Go Back   Forums > Community Chatterbox > Blah, blah, blah...
Memberlist Forum Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Search Forums:
Click here to use Advanced Search

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 27-06-2005, 09:50 AM   #1
Home Sweet Abandonia

Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Cambridge, England
Posts: 1,342

Well with vacation finally here I am in need for some good literature to crunch through.
I've been reading science fiction and realistic novels all year long now so I'm looking for a well-written, captivating, fantasy book. I hobbled over to my bookstore only to come face to face with an enormous selection of fantasy books. usually when I find myself in such a situation i pick out a book with a pretty cover and leaf through it... but I realized that is not a very intelligent way to pick a good book.
So I bought Children of Dune (even though I can't stand the cold storyline and it isn't exactly beach-literature) And thus I appeal to you: Please, recommend me a good book.

And to Indignus: before you mention it, I'm not interested in reading 'The Good Earth', got that?
pat b
Stroggy is offline                         Send a private message to Stroggy
Reply With Quote
Old 27-06-2005, 10:07 AM   #2
Hero Gamer
Flop's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Kobenhavn, Denmark
Posts: 422

If you're looking for a well-written, captivating fantasy book, I know just the book(s) for you. It's a series of fantasy books called a song of ice and fire, by George R. R. Martin, and it's the best fantasy I've ever read.

The first book in the series is called A Game of Thrones, so that is where you should start. The books are very well-written and the story is simply amazing. It has some excellent plot twists, and you're never sure what is going to happen next. I highly recommend those books.

Be aware, though, that the series isn't finished. Martin just finished the 4th book, called A Feast For Crows, and three more are planned, although it could easily be more than that (originally, only six books were planned, but the fourth book got so massive that he had to split it in two).

Anyway, if it's good fantasy, you're looking for, this is definitely it. It's the best there is.

Edit: Spoiler-free review
Flop is offline                         Send a private message to Flop
Reply With Quote
Old 27-06-2005, 10:25 AM   #3
Sebatianos's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Ljutomer, Slovenia
Posts: 3,883

Besides the two I recomende in the other post I'd recomend some of these:

Jaroslav Hašek - The Good Soldier Švejk
Umberto Eco - Name of the Rose
Vladimir Bartol - Alamut
Winston Groom - Forest Gump (the book the film was based upon)
Ernest Hemingway - A Ferwell to Arms, For whom the Bell Tolls
Arthur C. Clarke - 2001, 2010, 2061, 3001, Childhood's End, City and the Stars

(not sure if english translations even exist)
Jaroslav Boček - The Case of dr. Karpeta
Stanislav Lem - The Adventures of space pilot Pyke
Frenk Bükvič - The Buss of Fools

Well that's for now... More to follow.
Sebatianos is offline                         Send a private message to Sebatianos
Reply With Quote
Old 27-06-2005, 10:38 AM   #4
Home Sweet Abandonia

Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Shella, Kenya
Posts: 968

What I can whole-heartedly reccomend you is the Shannara series by Terry Brooks. Those books are a good read and there's a bunch of them, I'd advice you to read them all one after the other, this will easily take you the whole summer.

more info here.
TheVoid is offline                         Send a private message to TheVoid
Reply With Quote
Old 27-06-2005, 11:08 AM   #5
A. J. Raffles
10 GOSUB Abandonia
20 GOTO 10

Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Shella, Kenya
Posts: 2,570

I'd recommend Diana Wynne-Jones' Tough Guide to Fantasyland. It plays on all sorts of fantasy and roleplaying clichés; I found it hilarious. If you prefer the more serious stuff, Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb is quite good as well. It's the first part of a trilogy.
A. J. Raffles is offline                         Send a private message to A. J. Raffles
Reply With Quote
Old 27-06-2005, 11:45 AM   #6
Home Sweet Abandonia
Quintopotere's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Turin, Italy
Posts: 1,043

I should reccomend you my book, but it isn't finished...

Anyway the ones by Terry Brooks about Shaannara are good! k:
Quintopotere is offline                         Send a private message to Quintopotere
Reply With Quote
Old 27-06-2005, 11:52 AM   #7
Apocalypse Dude
Super Freak

Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: ,
Posts: 172

The entire discworld series by Terry Pratchett, all books by Robin Hobb.
Apocalypse Dude is offline                         Send a private message to Apocalypse Dude
Reply With Quote
Old 27-06-2005, 11:54 AM   #8
One ring to rule them all...
Frodo's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Posts: 1,493

Hi Stroggy :bye:

I must recommend The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings by Tolkien.
The ULTIMATE story of good versus evil.

Have fun LOL
Please click on the baby dragon eggs to help them grow -

Frodo is offline                         Send a private message to Frodo
Reply With Quote
Old 27-06-2005, 11:56 AM   #9
Game freak

Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: ,
Posts: 110

Micheal Moorcock's Elric of Melniboné ,The History of the Runestaff and The Chronicles of Castle Brass.

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman: Dragonlance Chronicles ("Dragons of Autumn Twilight", "Dragons of Winter Night" and "Dragons of Spring Dawning") and Dragonlance Legends ("Time of the Twins", "War of the Twins" and "Test of the Twins").

Have fun! k:
Zarkumo is offline                         Send a private message to Zarkumo
Reply With Quote
Old 27-06-2005, 12:20 PM   #10
10 GOSUB Abandonia
20 GOTO 10
Rogue's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Afrim, Albania
Posts: 2,113

I'm reading Chainfire by Terry Goodkind. You should read whole Sword of Truth series, if you like fantasy books.

Rest of the books from series are:
P. Debt of Bones
1. Wizard’s First rule
2. Stone of Tears
3. Blood of the Fold
4. Temple of the Winds
5. Soul of the Fire
6. Faith of the Fallen
7. Pillars of Creation
8. Naked Empire
9. Chainfire
Rogue is offline                         Send a private message to Rogue
Reply With Quote

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Books DakaSha Blah, blah, blah... 138 14-11-2005 11:02 AM
Linux Books? Ioncannon Tech Corner 5 30-04-2005 09:30 AM
Books NrmMyth Programming 19 29-03-2005 02:54 AM
Discworld Books JJXB Blah, blah, blah... 20 05-12-2004 12:38 AM

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

The current time is 09:21 AM (GMT)

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.