Where are all the fantasy readers?

United States
April 13, 2007 4:00pm CST
No one reads fantasy novels anymore. I'm not talking about science fiction, where you read about outer space, aliens and space ships. I'm talking about books by Kate Elliott, Jacqueline Carey, Sharon Green,Melanie Rawn( who has GOT to write that book...) David Eddings, etc. The kind of books that take place on "earth" and full of good stories about heroes, mystical races, and wars between good and evil, and right and wrong. If there are any other people out here who share the same literary interests as myself, id love to have a discussion about new books, old books, and maybe be able to recommend a few to someone or take a recommendation from some of you. im always looking for a good book and a good escape from reality :)
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• United States
13 Apr 07
Of those authors I have only read David Eddings. Some of my other favorites are Julia Gray's Guardian Cycle series, Juliette Marillier's Seven Water's trilogy, and Carol Berg's Bridge of D'Arnath series.
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• United States
13 Apr 07
OH! the Seven Waters trilogy was a WONDERFUL series! All the characters in them were easy to connect with, and there was never a dull moment. if you liked these books then i'd definitely recommend Melanie Rawn's "Exiles". It, so far, consists of 2 books, with the promise of a third. Rawn is brilliant and insightful,and takes you to a world COMPLETELY unlike our own. (its a place where women rule, and men are...decorative..lol) give them a try if u find the time:)
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
14 Apr 07
I absolutely loved the Sevenwaters trilogy. Those books are so beautiful. You don't just read them- you feel them somewhere deep inside, maybe your soul, I'm not sure. They seemed very real to me when I read them.
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• Canada
14 Apr 07
Seven Waters trilogy??? Never heard of it.... can anyone give me a little precis of what its all about? I think I'd like to check it out.
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@oldiebut (859)
• Canada
13 Apr 07
I still read quite a bit of fantasy. I have four Pratchett Discworld novels that I am slowly plowing through. I am still trying to find the last Myth book. I recently read the Hickman/Wis continuation of the Dragonlance gods. I keep hoping that the success of Lord of the Rings will spur more quality fantasy movies but the stuff so far has been uninspiring.
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• United States
13 Apr 07
thank you for your response:) i dont know Pratchett Discworld, can u tell a bit about the book/s? The Dragonlance series was my first fantasy series , they r excellent books. and the reason i went on an 8 year fantasy novel marathon trying to find books that come close to the quality of those lol.
@oldiebut (859)
• Canada
13 Apr 07
Ok, a few of my favorites series. Discworld-a long list of slightly connected novels from Terry Pratchett. Each book is a stand alone in the world. Fantasy mixed with a lot of humour. He uses a mixing of the fantasy world a lot. Marvelous stories that will have you giggling. Myth Series-about 9 or 10 books by Robert Aspirin. relatively short but great fun to read, very funny and light. Important to read sequentially The Covenant Chronicles-by Donaldson. A somewhat dark series about a leper drawn from our world into a fantasy world as the wielder of wild magic. Somewhat more complex and harder to read then some, but I liked them a great deal. Sequential. Landover novels-Terry Brooks- Interesting series about a lawyer who buys a magic kingdom. Very well written fantasy with some well developed supporting characters. About 6 or 7 books now, sequential. Shannara-Terry Brooks-Very close to Dragonlance in style. Sweeping good vs evil epic. About 7 or 8 sequential novels. Drizzt novels-R.A. Salvatore-Set in D&D Forgotten Realms, follows the story of a drow ranger who lives on the surface. Superb tales that rival Dragonlance. 7 or 8 books, sequential.
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@1983tyler (508)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I recommend Piers Anthony. His books are pure fantasy and fun with words. My husband is reading Terry Pratchett right now, and he really likes fantasy, too.
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• United States
13 Apr 07
ok thats it, im buying a book by Prachett since so many people seem to enjoy them. i actually tried Anthony's "On a Pale Horse". the grim reaper one i believe. it was very creative, but not my style. Has anyone read books by Jennifer Roberson? The ones about the Cheysuli and Homana? VERY cool books, a bit graphic. (which i prefer anyway they r fast paced and a bit short, but worth the quick read.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
14 Apr 07
I haven't read that particular one by Piers Anthony. You might try his Xanth series, though. They're light and humorous but fantastical nonetheless.
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@mpm1113 (11)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I just wanted to let ya know there are other fantasy readers out there. I've read anything from The Wheel Of Time, many of Anne McCaffrey's books, Mercedes Lacky, CJ Cherryh, David Eddings, Terry Brooks and much more so let's get this discussion going eh?
