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Title: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 07, 2019, 09:29:43 PM
Hi all,

I am new in this forum and very much excited to be among you guys. I have been reading fantasy books for a very long time and I think I'm becoming more and more picky lately. That's why I need your help.


There might be others I might have missed but this pretty much sums it all. I love epic fantasies with magic involved. What should I read next?

Thanks everyone
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: Nora on May 07, 2019, 11:53:51 PM
One title recommendation : Kings of The Wyld.

Go in blind, thank me later.
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: cupiscent on May 08, 2019, 01:55:16 AM
How do you feel about Game of Thrones / Song of Ice and Fire? There's a Daniel Abraham (who wrote the Long Price) series that starts with The Dragon's Path that has that same politics / mercantile / action blend as GoT, but packs it into a tight five-book (finished) arc. Now, look, I loved the Long Price Quartet, but I appreciate that it isn't for everyone. This series has a lot more zing, but the same sort of great character and worldbuilding work.

Otherwise, I think our tastes might be largely opposite, so I'm not sure how much help I can be. :) But some evergreen recommendations that I don't see on your list there would include: Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora; Joe Abercrombie; and maybe Anthony Ryan (I was underwhelmed with the Raven's Shadow books, but really enjoyed The Waking Fire, your mileage may of course vary).
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: Peat on May 08, 2019, 03:34:13 AM
What is it that's separated the stuff you've enjoyed from the stuff you were okay with? There's some fairly similar stuff in both columns.
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 08, 2019, 07:15:56 AM
One title recommendation : Kings of The Wyld.

Go in blind, thank me later.

Thanks for the reccomendation, will give it a go :)

But I think this series is not finished yet, is it? How many books will be?
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 08, 2019, 07:34:27 AM
How do you feel about Game of Thrones / Song of Ice and Fire? There's a Daniel Abraham (who wrote the Long Price) series that starts with The Dragon's Path that has that same politics / mercantile / action blend as GoT, but packs it into a tight five-book (finished) arc. Now, look, I loved the Long Price Quartet, but I appreciate that it isn't for everyone. This series has a lot more zing, but the same sort of great character and worldbuilding work.

Otherwise, I think our tastes might be largely opposite, so I'm not sure how much help I can be. :) But some evergreen recommendations that I don't see on your list there would include: Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora; Joe Abercrombie; and maybe Anthony Ryan (I was underwhelmed with the Raven's Shadow books, but really enjoyed The Waking Fire, your mileage may of course vary).

Actually, I didn't read GoT books but watched the series and loved it. I'll check Dragon's Path (the name is very intriguing  :) )

I started Lies couple of days ago but the terminology was hard for me so I had to drop it for the moment. Reading in a foreign language is a challenge in itself and most of the fantasy books are not translated into Turkish :(

BTW, I read Abercrombie's First Law series. I mainly prefer finished series.
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 08, 2019, 07:39:50 AM
What is it that's separated the stuff you've enjoyed from the stuff you were okay with? There's some fairly similar stuff in both columns.

I'm not sure to be honest. Started Grossman's Magicians series with great hopes but that was a total disappointment. Jemisin's Broken Earth was the same.

Started Demon Cycle and Lightbringer with no hope at all, but enjoyed very much. Wish I knew :)
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: ScarletBea on May 08, 2019, 07:59:43 AM
I see you haven't tried Mark Lawrence yet: any of his 3 trilogies are very good, with the last one being quite different from the other 2.

Jen Williams' books are also great. She's got a full trilogy out (starting with "The copper promise"), and the last book of the second trilogy is out next week.

Robin Hobb is also super - start with "The royal assassin" and enjoy the 16 books' ride, hehe

(and welcome, by the way!
Tell us stuff about you, here, or in the Introductions section :) )
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 08, 2019, 08:05:48 AM
I see you haven't tried Mark Lawrence yet: any of his 3 trilogies are very good, with the last one being quite different from the other 2.

Jen Williams' books are also great. She's got a full trilogy out (starting with "The copper promise"), and the last book of the second trilogy is out next week.

Robin Hobb is also super - start with "The royal assassin" and enjoy the 16 books' ride, hehe

I recently added Broken Empire Books to my ebook reader but did not start it yet. I also read Robin Hobb :)
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: Elfy on May 08, 2019, 08:06:12 AM
One title recommendation : Kings of The Wyld.

Go in blind, thank me later.

