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blackfang
01-15-2010, 09:18 AM
I am currently running out of books, i only got 7 more of Steven Erikson's books to read, but i gotta acquire memories of ice before i can continue so got any books that i should read in the meanwhile when i wait for it:confused:

szebus
01-15-2010, 09:25 AM
If you don't have a book to read, until the books arrive, huh, read on the net, for example the forgotten realms wiki (http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page).

Josh Warner
01-15-2010, 09:42 AM
I quite enjoy a song of ice and fire, a novel that takes a much darker approach to fantasy. The good guys can and do die, so far not a single installment in the series has had what I could quality as a 'happy ending' which is refreshing, if morbid. Also the political intrigue is fascinating, ranging from betrayal on the field of battle, assassinations, murder, political hostages and lastly everyone laying claim to the same throne and insisting only they have the right to rule for various sometimes ridiculous, sometimes quite convincing reasons.

As was suggested as well, the forgotten realms has some very well written books for it.

If you're looking for something a little more sci-fi instead of fantasy the Foundation series are very good, Issac Asimov.

And if you want something more humor than serious but still with an interesting story anything by Terry Pratchett is a good read.

Arctopus
01-15-2010, 10:01 AM
Terry Goodkind - Sword of truth books.
Joseph Delaney - Wardstone Chronicles books.
Harry Potter :p j/k

szebus
01-15-2010, 10:08 AM
It really depends on what you like. There is also Alvin Toffler who has some good books about lets say social matters. He also says a good thing, or maybe it is a human thing: "Society needs people who take care of the elderly and who know how to be compassionate and honest. Society needs people who work in hospitals. Society needs all kinds of skills that are not just cognitive; they're emotional, they're affectional. You can't run the society on data and computers alone."

Henry Martin
01-15-2010, 10:31 AM
If you heard of "The Witcher" they have some books I heard were really good (I plane on picking them up myself).
-the last wish
-blood of elves

There is also a pc game based off of it and it is a really good RPG.

blackfang
01-15-2010, 10:32 AM
i love fantasy and sci fi, i cant even begin to think how boring it would be to read politics:(

welshie
01-15-2010, 10:54 AM
Robert jordan - wheel of time books
Great books waiting for the new one to be released :)

Puppeteer
01-15-2010, 11:14 AM
The best books I've read in the last couple of months:
Heart of Darkness (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_of_Darkness) - Joseph Conrad
A Clockwork Orange (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Clockwork_Orange) - Anthony Burgess
Norwegian Wood (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwegian_Wood_(novel)) - Haruki Murakami
The Bell Jar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bell_Jar) - Sylvia Plath

That is, if you want non-scifi, which I doubt!

Kire
01-15-2010, 11:50 AM
Inverloch (webcomic)
Hurin children
I would suggest lotr series but i guess you already read them ?=)
Silmarilion

Jack
01-15-2010, 11:59 AM
i am not a kind of reader, i have dislexy and for me, books are a bit boring
but that is only because i can't read for a time or i am bored

nickson104
01-15-2010, 12:35 PM
Chronicles of Ancient Darkness - Michelle Paver
Black Magician Trilogy - Trudi Canavan
Darren Shan Saga / Demonata series - Darren Shan
The Night Angel Trilogy - Brent Weeks
Jack Flint Series - Joe Donnelly
Artemis Fowl Series - Eoin Coifer (From a previous topic i know thats an unliked one here on the forums)

I think that should suffice for now :)

However, yes reading on the net is a good idea too, and i have an amazing writer of 'fanfiction' for Eragon and its series... However the writer never read them as such, and opposes the books and makes it actually a good story

I recommend 'From White To Black'
http://fanfiction.shurtugal.com/viewuser.php?uid=784

blackfang
01-15-2010, 12:56 PM
Artemis fowl:D never thought i would hear that name again:rolleyes: It was the second complicated book i ever read, a friend said i had to read it. First i read all the animorphs series in the school library when i was in 4th grade (it was actually 6th+ grade books but since i had already read most of the library i got to move on ahead of the others:D I was a genius in reading back then.) Anyway Artemis fowl was about that invisible creature and that genius who worked together? And yes i gotta open that book sometime soon again, should probably take a visit to the elementary school to loan some:rolleyes:

But i got lots of new books too:D Also the one who mentioned lotr, well i can still remember almost everything (in a summary) about most of those books i just don't feel like reading the hobbit thingie because it seems to suck.