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@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
14 Apr 07
I love science fantasy as well, and also alternate timelines. Let's see, I am looking at my shelves and I am seeing David Brin, CJ Chyrrhy (sp?), Marion Zimmer Bradley, Joan D Vinge, Orsonn Scott Card...the list is endless. I am also reading a great novel at the moment callesd Temeraire, but I can't think of who the author is.
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• United States
13 Apr 07
We're still alive! If you're looking for some new fantasy, you might want to check out Stephen R. Donaldson's Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. If you're a fan of epic fantasy, you will likely fall in love with the world that Donaldson created.
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13 Apr 07
I am an avid fantasy reader. Anne McCaffrey, Terry Pratchett, Marion zimmer Bradley to name just three off the top of my head. I am just re-reading the Pern series from Anne McCaffrey, Dragonsdawn, the first of the series explaining how the dragons came into being. I love the way this lady writes, I'm utterly hooked.
@patgalca (14309)
• Orangeville, Ontario
13 Apr 07
I am not much of a fantasy reader but I just read a book that I did not know was a fantasy. It's called "Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom" by Julie Kenner. She has written other books with those kinds of titles. They probably have the same characters in them. They are a cross between Charmed and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. It was kind of cool and wouldn't mind reading another one. On Jon Stewart last night he had an author who wrote a book called "Wild Trees". It sounds kind of cool. It's about a guy who climbs up into a Redwood tree (which are thirty some-odd stories high) and what he finds up in the tree. It sounds kind of fantasy. I've written it down on my list to look out for it. I don't read sci-fi and I don't read historical or political.
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@Pateos (79)
• Canada
14 Apr 07
Wow, Well here is one 'Poking myself' I read fantasy, but it is just that all the new fantasy books are really... Crap if you don't mind me saying. I mean books like Lord of the rings and Harry potter are probably the only good ones. The other ones are really bad... Anyone mind making some good recommandation on a good book? I mean only if it is fantasy and you've read it and thought it was the best!
@oldiebut (859)
• Canada
14 Apr 07
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR DRAGONLANCE FANS I just discovered, and I don't know how in the world I missed this, that the first of the Dragonlance books has been made into an animated movie scheduled for release in September. The movie is not apparently in post-production. I know you'll ask.... Rasitlin Majere...Kiefer Sutherland Goldmoon...Lucy Lawless (Xena) Check out IMDB for info on it. I am a bit excited already.
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• United States
15 Apr 07
ack! animated? id like to get excited about that but i was hoping for a little more for those books. a while back they actually did make a movie based on or called dragonlance, i cant remember. it had one of the wayans brothers in it and someone else pretty famous....i looked it up on imdb, but i cant find it. it was hugely disappointing. i was hoping the next time they attempted to put this incredible series on the big screen it would be more...LOTR quality. i guess ill be waiting for a while :P
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
14 Apr 07
I wouldn't say "no one" reads fantasy. I do, and so does my boyfriend, and my best friend, and at least 6 other people that I could name. If you haven't yet, you should definitely read "The Wayfarer Redemption" trilogy by Sara Douglass. They are my favorite series ever in the entire world. They had a huge impression on me because, while they do contain some of the elements that are common to most fantasy books, they are different in so many ways. Terry Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" series is very good as well. It also has some unique inventions in it. If you don't mind reading something that's aimed at a slightly younger age group, but still extremely well-written, you might try "The Lost Years of Merlin" by T.A. Barron- or anything else by him, for that matter. His writing style is fantastic, and I have been actively seeking out his other books for quite some time.
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@Arkadus (899)
• Canada
14 Apr 07
I actually recently bought a copy of one of the Wayfarer Redemption books. Good to know it was worth the money, I might even shuffle it up a bit higher on my to read list. Thanks for the little bit of info.
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• United States
15 Apr 07
i LOVED the wayfarer redemption series, those books were truly unlike any other books i have read. here are a few more recommendations : ~ The Still ( if u can find it because i have forgotten who wrote it) ~ The Dragon Prince trilogy and the Dragon Star trilogy By Melanie Rawn ~ The Crown of Stars Series by Kate Elliott
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
22 Apr 07
I'll look into some of those when I have the time! Thanks.
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13 Apr 07
I like the Terry Pratchett books and the Dragons of Pern is an excellent series. If you don't mind shorter books with easier writing the Everworld series by K.A. Applegate might suit you. There are 12 books in the series written from the perspective of different main characters. It is set on an alternative earth where the mythical gods have all set up home with some followers each and some teenagers from our world get sucked in. It is in the children's section of our library but I think it is really written to an older audience. Has anybody else seen it or read it? My teenage daughter and I are re-reading it now.
