Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Piobaire, Dec 5, 2010.
I was always fond of Terry Brooks' Shannara series, but, that was when I was like 13.
Yeah basically. I might go check out some of these others anyway, though. Thanks guys.
The Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney was great. I read it after finishing a dance with dragons (on someone's recommendation here) and it was great. It was originally published as 5 books but is currently sold as a 2 book version with 1-2 in the first volume and 3-5 in the second (and each volume is probably still shorter than one GoT book). I really enjoyed it a lot and the books were available dirt cheap from amazon's used section.
The Dragonlance Chronicles Trilogy by Weis and Hickman (there is also a 4th book that sort of follows up the trilogy from a later point in time). I've read the full trilogy at least twice when I was younger and while I have fond memories of it, I don't really recall specifics but I think it would still hold strong (amazon reviews of the first book look good). Don't be put off by the fact that it is tied to D&D...if anything I feel that having to live within a set of "rules" prevents the fantasy author from just dreaming up some stupid magical solution when they write themselves into a corner.
I just read a synopsis of this and it sounds great. Thanks.
Matthew W. Stover's series : Heroes die, Blade of Tyshalle, Caine Black knife and as of yet unread by me Caine's law is most of that.
I actually think the sequel they wrote, Dragonlance Legends, is the stronger trilogy, but I don't think I'd put either of them on the same level as A Song of Ice and Fire.
Terry Brooks' Shannara series is decent, but I remember feeling like the plots from each book being very repetitive and formulaic heroes journey. I actually prefer his Magic Kingdom for Sale/Sold series.
How about Ursula K LeGuinn's The wizard of earthsea series?
LOL @ the Dragonlance rec. Not in the same league as Song of Ice and Fire. The Forgotten Realms Drizzt books are 10x as good as Dragonlance, and even those don't hold a candle to ASOIAF. For the most part, everything's black and white, good vs. evil, very simplistic and reliant and fantasy tropes.
sorry to derail the nerdbookathon, my bad.
i just watched episode 3. liked it very much.
i fucking hate cersei, and enjoyed seeing her upset so many times. fucking bitch whore.
tyrions scheme was hilarious.
renly bagheytheon is such a loser, and his boy toy loras is a bitch. lol. his wife is something else tho, yowza. i love how she set renly up.
balon and crew just strike me as a bunch of brooding, selfish idiots. i was bummed out about theon burning the letter, i wonder how their war on the north will play out.
bummer about yoren. also cusrious to see what happens to aray.
im glad i havent read the books and have nothing to compare the show too. tho based on what ive read here, i hope the series is not as drawn out as the books apparently are. that would suck.
Magic Kingdom was WAY better yes, but not exactly high fantasy. Still really funny and highly recommended though.
The Shannara Series (at least the first 3 books, but hey, at least they are all self contained stories) was a bit formulaic starting out, but Wishsong of Shannara was pretty unique.
I always considered the Sword of Shannara to be a better version of LOTR heh.
I think the Kearney series I mentioned does this for the most part. There is magic and there are magic practitioners but many storylines don't touch it at all, just like GoT does have actual dragons and sharper than sharp valyrian steel and rising from the dead northern beings but the storylines we are currently seeing in the show in Kings Landing or the Iron Islands are completely removed from any sort of magic.
Also look at The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson.
Protagonist is a bitter and hate-filled leper who gets transported to another land where he is looked upon as the savior. First thing he does is rape an innocent girl.
I'm not even a big LoTR fan, but that's blasphemy. More accurate to say Shannara series is LoTR-lite. Never been a fan of Terry Brooks except for his Magic Kingdom series, and even that I believe could have been done better by a different author.
LOTR was just *boring* to me
yeah the passages describing the valleys and what not got annoying and i skimmed through those but the whole thing is so damn good
going to see if i can get monarchies of god on kindle
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