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bobstro
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Non-YA low fantasy recommendations for finicky reader?

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Now that I'm carrying a tablet regularly, I'm finally back to reading for pleasure on a regular basis. When I stopped years ago, I was heavily into cyberpunk, but I did enjoy LoTR back in high school. I'm looking for some recommendations for fantasy, but I'm a bit picky:

 

  1. I've been reading Game of Thrones and quite like it. A lot of characters and story lines, but watching the TV series has helped me keep track of them all. A single story line, or a few, is preferred. I read as-can throughout the week, so can't immerse in a twisty story line for hours.
  2. I don't mind a touch of magic. GoT seems to be about right. If it's well thought-out and not just a crutch (*poof* "oh look, a door!") then I'm satisfied. Dragons are OK. The usual suspects in terms of elves, dwarfs, etc. are fine. If the "magic" can be linked to real-world chemistry and physics (the appearance of magic), so much the better.
  3. Characters that suddenly discover hidden powers and are able to wield them without training bug me. I recently finished Jordan's "Eye of the World", but felt let down by the ending. Being "The One" is OK, but he/she should have to do some work for it.
  4. I don't need tons of sex and gore for the non-YA aspect, but I don't enjoy expositions about what sparkly clothing the princess is wearing, nor implications that it is somehow important to the story. I don't enjoy sexy vampires and the like. (One shouldn't play with one's food, much less... oh nevermind.)
  5. I dig Vikings and the dark ages. Conan is too simple minded.
  6. Humor is good. Edgy is good. (Early Gibson cyberpunk is still my favorite.)

I know this is a pretty picky list, but I'm hoping someone can share some recommendations for new or old books that I should check out.

 

Thanks!

 

 

 

 

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Re: Non-YA low fantasy recommendations for finicky reader?

How about the Spellsinger series by Alan Dean Foster?  Foster is a classic pulp style writer who is spectacular at world building.  The fantasy series is both light fantasy with just a touch of science.

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Non-YA magic-lite high fantasy recommendations for finicky reader?

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Well, shows what I know! I've been advised that what I'm after is actually high fantasy rather than low. More medieval and swords than vampires in the city. So magic-lite high fantasy I suppose.

 

Thanks for the Spellsinger (I first thought it was "slinger") suggestion, WONK.

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Re: Non-YA low fantasy recommendations for finicky reader?

Personally, my favorite fantasy series is Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. The first book is

The Dragonbone Chair 

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Re: Non-YA low fantasy recommendations for finicky reader?

OK, that cut out all of my typing after the image.

...be advised, these books are long (the third book was 1000+ pages in hardcover and split into two volumes for the paperback and eBook releases. Williams also has a couple of other Fantasy series. Shadowmarch I've not read. Otherland is a mix of SF and Fantasy, but I wasn't really impressed by it.

If you don't mind a vampire/mystery series, Barbara Hambly has a decent one in the James Asher series. The first is Those Who Hunt the Night, which I enjoyed immensely. The second one was good, but I didn't enjoy it as much. I haven't read the rest of the entries in the series.
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Re: Non-YA magic-lite high fantasy recommendations for finicky reader?

I call Spellsinger light fantasy because it is a pure fun tale.  A part-time musician is transported into a world of magic where animals are salient.  (typical quest fantasy) You sing to create in this universe but the magic of singing in this universe is a reflection of science in ours. (mix of runo singing that Tolkien copied from the Kalavela and pop music) ... It is fun but it has strong roots in both a fantasy world and ours including our mythology.  Foster has done a lot of this type of blended stories but his Spellsinger series is the most popular of them.

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Re: Non-YA magic-lite high fantasy recommendations for finicky reader?

I hear great things about Pat Rothfuss - you might want to check out THE NAME OF THE WIND, the first book in his trilogy.  I haven't read it, just had it recommended to me a number of times, so I can't tell you for sure complex the plot structure is, but I get the impression it leans toward the GoT level of complexity.  The wikipedia page for the book talks about the magic types used within the book (see the themes section), and it's a mix of science-based and more ethereal magic, but it sounds like something you might like based on your write-up above.

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Re: Non-YA magic-lite high fantasy recommendations for finicky reader?

 

 

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