High Fantasy books

May 16, 2013
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I'm hoping this can become a solid 6 post thread but do we have any High Fantasy fans out there? I know @Mat Cauthon is, obviously, but anyone else?

Just reading the Raven's Shadow trilogy now. Finished the first book and it was fuckin' phenomenal but I've got no cunt to talk to about it, man. Up there with the best opening books I've ever read. I'm talking GoT and Name of the Wind levels of excellence in a first book.

NB This is no place for normal fantasy bullshit, just keep it to legit High Fantasy.
 
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Malazan is out of this world phenomenal.

Just started second book of Name of the Wind. Really enjoying that one so far.

Brandon Sandersons work is quite good as well. Be a bajillion years before he finishrs Stormlight Archive though.....
 
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Mat Cauthon

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I’m reading Glen Cook’s The Black Company at the moment, only on the first book but it’s very good.

Quite similar to Erikson’s Malazan series, espescially with similarities between The Black Company and The Bridgeburners. Infact I think Erikson citied Cook as a massive influence for his Malazan work.
 
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Mat Cauthon

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Malazan is out of this world phenomenal.

Just started second book of Name of the Wind. Really enjoying that one so far.

Brandon Sandersons work is quite good as well. Be a bajillion years before he finishrs Stormlight Archive though.....
If you’ve just started the second book then you have a helluva lot of real good reading ahead. Lucky you.
 
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Mat Cauthon

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Do you have to be heard in absolutely every fucking thread going, even when you have zero input whatsoever ?

Seriously, do you crave attention that fucking much ?

One of the main reasons I frequent OTH rather than here is because I don’t need to deal with you or that fucking cocksucking santa.
 

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Firsts Law Trilogy is good.

The Blade Itself
Before They are Hanged
Last Argument of Kings

The Bloody Nine is a fucking hoot.

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But none of these series are ever REALLY good. They all descend into three-star fare eventually. Cos who the fuck is going to write about elfs and pixies really if they got genuinely great talent?
 
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Firsts Law Trilogy is good.

The Blade Itself
Before They are Hanged
Last Argument of Kings

The Bloody Nine is a fucking hoot.

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But none of these series are ever REALLY good. They all descend into three-star fare eventually. Cos who the fuck is going to write about elfs and pixies really if they got genuinely great talent?

Yeah, Abercrombies stuff is enjoyable. He's another trilogy finished that's to be released from next year I think.
 
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I’m reading Glen Cook’s The Black Company at the moment, only on the first book but it’s very good.

Quite similar to Erikson’s Malazan series, espescially with similarities between The Black Company and The Bridgeburners. Infact I think Erikson citied Cook as a massive influence for his Malazan work.
i really like those books. the first 3 are a story then the rest are a second story. the first one is the best.

i just listened to the new one he wrote. it's not very good and is all sorts of fucked up - incest, necropyukia, 12 year old's period discussions, just too much.
 
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Haggis

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Do you have to be heard in absolutely every fucking thread going, even when you have zero input whatsoever ?

Seriously, do you crave attention that fucking much ?

One of the main reasons I frequent OTH rather than here is because I don’t need to deal with you or that fucking cocksucking santa.
It was just a joke, if you can't stand me that much, put me on ignore. I have no ill will towards you at all. :thumbsup

I actually read a lot, but not high fantasy. I'll be looking for some recommendations in this thread, and likely asking a couple of questions. And how the fuck am I going to mock somebody for being a nerd and keep a straight face anyway? :lol:

:hat
 

Mat Cauthon

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Really liked Tad Williams Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy when I read it a good few years back, so I recommend that as well.
 
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Malazan is out of this world phenomenal.

Just started second book of Name of the Wind. Really enjoying that one so far.

Brandon Sandersons work is quite good as well. Be a bajillion years before he finishrs Stormlight Archive though.....
Malazan...maaaaaaaaaaan...i found it disappointing as fuck, tbf. I read it from someone who loved it and it just never lived up to expectations over the course of the 10 books. I will say though that when it was good it was fuckin incredible. Like the best shit I've ever read. Book 4 which introduces Karsa and Tehol is fuckin' sublime, man. Probably the best half a book I've ever read...in fact, no probable about it...it is the best half of a book I've ever read. But therein lies the problem with Malazan for me. The second half was full of a lot of shit and people i wasn't really interested in. I said to my mate when i finished that overall it wasn't worth my investment of time, 10 massive books, but if it was reduced to around 5 or 6 books are far more focussed it would've been GOAT level stuff.


Name of the Wind is just fuckin' beautiful, man. Very simple, actually, but brilliant. I don;t expect the 3rd book for years though :(

Big fan of Sanderson. His finish to WoT was very good, all things considered, i really liked The Mistborn series, although his style was very basic at that point. I was blown away by the first 2 Stormlight books, man. Thought they were fuckin' brilliant and I think he'll knock them out in the 10 years he said he would. The guy is prolific as fuck, tbf.
 
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I’m reading Glen Cook’s The Black Company at the moment, only on the first book but it’s very good.

Quite similar to Erikson’s Malazan series, espescially with similarities between The Black Company and The Bridgeburners. Infact I think Erikson citied Cook as a massive influence for his Malazan work.
Aye?

I've been close as fuck to starting this multiple times but I've always had it in my head that I read it was a poor mans Malazan so allowed something else to catch my eye. Keep me updated as you work through it as this Raven's Shadow is only a trilogy so won't last long.
 
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I should've said though that Malazan is the best writing I've ever read. As in Eriksson's prose and whatnot. Like I said, i think he lost his way a few times or tried to fit too much in but his actual writing itself is other fuckin worldly.
 
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Firsts Law Trilogy is good.

The Blade Itself
Before They are Hanged
Last Argument of Kings

The Bloody Nine is a fucking hoot.

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But none of these series are ever REALLY good. They all descend into three-star fare eventually. Cos who the fuck is going to write about elfs and pixies really if they got genuinely great talent?
Thought the First law trilogy was shit, man. Not shit, I suppose, but not even worth mentioning in comparison to some of its peers.

Never heard of the bloody 9 though. What's it about?


Your last point reeks of AIDS.
 
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Just finished the second Name of the Wind book so looking for suggestions too.

A timely thread :good
I'm only 1 book in but this Raven's Shadow is fuckin' brilliant, man.

Quite similar in some regards to NotW in that it focusses on a young boy who finds himself institutionalized and it tracks his progress through warrior training and shit like that.

Fuck, it's actually told as an older version of himself to a scribe just like NotW...never thought about that until just now :think1
 
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