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Offline Tomsta

Need some suggestions / recommendations
« on: March 20, 2015, 07:40:03 PM »
Ok so i've never been a big reader (always prefer music and films over books) however iw ant to try and find something that i can stink my teeth into as the saying goes.

Basically i've always had a fascination with the fantasy genre: Magician and Sorcerers especially, can anybody recommend any (fairly short) novels for me to read

The help i will list shows/movies etc. that i like that are to do with fantasy

- BBC Merlin
- Any MMO that has a mage class
- Eragon (the film, even though it was apparently dire compared to the books)
- Greek Mythology mainly Zeus
- God of War games the mythos behind them
- Elder Scrolls to a certain extent, the lroe never really gripped me

I'm a 22 year old male in case that helps in anyway

Sorry for not giving more information as i stated i've never been much of a reader

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Re: Need some suggestions / recommendations
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2015, 08:00:06 PM »
First two things that spring to mind are Ready Player One and The Emperor's Soul, they're both a bit different to the kind of traditional fantasy stuff you've listed, but I think they're the kind of thing that would appeal. RPO is a relatively short novel, and while it's technically sci-fi instead of fantasy, most of it takes place inside a virtual reality with a load of magic and stuff like that. The Emperor's Soul is a really good novella by Brandon Sanderson, always worth a read.

Any particular reason you want shorter novels? A good number of the best fantasy stories are very long, so you'll probably be a bit restricted because of that.
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Re: Need some suggestions / recommendations
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2015, 08:03:48 PM »
First two things that spring to mind are Ready Player One and The Emperor's Soul, they're both a bit different to the kind of traditional fantasy stuff you've listed, but I think they're the kind of thing that would appeal. RPO is a relatively short novel, and while it's technically sci-fi instead of fantasy, most of it takes place inside a virtual reality with a load of magic and stuff like that. The Emperor's Soul is a really good novella by Brandon Sanderson, always worth a read.

Any particular reason you want shorter novels? A good number of the best fantasy stories are very long, so you'll probably be a bit restricted because of that.
I tend to get bored of books rather easily, shorter novels won't take as long to read, but i'm open to longer novekl suggestions

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Re: Need some suggestions / recommendations
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2015, 08:05:21 PM »
Hi, @Tomsta:

I'm aiming for short, fun, TV/movie-friendly. But also with other books in series, so you can sink your teeth in. Here are some thoughts.

If you're okay with young adult (YA) novels (I'm 53 and I'm okay with them), you may want to try Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief.  (Did you see the movies?)

Less YA, The Dresden Files books are a lot of fun. (Did you see the TV show?)

For something more dense, but fascinating and Merlin-focused: The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart.
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Re: Need some suggestions / recommendations
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2015, 08:08:56 PM »
Hi, @Tomsta:

I'm aiming for short, fun, TV/movie-friendly. But also with other books in series, so you can sink your teeth in. Here are some thoughts.

If you're okay with young adult (YA) novels (I'm 53 and I'm okay with them), you may want to try Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief.  (Did you see the movies?)

Less YA, The Dresden Files books are a lot of fun. (Did you see the TV show?)

For something more dense, but fascinating and Merlin-focused: The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart.

Shows how out of touch i am with novel i forget what makes a book YA if you mean it deals with adult themes and has adult language thats fine

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Re: Need some suggestions / recommendations
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2015, 08:10:36 PM »
First two things that spring to mind are Ready Player One and The Emperor's Soul, they're both a bit different to the kind of traditional fantasy stuff you've listed, but I think they're the kind of thing that would appeal. RPO is a relatively short novel, and while it's technically sci-fi instead of fantasy, most of it takes place inside a virtual reality with a load of magic and stuff like that. The Emperor's Soul is a really good novella by Brandon Sanderson, always worth a read.

Any particular reason you want shorter novels? A good number of the best fantasy stories are very long, so you'll probably be a bit restricted because of that.
I tend to get bored of books rather easily, shorter novels won't take as long to read, but i'm open to longer novekl suggestions
Fair enough! In that case you could try reading multiple books at once, a few people around here do that. Or you might just prefer books that are faster paced, in which case the Powder Mage trilogy would be pretty good - I've just finished reading it now, and it's non-stop action through the whole thing.

Something else that could be good is the Old Kingdom trilogy, which is a pretty good YA series (so shorter, faster paced books) with tons of magic and necromancy and stuff. I've always liked them at least :)

(YA = young adult, i.e. target audience between 16 and 25 years old, usually shorter and faster paced than standard novels)
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Re: Need some suggestions / recommendations
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2015, 08:11:09 PM »
First two things that spring to mind are Ready Player One and The Emperor's Soul, they're both a bit different to the kind of traditional fantasy stuff you've listed, but I think they're the kind of thing that would appeal. RPO is a relatively short novel, and while it's technically sci-fi instead of fantasy, most of it takes place inside a virtual reality with a load of magic and stuff like that. The Emperor's Soul is a really good novella by Brandon Sanderson, always worth a read.

Any particular reason you want shorter novels? A good number of the best fantasy stories are very long, so you'll probably be a bit restricted because of that.

The only problem with RPO is that it has a lot of 80s pop culture references that someone born in the 90s may not pick up on.

I would second Jmacyk's Dresden recommendation.

