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Offline Schuballybub

On the prowl for some recommendations.
« on: January 19, 2014, 12:16:27 AM »
Hey guys,

As the title suggests I'm looking for some recommendations for a new series to get stuck into.

Currently on the final book of The Night Angel Trilogy. I'm not sure what I'm looking for or what kind of setting I prefer. I've read a mix match of books in past couple of years, ASOI&F, Age of the Five, His Dark Materials, Dark Tower series & The Chronicles of a Necromancer. Intend to read the Black Magicans Guild and the Lightbringer series eventually but not just yet.

I'm pretty much open to anything :)


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Re: On the prowl for some recommendations.
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2014, 01:23:21 AM »
The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie is a pretty safe bet. Start with The Blade Itself.
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Re: On the prowl for some recommendations.
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2014, 08:11:18 AM »
The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie is a pretty safe bet. Start with The Blade Itself.

Thanks, will check it out. I've beem recommended Peter V. Brett by a friend and his books sound interesting.  Can anybody 2nd this recommendation?

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Re: On the prowl for some recommendations.
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2014, 10:10:06 AM »
Based on the other books you said you liked you would probably enjoy his first book at least, The Warded Man. The problem with Brett though is that he has some dodgy views at a sub conscious level regarding women and Islamic culture,  and he probably had enough material for a trilogy but has spinned it out into 5 books. Having said that the books do have a cool concept.

Other recommendations would include Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb (the start of a very good series), The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, The Folding Knife by KJ Parker and The Night Circus by Erin Morgensten.

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Re: On the prowl for some recommendations.
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2014, 06:40:41 PM »
Based on the other books you said you liked you would probably enjoy his first book at least, The Warded Man. The problem with Brett though is that he has some dodgy views at a sub conscious level regarding women and Islamic culture,  and he probably had enough material for a trilogy but has spinned it out into 5 books. Having said that the books do have a cool concept.

Other recommendations would include Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb (the start of a very good series), The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, The Folding Knife by KJ Parker and The Night Circus by Erin Morgensten.

I see, I'll give the first book a try and see how I get along.

I've seen on these forums regarding The Lies of Locke Lamora, all good I might add so I think that my more than likely be my next read.

Thanks again :)

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Re: On the prowl for some recommendations.
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2014, 06:54:20 AM »

I've seen on these forums regarding The Lies of Locke Lamora, all good I might add so I think that my more than likely be my next read.


Lies is good but a bit overrated, imo. I'd checked out all the glowing reviews but when I was finished I was a little disappointed. I didn't like the story at all, but the way he tells it is marvellous. The First Law series is better though, IMO. There's a standalone book The Heroes, by Joe Abercrombie which to me is the best book ever! You can read it before you read the series itself to see how you like it.

Another good series is the Sword of Shadows by JV Jones. It's a bit like ASOIAF with the magical elements a little downplayed and the multiple povs. Good characters. One of my favourites.
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Re: On the prowl for some recommendations.
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2014, 08:17:06 PM »

I've seen on these forums regarding The Lies of Locke Lamora, all good I might add so I think that my more than likely be my next read.


Lies is good but a bit overrated, imo. I'd checked out all the glowing reviews but when I was finished I was a little disappointed. I didn't like the story at all, but the way he tells it is marvellous. The First Law series is better though, IMO. There's a standalone book The Heroes, by Joe Abercrombie which to me is the best book ever! You can read it before you read the series itself to see how you like it.

Another good series is the Sword of Shadows by JV Jones. It's a bit like ASOIAF with the magical elements a little downplayed and the multiple povs. Good characters. One of my favourites.

Thanks for the suggestion.  I'll be sure to check them out. I've read alot of posts regarding Joe Abercromie, he seems to be quite popular.

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Re: On the prowl for some recommendations.
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2014, 10:35:31 PM »
Joe's 3 standalones (Best Served Cold, The Heroes and Red Country) can be read without first reading First Law, however they are set in the same world as the trilogy, do feature some of the same characters and contain some minor spoilers if you want to read the original trilogy. I'm in agreement with tenlegsdragon that The Heroes is Abercrombie's best book, but that's all subjective and ymmv.
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Re: On the prowl for some recommendations.
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2014, 04:39:29 PM »
If you enjoyed Night Angel trilogy, you may want to consider Peter Brett's Demon Cycle (1-3 are already out); there is of course Mark Lawrence and his Broken Empire series; and Michael Sullivan's Riyria Revelations - these are all possible series that you can try out. 

All of them have a lot of action and can be quite entertaining at times. 

You may also want to consider Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicle but be warned we have no idea when book 2 will appear - but besides that it is a rather good read. 

You might also want to give Scott Lynch a try with his Gentleman Bastard series.   

 

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Re: On the prowl for some recommendations.
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2014, 10:51:19 PM »
Thanks for the replies and recommendations  :)

I'm still undecided on what to read next as I draw ever so close to the end of Beyond The Shadows. Its between Lies of Locke Lamora and The First Law...... Hmmmmm

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Re: On the prowl for some recommendations.
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2014, 11:15:45 PM »
Both are excellent.  Hope that helps!
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Re: On the prowl for some recommendations.
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2014, 04:15:44 AM »
Based on the books you mentioned, I think you would like Codex Alera by Jim Butcher.  The first book is somewhat meh, but the world-building is fascinating.  Then comes book 2, and the series takes off.  I was shocked at how much better the second book is compared to the first.  It felt like shifting from first gear in a Honda Civic to fifth in a Ferrari.  The improvement was that vast.  Plus, Codex Alera spans 6 books and the series is complete.
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Re: On the prowl for some recommendations.
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2014, 11:38:06 PM »
Thanks for the replies and recommendations  :)

I'm still undecided on what to read next as I draw ever so close to the end of Beyond The Shadows. Its between Lies of Locke Lamora and The First Law...... Hmmmmm
If this helps, Lies is largely standalone (although the story continues, most issues are resolved and there's no massive cliffhanger), The Blade Itself (first book of The First Law) locks you in for the entire trilogy. They're both excellent and enjoyable reads.
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Re: On the prowl for some recommendations.
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2014, 07:13:39 PM »
I'd say go read Rothfuss. Great series that's only low point is that it's not complete. I'd also second (or third) the Riyria Revelations.

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Re: On the prowl for some recommendations.
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2014, 02:47:42 AM »
Currently on the final book of The Night Angel Trilogy. I'm not sure what I'm looking for or what kind of setting I prefer. I've read a mix match of books in past couple of years, ASOI&F, Age of the Five, His Dark Materials, Dark Tower series & The Chronicles of a Necromancer. Intend to read the Black Magicans Guild and the Lightbringer series eventually but not just yet.

Since you enjoyed Dark Tower, I recommend S. A. Hunt's _The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree_ and _Law of the Wolf_, which are the first two books of his Outlaw King series.
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