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Fantasy Fans, i have run out of Authors... help!

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ASorcererIsAWizardSquared Sun 17-May-15 17:07:12

I have had a scan through the other thread, but its mostly stuff i have already read.. i am a bookwork in need!

My library includes
Katherine Kerr
Mercedes Lackey
Raymond E Feist
David Eddings
David Gemmel
Brent Weeks
Anne McCaffrey
Trudi Canavan
Jenny Wurts
Robin Hobb
Neil Gaiman
Terry Pratchett

I have read some Terry Goodkind and also the Wheel of Time (author escapes me)

I've just bought Brian Sandersons Mistborn Trilogy to try and i do have a Patrick Rothfuss novel somewhere i haven't dipped into yet properly. Game of Thrones doesn't really grip me to be worth trying.

Can anyone suggest anyone else?

I'm not keen on science fiction, space ships bore me.

Is there anyone i've over looked?

OneHandFlapping Sun 17-May-15 17:46:41

Judith Marillier - especially Daughter of the Forest. I also loved the Bridei Chronicles. It's based on Celtic mythology, magical Druids etc. Very enjoyable.

I'll try and think of some others.

CoteDAzur Sun 17-May-15 17:47:33

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.

Science-fiction isn't all about space ships, by the way, and hasn't been since at least the beginning of 1980s.

Takver Sun 17-May-15 18:43:24

I think we probably have quite similar tastes, I love Mercedes Lackey, Anne Mccaffrey, Trudi Canavan et al.

I've just read Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman, which I really enjoyed. I also like the Mortal Instruments series (contemporary urban fantasy) - it's YA, but having said that I suspect these days Mercedes Lackey and Anne McCaffrey would both be marketed as YA.

The Parasol Protectorate is steampunk rather than fantasy, but maybe worth a try. A bit 'harder' - what about Ursula le Guin - on the cusp between fantasy and sci-fi - eg Rocannon's World is very much fantasy.

Takver Sun 17-May-15 18:46:26

Also, have you tried the book map thingy - sometimes a good way to find new authors

Takver Sun 17-May-15 18:47:22

And looking at it reminds me of Roger Zelazney. Assume you've read the Amber books? If not, I suspect you'd like them.

ASorcererIsAWizardSquared Sun 17-May-15 18:51:23

Cote, My brother enjoys sci-fi as well as the sword and sorcery type fiction, we share books quite a bit if one of us finds an author we enjoy - hes loaned me a few different ones from his sci-fi collection, and i just cant get into them, they end up half read and handed back.

I know what i like, and i know i dont like Sci-fi, and its not for want of trying it out!

CoteDAzur Sun 17-May-15 18:54:25

All I'm saying is that sci-fi isn't necessarily about space ships etc. There is a lot of very good sci-fi out there that is about technological advances expected in the next couple of decades - nanotechnology, virtual reality, etc. All here on planet Earth.

You might be judging the genre based on what your brother reads (spaceship stuff).

ASorcererIsAWizardSquared Sun 17-May-15 18:55:56

No Takver, i haven't, i've never even heard of Roger Zelazney smile I've heard of Ursula, but not read any of her stuff.

Keep em coming, but i will go look some of these up!

ASorcererIsAWizardSquared Sun 17-May-15 19:07:56

Thank you Cote, but those kind of things don't interest me either. I live in a world surrounded by that stuff.. i like to go somewhere else with my reading.

NotCitrus Sun 17-May-15 19:10:39

Ursula le Guin - try Left hand of Darkness, the Word for World is Forest, then the Dispossessed for something with a hint of Brave New World.

Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan series.

For humourous fantasy, Witch and Wombat by Carolyn Cushman. It's my go-to comfort reading.

Keep overlooking Terry Brooks (the yet-another-thing of Shanarra...)

Piers Antony has some quite good light reads (Incarnations of Immortality series)

Connie Willis is supposed to be good for non-spaceship SF.