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Re: Need some suggestions / recommendations
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2015, 08:12:36 PM »
First two things that spring to mind are Ready Player One and The Emperor's Soul, they're both a bit different to the kind of traditional fantasy stuff you've listed, but I think they're the kind of thing that would appeal. RPO is a relatively short novel, and while it's technically sci-fi instead of fantasy, most of it takes place inside a virtual reality with a load of magic and stuff like that. The Emperor's Soul is a really good novella by Brandon Sanderson, always worth a read.

Any particular reason you want shorter novels? A good number of the best fantasy stories are very long, so you'll probably be a bit restricted because of that.

The only problem with RPO is that it has a lot of 80s pop culture references that someone born in the 90s may not pick up on.

I would second Jmacyk's Dresden recommendation.
Depends on the person really, I was born in 1988 and I got a load of the references - and it didn't affect how much I was enjoying it when I didn't get some of them :)
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Re: Need some suggestions / recommendations
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2015, 08:13:53 PM »
First two things that spring to mind are Ready Player One and The Emperor's Soul, they're both a bit different to the kind of traditional fantasy stuff you've listed, but I think they're the kind of thing that would appeal. RPO is a relatively short novel, and while it's technically sci-fi instead of fantasy, most of it takes place inside a virtual reality with a load of magic and stuff like that. The Emperor's Soul is a really good novella by Brandon Sanderson, always worth a read.

Any particular reason you want shorter novels? A good number of the best fantasy stories are very long, so you'll probably be a bit restricted because of that.

The only problem with RPO is that it has a lot of 80s pop culture references that someone born in the 90s may not pick up on.

I would second Jmacyk's Dresden recommendation.
I'm actually quite a fan of the 80s generally (mainly 80s music) so i may get the odd referance

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Re: Need some suggestions / recommendations
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2015, 08:14:58 PM »
First two things that spring to mind are Ready Player One and The Emperor's Soul, they're both a bit different to the kind of traditional fantasy stuff you've listed, but I think they're the kind of thing that would appeal. RPO is a relatively short novel, and while it's technically sci-fi instead of fantasy, most of it takes place inside a virtual reality with a load of magic and stuff like that. The Emperor's Soul is a really good novella by Brandon Sanderson, always worth a read.

Any particular reason you want shorter novels? A good number of the best fantasy stories are very long, so you'll probably be a bit restricted because of that.

The only problem with RPO is that it has a lot of 80s pop culture references that someone born in the 90s may not pick up on.

I would second Jmacyk's Dresden recommendation.
I'm actually quite a fan of the 80s generally (mainly 80s music) so i may get the odd referance
It's more films, early computer games, and a bit of other stuff like that. Music references seemed to be much rarer - though that's not my thing so I might have missed it all if there was a lot.  :P
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Re: Need some suggestions / recommendations
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2015, 08:39:07 PM »
Hi, @Tomsta:

I'm aiming for short, fun, TV/movie-friendly. But also with other books in series, so you can sink your teeth in. Here are some thoughts.

If you're okay with young adult (YA) novels (I'm 53 and I'm okay with them), you may want to try Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief.  (Did you see the movies?)

Less YA, The Dresden Files books are a lot of fun. (Did you see the TV show?)

For something more dense, but fascinating and Merlin-focused: The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart.
Dresden Files i've heard off, can't remember from where though

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Re: Need some suggestions / recommendations
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2015, 09:01:06 PM »
Hi, @Tomsta:

I'm aiming for short, fun, TV/movie-friendly. But also with other books in series, so you can sink your teeth in. Here are some thoughts.

If you're okay with young adult (YA) novels (I'm 53 and I'm okay with them), you may want to try Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief.  (Did you see the movies?)

Less YA, The Dresden Files books are a lot of fun. (Did you see the TV show?)

For something more dense, but fascinating and Merlin-focused: The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart.
Dresden Files i've heard off, can't remember from where though
It was a TV show on SyFy channel in the U.S. a few years back.  Not bad, but the books are better.
These are pretty short (250 pages?), quick reads about a modern-day wizard-private eye.
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Re: Need some suggestions / recommendations
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2015, 09:22:51 PM »
Been wracking my brain for a sensible suggestion and come up with (drumroll please...):

The Copper Promise by Jen Williams

It's new. It has really short, punchy chapters (you won't get bored). It has dragons. It has mages. It has Gods and all the mythologies that come with them. It has all the traditional fantasy stuff you love with some great, progressive characters. It's fun.

It's a great starter book that should hopefully click with you!  :)

Hope that helps.
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Re: Need some suggestions / recommendations
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2015, 09:47:17 PM »
I highly recommend books by Steven Brust. Any of them, but especially his Vlad Taltos series. They can be read out of order without causing a lot of confusion, and much of his early work is fairly short, for fantasy.

One thing you might do to help decide which books you'll enjoy is read the sample pages on Amazon. Sometimes you'll get a feel right away if the book isn't to your taste.

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Re: Need some suggestions / recommendations
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2015, 10:07:42 PM »
I highly recommend books by Steven Brust. Any of them, but especially his Vlad Taltos series. They can be read out of order without causing a lot of confusion, and much of his early work is fairly short, for fantasy.

One thing you might do to help decide which books you'll enjoy is read the sample pages on Amazon. Sometimes you'll get a feel right away if the book isn't to your taste.
Good idea (amazon that is)