top fantasy/urbanmythic/steampunk/scifi authors?

(45 Posts)
immortalwife Wed 19-Mar-14 01:17:13

I need more authors! I have series by:

Maria v Snyder
Trudi canavan
Gail carriger
Robin hobb
Kevin hearne
Tamora pierce
Garth nix
Kristin cashore

Also read kate mosses historical fiction in between.

Any ideas? Tried p c cast,and Emily gee seems to take for-ev-err writing. Am at my wits end I keep re reading shit I've read four times already!!

Stokey Wed 19-Mar-14 11:19:58

I Adore China Mieville - if you want a huge tome Perdido Street Station is one of my all-time favourites and a shorter more literary option is The city & the City

I also really like Justina Robson, the Quantum Gravity series, think the first one is Keeping It Real.

Others not on your list are Neal Stephenson & William Gibson.

And if you want a bit of feminist fantasy Sherri Tepper is great. Loved Grass.

UptoapointLordCopper Wed 19-Mar-14 18:06:27

Have you tried the Mortal Engines series by Phillip Reeve? Love them.

Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking series too. They are young adult fiction but honestly they are so good.

Ursula Le Guin?

I couldn't get on with Perdido Street Station though ...

Goblinchild Wed 19-Mar-14 18:13:41

For urban mythology and fantasy, my DS recommends The Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher and the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne.

TallyGrenshall Wed 19-Mar-14 18:16:54

Brandon Sanderson

Peter V Brett

Brent Weeks

Patrick Rothfuss

saintmerryweather Wed 19-Mar-14 18:20:06

If you have a kindle I very much enjoyed Nyx by D M Livingston. Cant find any other books by that author but I thought it was funny, original and well written

TerrariaMum Wed 19-Mar-14 18:21:17

Urban fantasy, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

Takver Wed 19-Mar-14 18:40:56

Have you read the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch?

If you don't mind YA fantasy/SF, Diana Wynne Jones, I've also just read & really enjoyed the Uglies series by Scott Westerfield

immortalwife Wed 19-Mar-14 18:51:06

Ahh goblinchild, I adore Kevin hearne. My OH buys me them as presents. There's quite a lot on the list so far, thanks people!

Thewhingingdefective Wed 19-Mar-14 22:09:02

The Battles of Ben Kingdom by Andrew Beasley

saintmerryweather Thu 20-Mar-14 07:53:04

Oh yes agree with ben kingdom book

I just read The Name of the Wind.
Best fantasy novel I've read in years.

TabbyM Thu 20-Mar-14 12:56:25

Diana Wynne Jones is very good, so are Patricia McKillip and Robin McKinley. Also read Songs of Earth by Elspeth Cooper and The Copper Promise by Jen Williams lately which were very good.

If you like dragons I would recommend Naomi Novak's Temeraire series too.

Jasper Fforde (The Eyre Affair etc) is a huge hit with me & DH.

pointythings Thu 20-Mar-14 14:15:56

I'm working my way through the Dresden Files courtesy of our library, they're a really enjoyable read.

What about Stephen Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (only the third two series, the third is dreadful)? And have you tried Guy Gavriel Kay?

Rattled through Julian May's pliocene series as a teen (as did my Mum and sister).

OwlCapone Thu 20-Mar-14 16:12:55

The Rivers of London series is fabulous. I also enjoyed the Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka. Both magical but set in London.

OwlCapone Thu 20-Mar-14 16:14:07

I did read Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking series but wasn't overly impressed although I can't out my finger on why. Certainly the ideas were good.

Stephen King's Dark Tower series

Philip Pullman's Dark Materials series

Yes to Philip Reeves - have just re-read them all

Across the Nightingale Floor series - it's sort of adventure-ish/fantasy-ish in a sort of ancient Japan-esque setting

Can't be doing with Rivers of London (although have read them all but won't read more) or Jasper Fforde personally - too much trying to be funny and not enough trying to write well imvho

Some classics like Brave New World, War of the Worlds etc, although obvs stand-alones.

Jackthebodiless Thu 20-Mar-14 21:01:06

Agree with Blue Champagne re Julian May's Pliocene series plus her Galactic Milieu series and Intervention. That lot will keep you going for a while.

pointythings Thu 20-Mar-14 21:15:46

Oh, and try Tim Powers, especially his old stuff - The Anubis Gates, Dinner at Deviant's Palace, On Stranger Tides (nothing to do with Captain Jack Sparrow, Disney just used the title), The Stress of her Regard.

Teladi Thu 20-Mar-14 21:19:30

Some fab suggestions on here that I will be adding to my reading list too!

You need Scott Lynch and 'The Lies of Locke Lamora' in your life!

Steampunk swashbuckling adventure - Chris Wooding and the Tales of the Ketty Jay. The first one is 'Retribution Falls'.

Someone you won't have heard of - Laura Lam and the Micah Grey series, the first book, the author's debut, is 'Pantomime', and there's a sequel out now too. If you like Robin Hobb, you will very probably like this.

immortalwife Fri 21-Mar-14 13:43:11

I've got some Diane Wynne Jones, and my mum got me the first and last book of the across the nightingale floor books I just need grass for my pillow. I'm got to try and make a list of these now and go charity shop hunting smile

TerrariaMum Fri 21-Mar-14 14:08:08

Oooh, yes, agree with pointythings about Tim Powers. Last Call and Declare are the ones I'd add to her list.

VivaLeBeaver Sat 22-Mar-14 11:10:58

The String Diaries was good

Also loved The Bone Season.

I loved The Bone Season and am looking forward to the sequel.

ShadowFall Sat 22-Mar-14 23:08:49

Seconding suggestions about Julian May, Neil Gaiman & Neal Stephenson.

