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Re: Recommendations for New Epic Fantasy Writers?
« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2011, 05:47:28 PM »
This is heresy to a lot of fantasy fans, but I'm in the minority of us who think that the only thing which could be learned from Wheel of Time is "For the love all you hold dear, DON'T write like Robert Jordan." *Ducks in anticipation of recrimination*

Heh. Agree. But for all my issues with Way of Kings, it is MUCH better than Jordan.

With the slightly older stuff, I'm about 50% through Donaldson's output, but it's been on a hiatus of many years, since there's only so much reprehensible and thoroughly dislikeable protagonist I can bear in one lifetime.

I can't stand the Thomas Convenant stuff. And as much as I like the Gap series, it makes me want to shower in bleach after each chapter. Mordant's Need is actually on the safer end of the spectrum. They've got problems, but they aren't horrible people. Still hard work, but I think they're interesting - for ages, epic fantasy seemed to be all about identity/belonging issues, and Donaldson took it to a really intriguing extreme with this one.

Eddings is... Fun the first time, but starts to feel very cookie cutter after a while.
Yup. Still my comfort read though. But, er, yeah. As a side note, have you read his first book - the 'lit fic' High Hunt? It is by far the best thing he ever wrote.

As for recommending Xanth novels, PK? I would refer the honourable gentleman to this post; for reference, that opinion was still a little ambiguous considering the depth of feeling I have towards Anthony's work.
HA! Ok, sorry. That was a stretch.

Is Rose of the Prophet part of Weis/Hickman's Dragonlance work? I've read some of their Dragonlance stuff and it wasn't my thing, but I remember thoroughly enjoying the Deathgate Cycle.

No, it is a standalone theory in a vaguely Middle Eastern-inspired world. Per usual, good core concept for a world, slightly poopy protagonists (although it earns bonus points for including a gay protagonist - that must've shocked the bejeezus out of some Dragonlance fans). The series isn't going to set the world on fire, but you could do worse for three volumes.

Anyway, all of the above pale in comparison to Thompson or Murakami...