Thanks for the reccomendation, will give it a go :)

But I think this series is not finished yet, is it? How many books will be?
There’s a sequel to Kings of the Wyld, Bloody Rose, it’s also really good. It’s a duology, so once you’ve read the 2 you’re done. Quite refreshing really. You could go old school and give Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow and Thorn a go.
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 08, 2019, 08:13:59 AM
(and welcome, by the way!
Tell us stuff about you, here, or in the Introductions section :) )

Thanks! I looked for introduction pages but could not find.

I am Ismet from Ankara, Turkey. 38 years old, computer engineer. Married, 2 kids (twins) :)

I love fantasy books because I always dream that I'm not reading a book but living a life. That's why I prefer magic books mainly :)

Anything specific I should tell about myself?



Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 08, 2019, 08:16:54 AM
There’s a sequel to Kings of the Wyld, Bloody Rose, it’s also really good. It’s a duology, so once you’ve read the 2 you’re done. Quite refreshing really. You could go old school and give Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow and Thorn a go.

Isn't there a 3rd book on the way? Saw it on goodreads.
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: CameronJohnston on May 08, 2019, 09:35:08 AM
Kings of the Wyld and Bloody Rose work as complete standalone books so don't worry there. I would also recommend The Divine Cities series by Robert Jackson Bennett, The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams (series will be complete in about a week from now) and Blackwing by Ed McDonald.
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: Elfy on May 08, 2019, 11:20:40 AM
There’s a sequel to Kings of the Wyld, Bloody Rose, it’s also really good. It’s a duology, so once you’ve read the 2 you’re done. Quite refreshing really. You could go old school and give Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow and Thorn a go.

Isn't there a 3rd book on the way? Saw it on goodreads.
He signed for 3 books, but gave strong indications that story and the characters are done. May set something else in the same world, but I’d personally like to see what else he can do.
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: Bender on May 08, 2019, 11:34:35 AM
Stormlight Archives
Kingkiller Chronicles
The Magician (Raymond Feist)
Black Company
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 08, 2019, 01:38:03 PM
Kings of the Wyld and Bloody Rose work as complete standalone books so don't worry there. I would also recommend The Divine Cities series by Robert Jackson Bennett, The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams (series will be complete in about a week from now) and Blackwing by Ed McDonald.

Thanks! I added Kings of the Wyld to my Kobo. Just saw your books, I never ever talked to a writer before :) How many books do you plan? I want to read it when you finish the series :)
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 08, 2019, 01:42:25 PM
Stormlight Archives
Kingkiller Chronicles
The Magician (Raymond Feist)
Black Company

I'm waiting for Stormlight and Kingkiller to finish, I do hate reading unfinished books :)

I already have Magician and Black Company. Which one is better?
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: Peat on May 08, 2019, 02:14:11 PM
Stormlight Archives
Kingkiller Chronicles
The Magician (Raymond Feist)
Black Company

I'm waiting for Stormlight and Kingkiller to finish, I do hate reading unfinished books :)

I already have Magician and Black Company. Which one is better?

That one would be very much a matter of taste. Magician feels like a very big, very traditional fantasy adventure. Magicians and dragons and elves and everything. I was going to recommend it.

The Black Company feels a bit atypical. Its all about a mercenary company, the fantasy elements feel different, and the writing style is pretty stark.

If you're looking for something a bit different, I'd read Black Company first.
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: Nora on May 08, 2019, 02:18:08 PM
One title recommendation : Kings of The Wyld.

Go in blind, thank me later.

Thanks for the reccomendation, will give it a go :)

But I think this series is not finished yet, is it? How many books will be?
There’s a sequel to Kings of the Wyld, Bloody Rose, it’s also really good. It’s a duology, so once you’ve read the 2 you’re done. Quite refreshing really. You could go old school and give Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow and Thorn a go.

Actually, no, Eames is writing the 3rd one. But they all stand alone fairly well, though you'd have to read Kings of the Wyld to understand what's going on in Bloody Rose.
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 08, 2019, 02:20:59 PM
That one would be very much a matter of taste. Magician feels like a very big, very traditional fantasy adventure. Magicians and dragons and elves and everything. I was going to recommend it.

The Black Company feels a bit atypical. Its all about a mercenary company, the fantasy elements feel different, and the writing style is pretty stark.

If you're looking for something a bit different, I'd read Black Company first.

Thanks Peat, I love Dragons, and magic, and swords. :) Black company is in my list since I heard that Erikson was influenced by it. (Malazan is my all time favorite series).