TheWitchwithNoName Sun 17-May-15 19:23:02

Tad Williams - The war of the flowers and his Otherland series are both excellent. As is Barb and J.C Hendree The Noble Dead series (if you don't mind the odd vampire with your elf).

strawberrypenguin Sun 17-May-15 19:27:20

Wool series by Hugh Howey
Temeraire by Naomi Novik - there is a series but they get progressively worse Temeraire the first one is excellent though and you don't need to read the rest to wrap up the story.

Tanaqui Sun 17-May-15 19:31:30

A second for Zelazny, and I would suggest Sarah Monette's Doctrine of Labyrinths series (beginning with Melusine), first 3 are "proper" fantasy, last one has some steampunk notes.

CMOTDibbler Sun 17-May-15 19:32:08

Mark Chadborn might suit you

If you like a bit of crime with your fantasy, the Ben Aaronovitch Rivers of London books are fab, and bizarre in a TP kind of way (ie lots of folklore references, things never explained etc).

Possibly Jasper Ffordde, again depending on what you like about fantasy

neverevernorever Sun 17-May-15 19:36:30

You haven't even started on Diana Wynne Jones, you lucky thing!

No offence meant, but agree that you are being a bit hastily dismissive of SF, and also think you might like some stuff not marketed as genre...Haruki Murakami, for example...

InAndOfMyself Sun 17-May-15 19:39:29

Have you read any Brian Lumley? The Necroscope series follows a main character who speaks to the dead and unfolds into some vampire storylines. Not exactly what you're looking for but maybe a tangent to what you enjoy.

adarkwhisperinthewoodwasheard Sun 17-May-15 19:44:58

I was going to suggest Brandon Sanderson. He's prolific too, so you're not likely to get frustrated waiting for years for him to finish a series GRRM and Patrick Rothfuss might do a Robert Jordan and die before they get round to finishing

There was a trilogy a couple of years back - Prince/King/Emperor of Thorns which was pretty good, though occasionally quite brutal

ASorcererIsAWizardSquared Sun 17-May-15 19:50:28

strawberry, i have read Temeraire, i think i have the first 6 on my kindle, i refused to pay for the last one as it was too expensive for what they are!

I have also read Mark Chadbourne, but only the trilogy about magic coming back into the world.

I can read vampire stuff, but i'm not too keen on it, its a 'nothing else to read' kind of genre for me.

neverever, i'm not dismissive. i'm 34, i have been reading pretty much anything i can get my hands on since i was 4, i think in 30 years i have a good handle on what i do and dont like, and i dont like science-y stuff or space stuff, it bores me.

ASorcererIsAWizardSquared Sun 17-May-15 19:51:17


i have read Prince of Thorns, i was waiting to see if the kindle price on the other two came down ;)

BigSpottyCupofTea Sun 17-May-15 19:52:11

Definitely the Wool Trilogy as PP says.

strawberrypenguin Sun 17-May-15 19:56:41

Wool series by Hugh Howey
Temeraire by Naomi Novik - there is a series but they get progressively worse Temeraire the first one is excellent though and you don't need to read the rest to wrap up the story.

I've just finished working my way through all the existing game of thrones books and they really are very good once you get stuck in.

I've also really enjoyed a teen series by Janet Edwards that starts with Earth Girl. I guess technically it would be scifi but it feels fantasy in its approach (also not a huge traditional space ship scifi fan - in book form anyway!)

RedRosie Sun 17-May-15 19:57:36

Have you read Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel? I thought it was extraordinary, and the most memorable book I've read for years...

strawberrypenguin Sun 17-May-15 19:58:02

Ooh sorry for weird double post it said it hadn't posted the first half and I'd thought of some more so I added to it and hit post again!

TinklyLittleLaugh Sun 17-May-15 19:58:51

Have you tried Joe Abercrombie? Also like Michael J Sullivan, Hugh Howey, Peter V Brett, Anthony Ryan and Faye Kellerman.

Thanks for starting this thread; I need some new authors myself.

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