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Postby Slayr » 2011.08.01 (16:25)

I've been looking for a new epic fantasy series to start reading now that I finished all of mine. My favourite series by far was Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen. So if you know any series like that one or any other really good epic fantasy series tell me and I'll try it out.

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Postby capt_weasle » 2011.08.02 (02:01)

I heard that they finally made those Lord of the Rings movies into books; maybe you should try one of them?
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Postby Rhekatou » 2011.08.02 (21:08)

capt_weasle wrote:I heard that they finally made those Lord of the Rings movies into books; maybe you should try one of them?

I'm trying to figure out if you're trolling or not.
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Postby t̷s͢uk̕a͡t͜ư » 2011.08.02 (23:47)

If you want to read Star Wars in a medieval setting, I've heard Eragon might be right up your alley.
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Postby Broghan » 2011.08.03 (11:55)

Anything by David Gemmel. He is a master of fantasy.
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Postby Vyacheslav » 2011.08.03 (13:21)

Talk to Snugs if you're into fantasy gaming.
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Postby Rhekatou » 2011.08.03 (19:15)

Wh 40k is kinda fantasy/epics... I'd go with guant's ghosts series, ravenor, eisenhorn, space wolves. The rest are meh.
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Postby squibbles » 2011.08.04 (06:37)

If you want a fantasy series that isn't too derivative of LotR like 90% of the genre, and also explores the human condition in a sensible and interesting way, I'd recommend The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever. It's really damn good and best of all, 10 books long.
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Postby Slayr » 2011.08.04 (22:55)

T̷s͢uk̕a͡t͜ư wrote:If you want to read Star Wars in a medieval setting, I've heard Eragon might be right up your alley.

Read that series, thought it was okay. Nothing too exciting.

squibbles wrote:If you want a fantasy series that isn't too derivative of LotR like 90% of the genre, and also explores the human condition in a sensible and interesting way, I'd recommend The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever. It's really damn good and best of all, 10 books long.

I loved this series. My dad had the first 2 series' from when he was a kid.

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Postby chocollama » 2011.08.05 (03:32)

read Jasper Fforde's "Nursery crime series", and then his "Thursday Next" series. I've had alot of very late nights with those books.
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Postby chume14 » 2011.08.05 (16:38)

The Farseer Trilogy
All the Robin Hobb books but this is where to start

The Kingkiller Chronicle
I've only read the first but I know the others will be good

His Dark Materials
You've probably already read them

The Discworld Novels
If you don't mind some humor there's enough of these to last you a while

The Chronicles of Narnia
Everyone mad about the christian subtext get over it they're still great books especially the less known ones like The Horse and His Boy

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Order of Odd-Fish
The Phantom Tollbooth
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The Metamorphosis
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Postby Broghan » 2011.08.06 (11:25)

squibbles wrote:If you want a fantasy series that isn't too derivative of LotR like 90% of the genre, and also explores the human condition in a sensible and interesting way, I'd recommend The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever. It's really damn good and best of all, 10 books long.


squibs, I love you! Thomas Covenant is great stuff.
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Postby otters~1 » 2011.08.07 (01:03)

Oooh. The Phanton Tollbooth. That was one creative-ass book. Beyond that, I assume you've read LotR, WoT, and Narnia. His Dark Materials was good. Song of Ice and Fire is a bit over-the-top but it's decently creative.

Tried sci-fi? It comes to the same thing and Foundation, Hitchhiker's Guide, Phillip Dick, Asimov's Robot novels, Space Odyssey, etc are all superb. Also, if you're into Star Wars at all there are at least 200 spinoff books there, and some of them are even pretty good.

Avoid the various derivative fantasy series. Switch genres instead.

EDIT: if your favorite so far is Malazan whatever, you haven't read LotR. So you might start there.
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Postby chocollama » 2011.08.07 (01:56)

chocollama wrote:read Jasper Fforde's "Nursery crime series", and then his "Thursday Next" series. I've had alot of very late nights with those books.

I'm quoting this just in case you didn't see it the first time. Yea, they're that fucking good.
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Postby otters~1 » 2011.08.07 (18:29)

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HAVE YOU TRIED A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS?? I HEAR THERE ARE THIRTEEN OF THEM THAT SHOULD KEEP YOU BUSY
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Postby chocollama » 2011.08.08 (16:44)

boustrophedon wrote:THAT SHOULD KEEP YOU BUSY

Being busy and reading a good book are two very different things.
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Postby otters~1 » 2011.08.08 (22:25)

chocollama wrote:
boustrophedon wrote:THAT SHOULD KEEP YOU BUSY

Being busy and reading a good book are two very different things.

WHICH IS WHY EVERYONE WHO SAID "THERE ARE FIFTEEN BOOKS IN THE SERIES THAT'S A PLUS" IS DUMB
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Postby SlappyMcGee » 2011.08.09 (22:54)

boustrophedon wrote:
chocollama wrote:
boustrophedon wrote:THAT SHOULD KEEP YOU BUSY

Being busy and reading a good book are two very different things.

WHICH IS WHY EVERYONE WHO SAID "THERE ARE FIFTEEN BOOKS IN THE SERIES THAT'S A PLUS" IS DUMB


Huge fantasy series tend to have massive and awesome canons, which is what people love. Tolkein did it in four books, though.
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Postby chocollama » 2011.08.09 (22:59)

DominoMcGee wrote:Huge fantasy series tend to have massive and awesome canons, which is what people love. Tolkein did it in four books, though.
Wheel of Time is the huge-iest.
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Postby otters~1 » 2011.08.10 (05:47)

DominoMcGee wrote:Huge fantasy series tend to have massive and awesome canons, which is what people love. Tolkein did it in four books, though.

I'll admit if it's done very, very well, there's something really rewarding about an epic fantasy with 560 characters. But I can't really think of any beyond WoT that fit well.
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DominoMcGee wrote:Huge fantasy series tend to have massive and awesome canons, which is what people love. Tolkein did it in four books, though.

It's Tolkien, and The Lord of the Rings alone is six books. YOU FOOL
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Postby SlappyMcGee » 2011.08.11 (15:13)

BIG YUS wrote:
DominoMcGee wrote:Huge fantasy series tend to have massive and awesome canons, which is what people love. Tolkein did it in four books, though.

It's Tolkien, and The Lord of the Rings alone is six books. YOU FOOL


The book divisions within the three books is irrelevant. In terms of book sizes, Tolkien did it in The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and Return of the King.
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DominoMcGee wrote:
BIG YUS wrote:
DominoMcGee wrote:Huge fantasy series tend to have massive and awesome canons, which is what people love. Tolkein did it in four books, though.

It's Tolkien, and The Lord of the Rings alone is six books. YOU FOOL


The book divisions within the three books is irrelevant. In terms of book sizes, Tolkien did it in The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and Return of the King.

In terms of book sizes, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King aren't books. They're volumes.
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Postby SlappyMcGee » 2011.08.11 (17:17)

BIG YUS wrote:In terms of book sizes, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King aren't books. They're volumes.


I have done some highly scientific research to disprove maestro.

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Postby chocollama » 2011.08.11 (23:01)

I find the size of his thigh relevant to this book-size study. I would have to say probably 3 novellas and 1 and 1/2 books.
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