I also like Elizabeth Moon, Connie Willis, Kelley Armstrong & Adam Roberts.

pointythings Sat 22-Mar-14 23:11:11

Stay away from Julian May's Trillium series though - that's several weeks of my life I will never get back. Stereotypical female characters (the strong one, the sensitive one, the rebellious one) and not much else. Not worth your time.

LornaGoon Mon 24-Mar-14 14:04:05

I'm about to start reading Cory Doctorow's Little Brother. Neil Gaiman gave it a good reviews.

Margaret Atwood's Madd Adam trilogy

Ursula La Guin

Philip K Dick

ghostinthecanvas Mon 24-Mar-14 14:13:17

Katherine kerr
r a salvatore, Drizzt D'urden series. Dragonlance.
terry brooks shannara series. I really enjoyed the magic Kingdom series. Knight of the word series.

ghostinthecanvas Mon 24-Mar-14 14:15:13

Stephen King The Dark Tower series. Recommended by my brother, he is very hard to please. I shall be trying them too.

scrittrice Tue 25-Mar-14 15:58:43

I love Gail Carriger. I just read a couple of books by Bec McMaster, Kiss of Steel and Heart of Iron, which have a similar sort of feel, although I think they seem more romancey. I really liked The Silvered by Tanya Huff.

I am also loving The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. It starts with Cinder, the story of a cyborg Cinderella. Soooo good, though they are young adult, which isn't everyone's cup of tea. They are my new all-time favorite series.

I'll echo Diana Wynne Jones with a specific suggestion for House of Many Ways. And my oldest favorite books are Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede.

nannynome Tue 25-Mar-14 16:19:22

Ilona Andrews - Kate Daniels series
Rachel Caine - weather Warden series
Mercedes Lackey - Valdemar
Elizabeth Haydon - Symphony of Ages series
Patricia Briggs - Mercedes Thompson series
Michelle Sagara West - Cast series
Piers Anthony - Aspects of Immortality series and Adept series
Anne Bishop - Jewels Series

Totally agree with the Dresden files being great. You could also start on the Dragonlance books, the first 6 were amazing.

tumbletumble Tue 25-Mar-14 17:29:58

Nick Harkaway

Foosyerdoos Tue 25-Mar-14 19:26:35

I would also recommend Neal Stephenson, I've recently read Anathem, it was very good.

I would also recommend Alistair Reynolds.

My absolute favourite sci-fi author is Kim Stanley Robinson. His Mars Trilogy is one of my top 5 (I count it as one book).

BabyJakekissedPeppaPig Tue 25-Mar-14 19:32:43

Frances Hardinge. "Fly By Night" is bloody brilliant. (Quasi-historical Fantasy about a wily orphan who runs away with her pet goose. Just as mad as it sounds, and the descriptives are inspired. There's a sequel which is just as good, and she's written several other things since. Technically I think she's classed as a YA author.)

Donki Tue 25-Mar-14 19:47:06

Lois MacMaster Bujold

Brilliant writer
Vorkosigan books - space opera
Curse of Chalion/Paladin of Souls - superb fantasy
The Sharing Knife series: rather slower, but I enjoyed the characters.

ImAThrillseekerHoney Sat 29-Mar-14 20:46:04

I'd second / third Ben Aaronovitch, Neil Gaiman, Frances Hardinge, and early Tim Powers. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell also v good, but a very dense read so you might need a bit of a run-up. Neil Stephenson is good, but extremely big and dense so not for everyone. Temeraire series was fun but essentially fluff. Charles Stross's Laundry series (Len Deighton writes HP Lovecraft) is highly recommended to anyone who likes Rivers of London - I personally have never got on with his other stuff though.

If you are open to YA novels, I've just finished Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo which was quite good.

About to start All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill.

Teenage lovers of fantasy & post-apocalyptic / dystopian fiction are positively spoilt these days.

BoulevardOfBrokenSleep Sat 29-Mar-14 21:10:51

I have chain-read four cherie priest books recently, they are kind of American civil war steampunk with added zombies, much fun. Think the first is Boneshaker but they are not really sequential, they follow different characters.

Also love gail carriger but have only read two, which are all our library has, trying to avoid buying more books at the minute.

If you find you like neil gaiman, you should have a look at the Sandman series; don't freak out that it is a 'comic', you'll find an amazing fantasy tale. And once you've taken that graphic novel step, you can move on to Preacher grin

Totally second Sandman

Donki Sun 30-Mar-14 08:44:25

Classic Authors of traditional sci fi

Robert Heinlein
Isaac Asimov
Arthur C Clarke
James Bliss
Robert Silverberg
A E Van Vogt
Harry Harrison

Space Opera
E. Doc Smith

Andre Norton
Anne McCaffrey
C J Cherryh
Roger Zelazny
CS Lewis (out of the Silent planet trilogy)

Marion Zimmer Bradley
Michael Moorcock
Fritz Lieber

They should keep you going for several years!

For steampunk, I really enjoy the George Mann series with his detectives Newbury and Hobbes ( The Affinity Bridge is the first one), and also Mark Hodder's novels featuring the 19th century explorer Sir Richard Burton ( The Strange Affair of Spring-heeled Jack is the first one there).

MoominMammasHandbag Fri 04-Apr-14 15:37:30

Joe Abercrombie
Mark Lawrence
Also recently enjoyed the Wool series (can't remember the author).

Thanks for this thread; just been looking for stuff to load up the kindle.

2kidsintow Sun 13-Apr-14 23:12:23

YY to
Ilona Andrews - my FAVOURITE
The Rivers of London
Piers Anthony (although a bit dated now)
Anne McCaffrey dragons. Brilliant.
Also the 'One Damned thing after another' series. First one's a freebie on amazon at the moment. Time travel fantasy. Just fab.

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