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Favourite Subgenre Author Redux
« on: October 21, 2017, 10:47:33 AM »
It's probably too hard to pin down your favorite author of all, so I'm curious what your favorite author for a specific sub genre is. It doesn’t need to be exact .


List your favourite three Subgenre books and one which didn't work for you! you don't need to full them all in.

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Epic Fantasy

Fairy Tales

Heroic Fantasy

High Fantasy

Historic Fantasy

Horror

Low Fantasy

Military Fantasy

Mythology

New Weird

Romance

Sci-Fi

Steampunk

Time Travel

Urban Fantasy

Western

Young Adult

« Last Edit: October 22, 2017, 09:21:56 PM by Eclipse »
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Re: Favourite Subgenre Author Redux
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2017, 01:21:46 PM »
*Shudders*

Eclipse's threadomancing powers are growing by the hour. Now he's not just reviving old topics, he's quoting old posts!

He forgot Grimdark/Dark Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, etc...

Also, some subs overlap (ie LoTR or even Mistborn can be Epic, Heroic, High...). Others I have no idea where they go (Scott Lynch?).
Anyway, I forgot someone, here's my list, with authors I have read more than one book or series, as just one volume can be very deceptive for "best of something".


Epic Fantasy - GRRM, Brandon Sanderson, Jen Williams

Grimdark - Mark Lawrence, Joe Abercrombie, Michael R. Fletcher

Heroic Fantasy - Robert Howard

Historic Fantasy - Bernard Cornwell

Horror - Thomas Harris, H.P. Lovecraft

Low Fantasy - K.J. Parker, Scott Lynch (?)

Military Fantasy - Glen Cook

Sci-Fi - Arthur C. Clarke

Young Adult - Pierce Brown
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Re: Favourite Subgenre Author Redux
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2017, 04:29:59 PM »
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Burton & Swinburne Series by Mark Hodder
The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox Series by Barry Hughart

Epic Fantasy

Wars of Light and Shadow Series by Janny Wurts
The Shadow Campaigns Series by Django Wexler
The Kingkiller Chronicle Series by Patrick Rothfuss

Grimdark

Low Town by Daniel Polansky

Horror

John Cleaver Series by Dan Wells
Fellsideby M.R. Carey
The Hollow City by Dan Wells

Low Fantasy

The Folding Knife by K.J. Parker


Military Fantasy

The Chronicles of the Black Company Series by Glen Cook

New Weird

Legends of the Red Sun by Mark Charan Newton

Romance

Brother’s Ruin (Industrial Magic #1) by Emma Newman
Paradox Series by Rachel Bach

Sci-Fi

Mindspace Investigations Series by Alex Hughes
Unforgettable by Eric James Stone

Urban Fantasy


Apocrypha: The Dying World Series by Barbara Webb
Garret Files by Glen Cook
Thraxas Series by Martin Scott

Young Adult

Bartimaeus Sequence Series by  Jonathan Stroud
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Re: Favourite Subgenre Author Redux
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2017, 12:06:46 AM »
I am still and probably always will be confused about the fine distinction between epic/heroic/high fantasy, but otherwise, I think this is a great way of breaking up faves. Some of mine...

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Do the entire works of Guy Gavriel Kay fit in here? :)
Mary Robinette Kowal's "Glamourist Histories"
Aidan Harte's Wave trilogy, which has variable quality but amazing alternative worldbuilding

Epic (etc) fantasy
Seth Dickinson's The Traitor (Baru Cormorant)
Daniel Abraham's "The Dagger and the Coin" series
Robert Jackson Bennett's "Divine Cities" trilogy
but not: Bradley P Beaulieu. I always love the sounds of his worlds, but I've tried two different series and bounced off hard every time; his style just doesn't world for me.

Low Fantasy
KJ Parker
Scott Lynch
Daniel Polansky's Low Town

New Weird
Mostly I find this subgenre eye-rolling, but it's probably the sensible place to classify Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence, which is amazing.

