Fantasy novel thread

Let's get a fantasy book thread going. Recommend some good fantasy/sci fi readings.

Anyone know if the Ed Greenwood forgotten realms books are any good?

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YA is acceptable too, I suppose.

I read the first three of these books when I was like 13. Is it worth reading the rest?

UK folks might know it as the Spook's series, because you can't say spook in America.

It's a good book, especially after the whole first half of the book of stupid romance it gets really freaking good. I'd recommend a read.

Inb4 somebody recommends Scott Lynch. Stay away from that crap and you'll live longer. True story.

Can't say I've read any of Ed's novels, but I do own a few that are in my backlog. Some of the stuff I've heard about the newer novels puts me off of them, though.

So I'm trying to assemble copies of the books listed in the fifth edition reading guide, but finding books by Jack Vance and Fritz Lieber that aren't expensive or out of stock are a bitch.






Prince of thorns trilogy is pretty good




>user doesn't have any Banks

That sure is a lot of moorcock that isn't the core eternal champion cycle.

Nine Princes in Amber


My man.

Wizard's choice

Prove me wrong.

Thoughts on the Black Company series by Glen Cook? One of my favorite series back in the day, but I never got around to finishing it. I had a couple books left but never got up the momentum to find out what happens in Shadow-India.

Elric of Melnibone
Other Moorcock shit
Thieves World
Lankhmar series
Saga of the Volsungs
Morte D'arthur
Redwall series
Tain bo culigne (check spelling on that)
Lais of marie de France
Lay of Igor's campaign
Various Russian skazky - I recommend "an anthology of Russian folklore" by bailey & tatianova. Good stories are ones with ilya muromets

I personally recomend:
>Protector of Larry Niven
>Most Discworld books from the eight onwards
>The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories by Lord Dunsany
>Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
>Cthulhurotica. Edited by Carrie Cuinn
>Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
>American Gods by same
>Kalevala for the discerning gentleman which enjoys both rap battles and wizards.
>I Remember Lemuria by Richard S. Shaver
>The Sick Land, starting here:
>A Colder War by Charles Stross
>Snow Crash by Neal Stepehnson

But most of all:
>Invisible Cities of Italo Calvino
Many prefer to define it as "magical realism", which is "socially aceptable way of saying fantasy", but for me it is wondrous fantasy through and trough.

I have the same Lovecraft/Conan collections.

What's the publisher of the Leiber books?



I haven't actually read Kirinyaga. I like him when he's writing space westerns, not when he's writing about Africa. It gets too depressing.
But his Birthright stuff is just golden. As is his Weird West Doc Holiday series.

Redwall if you want to have a comfy experience.

Malazan Book of the Fallen

>>user doesn't have any Banks
Get some Iain M down you
Picked most of these up in charity shops over the last three years a lot have read be for trying to read in order
Slowly working my way through them
Consider Phlebas not in stack and read and but in longterm storage as assume Player of Games isnt his best Longing forward to getting into some more
Really enjoyed Wasp Facotry doesnt have that M. factor but really great book

reading the black company right now.
quite good so far

>Recommend some good fantasy/sci fi readings.
off the top of my head
Discworld, Starship Troopers, the Dark tower, Dune.

and recent Moorcocks
yet to the read The Wispering Swarm keeping for a treat

Pretty loved in tg

The First Law trilogy
Logen is my waifu

I'm temped to say David Eddings -BUT only for someone new to fantasy or maybe a younger relative - definitely not for older readers.

Ehh, the later books were better. Lord of Light was a lot better.


Prince of fools is 2.5x better.

May as well list 3 or each while im here.

Larry Nivens The State trilogy
We are Legion: Bobiverse

Dawn of Wonder
Prince of fools trilogy then Prince of thorns trilogy IN THAT ORDER
Portals of Infinity

Critical Failures
Hard luck hank
Serge storms #5 Orange Crush by tim dorsey

You'll know when it starts getting dodgy, if you aren't attached to the characters by then I'd stop.

I enjoyed the first six and the hunters blades books

So true. Jarlan + Snorri > Jorg.

Cowardly assholes and vikings over edge lord special snow flake children any day.

I'm on book eleven of The Wheel of Time (14 books total) and it's one of my favorite, if not THE favorite, book series I've read.

I enjoyed most of them, the really shaky ones are the post-spellplague pre-sundering shit, so many characters I wanted to punch in the fucking face.

I kust cant get into any wizards of the coast authors, wish i could but cant.

Lord of Light was pretty ridiculously good, but I am a huge fan of Amber, and really like the first book (and the first pentology) because of that "learning with the character" feeling.

I thought Merlin was pretty fun too though. Don't understand people who think the second five were worse but golly I wish Zelazny hadn't up and died.

Dilvish, the Damned is also good.


Sauce ?


are you pretending that the dancers at the end of time isn't the only thing of quality he ever produced?

Gollancz but those are now out of print as they belong to the old Fantasy Masterwork collection.

>double deep book stacking is my fetish
>within another year, i may start triple deep stacking

if anyone does this, actually find the chronological order of things and read them that way. so much easier on your head
>lord brocktree for best book

I did that in jail, it's not that much easier on your brain, unless you're an idiot.

well, i read them when i was 12 or so, so its been the...fuck its been 12 years since i did this last.
i had like six series going at that point too.

