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Asian Inspired Fantasy Recommendation
« on: April 07, 2021, 11:04:55 AM »
Alright, I knew I was just complaining about Asian inspired fantasy in another thread, but I suddenly wanted to start reading them as well so I'm gonna be asking for recommendations here, hahah.

I've ordered Poppy War and Jade City, but I'm thinking about ordering

1) Songs of Insurrection by J. C. Kang
2) Never Die by Rob J. Hayes
3) Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
4) Sword of Kaigen by M. L. Wang

According to my style of fast-paced action fantasy, which one among these will I be interested in? I'd prefer settings that are more fantasy-ish and not so Asian historically accurate, I had more emphasis on the book being fun.

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Re: Asian Inspired Fantasy Recommendation
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2021, 11:49:01 AM »
I haven't read any of those, but one series that fits in your criteria and is really good is Forbidden List from G.R. Matthews :)
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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2021, 12:30:42 PM »
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Re: Asian Inspired Fantasy Recommendation
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2021, 12:34:36 PM »
Stormdancer, being YA, is definitely fast-paced, and from memory it was quite action-y as well.

Speaking of fast-paced action in an Asian-inspired setting, perhaps Paul Krueger's Steel Crow Saga? It's more sort of superhero-fantasy than sword-and-sorcery, and it's a sort of post-WW2 sort of Asian setting, but it was rollickingly action-ful.

Coming back to also suggest Rin Chupeco's The Bone Witch, though that's slightly less action-y in the first book, more coming-of-age and training for dealing with big damn curses.
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Re: Asian Inspired Fantasy Recommendation
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2021, 01:05:22 PM »
Poppy War is a very good place to start. Hope you enjoy it.

I'll add:
The Dandelion Dynasty by Ken Liu
Legend of the Condor Heroes by Jin Yong (my current read)
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2021, 04:12:21 PM »
Tis a big place Asia and has a lot of very diverse cultures.

@Lady Ty very generously sent me some Pratchett and a Guy Gavriel kay book called Under Heaven which I found an astounding read. It is set in a fictionalized tang era China and while it is recognizable it is definitely fantasy.

The Emperors general by James Webb also comes to mind set in a just liberated and conquered Philippines and just conquered Japan at the end of WWII.

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Re: Asian Inspired Fantasy Recommendation
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2021, 04:16:05 PM »
Oh I forgot, The Long Price quartet series by Daniel Abraham is also asian-inspired.
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Re: Asian Inspired Fantasy Recommendation
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2021, 06:20:50 PM »
I read JC Kang and Kristoff's Stormdancer. They're alright. Not sure I'd rec one higher than the other. Kang feels the most overtly fantasy + Asian rather than Asian with fantasy elements.

Barry Hughart's Bridge of Birds might be a good shout. Find it very funny, very quick moving.

I presume you've read Pratchett's Interesting Times?
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« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2021, 10:33:29 PM »
If you want to go old school you could also look at the Empire trilogy by Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts.
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Re: Asian Inspired Fantasy Recommendation
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2021, 11:23:28 PM »
...a Guy Gavriel kay book called Under Heaven which I found an astounding read. It is set in a fictionalized tang era China and while it is recognizable it is definitely fantasy.
Delighted you read it and hope astounding also meant enjoyable :) There is another set 400 years later called River of Stars but that is still TBR for me.
If I have tweaked an interest in GGK, perhaps try the two books of The Sarantine Mosaic sometime. They are by far my favourite, inspired by Byzantine Empire.
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Re: Asian Inspired Fantasy Recommendation
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2021, 04:34:42 AM »
Thanks guys! It turns out that my usual online bookstore doesn't have most of the books I'd listed above, and that hella sucks. I guess it's due to the nature of some of them being self-published and whatnot. At this point I'm still not sure which aspect of Asian fantasy I actually prefer, so I guess I'm still hopping around randomly at the moment, hahah.

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« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2021, 06:27:28 AM »
Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori is another one.
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Re: Asian Inspired Fantasy Recommendation
« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2021, 06:59:41 AM »
Cradle (Abidan Archieves) by Will Wight.

It's basically Naruto in books. ;D
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« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2021, 07:05:54 AM »
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Delighted you read it and hope astounding also meant enjoyable :) There is another set 400 years later called River of Stars but that is still TBR for me.
If I have tweaked an interest in GGK, perhaps try the two books of The Sarantine Mosaic sometime. They are by far my favourite, inspired by Byzantine Empire.
Missing the cool green of Somerset quite often now, hope the Mendips are still unspoiled. Enjoy them on my behalf please.

I felt Under Heaven exceeded my expectations. It had a strong plot, was exceptionally well written and kept me glued to the page. It was a fantastic read. I shall work my way through all his books in time.

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« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2021, 11:33:29 AM »
Thank you that is a happy memory,  but it looks much smarter than the coffee bar of the 1957 teen scene in Bath. Not old enough for pubs  but we felt so cool to have our coffee bars, which were a new idea then. Very glad it still has the name. That was very thoughtful, much appreciated. Know Cheddar and spent many holidays in Draycott, Easton, Westbury sub Mendip villages on way to Wells. My grandmother came from big  family of Mendip farmers, sheep & dairy, I walked those hills often. And went milking on Wedmore. Beautiful country.
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