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Offline Bender

Re: Most creative and imaginative books of the last 20 years
« Reply #15 on: March 10, 2018, 12:23:20 PM »
Divine Cities Trilogy deserves a mention here. Quite novel and I don't recall having read anything similar.
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Re: Most creative and imaginative books of the last 20 years
« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2018, 08:23:44 PM »
I would not only second Gladstone's The Craft trilogy, but am actively considering creating clone accounts to third, fourth, fifth and sixth it as well.

My second nomination would honestly be for Going Postal (within last twenty years innit), which I'd consider pretty off the wall for a fantasy even today, nevermind when it was published.

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Re: Most creative and imaginative books of the last 20 years
« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2018, 08:56:23 PM »
I'm reading Blackwing by Ed McDonald right now, and I'd say it qualifies.

Offline Dark Squiggle

Re: Most creative and imaginative books of the last 20 years
« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2018, 02:11:15 AM »
Here's my list.
Anything Ted Chiang (short stories, though)
Niel Gaiman (but I wouldn't tell you touch American Gods or Coraline with a ten foot pole).
Harry Turtledove's Between the Rivers.
Keri Hulme's Bone People (only barely fantasy)
Terry Pratchett's enormous Discworld series (A huge amount of variation, more than I've ever seen anywhere else, and has no real order.)

Also anyone who has read and didn't get on with Perdido, I'd urge you to give the second New Crobuzon book, The Scar, a go. Much more traditional in its plot and in many ways a better book (PSS is my personal favourite) but a lot of people give up on Mieville after Perdido, which is a shame.

I probably second this. I've tried to read PSS about three times, and failed every single time, but I have read The Scar. I didn't think it was All That, but I enjoyed it.

i read King Rat, and liked it, but it was too close to Gaiman's Neverwhere and not quite as good. I read The Scar, and while I loved the world and writing, I hated the MC, the ending, and the untrue slur on Isambard Kingdom Brunel (my personal thing, noone else should care.)  Is PSS different enough that I should read it?

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Re: Most creative and imaginative books of the last 20 years
« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2018, 11:13:51 AM »
Can I second third and fourth Going Postal?
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Re: Most creative and imaginative books of the last 20 years
« Reply #20 on: March 14, 2018, 01:07:49 PM »
If I had to pick a book right now, and just the one, I'd be a bit torn, but in the end I would say The Library On Mount Char is my choice. You read that and just can't believe it all fit in someone's head.
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