Any good fantasy fiction around these days?
22 Nov 09
I really enjoyed Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Not exactly the same kind of fantasy - more inclined to the magical part, all told with a fabulous sense of humor. I've heard of another fantasy series, written by George R.R. Martin, but I can't remember the titles right now - I haven't read them, but the critics say it challenges Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
22 Nov 09
Hmm... sounds good. But I am slightly concerned with these so called critics. I saw some critics recommend Robert Jordan's Wheels of time series as a challenger to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Believe me it does not even come close to challenging it. Cheers! Ram
• United States
26 Nov 09
Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere is a good urban fantasy set in the "underworld" of present day London - London Below. I've only read this one and American Gods by Gaiman but I've seen the movie adaptations of both Coraline and Stardust and they were both very good stories and he is a terrific writer so..... The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher is another urban fantasy, this one in Chicago. If you enjoyed Harry Potter, I think you will enjoy the Dresden Files. There are a lot of parallels between the two characters but the writing styles are very different. The Dresden Files are written in first person, kind of like a detective series. Not quite as "noir" but the same sort of narrative. One of my favorite things about the books is that Harry (Dresden) tends to fight off fear and danger with humor and the worse things gets the drier his humor becomes.
23 Nov 09
While it might not qualify as fantasy fiction The Skye Stone series by Jack Whyte is one of the best I have read (and re-read) Another couple of series that I really enjoyed would have to include the entire 'G.O.D. Inc.' series and 5 volumes of 'Bio of a Space Tyrant'
22 Nov 09
Hi ram There are several books i could recommend to you. First try to look up for the dragonlance saga written by Weis & Hickman. There are more than 10 books of this(though not all with the same characters). Other one i would recommend(not too much actually but it was ok) is Eragon books. There are currently 3 books, the first one called Eragon, the second one Eldest and the third one Brisingr(a major disappointment in my opinion, though read it yourself to make your own opinion). An upcoming fourth book is expect to be realeased.
• United Kingdom
22 Nov 09
Hello Ram, I'm presently reading a really good book that borders on the realm of fantasy and it's called 'Once' by Clive Barker. I don't know whether you have read this book but I absolutely love it and it's nothing but pure escapism that I experience when I am delving inside its pages! I won't go into specific detail but I will just say that it's about this chap who is involved in a serious car accident and he finds himself returning to his childhood home at a castle with surrounding woodland. Anyway, once there he starts to experience exciting as well as horrifying things! It's truly gripping and I would highly recommend it to you. Andrew