Jump to content

epics
Need a new read.


  • Please log in to reply
76 replies to this topic

#1 raone

Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:00 PM

Okay so I have been looking for a new fantasy series to start. rolleyes.gif Have been looking and I don't want to spend money and be dissapointed as some have made me yawn in the past.
So would love some reccomendations from what I have already read!

I have read every single one of Sara Douglass' novels and loved most of them, all were okay enough to finish. Very sad now that there will be no more. sad.gif


I have read all but the last of the sookie stackhouse stories. But don't really consider them fantasy.
Can't think of anything else at the moment. But basically want fantasy but not the typical magician type story. Don't really want any vampire/ werewolf stories either as I am getting sick of the large amount of them at the moment. Could you pleases also add why you love so i can tell if I would like it thanks! bbighug.gif

#2 raone

Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:12 PM

BUMP biggrin.gif

#3 raone

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:02 PM

anyone?

#4 SusanStoHelit

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:06 PM

Game of Thrones / A Song of Fire an Ice by George RR Martin?

#5 raone

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:09 PM

Thanks Pumpkin I have watched two of the seasons but I struggle to pay attention to it sometimes. I'm wondering if its a case of the book is better than the tv especially as it is so in depth.

#6 JennC3

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:11 PM

Have you tried the Wheel of time series written by Robert Jordan?
13 books in total (I'm just waiting to get hold of the last one so I can finish the series!). Similar to the Game of Thrones but better (in my opinion...). It has been about three years since I started the series - characters are great, story is really interesting and there are some v strong female characters not just damsels in distress!

#7 Lil' Burrito

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:11 PM

Have you read Peter V Brett? The first is called "the painted man". I stumbled upon him recently. I wouldn't call these epic, and the writing isn't always spot on, but the concepts behind the story are IMO quite original and different while still being firmly within the fantasy genre. They are quite compelling to read.
But really there are so many fantasy series out there. Can you borrow some from a library and see what grabs you before investing?

#8 Lil' Burrito

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:14 PM

QUOTE (pumpkin89 @ 17/01/2013, 09:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Game of Thrones / A Song of Fire an Ice by George RR Martin?


Yes the books are waaaaay better than the tv series (although I am a huge fan of the show).

#9 two_ones

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:16 PM

Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series is a good read.

#10 raone

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:17 PM

No haven't tried either of those. Really got into fantasy through Sara Douglass before that I was always a crime girl biggrin.gif . I have looked at the wheel of time and what appeals to me is there are so many books. Really hate it when a series ends, even though I can't put the book down to stretch my enjoymet out.
I also am really interested in earlier history type fantasy. Love greek myths and anything up to the 1700s.




#11 Feralina

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:18 PM

QUOTE (JennC3 @ 17/01/2013, 09:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Have you tried the Wheel of time series written by Robert Jordan?
13 books in total (I'm just waiting to get hold of the last one so I can finish the series!). Similar to the Game of Thrones but better (in my opinion...). It has been about three years since I started the series - characters are great, story is really interesting and there are some v strong female characters not just damsels in distress!


I second this! Oh how much time I've spent reading and re-reading these books. It gets a bit slow towards the middle of the series, but the 14th (and FINAL) book has just been released and it's well worth it.

#12 stephmd85

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:21 PM

I second the Game of Thrones series, you'll be hooked after the 1st one!

#13 cinnabubble

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:23 PM

Neal Stephenson's Baroque Trilogy?

#14 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:23 PM

Don't buy the Wheel of Time until you are certain it is one you love wink.gif.  I liked the first 4 but it turns into the most tedious boring nothing happens for several books read you could imagine.

GOT has very strong female characters?   mellow.gif

#15 raone

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:24 PM

Whats that about Cinnabubble?

#16 RumbleBee

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:29 PM

Definitely Game of Thrones - I love it and it is heaps better than the TV show (although I also love that). One of my top fantasy series ever

Wheel of Time I am a long term fan of, but it requires commitment!

All Robin Hobbs books, with the exception of the Soldiers Son trilogy. Start with the Assassin series.

Historical-wise, I love Sharon Penman. She has done a variety of historical novels covering medieval England (from about mid-12th century, to 15th century). Start with When Christ and his Saints Slept.

Alison Weir covers a similar period, but not in novel form. The books are still great to read, and I like to convince myself that I am learning!