Also eragon is not my top list of things to read because i didn't really like eragon, i don't know why but its something about it that makes me want to scream out YOU SUCK but i guess it could be because i was so bored over some time that i saw that movie over and over again, we will never know

blackfang
01-15-2010, 01:06 PM
Double postie:eek: Well anyway the foundation series seems cool so i will try to acquire a few:D

Supreme
01-15-2010, 01:24 PM
Havent read any of the books however I did hear eragon the book was far better than the movie. Though I enjoyed the movie.

Josh Warner
01-15-2010, 01:33 PM
i love fantasy and sci fi, i cant even begin to think how boring it would be to read politics:(

It's the kind of politics with murder and treachery, not health care reform and democrats vs republics / liberals vs conservatives. Trust me, I can't stand traditional politics either - but the kind of politics people get routinely assassinated and start wars is definitely interesting.

Double postie:eek: Well anyway the foundation series seems cool so i will try to acquire a few:D

Issac Asimov is a fantastic author, you won't regret it. The premise of the books is the basic evolution of humanity can be reduced to percentages with the proper math, each outcome has a certain probability - and one man's attempt to use this to make an age of darkness that he also predicted would happen but no-one would listen to him, from lasting as long as it would without intervention which would result in humanity going back thousands of years technologically by creating the foundation, a group of the best and brightest sent to the edge of the universe to attempt retain the knowledge of humanity and survive the dark age, thus shortening it from I think it was 10 thousand years to hundreds or something like that, quite a huge difference. But only large groups of people can be accurately predicated, individuals remain unpredictable and dangerous.

I feel like reading them again myself. I have the books on my desk.

szebus
01-15-2010, 01:47 PM
Usually books are better than movies, guess because every single individual has it's own imagination of things.

blackfang
01-15-2010, 02:08 PM
Well that foundation, i guess it seems cool:) the foundations are at both ends of the universe or something, and it was reduced to a 1000 years instead of 10 000 years, the series all in all got 20 000 years coverage and 1.500 000 words. I did my research:D

Kaznafein
01-15-2010, 02:48 PM
The Black Company by Glen Cook.

This is an awesome book which I am reading right now sort of stumbled upon you have to try it out. When I first started reading it I was a little confused with the way its put together, but now its hard to put down really good. I would also suggest forgotten realms books by R.A. Salvatore those are good to.

Josh Warner
01-15-2010, 02:59 PM
Well that foundation, i guess it seems cool:) the foundations are at both ends of the universe or something, and it was reduced to a 1000 years instead of 10 000 years, the series all in all got 20 000 years coverage and 1.500 000 words. I did my research:D

Yeah my post was all from memory - I read the foundation books 6+ years ago, I still remember big plot points but some of the details are fuzzy. One thing I remember clearly though, easily one of my favorite sci-fi series.

blackfang
01-15-2010, 03:48 PM
Thats just like me with some books, like the earlier mentioned Artemis fowl where all i remember is some small part about them breaking into a heavily secured building. Or for instance the "skammar dottar" series, which i read some time ago it is in Nynorsk. (it is a new language the government is trying to push on the Norwegian people or not really new but more like a less rebellious one, kinda polite and all.) But that book is about dragons and lots of other evil doers that try to get a girl that can... i don't remember exactly but i think it was that no one could lie to her or that she could make people do what she want them to do. But i do remember the entire start, and a small war which dragons participate in.

Also among my currently favored books are the stories of the space marines from warhammer 40 k:D I suggest to you who have not read any of them READ THEM! and if you have read some, READ THE BOOK ABOUT THE SPACE WOLVES! Ragnar is one of the best characters i have ever read about. SO READ IT!

nickson104
01-15-2010, 03:52 PM
Also eragon is not my top list of things to read because i didn't really like eragon, i don't know why but its something about it that makes me want to scream out YOU SUCK but i guess it could be because i was so bored over some time that i saw that movie over and over again, we will never know

Havent read any of the books however I did hear eragon the book was far better than the movie. Though I enjoyed the movie.

