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Offline Chase

Author recommendations
« on: May 08, 2016, 12:15:21 PM »
I'm sure this isn't the first time this has been asked here, would appreciate any help though.

I mostly read series from the likes of the below authors, discovered these guys a time ago from the forums and articles on this site.

Have jumped back on this site and it's grown significantly from when I was last here (good going) though it's tough to know where to start!

Keen to get people's opinion on what great authors I've missed along the way. Also thought of looking at the top 10ish authors from the annual list of 50 odd as a place to start?

Love reading anything from these guys:
Brandon Sanderson
Joe Abercrombie
Scott Lynch
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Re: Author recommendations
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2016, 12:21:27 PM »
Hi we love giving recommendations, so don't worry :)
And welcome back!

I'd suggest, based on those - they're not all the same style, but I'm sure you'd like to vary too.

Mark Lawrence
Chris Wooding
Jen Williams
Robin Hobb
Brent Weeks
Michael J. Sullivan
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Re: Author recommendations
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2016, 01:47:32 PM »
Thanks ScarletBea! Will look all these up.

Please keep them coming all!

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Re: Author recommendations
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2016, 02:35:24 PM »
A couple of newer options to try

Age of Iron by Angus Watson
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall
Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher
Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne trilogy by Brian Staveley
Black Wolves by Kate Elliot

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Re: Author recommendations
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2016, 04:35:18 PM »
Check out Brian McKlellan. He was one of Sanderson's students, and Promise of Blood is awesome!

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Re: Author recommendations
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2016, 05:00:46 PM »
Dan Wells
According to some,* heroic deaths are admirable things

* Generally those who don't have to do it.Politicians and writers spring to mind

Jonathan Stroud:Ptolmy's Gate

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Re: Author recommendations
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2016, 11:32:40 PM »
Love reading anything from these guys:
Brandon Sanderson
Joe Abercrombie
Scott Lynch

Sanderson:

Brent Weeks: His work is a lot like Sanderson's, but much grittier. Lots of action. Cool magic, especially in his Lightbringer series.

Brian McClellan: As mentioned above, he actually was a student of Sanderson's. His work is also grittier than Sanderson's, but it features the same focus on interesting magic systems and lots of action.

Jim Butcher's Codex Alera: This is one of my favorite series. Full of magic and action and epic stakes. Like Sanderson, Butcher tends to focus on heroic characters.


Abercrombie

Luke Scull: The Grim Company feels a lot like Abercrombie's work in terms of grittiness and the characters, but I actually liked it better because there's more emphasis on magic like you'd get with Sanderson.

Scott Lynch

Rachel Aaron's Eli Monpress series. This is another thief fantasy that I actually liked even better than Lynch's work. It's a little more over the top and just plain fun. There's also quite a bit more magic.

Douglas Hulick's Among Thieves. A different take on the thief fantasy. Lots of action and a more down-to-earth kind of thief.

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Re: Author recommendations
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2016, 03:51:46 PM »
Thanks everyone for the personalised recommendations. Will check all of these out.

Another series mentioned to me a while back was The Kingkiller Chronicles. Thoughts on that also?

Overall I tend to enjoy stories with engrossing settings and deep stories, though don't really get into stories with a massive character base and/or politically driven (for example ASOIAF wasn't for me).

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Re: Author recommendations
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2016, 04:49:03 PM »
And now you know asking what to read here can cost a lot of money.

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Re: Author recommendations
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2016, 05:37:14 PM »
And now you know asking what to read here can cost a lot of money.
Unless he lives in a place with a good library hehe

I went to mine today 'just' to return a book and came back with Sanderson's novellas Legion and Emperor's Soul (the 2 in one book), because so many people talked about them here ;D
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Re: Author recommendations
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2016, 06:24:08 PM »
Places with good libraries....Wot like the past?

I love Libraries but buy sad and neglected books that nobody borrows from them and give them a good home.
I don't even have a library card anymore as while I am not keen on having any pressure to read or not with a timeframe. That said tis a fair point Bea. Fantasy books tend to be mauled in part due to doorstop size books but fantasy readers tend not to be gentle to books so libary copies can be frail. I also like to re-read books and If you got them from the Library thinking I want to read that again and remembering the author/title seem to be mutually exclusive to me.

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Re: Author recommendations
« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2016, 06:37:35 PM »
Oh don't get me wrong, I also buy lots - but my local library is very good for fantasy books, they always get the latest releases (well, many of them, actually), and the books are in good condition.
Many times I've read something from there that I end up buying afterwards :)

I know what you mean about the time frame, but mine gives you 3 weeks and you can renew a couple of times - I've got 'some' self-control and only bring books that I know I'll read within the 3 weeks, 6 max, hehe
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Re: Author recommendations
« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2016, 07:42:28 PM »
Places with good libraries....Wot like the past?

I love Libraries but buy sad and neglected books that nobody borrows from them and give them a good home.
I don't even have a library card anymore as while I am not keen on having any pressure to read or not with a timeframe. That said tis a fair point Bea. Fantasy books tend to be mauled in part due to doorstop size books but fantasy readers tend not to be gentle to books so libary copies can be frail. I also like to re-read books and If you got them from the Library thinking I want to read that again and remembering the author/title seem to be mutually exclusive to me.

For remembering the author/title, you can always use Goodreads or Library Thing.

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Re: Author recommendations
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2016, 07:49:06 PM »
Ahh this is why I will never be a writer badly explained is my forte. I can remember the plotline or a scene and think yup must reread that but more often than not cannot remember the author and title. If its in my bookcase that will trigger the urge to read it again.

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Re: Author recommendations
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2016, 08:11:57 PM »
Thanks everyone for the personalised recommendations. Will check all of these out.

Another series mentioned to me a while back was The Kingkiller Chronicles. Thoughts on that also?
Since everyone avoided your question... :P

Out of Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch, and Joe Abercrombie, Kingkiller is a completely different monster. Some really enjoy it. I like all three of the authors above, but I didn't enjoy Kingkiller. And then there's the opposite. Lots and lots and lots of people enjoy it, so I would definitely give it a try and see if it's for you.