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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Moody Fantasy Books?
« on: November 22, 2018, 01:57:58 PM »
Hey folks. Could anybody recommend me some dark moody and raw fantasy books? I'm thinking dark, cold and stormy boreal forests and taiga, sullen anti-heroes and witch-kings (who may or may not be the same). The kind of book that Dark Souls and Black Metal make you think of.

Things that I have read and loved:

The Second Apocalypse by R Scott Bakker
Malazan Books of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
Elric of Melnibone by Michael Moorcock
Kane by Karl Edward Wagner
The Black Company by Glen Cook

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the Dino Dehorrendous production
Don't say that! I saw that movie when I was about 14 and absolutely loved it ;D :-[

My point is that critics savaged the recent examples of this which affects the general public's view of the property.

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That's true for Ghost but not the other examples. Iron Fist was always white as was Dr Strange.

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With a lot of talk going around lately about movies and shows like Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, The Great Wall and Ghost in the Shell, do you think people will accept Paul Atreides becoming the Messiah of the Fremen?

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While it's true that there are a LOT of European-based fantasy novels out there I feel like the vast majority are based on Western Europe, and Northern Europe is pretty much ignored. It's also true that there are quite a few Viking\Norse influenced books but I feel like the Fennoscandia region with its really unique culture has been left out in the cold *ahem*. I know Tolkien and Moorcock took some inspiration from but I am looking for books that fully embrace it. Anybody know of any?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Books Similar To Morrowind?
« on: September 02, 2016, 01:02:15 PM »
Yeah, it really saddens me Bethesda has gotten totally away from the weird and uniqueness of Morrowind with the games since. I feel like if they ever want to capture that spirit again then the best place to set the game would be Elsweyr. The Khajiit already have a pretty fleshed out culture that is non-western but also the OOG book describe northern Elsweyr as a silver\white desert made of sugar with giant crystal mesas and indigo oasis. That sounds bloody amazing to me. But likely if that game was ever made Beth would just turn it in to a generic desert  >:(
I haven't played ESO, but apparently some of the depictions in there have drawn criticism for being too bland and generic. :/

I play ESO and yeah a lot of it is kind of bland but I understand why it's that way. Because there is only so much they can do with the way the game is built without it crashing by having too many assets beacuse of all the people running around. However beacuse of Dragon Breaks and the like Beth still has an in-universe "get-out-of-jail-free" card they can use to make anything look like however they want. The  Void Nights specifically for Elsweyr. I would love to have the game set at that time, I even have it outlined in my head lol

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I have actually read some Vagrant and it reminded me a bit of The Gunslinger crossed with Lone Wolf and Cub.
That's the reaction I had when I saw the cover/heard the premise - but Book of the New Sun rather than Gunslinger, though it's equally apt (guns aside). Nobody else seems to have heard of LW&C...

Anyway, I also loved Morrowind and found the world incredibly atmospheric and unique, which is why the subsequent two have been slightly disappointing. I like my worldbuilding incredibly authentic or incredibly out-there. The generic middle ground frustrates me no end...

I can think of a few books that may be close to the feel of Morrowind. First that comes to mind is Kameron Hurley's no-holds-barred Mirror Empire with it's carnivorous trees and plant-based living swords, there's a definite Telvanni vibe! If you want things a more Redovan, there's Mark T Barnes Echoes of Empire series, with several non-human races in a stratified society with subtle (and not-so-subtle) political maneuvering, and flying ships, just for fun. Racking my brain for a third, and there's a chance that Rebecca Levene's Smiler's Fair has some of what you may be looking for. The worldbuilding is a bit of a hodge-podge of far-out ideas and very familiar earth-like cultures - a bit like Elder Scrolls altogether!

It's strange that having loved living in Morrowind that I don't write worlds more like it, but I often find game worlds too...cosmopolitan. There has to be all this variety for the sake of character creation, but with so much going on, it often feels a bit shallow (all Argonians are slaves, all Khajiit are thieves or drug addicts). Morrowind did manage to make Dunmer society varied and complex in a way that I don't feel like Skyrim did for the Nords, nor Oblivion for the Empire, despite the different provinces in each. For some reason, though, that sort of worldbuilding has never enticed me on it's own. Perhaps I'm too rational to be that inventive.  :-\

Yeah, it really saddens me Bethesda has gotten totally away from the weird and uniqueness of Morrowind with the games since. I feel like if they ever want to capture that spirit again then the best place to set the game would be Elsweyr. The Khajiit already have a pretty fleshed out culture that is non-western but also the OOG book describe northern Elsweyr as a silver\white desert made of sugar with giant crystal mesas and indigo oasis. That sounds bloody amazing to me. But likely if that game was ever made Beth would just turn it in to a generic desert  >:(

Thanks for the recommendations. Mirror Empire does sound interesting with the different coloured moons and suns and the different sexes, reminds me a bit of Vivec (seriously, he is a bi-racial, bi-sexial, bi-polar demigod warrior-poet. How is this not the coolest thing ever?) as for the other two books I think Echoes of Empire sounds the most up my alley and it's compared to Malazan which is a huge bonus. Smiler's Fair does sound interesting though so I will add it to my list as well.

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I really do wish there was more proper High Fantasy comics. There really only is Conan and I'm not sure there will be another Elric graphic novel.

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I wouldn't let people adapt my work in the first place so it wouldn't be a problem.

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I always wanted to watch the Tolkien Edit of the Hobbit but I don't know how to even begin to make that happen.

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I don't know Morrowind, but reading your initial post, I think you might like the Vagrant, by Peter Newman.

Morrowind sits apart because of how unique and alien the environment is. Morrowind is an inhospitable land of volcanic ash deserts and salt-swamps with big fungus\mushroom trees and it is filled with weird creatures such as the giant flying jellyfish-like Netch, large two legged lizards called Guar and half crab half humanoids called the Dreugh. Below the surface of Morrowind there are huge underground cities filled with highly advanced technology that have been abandoned by a forgotten race called the Dwemer. The whole place is like a Lovecraftian High Fantasy combined with a Post Apocalypse.

I have actually read some Vagrant and it reminded me a bit of The Gunslinger crossed with Lone Wolf and Cub.

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May as well bump this as I have yet to find a books that fulfills this void in my life. I read Way of Kings and got about quarter of the way through Words of Radiance and honestly I don't think I'm going to read anymore. On one hand I really like the world but on the other hand it kind of reminds me of a bad anime.

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I'm a fan of Bakker, I'm just really bloody slow at getting through book series.

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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Stranger Things Poll
« on: August 18, 2016, 06:11:04 PM »
I am actually obsessed with Stranger Things, best thing on Netflix imo.

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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: The Magicians on Syfy
« on: February 05, 2016, 11:38:22 AM »
The only thing I've got a problem with is Alice is nothing like how I imagined her from the book.

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