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Sticky
Sticky Nov 16 2007, 10:51pm says:

Kind of an attach-on Whizzard's post, I'd recommend the entire Discworld series by Prachett, for it's hilarious offbeat British "humour" and it's very nice fantasy elements.

If you're more science-fictiony or action-oriented, any novel by Harry Turtledove, especially the Worldwar quadrilogy, the Colonization trilogy (20 years after Worldwar), and the follow-up novel Homeward Bound.

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Sallycin
Sallycin Nov 27 2007, 2:56pm replied:

I've been reading Guns of the South by Turtledove and it's great so far. Very accurate and well-written.

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Whizzard
Whizzard Nov 16 2007, 11:05am says:

Quite a lot members. It's quite positive, that "so many" people read books.

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JoeX111
JoeX111 Nov 14 2007, 2:49pm says:

The Lies of Locke Lamora
Scott Lynch
Fantasy / Crime

Billed as a cross between Danny Ocean and Robin Hood, Locke Lamora is the leader of the Gentleman Bastards, a group of high-stakes thieves that are constantly stealing from the rich nobles of Camorr. However, these con jobs are a violation of the ancient truce between the Duke and the Capa Barsavi, the leader of all organized crime in the region. As Lamora begins the biggest heist of his career, his crew of criminals find themselves under increasing scrutiny as the criminal underworld comes under siege from a mysterious upstart looking to kill all of the competition--including the best thief in the city.

Though I'm only half-way through the novel, this is seriously some well written fantasy. The world is less "Lord of the Rings" and more Renaissance era with fantasy elements, focusing instead on human characters and how they interact in this alien but familiar society. The narrative switches between Lamora's upbringing--and the numerous times he caused anarchy as a mere child--and the Gentlemen Bastard's latest scam, which grows increasingly complicated by outside events as the novel goes on. Though the prose could definitely be livened up a bit more than it is, it reads a lot better than any of those thick, Robert Jordan bricks that line book store shelves.

If you are looking for something that bends the genres a bit, I highly recommend this, especially as a series of novels featuring the characters introduced here looks to be on the horizon.

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Whizzard
Whizzard Nov 14 2007, 9:35am says:

Thief of Time
Terry Pratchett
Fantasy

Auditors of Reality are unhappy with life as it makes their work much harder. They make an order to Jeremy Clockson to make an perfect glass clock, but they do not reveal that the glass clock will trap Time within in it and thereby freeze the time forever, so the life wouldn't bother them ever again. But Death finds out their plans but unable to do something to stop them by himself, he asks his grand-daughter to do this instead.

This was an quite interesting book. I really enjoyed it, because...well...Terry Pratchett is an damn good writer. The book doesn't require much reading "skills" and it is good for your fantasy. Like every Terry's book.

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ambershee
ambershee Nov 14 2007, 4:55am says:

Rather shamefully, I haven't read a book in over a month.

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Sallycin
Sallycin Nov 14 2007, 7:29am replied:

Quite unfortunate...

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Sallycin
Sallycin Nov 13 2007, 3:50pm says:

Wicked
Gregory Maguire
Fantasy/Parallel Novel

The land of Oz from L. Frank Baum's classic children's novel may seem a shallow and childish world, but Wicked, by Gregory Maguire, adds an entire political and religious structure to it. Wicked tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West, who is born a misunderstood and unloved girl due to her disturbingly green skin.

I've just started this recently, but so far it seems to be a hilarious and gripping read. Never have I seen this level of depth added to an already existing world. I'm hoping to get to go to the Broadway musical adaptation some time.

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Baza
Baza Nov 13 2007, 10:12pm replied:

Wait to you see the musical... Incredible!

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San-J
San-J Nov 13 2007, 12:15pm says:

The Ego and Its Own
Max Stirner
Non-Fiction / Philosophy

Called the "most revolutionary book of all time" more than once, it's a fascinating look at individualism and anarchy during a time when Marx and Engels were otherwise ruling political theory. Using anarcho-individualism as a starting point, it goes on to consider the egos place in the universe, and lay the foundation for the major movements in literature and thought for the coming two centuries -- existentialism, nihilism, and post-modernism. It was hugely influential on such writers as Nietzsche, Celine, Sartre, and Camus, and even on such musicians as Jim Morrison.

[img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c5/The_Ego_and_Its_Own_cover.png[/img]

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