I do not mind a series to be traditional. For example, Sword of Shannara was a bit like a "child story" and I think I missed the ages that I could enjoy the books. It might be me but I think it was lacking some complexity (not sure of the correct word).

I hate quit reading a book so I became very picky lately :)
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: Nora on May 08, 2019, 02:21:17 PM
Stormlight Archives
Kingkiller Chronicles
The Magician (Raymond Feist)
Black Company

I'm waiting for Stormlight and Kingkiller to finish, I do hate reading unfinished books :)

I already have Magician and Black Company. Which one is better?

Ermm... I think you really shouldn't wait for storm light to finish... Not only because its genius, but also because Sanderson keeps a very tidy schedule and this is going to be a 10 books mammoth series that he plans on finishing in a decade if we're all lucky, so if I were you I'd dive in anyway.
I understand not wanting to commit to unfinished works, but Sanderson is the one reliable guy in that respect.
He will finish it.
Not like Rothfuss and Martin. And so he needs our love and support!
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 08, 2019, 02:27:03 PM
Stormlight Archives
Kingkiller Chronicles
The Magician (Raymond Feist)
Black Company

I'm waiting for Stormlight and Kingkiller to finish, I do hate reading unfinished books :)

I already have Magician and Black Company. Which one is better?

Ermm... I think you really shouldn't wait for storm light to finish... Not only because its genius, but also because Sanderson keeps a very tidy schedule and this is going to be a 10 books mammoth series that he plans on finishing in a decade if we're all lucky, so if I were you I'd dive in anyway.
I understand not wanting to commit to unfinished works, but Sanderson is the one reliable guy in that respect.
He will finish it.
Not like Rothfuss and Martin. And so he needs our love and support!

It is not that I'm afraid of Brandon not finishing the books but it is that I hate waiting for a book that I love. I waited for 8 years to start watching Game of Thrones so that I don't need to wait :) (Weird sentence: waiting for not waiting :) )

When I started Lightbringer, I thought the series is finished. It was not until I read 3rd book that I realized that the 5th book was not published yet. I was very, I mean very, frustrated with myself. I quit reading 4th book and now I'm waiting eagerly for October :)

BTW, I read Sanderson's Wheel of Time and Mistborn books and I appreciate him very much.
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: CameronJohnston on May 08, 2019, 02:46:28 PM
Thanks! I added Kings of the Wyld to my Kobo. Just saw your books, I never ever talked to a writer before :) How many books do you plan? I want to read it when you finish the series :)

Well hello hello there! There are a few of us on here, including a few names way more recognisable than mine :) If you like some fun science fiction as well as fantasy then @tebakutis frequents these forums a lot too.
I'm being a little unusual in that this series is a duology, so the second and final book is coming out this June. After that it will be something entirely new.
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 08, 2019, 03:14:49 PM
Thanks! I added Kings of the Wyld to my Kobo. Just saw your books, I never ever talked to a writer before :) How many books do you plan? I want to read it when you finish the series :)

Well hello hello there! There are a few of us on here, including a few names way more recognisable than mine :) If you like some fun science fiction as well as fantasy then @tebakutis frequents these forums a lot too.
I'm being a little unusual in that this series is a duology, so the second and final book is coming out this June. After that it will be something entirely new.

I just read a post about writers in the forum. Some members are reading your books as well. Let me finish my TBR list and I promise to read your book  8)

What do you mean by entirely new? No dragons, no magic, no superpowers, no giants, no elves? Or maybe all of them will be in the series? :)
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: CameronJohnston on May 08, 2019, 03:40:20 PM
Ahah, no, I mean a new book unrrelated to the current two.
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 08, 2019, 04:57:54 PM
After reading your suggestions and searching around the Internet, I have collected following books:


Now, the main question is: Which one should I read first and which ones should I not bother with? :) Maybe I should create a poll. Can I create a poll?
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: Nora on May 08, 2019, 05:21:02 PM
Kings of the wyld first, because it is a standalone that just so happens to have a second book. And that second book stands alone too.

It's hilarious and refreshing because it embraces and pisses on all the tropes in turn. Of all the books you have it'll take you the least time.
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: ScarletBea on May 08, 2019, 06:33:25 PM
From your list I'd choose


(the ones I've read)

Quote
Can I create a poll?
Sure! Just click on "New poll" on the main page, it's next to "new topic" :)
(we love polls!)
Just don't say we only have one vote, I'd find it hard to choose from all the above, hehe
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: Bender on May 08, 2019, 10:02:52 PM
I just bought Kings of the Wyld now.  8)
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: tebakutis on May 08, 2019, 11:18:25 PM
After reading your suggestions and searching around the Internet, I have collected following books:
  • Sword of Shannara (Terry Brooks)

If you're going to start into the Shannara fantasy books (Brooks' Word and Void series, which is urban fantasy, is also great) I'd recommend staring with The Elfstones of Shannara (Brooks' second book) over Sword.

