Any Fantasy Geeks Here?

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  1. ElJay370

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    I played a lot of Dungeons & Dragons as a kid and read quite a bit. Tolkien, CS Lewis, Anne McCaffery, Terry Pratchett...and more recently George RR Martin (I enjoyed Game of Thrones....but I don’t think we’re ever gonna see that sixth book). With the world in such turmoil at the moment, I’ve been thinking of getting back into it. A little escape from reality sounds pretty nice.

    So....any suggestions? Think dragons, wizards, sweeping narratives, etc.
     
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    Have you ever tried The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever ny Stephen Donaldson? There’s two trilogies from his original series, then he did another four years after the first lot.

    Ten books in total. That’ll keep ya reading for awhile! :p

    Start with Lord Foul’s Bane and move on from there. ;)
     
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    FWIW, I sometimes fantasize about not being a geek.
     
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    Wow, hadn't thought about those Covenant books in a long time, might have to re-visit. I remember really enjoying them.

    Edit - I think I only read the first 2 trilogies, so I may have some new ones to read!
     
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    It’s currently sorta’ quiet at work, so, I’m listening to the LOTR series on audiobook. Started the ROTK toDay.
     
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    Don't forget Dune for sci-fi fantasy.

    Also the old Conan pulp-fiction stuff can be fun. H. Rider Haggard's stuff for colonial Africa adventure and mystical stuff.

    If you like a little fantasy humor, check out Pratchett's Discworld series - 41 books!
     
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    Wheel of Time Series. That will keep you busy for a while. Very good reading.
     
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    We used to sit and play this for days.We used to have TIME for these things.

    Shogun board game
    Axis and Allies
    Risk
    I guess it was fantasy bec it all was a waste of time :)
     
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    The Worm Ourboros

    Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series

    The first several of Burroughs Mars series

    Saberhagen's Book of Swords, and the sci-fi that precedes it

    Kurtz's Deryni stuff

    The Emberverse series

    There's a lot out there.
     
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    Read some John Ford lately. The Last Hot Time was cool. The Dragon Waiting was pretty great.
     
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    I’m a big Tolkien fan and have read his more well known works several times, and a lot of his lesser known stuff at least once.

    I also like the Arthurian Legends and read a lot of related stuff.

    And I like The Elder Scrolls series, so I guess I’m a member of the club.
     
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    You may give some Neil Gaiman a shot - Stardust, Neverwhere, etc...

    Maybe Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melnibone books?
     
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    Gaaak. I forced myself to read the Covenant Chronicles. Probably the most depressing books I've ever read. No idea why I kept reading.

    I couldn't finish the first book of GOT...just not my cuppa. Did not watch the series.

    I enjoy SF&F. Tolkien, McCaffrey, Haggard, Howard, Burroughs, Asprin, etc. Technically not a geek though: never played D&D.

    Much of that stuff I read as a teenager and only a few writers hold up over the years. Tolkien aged like fine whiskey, for example.

    I just finished re-reading McCaffrey's "Pern" series a few weeks ago. Still shines well. I'm thinking of Niven's "Ringworld" series next...I remember enjoying them...
     
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    I'm a huge sci-fi book geek and this is my all time favorite...not cumbersome to read like GRRM describing the diffferent foods on the dinner table for 17 pages so an hour or two and you'll know if you like it. (Hint - you will).

    Wool
    by Hugh Howey. It's the first in a trilogy.
     
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    You like Tolkien and peanut butter and Claussen pickle sandwiches?! You're quickly becoming my hero.
     
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    I have a penchant for fantasy novels, and I've read tons, mostly pulp type stuff, since that saturates the genre, but there's been some good gems. The one book I found that I like almost as much as Tolkien's work (though not the same style of fantasy) is Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell by Susanna Clarke.

    I also like American Gods by Gaiman. Stardust is also very good even though it's not quite as intense and 'adult' as American Gods.
     
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    Robert Asprin...Totally forgot about him. I remember his “Another Fine Myth” series. I wonder if those books hold up?
     
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    The wife and I have been getting more into fantasy. We’re anticipating the release of the next book in one of our series this fall. But the 2 series we’re into currently are the “king killer chronicles” by Patrick Rothfuss and the “storm light archives” by Brandon Sanderson. The first I would consider a lower fantasy, where the magic is explained with an almost reasonable scientific type explanation, with very few fantastical creatures, (more as the series goes on). The storm light archives are a deeper fantasy with all manner of creatures and spren and various types and specialties of magic.
     
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    I read all the Moorcock books back then... and some of the others mentioned...

    interesting at the time... never re read any of them in more recent times...

    Sad that those Moorcock collection of Elric/eternal champion themed tales didn't make it to the big screen...

    or capt Barnstable and his airships... or Jerry Cornelius... ;)
     
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    I'm not sure that's I'd call Dune fantasy.
     
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