The book was indeed FAR better than the film, however i was childish and inexperienced when i read eragon, it took me ages to realise just how bad it was... it would be okay if all the plots hadnt come directly out of other stories...
However i would never recommend the actual books, but the fanfiction i posted is actually really amazing... The writer now has several books released in her own name :)

Darathor
01-15-2010, 04:04 PM
And if you want something more humor than serious but still with an interesting story anything by Terry Pratchett is a good read.

I really like his books. They are often funny and have interesting concepts along with a good plot. I like most all the R. A. Salvatore books and find them to be a good read.

zach12wqasxz
01-19-2010, 06:44 PM
if you like fantasy and dragons and such then you will really like these books, there all in them same series going by first to last in the series
Eragon ( the movie sucked but the book is awesome )
Eldest ( the sequel )
Brisingr ( sequel to Eldest )
i HATE reading and i obsess over these books so you know there that good

nickson104
01-20-2010, 02:52 PM
if you like fantasy and dragons and such then you will really like these books, there all in them same series going by first to last in the series
Eragon ( the movie sucked but the book is awesome )
Eldest ( the sequel )
Brisingr ( sequel to Eldest )
i HATE reading and i obsess over these books so you know there that good

I have read them all, Eragon and Edest were good when i was inexperienced and didnt know what made a good book... Brisingr was a truly awful book that was painful to read and i only read it through as not to waste money, I would recommend everyone stay away from Brisingr at all costs...
No offence zach :) :p

Josh Warner
01-20-2010, 08:52 PM
I have read them all, Eragon and Edest were good when i was inexperienced and didnt know what made a good book... Brisingr was a truly awful book that was painful to read and i only read it through as not to waste money, I would recommend everyone stay away from Brisingr at all costs...
No offence zach :) :p

A line simply needs to be drawn between a well written book and an enjoyable book, they can often be different things. I find the drizzt books to be average quality these days - but the characters and the universe itself (Forgotten realms) draw me in and more than make up for the average writing.

The Eragorn books are somewhat the same in that respect, the author is relatively new though, still could improve.

zach12wqasxz
01-21-2010, 11:38 AM
I have read them all, Eragon and Edest were good when i was inexperienced and didnt know what made a good book... Brisingr was a truly awful book that was painful to read and i only read it through as not to waste money, I would recommend everyone stay away from Brisingr at all costs...
No offence zach :) :p

you all are going a little deep with this whole author book thread. i read very few books, and the ones that are good are the ones that i find entertaining and dont put me to sleep. also im very interested in a medieval setting so though its a bit more fantasy is still very close. and brisingr was not a bad book, it actually had some very good and well written parts in it. if any book in this series should be critized it should be eldest becasue half of the book was Eragon obsessing over Arya, i had trouble getting through that stuff, but when i did the rest of the book was good
also if you think that this series is childish ( i noticed many comments that said this, or similiar to "were good when i was inexperienced and didnt know what made a good book" ) did you ever think that it was a book written for a younger audiance? by a new author? i mean for being a new inexpereniced author, and being for a younger audiance he wrote these books very well. its all really a matter of opinion


off the inheritance books. i read one of the drittz books, i enjoyed it but never got around continuing into the series

blackfang
01-21-2010, 11:57 AM
it also seems like i gotta get hold of this drizzt thingie, also if you search for steven erikson then you find a tale of the malazan book of the fallen. That is perhaps one of the most entertaining books i have ever read, in the midnight tides and reapers gale you will find the FUNNIEST and most AWESOME character ever made! His name is Tehol beddict. SERIOUSLY READ IT! By the way, the first books will take a millenium to start up (it will take half the book to understand at first because you are really just thrown into the world) but once you get into the series you will find it so enjoyable that you can't let the book in peace, i mean i try to hold myself because i am halfway into book number two, and i need number three. Because of that i try to wait for it by not reading but i can barely let myself deny it. (also these books were originally made as movie scripts... so maybe sometime in the future we might see it in the cinema. also the other one the malazan books under another author should play about entirely unrelated scenes:D but a bit before)

Liljagare
01-21-2010, 12:48 PM
Stephen Donaldson's White Gold Wielder series should hold you over.. Epic series, 9 books complete, but he's writing a third set of 3 books atm, got 2 out, that are equally as good. I keep thinking of him as Tolkien 'lite', for some reason...