The first three Shannara books all stand alone, but I think Elfstones is the superior book of the two, as Sword is commonly represented as a beat-for-beat recreation of Lord of the Rings. While I love Terry Brooks' work (especially his more recent stuff) I definitely feel like Elfstones is a better book to start with - and most writers improve after their debut.

So if you start with Elfstones, you can always go back and read Sword later if you like it.
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: Peat on May 09, 2019, 01:56:29 AM
That one would be very much a matter of taste. Magician feels like a very big, very traditional fantasy adventure. Magicians and dragons and elves and everything. I was going to recommend it.

The Black Company feels a bit atypical. Its all about a mercenary company, the fantasy elements feel different, and the writing style is pretty stark.

If you're looking for something a bit different, I'd read Black Company first.

Thanks Peat, I love Dragons, and magic, and swords. :) Black company is in my list since I heard that Erikson was influenced by it. (Malazan is my all time favorite series).

I do not mind a series to be traditional. For example, Sword of Shannara was a bit like a "child story" and I think I missed the ages that I could enjoy the books. It might be me but I think it was lacking some complexity (not sure of the correct word).

I hate quit reading a book so I became very picky lately :)

I can very much understand where you're coming from. And in this scenario, I'd recommend reading The Black Company first. I love Magician, but it does have something of a YA-vibe. Not as bad as SoS, and its roughly on the same level as Eddings, but the something different might help.

Other than that, His Dark Materials is a personal favourite (aimed at teenagers, but not short on complexity) and The Band seems to hit a lot of the same notes you mentioned.

Other books/series you might want to investigate -

Daggerspell (book 1 of the Deverry Cycle) by Katherine Kerr - its very much in the 80s/90s tradition of a lot of the books you like, but with a big Celtic vibe and a very grandiose plot due to reincarnation. This is a completed series (well, group of mini-series, first one is 4 books and the whole lot is 20 odd books in total)

Age of Assassins (book 1 of the Wounded Kingdoms) by RJ Barker - It reminds me a lot of the classic Epic Fantasies I grew up on with a modern touch and cynicism. Particularly recommended if you like getting some Detective fiction on your fantasy. Its book 1 of a completed trilogy.

Furies of Calderon (book 1 of the Codex Alera) by Jim Butcher - It's a big fun Epic Fantasy series with a lot of fresh takes on the genre classics (it combines the idea of Roman Legions and Pokemon in a good way). Book 1 of a... 6 book? 7 book? I think 6 book series. And completed!


How do you feel about standalone fantasy books?

Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 09, 2019, 09:10:57 AM
Kings of the wyld first, because it is a standalone that just so happens to have a second book. And that second book stands alone too.

It's hilarious and refreshing because it embraces and pisses on all the tropes in turn. Of all the books you have it'll take you the least time.

Started it to taste it a little. This is all Heroes Might and Magic game and I LOVE HEROES :) Started brilliant, I hope it keeps the pace. Thanks for the suggestion (you told me to thank you later :) )
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 09, 2019, 09:12:15 AM
From your list I'd choose

  • Night Angel (Brent Weeks)
  • The Broken Empire (Mark Lawrence)
  • His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman)
  • Riyria Revelations (Michael Sullivan)
  • Copper Promise (Jen Williams)

(the ones I've read)

Quote
Can I create a poll?
Sure! Just click on "New poll" on the main page, it's next to "new topic" :)
(we love polls!)
Just don't say we only have one vote, I'd find it hard to choose from all the above, hehe

Thanks!

Let's start a poll and see how it results :)
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 09, 2019, 09:12:47 AM
I just bought Kings of the Wyld now.  8)

I started it too, hope you like it as much as I do :)
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 09, 2019, 09:15:42 AM
After reading your suggestions and searching around the Internet, I have collected following books:
  • Sword of Shannara (Terry Brooks)

If you're going to start into the Shannara fantasy books (Brooks' Word and Void series, which is urban fantasy, is also great) I'd recommend staring with The Elfstones of Shannara (Brooks' second book) over Sword.