Urban
Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant books
Kate Griffin's Matthew Swift books
Holly Black's Curseworkers trilogy (also YA)

YA
Megan Whalen Turner's "The Queen's Thief" series
Joe Abercrombie's "Shattered Sea" trilogy
Laini Taylor's Strange the Dreamer (only just read this, but so shiny)
but not: the work of Sarah J Maas (Throne of Glass / Court of Thorns and Roses). Though hugely popular, I find her work everything "bad" about YA: superficial, glib, overconcerned with personal relationships and costuming at the expense of story development.

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Re: Favourite Subgenre Author Redux
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2017, 01:20:13 AM »
I’m in awe that you remember your favorites. I think I have a form of reading senescence. I love what I read, mostly, and then lose track.

Hmmm. I’ll put some down now, then edit and add tomorrow.

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Bernard Cromwell’s early England series
Michael Chabon’s “Yiddish Policemen”s Union” and “Gentlemen of the Road”

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Re: Favourite Subgenre Author Redux
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2017, 02:06:35 AM »
I’m in awe that you remember your favorites. I think I have a form of reading senescence. I love what I read, mostly, and then lose track.

I'd love to say I'm brilliant, but this is literally why I signed up to Goodreads: so I could keep track of what I loved and what I hated. I just checked my appropriate shelves. :)

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Re: Favourite Subgenre Author Redux
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2017, 11:14:56 AM »
I'm like Jmack, so I'll look at my LibraryThing lists ;)
And to be honest, I'm not sure where several of those series fit...  ???

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Thursday Next, Jasper Fforde

Epic/High Fantasy
Liveship traders (and then all the other series), Robin Hobb
The faithful and the fallen, John Gwynne
Lightbringer, Brent Weeks
Copper promise, Jen Williams
Long Price quartet, Daniel Abraham

Grimdark Fantasy
Broken Empire, Mark Lawrence

Low Fantasy
Broken Earth, N.K.Jemisin
Tales of the Ketty Jay, Chris Wooding

Historic Fantasy
Lady Trent's Memoirs, Marie Brennan
Night's Masque, Anne Lyle

Steampunk
The glass book of the dream eaters, G.W. Dahlquist
Burton & Swinburne, Mark Hodder
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Re: Favourite Subgenre Author Redux
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2017, 01:39:22 PM »
I’m in awe that you remember your favorites. I think I have a form of reading senescence. I love what I read, mostly, and then lose track.

Hmmm. I’ll put some down now, then edit and add tomorrow.


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Bernard Cromwell’s early England series
Michael Chabon’s “Yiddish Policemen”s Union” and “Gentlemen of the Road”

Grimdark
Abercrombie’s “The Heroes”
Lawrence’s Broken Empire

Epic, etc.
“LOTR”
Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain (YA)
William’s Shadowrise series... or Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn (both scratched my Epic itch, both had flaws)
Donaldson’s first Thomas Covenant trilogy
A Song of Ice and Fire... or it was through book 3, and maybe through book 4. I own book 5 and can’t bring myself to start it. (Blame the show for making it so easy to not read book 5  ;D)

Low
If “Lies of Locke Lamora” is Low, then this is my favorite Low because it’s one of my all-time favorites.

Urban
October Daye series. Which I really enjoy, but I haven’t read widely here.
I read Aaronson;s first Peter Grant book and enjoyed it a lot.

Science Fiction
Bujold’s Vorkosiga saga. Wonderful, wonderful.
Cherryh’s “Downbelow Station”
Brin’s Uplift series

Horror
Dan Simmon’s “The Terror”
King’s “Salem’s Lot” and “The Shining”

Sublime Fantasy
 “The Princess Bride”


More to come...
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Re: Favourite Subgenre Author Redux
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2017, 09:24:13 PM »
I love seeing the different books with each poster
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