Legend of Nighthawk is another nice book, and those Shannara books are BIG, HEAVY, and actually well written.

Naturarly, anything Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms works too.. :P

nickson104
01-21-2010, 05:07 PM
if any book in this series should be critized it should be eldest becasue half of the book was Eragon obsessing over Arya, i had trouble getting through that stuff, but when i did the rest of the book was good
also if you think that this series is childish ( i noticed many comments that said this, or similiar to "were good when i was inexperienced and didnt know what made a good book" ) did you ever think that it was a book written for a younger audiance? by a new author?


I quite liked the parts about Arya, it was very overplayed, but it showed a human side to his character. Love is something we all feel, it is hard to control, and i totally can understand why its there... But yes, it was overplayed greatly...
Also i didnt mean childish, sorry... Its just that the Inheritance series were one of the first books i started reading properly... (other than harry potter)
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ince then i have read other books which, frankly put the writing to shame, the ideas are great (although many taken from other stories) and the link between Eragon and Saphira in the first book is amazing... that is diminished about halfway through eldest where things obviously become rushed, brisingr lost it totally... Brisingr effectively killed all my appreciation for the books, it forgot many of the things that had previously been stated, it didnt show their relationships, and i didnt like the main idea it revolved around...

Dont get me wrong, the book is great, and yes it was written for a younger audience, it is aimed at young teens mainly i would say, definitely a teen market.

And yes, it was a fair enough first book i guess... But sometimes you can see the injustice that there are many amazing writers out there who simply cant get publishers, but he got lucky as his parents owned a publishing company...

Josh Warner
01-21-2010, 05:12 PM
Naturarly, anything Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms works too.. :P

This is something I can agree with.

Generation
01-21-2010, 05:51 PM
Some good books you shoukd read are Ranger's Apprentice, the black tatoo, Artemis Fowl, The Supernatural, Sea of Trolls, Spartan Quest. Too lazy to list some more but that should be good enough for a bit.

nickson104
01-21-2010, 05:56 PM
Is it possible that there would be a way to compile recommended books into a list for us to access at a later date easily without having to read through several pages of comments? (especially since much is arguing about the inheritance series, SORRY)

Andy Joslin
01-21-2010, 06:22 PM
I highly recommend the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind, starting with the first book Wizard's First Rule. Once you start Wizard's First Rule you'll have a very hard time putting it down :)

Puppeteer
01-22-2010, 01:54 PM
And if you're ever bored of the fantasy genre, try Simon Sebag Montefiore's biography of Stalin. Not that you'll ever will...

ash12181987
02-07-2010, 01:00 PM
Okay, scrap everything about Forgotten Realms books.

Read Dune: Frank Herbert's Dune. No, don't watch the movie, read it. Best. Sci-fi. Book. Ever.

Hell, you want a copy, I have two.

Something a bit more Brain-candy would be the Dresden Series by Butcher, their entertaining, though they are getting more and more... wonky.

And you can never go wrong with the classics: The Complete Sherlock Holmes for instance.

nickson104
02-08-2010, 05:35 PM
Night Angel Trilogy - Brent Weeks
Recently read them, their pretty damn good books :) i picked em up for penny each on amazon, although it did cost me a fiver in P&P... Still a trilogy for a fiver is a pretty good deal :)

Generation
02-08-2010, 06:48 PM
I highly recommend the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind, starting with the first book Wizard's First Rule. Once you start Wizard's First Rule you'll have a very hard time putting it down :)
They made a tv series off it

Devon
02-08-2010, 07:10 PM
I second the Night Angel Trilogy and Foundation series. Also, I thought the Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud was great. Anyone else read those?

JDmino
02-08-2010, 11:57 PM
Rangers Apprentice by John Flanagan is great. I love the series. The story is well developed and has the continuation kind of feel. You just want to find out more about all the characters. My favourite book out of the series is probably "The Ruins of Gorlan", the first book. Don't get turned of by the corny book names though, I bought the book after reading the first 3 chapters in the store.:)

And, Harry Potter is also good, I know people find the series annoying, but they are good books. Way better then that ****pile twilight series.:mad:


EDIT: This is my hundredth post, awesome.