The first three Shannara books all stand alone, but I think Elfstones is the superior book of the two, as Sword is commonly represented as a beat-for-beat recreation of Lord of the Rings. While I love Terry Brooks' work (especially his more recent stuff) I definitely feel like Elfstones is a better book to start with - and most writers improve after their debut.

So if you start with Elfstones, you can always go back and read Sword later if you like it.

That's great advice, thank you. I have all 3 books, started the first one but it was a bit childish and I also read about all those critics about the first book of being a copycat of LoTR (some argued it has more essence though).

I'll give it a second chance per your advice. Thanks again :)
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 09, 2019, 09:23:51 AM
That one would be very much a matter of taste. Magician feels like a very big, very traditional fantasy adventure. Magicians and dragons and elves and everything. I was going to recommend it.

The Black Company feels a bit atypical. Its all about a mercenary company, the fantasy elements feel different, and the writing style is pretty stark.

If you're looking for something a bit different, I'd read Black Company first.

Thanks Peat, I love Dragons, and magic, and swords. :) Black company is in my list since I heard that Erikson was influenced by it. (Malazan is my all time favorite series).

I do not mind a series to be traditional. For example, Sword of Shannara was a bit like a "child story" and I think I missed the ages that I could enjoy the books. It might be me but I think it was lacking some complexity (not sure of the correct word).

I hate quit reading a book so I became very picky lately :)

I can very much understand where you're coming from. And in this scenario, I'd recommend reading The Black Company first. I love Magician, but it does have something of a YA-vibe. Not as bad as SoS, and its roughly on the same level as Eddings, but the something different might help.

Other than that, His Dark Materials is a personal favourite (aimed at teenagers, but not short on complexity) and The Band seems to hit a lot of the same notes you mentioned.

Other books/series you might want to investigate -

Daggerspell (book 1 of the Deverry Cycle) by Katherine Kerr - its very much in the 80s/90s tradition of a lot of the books you like, but with a big Celtic vibe and a very grandiose plot due to reincarnation. This is a completed series (well, group of mini-series, first one is 4 books and the whole lot is 20 odd books in total)

Age of Assassins (book 1 of the Wounded Kingdoms) by RJ Barker - It reminds me a lot of the classic Epic Fantasies I grew up on with a modern touch and cynicism. Particularly recommended if you like getting some Detective fiction on your fantasy. Its book 1 of a completed trilogy.

Furies of Calderon (book 1 of the Codex Alera) by Jim Butcher - It's a big fun Epic Fantasy series with a lot of fresh takes on the genre classics (it combines the idea of Roman Legions and Pokemon in a good way). Book 1 of a... 6 book? 7 book? I think 6 book series. And completed!


How do you feel about standalone fantasy books?

I love Eddings! I mean, I LOVE Eddings :) (though I felt like he started repeating himself in his later books).

I just started The Band and it was very fluent. Will try Magician after that.

The thing is, after reading some recommended books and finding them not-for-me, I was a little bit despaired. I started to think, "is this all I can read, will I not feel pumped up again?". I don't know if this sounds silly but this was how I felt. I had headaches, stopped reading for a while. But now I feel well again, thanks to you all :)

For standalone books, I never tried standalones in fantasy. I heard about Goblin King, I have it too but did not try. I am not prejudiced, but never tried. (Read several world classics, tho)
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: Nora on May 09, 2019, 09:43:27 AM
There is plenty out there. The fact you don't read standalone is already and great limitation, but even in series, don't worry, there is way more out there than we can ever recommend you, you'll never really run out of things to read.

Mind you, opening up to Sci-fi and weird fiction can also broaden your horizons, give you more to chose from.
Like you said, it's all about trying. You have time, just give a shot to new things.

As for Kings of the wyld, don't worry, the pace stays in high gear and things just get wilder (hehe). I was riveted and in hysterics from start to finish.
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: Bender on May 09, 2019, 11:45:23 AM
For standalone books, I never tried standalones in fantasy. I heard about Goblin King, I have it too but did not try. I am not prejudiced, but never tried. (Read several world classics, tho)

Prejudiced against Goblins?  :o
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 09, 2019, 11:48:29 AM
For standalone books, I never tried standalones in fantasy. I heard about Goblin King, I have it too but did not try. I am not prejudiced, but never tried. (Read several world classics, tho)

Prejudiced against Goblins?  :o

Nope, I meant  I am NOT prejudiced to standalone books. I heard about Goblins, collected it but did not have a chance to start reading.
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: Bender on May 09, 2019, 11:51:57 AM
David Gemmel is always a classic. Druss, Jon Shannow and Skilgannon books are awesome. Jon Shannow, especially.