#17 NunSoFeral

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:31 PM

I will miss Sara Douglass' writing as well.
When I've been in the mood for soem epic fantasy I've gone through:

David Eddings - The Elenium and The Tamuli. Weaves some nice God/Goddess mythology in.
Steve Erikson - Really is epic stuff -11 books and very complex. If you get through the first one, you are hooked. Well I was!
Also worth a look is Joe Abercrombie - I really enjoyed several of his - great writing, non-conventional and lots of humour.

I also love me some crime - got any leads?

Enjoyed the first three of the Game of Thrones/Songs of Fire and Ice - four lost me somewhat - got too murky in terms of storyline, sub-sub-sub plots.

Ditto what Balzac said on Wheel of Time.

Ooh - and another - left field though - Clive Barker Imajica. Stand alone book.

Edited by gettheetoanunnery, 17 January 2013 - 08:38 PM.


#18 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:34 PM

Oh yes to Robin Hobb including the no wai to the Soldier Son series.

Lois McMaster Bujold's Sharing Knife series and her Paladin series (and of course the Vorkosigan saga if you like space opera {and if you don't, what's wrong with you?})

#19 cinnabubble

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:36 PM

QUOTE (raone @ 17/01/2013, 09:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Whats that about Cinnabubble?


QUOTE
The Baroque Cycle is a series of novels by American writer Neal Stephenson. It was published in three volumes containing 8 books in 2003 and 2004. The story follows the adventures of a sizeable cast of characters living amidst some of the central events of the late 17th and early 18th centuries in Europe. Despite featuring a literary treatment consistent with historical fiction, Stephenson has characterized the work as science fiction, due to the presence of some anomalous occurrences and the work's particular emphasis on themes relating to science and technology.[1] The sciences of cryptology and numismatics feature heavily in the series.

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Baroque_Cycle

If you're in the mood for a sprawling romp across the globe and through Enlightenment natural philosophy, Neal Stephenson's the man for you. I suspect there's far less ****ing than in Game of Thrones, though.

The books are available in three volumes on the Kindle.

#20 raone

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:45 PM

I'm loving this so many to choose from YAY! Thanks guys.

Hmmmm Getthetoanunnery- Really liked Mr. Clarinette. Can't remember authors name sorry. It's based in Haiti which I really liked as I hadn't seen that before.
I also just finished reading Karin Slaughters Criminal which was decent. It went in depth into women starting in the police force in the 70s which was good.

#21 raone

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:47 PM

Cinnabubble sex is only required for me if it is important to the plot. Which in some parts it could be for Game of thrones. lol.

#22 unicorn

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:48 PM

Im a Sara Douglass fan too, although I have THe Devil's Diadem here waiting to be read, but I can't bring myself to read it knowing it is the last one.
David Eddings' books all run in sequence until he wrote the Youunger Gods or whatever it is. His was the first fantasy series I read. They were good until Leigh started putting her name on them then they got a bit ho hum.
What about Raymond E Fiest, Terry Brookes, B V Larsen if you like dragons. Um just looking through my downloads to see what I've got that is worth recommending lol. Terry Goodkind. I tend to find an author and start at the beginning.
I am eagerly awaiting the 6th one of the Game of Thrones, the 3rd one was a bit slow but really enjoyed the rest.

Edited by unicorn, 17 January 2013 - 08:50 PM.


#23 melaine

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:49 PM

Don't think anyone has mentioned Raymond E Feist.

Magician, is one of my all time faves and leads into a series of 3 books which then has many, many follow up series.

I also really enjoyed The Empire Trilogy which is by Janny Wurts (and RE Feist) and it's got less magic in it, it's more of a political fantasy. It kind of runs parallel to Magician and its sequels so worth reading the Riftwar trilogy (magician Et al) then the empire trilogy.

I have enjoyed game of thrones, wheel of time etc as well,  but I think if you're a fan of Sara Douglass then you'll enjoy these two series more!

#24 raone

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:52 PM

Unicorn it is her best book by far I think. I cried at the end knowing it was her last. Luckily she ties it up neatly at the end. Unlike The infinity gate that left you wondering if there was supposed to be another.

#25 purplekitty

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:54 PM

QUOTE (Balzac @ 17/01/2013, 08:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh yes to Robin Hobb including the no wai to the Soldier Son series.

Lois McMaster Bujold's Sharing Knife series and her Paladin series (and of course the Vorkosigan saga if you like space opera {and if you don't, what's wrong with you?})
My Bold.
I loved that series.
Robert Jordan and Feist not so much.

Neal Asher's Polity series is one of my favourites.





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Wondersuit heaven: Bonds & Disney launch exclusive collection

Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.

Town welcomes first baby in 28 years

Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.

