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Offline Bahl

Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2013, 05:11:46 AM »
Guy Gavriel Kay deserves more love. I'm pretty sure I haven't read anything as good as his books. Ever. His prose, pacing, voice is just damn perfect to me.
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Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2013, 11:47:23 AM »
I'm not sure Kay is 'under-hyped' - he's a pretty huge name in the field!

Currently reading J.M. McDermott's Dogsland books, which are amazing. He's definitely going on my unexpected & under-hyped list.

Offline Bahl

Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2013, 11:51:03 AM »
I was just blown away by Lions of Al-Rassan. Everybody should read it, it's that good.
Give a man a fire and he's warm for the day. But set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.
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Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2013, 11:59:24 AM »
I've not tried that one... will stick it on the list! I have to admit, Tigana is one of my least favourite fantasies of all time (and that's trying it twice). But then, I really liked the Fionavar Tapestry. So I'm happy to give him another shot.

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Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2013, 04:10:01 PM »
I've not tried that one... will stick it on the list! I have to admit, Tigana is one of my least favourite fantasies of all time (and that's trying it twice). But then, I really liked the Fionavar Tapestry. So I'm happy to give him another shot.

Was there a pornokitsch review of Tigana at all, out of interest? Always love your reviews.

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Offline EricaDakin

Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2013, 07:10:11 PM »

Another one, I am not sure if it qualifies as fantasy though, is Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Weird, even creepy sometimes, but very engaging.

Perfume is awesome. I read it for my German exams, and it's the one book that I actually keep going back to. Probably also one of the few books I've read where the protagonist is a loathsome bastard, but it didn't put me off the book.
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Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2013, 07:29:32 PM »
OK typing this from my droid so bear with me.

Bill the vampire series is just great, lite reading
 Monster Hunter International is just awesome
 Grimnoir Chronicles
 President's Vampire series
Hellequin chronicles

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Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2013, 09:48:51 PM »
I feel like I mention this book all over the place, but Black Feathers by Joseph D'Lacey is one that I hear absolutely nothing about, but I absolutely loved. Someone else needs to go read it. :)
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Offline tenlegdragon

Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #23 on: May 17, 2013, 09:35:48 AM »
Tigana is one of my least favourite fantasies of all time (and that's trying it twice).

That's the one where everyone has forgotten the name of a country right? It lost me a third in. I took six months off and got thrown out about 1/4 way in. WAY WAY overrated if you ask me. I went in with high hopes and it just felt flat. Even if that's the wrong book I'm thinking of, I have bad memories of the word "Tigana" whatever it's about.
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Offline Bahl

Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #24 on: May 17, 2013, 10:09:33 AM »
Contemplating reading Tigana next. You guys aren't filling me with lots of hope.
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Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #25 on: May 17, 2013, 11:36:05 AM »
Contemplating reading Tigana next. You guys aren't filling me with lots of hope.
The naysayers aren't pushing it off my TBR list. I've heard more love for the book than hate and it was from readers whose taste I know runs close in line with mine. You'll never know for sure what you'll think of it until you read it for yourself, so may as well try it. That's my theory anyway :)
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Offline Bahl

Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #26 on: May 17, 2013, 11:38:04 AM »
Don't worry, it's my stance as well. First 10 pages has been good!
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Offline Idlewilder

Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #27 on: May 17, 2013, 11:38:39 AM »
Contemplating reading Tigana next. You guys aren't filling me with lots of hope.
The naysayers aren't pushing it off my TBR list. I've heard more love for the book than hate and it was from readers whose taste I know runs close in line with mine. You'll never know for sure what you'll think of it until you read it for yourself, so may as well try it. That's my theory anyway :)

I agree with Arry. Under Heaven also sounds pretty fantastic.
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Offline Jeni

Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #28 on: May 17, 2013, 12:28:57 PM »
Don't worry, it's my stance as well. First 10 pages has been good!

I knew I was going to love this book when I had tears in my eyes by the end of the prologue. It took me less than 2 days to read and I was not disappointed.  :)

Offline Jaedia

Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #29 on: May 17, 2013, 01:30:25 PM »
I don't think I have much to add to this because I thought Morganville was "lesser known and under-hyped" then find out it's one of the most popular series with teens at the moment so obviously not!

How about Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by G.W. Dahlquist? As a "steampunk" author I don't believe he's under-hyped but amongst fantasy readers I don't hear much about him whatsoever. This was definitely a magnificent read.