• United States
13 Apr 07
im glad you brought up a book that can be found in the childrens section because i had never thought to look there. I just didnt have any interest in Harry Potter type books, which is about all id figured id find. i am NOT a fan. I heard that as the series progressed they became less childish, but id like to say 2 things about that. 1. its not clear on the kind of audience that the book is aimed at. this irritates me. 2. anything with witches' hats and cauldrons full of frogs eyes and rats tails, cant be considered, by me at least, good fantasy. its hokey and well, boring. and thats the end of my ranting. :)
14 Apr 07
I have been reading younger style books recently to be able to chat with my children about them. I have found them very interesting. There are lots of fantasy style ones and some are quite in depth.
• United States
14 Apr 07
I reccommend Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series, and George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series. They are fantastic novels, all of them in each series. They're not set on Earth, but instead they take place in worlds at war, with magic, and elements of the supernatural. The Sword of Truth series chronicles a rural woods guide who finds himself swept up in world wide war, as the leader of the free world. Fearing and hating magic, he ironically comes into his own as one of the rarest and most powerful types of mages. There's also a heavy love story to boot. The Song of Ice and Fire is mostly intrigue and betrayal in a land called The Seven Kingdoms. The throne gets usurped two or three times in the first two books alone. Love, wars, revenge, monsters, dragons, assassins, giants, it's got it all.
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• Canada
14 Apr 07
Sword of Truth series! I love that set however, after Pillars of Creation doesn't Goodkind kinda go a little strange? I haven't read the next book for fear of it ruining my love of the other books but from the back it looks like Richard loses memory of Kahlan... Does it turn sci-fi? or stay true to fantasy?
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@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
15 Apr 07
I only like specific fantasy books, nothing too airy. My absolute favourite is the Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake. It is one of the books that started the genre (along with for example Lord of the Rings) and is an utter classic, but it's not your general fantasy book. There are no fairies or elves, it's actually quite grim and depressing, but I adore it. I also love books by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
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• Canada
15 Apr 07
I read those books! Two of my fav authors are Pierce Anthony and Midori Snyder... they both have series that I just cannot put down... maybe all the fantasy readers are too busy reading? LOL
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@Arkadus (899)
• Canada
14 Apr 07
I actually have a couple of David Eddings books. The other authors you listed I'm not too sure of but I may have some of their stuff. I've not actually finished any of the Eddings I have though, busy trying to scrounge up the rest of the series before I get too far in. As for a reccomendation I'm going to point you at Song of the Beast by Carol Berg. Her Rai-Kirah saga is very nice as well.
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@aqiang (38)
• China
14 Apr 07
I once liked to see "imagination",alos like to see now!Because he isn't only a kind of art still akind of science,giving the person the endless and endless imagination!
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• United States
14 Apr 07
I don't know, I read a lot of fantasy fiction. Charles DeLint, Neil Gaiman, Tad Williams... I love the old Celtic myths and legends, so I will read just about anything set in Scotland, Ireland, Britain or Wales. I'm reading a great historical fantasy trilogy right now called the Dalriada Trilogy by Jules Watson. Very intriguing stuff. She's a cross between Marion Zimmer Bradley and her name is slipping my mind at the moment, but she wrote the Dragonfly in Amber, that series about the woman who crosses into the past through a stone circle in Scotland. It's going to drive my crazy not remembering her name now. Anyway, great books. I think that there is a lot more fantasy out there than we might think. A lot of it is in the YA section of the bookstores, alongside The Hobbit and C.S. Lewis.
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@dbhattji (2507)
• India
26 Jun 07
I know what you mean I also liked reading about fantasies. I don't remember the name of the book but it was a nice romantic story about two people who could telecommunicate, then they finally meet face to face. Do give me names of some nice fantasy novels - I love to escape in the World of fantasy some times.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
26 Jun 07
i am reading a book called The Fallen by Thomas E. Sniegoski. It is a fantasy boy about a 17 year old boy who finds out on his 18th birthday he is a angel sent down to earth. i haven't read this book yet. i got it in the mail today. there was a movie made about this book Fallen. i have seen it once on Fox family channel
@gizmo528 (732)
• United States
14 Apr 07
I still read the fantasy novels but not as much as I used to. One author that I do like right now would be Karen Marie Moning. She writes some really good books and when I start reading them I just can't put the book down until I'm down.