Great-great-grandma delivers great grandchild in her own home

''I've delivered calves, lambs, dogs and cats, but nothing like this.'' This 'Super Gran' calmly peeled the amniotic sac over her great-grandson's head before discovering the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck ... twice.

How to start teaching your kids road safety

It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.

Just announced: Bugaboo Cameleon³ Classic+ Collection update

Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.

The emotional moment a mum hears her late son's heartbeat

It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.

Nine reasons why you have 'brain fog'

One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.

I had a caesarean and it was beautiful

Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.

Microcephaly still a mysterious condition around the world

For parents, having a child with microcephaly can mean a life of uncertainty.

7 baby firsts you won't see on milestone charts

Here are a few 'other' baby firsts you may not have been expecting, but you'll want to be ready for.

Why it's important to vaccinate on time

My son was born on the 1 July 2014. It's a fabulous birthday, don't you think? Not only does the first of July ring in a new financial year, but it also means we've hit the year's half way mark.

Naturopath treatment allegedly left baby "days from death"

A naturopath whose treatment of a baby boy allegedly led to the infant being severely ill has pleaded not guilty to charges against her. 

Andy Murray's emotional speech to pregnant wife after Australian Open

A teary-eyed Andy Murray promised pregnant wife Kim he'd be on the next plane home after his turbulent two weeks at the Australian Open came to an end.

This toddler and his duck BFF will melt your heart

A small boy in the US has struck up a quacking good friendship with an unlikely companion ... his pet duck. 

Great news for coffee drinkers - caffeine is good for your heart

Researchers have found that, contrary to prior belief, caffeine does not cause health-threatening heart palpitations.

I always wanted children - but I've found other ways to be maternal

I've always been one of the most maternal women I know.

When only one parent wants to know the gender

For some couples you either both want to know the gender of your unborn baby, or you don't. For others, it's not that simple.

'No jab no play' could hurt disadvantaged children, experts fear

Tough new "no jab no play" laws could hurt children who have not been immunised due to family dysfunction, poverty, or poor access to medical support, experts warn.

Zika virus: Airlines offer refunds to pregnant women

Airlines and cruise companies across the world are offering refunds or travel credits to pregnant women who are scheduled to visit countries struck by the devastating Zika virus.

#meditateonthis: Mums fight back against PND ignorance

Not all women will require medication, but many will. And there isn't and shouldn't be any shame in that.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Penny Wong

'The most hurtful argument in the marriage equality debate'

Labor frontbencher Penny Wong is used to to hearing arguments against same-sex marriage. But for Australia's most prominent gay politician, one hurts more than others.

Does exercise have to be fun to work?

Some things in life are inherently served with a big scoop of fun: balloons, bubbles, cupcakes to name but a few, but exercise?

Hair dye gives woman second-degree burns

She wanted a fresh colour for 2016, but instead she got chemical burns.

Kelly Slater saves mum and toddler from 'freak wave'

A Perth family has thanked US surfing "legend" Kelly Slater after the star saved a mother and a young toddler from "a freak wave" in Hawaii.

Apple recalls millions of power adapters

Tech giant instigates massive international recall of power point adapters due to risk of electric shock.

Toddler's adorable alphabet goes viral

It's impossible not to share this little boy's excitement  about the alphabet.

Tot's nighttime waking saves family's life

Like all tired parents, Monique and Kyle Ruppel were looking forward to the day their 15-month-old daughter Celia would start sleeping through the night. 

Australian mum gives birth to quintuplets

An Australian mum who has shared the ups and downs of carrying quintuplets has welcomed her five babies into the world.

Dad of four girls faints at gender reveal for fifth baby

It was all too much excitement for this dad.

The simple way you can help your baby's language development

The way parents respond to their child's babbling can shape how their infants communicate.

Zika virus is 'spreading explosively': WHO

The World Health Organization announced that it will convene an emergency meeting about Zika.

National database recommended for child protection cases

Baby Ebony was repeatedly failed by the agencies tasked with her protection before her horrific death at the hands of her father, South Australia's deputy coroner says.

Hospitals put babies at risk by ignoring policy on elective caesareans

Thirty-eight weeks or 39? Non-medical factors are pushing women to have elective caesareans earlier than official guidelines - and hospitals are playing along.

Police help deliver baby on busy roadside

Two police officers delivered more than a traffic fine by the side of a busy Melbourne road yesterday.

1D's Louis Tomlinson shares first photo of baby

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has posted the first picture of his baby boy, Freddie, on social media.

 

FREE TICKET

Free first aid demonstrations daily

Get your free ticket to the Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.