Someone mentioned Divine Cities. Seconded. Awesome series.

And sice you liked Malazan, have you finished the prequel trilogies? PotA and Kharkanas?
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: Peat on May 09, 2019, 12:33:04 PM

I love Eddings! I mean, I LOVE Eddings :) (though I felt like he started repeating himself in his later books).

I just started The Band and it was very fluent. Will try Magician after that.

The thing is, after reading some recommended books and finding them not-for-me, I was a little bit despaired. I started to think, "is this all I can read, will I not feel pumped up again?". I don't know if this sounds silly but this was how I felt. I had headaches, stopped reading for a while. But now I feel well again, thanks to you all :)

For standalone books, I never tried standalones in fantasy. I heard about Goblin King, I have it too but did not try. I am not prejudiced, but never tried. (Read several world classics, tho)

Hah! Yes. I lost interest in Eddings after one too many repetitions, but very much enjoyed his work before then.

In any case - you'll always have streaks where the books you pick up on recommendations don't satisfy. Even when you know your preferences very well. But there's definitely enough books you'll love out there to get you going again.

On standalones - that adds a lot of good possibilities to the pot, such as Guy Gavriel Kay's Tigana and also a number of series that are more related standalones than actual series, such as David Gemmell's Drenai and Rigante series, and Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence.
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 10, 2019, 04:34:06 PM
Has anyone whatched Shannara Chronicles TV adaptation? I think it starts with second book (Elfstones) just like @tebakutis told me :) Any thoughts about the show? Is it waste of time or fun to watch? Maybe I can watch the show instead of reading the books :)
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: tebakutis on May 10, 2019, 11:39:01 PM
Has anyone whatched Shannara Chronicles TV adaptation? I think it starts with second book (Elfstones) just like @tebakutis told me :) Any thoughts about the show? Is it waste of time or fun to watch? Maybe I can watch the show instead of reading the books :)

Ha! I would suggest skipping the TV show entirely. It was goofy, cheesy, took the coolest elements of the books and made them ridiculous, and will basically spoil all the cool things.

Don't watch the TV show :P
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: Elfy on May 11, 2019, 04:14:09 AM
Has anyone whatched Shannara Chronicles TV adaptation? I think it starts with second book (Elfstones) just like @tebakutis told me :) Any thoughts about the show? Is it waste of time or fun to watch? Maybe I can watch the show instead of reading the books :)

Ha! I would suggest skipping the TV show entirely. It was goofy, cheesy, took the coolest elements of the books and made them ridiculous, and will basically spoil all the cool things.

Don't watch the TV show :P
I’ll agree with @tebakutis about the Shannara show. Awful. Not even Manu Bennet and John Rhys Davies could redeem it.
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: Alex Hormann on May 11, 2019, 04:36:30 PM
Has anyone whatched Shannara Chronicles TV adaptation? I think it starts with second book (Elfstones) just like @tebakutis told me :) Any thoughts about the show? Is it waste of time or fun to watch? Maybe I can watch the show instead of reading the books :)

Ha! I would suggest skipping the TV show entirely. It was goofy, cheesy, took the coolest elements of the books and made them ridiculous, and will basically spoil all the cool things.

Don't watch the TV show :P
I’ll agree with @tebakutis about the Shannara show. Awful. Not even Manu Bennet and John Rhys Davies could redeem it.

I really enjoyed the tv series. It did start of pretty cheesy, but the second season was so much darker. I think it's different enough to the books that you could watch it as a separate entity. That's how I treated it.
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: isos81 on May 13, 2019, 07:30:08 AM
Thanks @tebakutis and @Elfy, many adaptations are killing the key aspects of the books. I felt like this watching Harry Potter. I was like "stop this right now" while watching the movies :)

Thanks @Alex Hormann for the suggestion. I'll read the books first and then may give it a go if I have free time to waste :)
Title: Re: Series Suggestion
Post by: Elfy on May 13, 2019, 07:39:28 AM
Thanks @tebakutis and @Elfy, many adaptations are killing the key aspects of the books. I felt like this watching Harry Potter. I was like "stop this right now" while watching the movies :)

Thanks @Alex Hormann for the suggestion. I'll read the books first and then may give it a go if I have free time to waste :)
I can often divorce the book from the show and do it that way, but so many aspects of Shannara were bad (writing, acting) that I couldn’t even do that. As always the NZ scenery was great, though.