morgaine books is some of the finest romantic fantasy in existence.

Fritz Leiber, the father of Sword and Sorcery.

China Mieville, a fresh new take on fantasy; far from the overused vanilla fantasy of "dwarfs and elves in medieval western Europe."

Neil Gaiman, of course. "Neverwhere" should be required reading for any fantasy enthusiast ("fantasist"? "fantasthiast"?)

(Edited to fix tags.)
 

Talia_Brie

Senior Member
Beardedtroll said:
China Mieville, a fresh new take on fantasy; far from the overused vanilla fantasy of "dwarfs and elves in medieval western Europe."

I read The Scar because some people here were raving about China, and I was thoroughly disappointed.
 

geminye

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hey,

i have a hard time getting into 'heavy' fantasy, like dragonlance, ect. which is why i have to agree with beardedtroll. i loved gaiman's stardust. it was not the modern fantasy. it felt more like an old german faery tale.

blademaster, i highly agree with you. i am 26 and have found more wonderful stories in young adult than in the 'old-fogies.' maybe that's because the authors who write for young adults can still remember what it was like to believe in magic, instead of trying to impress people with overly detailed explanations of the system of magic they are trying to impose on us.
 

bmroyer

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All the Harry Potter books are good, the plot just keeps getting thicker and thicker...15 days till book 6!
 

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