Underrated series, especially if you're into mythology.

They're simplistic as an adult but still damn good stories, Jacques was a great author.

A good series, with good characters, the only problem is that the author can't write anything else.
After that series he just wrote it two more times with different characters slotted into the same shoes.

>They see me reading, they hatin'
Actually there are layers because is not a bookshelf but an accounting archive shelf.

Did you play in the birdcage? I did read that some prisons forbid playing D&D with some retarded excuse.

Not really been reading much in recent years but for newer ish stuff I really liked Alan M Cambell's Deepgate series.

Need recommendations for Urban Fantasy for inspiration.

Already been recommended to me: Dresden Files, Iron Druid, Monster Hunter International, Mercy Thompson, Alex Verus, Sandman Slim, Perdido Street Station, Necropolis, Skulduggery Pleasant, Laundry Files

I'm going to just read the first book of each series down a list this year.

Tim Powers' Vegas series is worth reading.

>Tim Powers' Vegas

Still need like 3 or four more recommendations.

Leiber's Our Lady of Darkness, Clive Barker's Cabal and Gaiman-Pratrchet's Good Omens.

Thanks. GoodReads is fucking clogged with romance-for-women urban fantasy shit in every fucking recommendations list. It was taking forever to actually pick out real books.

I am afraid to ask but sure those romance novels are about women being gang banged by satyrs, werewolves or cum inflates by centaurs.

Most of them you can tell by the cover.

Sadly, 95% of Female-lead Urban Fantasy is shit like that. And people complain Dresden Files was a male powerfantasy. Ha.

Ha! Those who said that Dresden files is a power fantasy for males and think there is not the opposite didn't read Anita Blake series.
All the males are hunk or por-athlete fit and always hung beyond the nine inches with the girth of a coke can. She is the alpha of ALL therianthropes in 'Merica (yes, all the continent), the Queen of all vampires plus iterations and also member of the Fae court.
If she bangs you no matter how powerful you are you become her "sex ghoul" and in the latest books she is so powerful she could be put into Saitama tier.

mah nigga

tfw queen bitch becoming nazi walkyrie musclechick stuck in my 16-year-old head to the point that it became a lifelong fetish

Christian Cameron's Tyrant series is like this, only every book repeats the same stories with the same characters. He literally wrote maybe 5-10 characters, across five books. Even starts giving similar characters the same name eventually.

Atreides/Harkonnen/Corrino are ok, definitely nowhere near Herbert quality but readable. I don't know about the rest of the Brian/Kevin ones though, I assume they are bad


Songs of Earth and Power by Greg Bear.

Time's Master Series by Louise Cooper

The Windrose Chronicles bye Barbera Hambly.

Niven's aliens now would fit in the pokeymang universe in these days.

Merry Gentry Series is where she went off the sexual deep end. Twins with three different fathers each. Yeah.

>Extreme pregnancy.
Oh wow. Is true she even included vore and hyper in the last books?

Dawn of Wonder has some serious problems and it needs at least another installment to form an opinion I'd say.

Two recomendations though they aren't fantasy in our world.

First, Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence featuring ancient god and wizards going corporate.

Second, Alex Bledsoe's Eddie LaCrosse novels featuring a private investigator in medieval fantasy world.

Care to elaborate on this muscle grow moment?

Haha, no, there weren't enough people who were interested, and even if there were, we had no dice, besides it was a local jail.

The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson.

He does a lot of worldbuilding, so far there are two novels each roughly 1000 pages.
I get absolutely sucked into them each time I read them.

If that's not enough to entice you. All of his novels take place is the same universe and solar system. There are crossovers by certain characters in each book. It's just so much to take in but it really does make re-reads more interesting once you understand what is going on.

If you can't use a dice and you are allowed to use paper write down the numbers in a sheet and the cut them (use folds since scissors aren't available). Then put the numbers inside a paper cup and tell your players to pick without looking after you shuffle.

Greenwood's books are all right, in general. You have to be fine with his style though, because all of them are basically the same. He also has a tendency to reuse certain character views, for example, the elves in the Myth Drannor book talk exactly like the Cormyr nobles in his Cormyr book, right down to the phrasing. Was really jarring.

He's a lot better with short stories than longer novels, I think.

Nobody mentioned the Farseer trilogy. I read them when I was a kid and they were awesome. Think I'll read them again.

Yeah, if it had actually come up, I might have done that, but it never really did.

I never see them mentioned and it's for a young audience, but The Dark is Rising series was a wonderful read, for me interested in a lot of mythology.

The motherfuckin Malazan books. Hot damn.

The first wan was all right but a little slow. The second one blew me away, and is really what got me back into fantasy.

Would recommend if you can put up with depressed PoV characters and long as fuck books.

Boy howdy does Erikson know how to write an ending.

>if you can put up with depressed PoV characters

Nimander chapters drove me to the edge.

I can confirm that this is 100% accurate
I regret choosing option 5 in a attempt to tie off those loose ends