Looking for a fantasy or general fiction series recommendation

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  1. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    I've always enjoyed series... from a young age reading CS Lewis's Narnia series and the RedWall series by Brian Jacques. I like well-written series when I can follow characters over long periods of time or even generations as in the examples given. I don't like super dense, describe the color of the spot of rust on the hilt of the sword which by the way, the sword was passed down through 18 pages of back story before we move on. Its one of the reasons I've never read The Lord of the Rings books or the GRRM books, I'm not sure I have the attention span.

    Not sure this falls into the same bucket as to why I didn't enjoy them but I could never get into the Wheel of Time books, I read the first one and part of the second one and gave up as a teen. In college I started the first one again and never finished. I also read Terry Brook's Magic Kingdom for sale series but could never get into his much more popular Shanara series.

    I'm fine reading YA if its well written. Not sure if you'd classify Harry Potter as YA or at least not by the end. I'm not ashamed to admit those may be my favorite books ever. I also read the entire Terry Goodkind Sword of Truth series... Arguably those aren't well written (well, they're "problematic" in 2019 parlance) but they had the right mix of reluctant hero is secretly the most powerful person in the world which explains why he's always been so randomly good at stuff and they he's discovered.

    Any recommendations?
     
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    DYohn Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    The last Sci Fi series I read was the "Fleet of Worlds" series from Larry Niven. I was a fan of his novel "Ringworld" from many many moons ago and give this a shot. It's five books (six if you include Ringworld in the proper chronology between numbers four and five) and I really enjoyed it.
     
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    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    I'll take a look... I'm probably a little more fantasy than sci-fi.
     
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    DYohn Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    One modern classic author from the sword and sorcery genre would be Marion Zimmer Bradley.
     
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    Dustin B Well-Known Member

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    I'm more on the sci-fi side so these may not work for you.

    Bobiverse. I'm very much looking forward to the release of books 4 and 5 in this series.

    Red Rising could be described as GoT in space.
     
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    Mikael Soderholm Active Member Donor

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    Ursula K LeGuin? Wizard of Earthsea made a great impression on me when I first read it.
    Although it wasn't originally designed as a series, it grew into one.
    A Wizard of Earthsea - Wikipedia
     
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    Randy Rhoton Well-Known Member Donor

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    Dragonriders of Pern by ‎Anne McCaffrey‎; ‎Todd McCaffrey‎; currently there are 23 books in this series, which is part sci fi and mostly dragon fantasy. I've read a couple of them, and while not to my normal tastes, they were good reads nonetheless. And I second Davids recommend on Larry Niven's Ringworld books. These are part of his "Known Space" sci fi universe which is highly entertaining. I have also read and enjoyed so much I've read David Weber's "Empire from the Ashes" trilogy three times now. Pure sci fi, but way fun. Imagine our moon is actually an abandoned ancient exploration space ship that replaced the real moon fifty thousand years ago.
     
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    Chris Smith Well-Known Member

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    I really like the Dresden File series of books. Urban Fantasy, starts out as a magician detective for hire and the world builds every book.
    The Dresden Files - Wikipedia

    I'm also reading all the books in the Honorverse series (there are 30 or so.) Super hard sci-fi/military and might not be what you're looking for because he will spend 3 or 4 pages explaining how different missiles and intercept velocities work.
    Honorverse - Wikipedia
     
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    Carl V Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    The Thomas Covenant series.
    Fantasy. 10 books
     
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    Randy Rhoton Well-Known Member Donor

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    I've read all the Honorverse books. Like them a lot, but yeah he does get wordy.
     
  11. John F

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    How about ...

    Stephen King's Dark Tower, or
    The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett
    The Magicians by Lev Grossman
    Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
    Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott (or one of his other series)
     
  12. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    Thanks for the recommendations all.

    I love King... that's actually what I've been reading a lot of recently. I just finished The Outsider and before that The Eyes of the Dragon and Sleeping Beauties with a few other books sprinkled in. I read The Dark Tower and could not get into it. It felt like nothing was happening and I felt constantly lost at the same time.

    I realized one of the series I'm reading now has a new entry so I started that. Its a quirky series about a group of people that discover our entire reality is a simulation and discover the ability to hack it.
     
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    claud Well-Known Member Donor

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    There is a series writer by the name of W.E.B. Griffin. He has several series about the Army, Marines and Pensylvania State Police. If you want a change of pace. There are also British naval series back in the 1500-1600s for even more of a change. Try Dewey Lambdin for an author.
     
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    John F Active Member

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    I can understand that. I guess I'm lucky (or lack taste), but I enjoy just about everything I read.
     
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    Dan Driscoll HTT Refugee Donor

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    I have a Kindle Unlimited subscription and abuse the hell out of it. But there are a number of authors that I like so much I always buy their E-books. I've indicated those with an *. The rest I read all their wok, but use my KU subscription.

    *Elizabeth Hunter - Vampire Fantasy at it's finest. She also writes the only romance books I've ever enjoyed.
    *Mark Henwick - Vampire fantasy & sci-fi. His Biteback series an ATF for me
    Nial Teasdale - multiple fantasy & Sci-Fi series
    *Jan Stryvant - Sean Valens series
    *E. William Brown - Daniel Black series
    P.S. Power - multiple fantasy series
    *Elliot Kay - Good Intentions series
    Daniel Schinhofen - LitRPG
    Loren K. Jones - Dragons & Gods
    Erin R. Flynn - Adult Fantasy
    Michael Anderle - Kutherian Gambit - Sci-f/Fantasy hybrid w/ multiple interconnected series arcs
    T.S. Paul - Federal Witch Series + spin-offs.
    Ilona Andrews - Innkeeper & other series
    *Laurence Dahners - Hyllis Family series. Technically sci-fi, but reads as fantasy. Multiple other Sci-Fi series

    FYI - Most of these authors are independent, and so are not restrained buy professional editors. Many of their books have mild or moderate adult themes, a few verge on porn.
     
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    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    Do the women have big tits?
     
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    Dan Driscoll HTT Refugee Donor

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    Variety is the spice of life, my friend! :yum:
     
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    I really enjoyed Anne Rice's "The Witching Hour" and its following "Mayfair Witches" series of books. And the series goes through many generations. In my youth I read "The Dragon Riders of Pern" and many of the related books, as mentioned by Randy, and they were quite enjoyable.
     
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    DYohn Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    I like Anne Rice's writing style and a few years back when I read that she was writing a book about Jesus Christ I thought, "Holy Shit! She's gonna catch hell from Christians making Jesus a vampire!" Funny how the resurrection story fits into her vampire origin stories really well...
     
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    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    I mean, we have the same amount of evidence that Jesus was a vampire as we do that he was the son of god.
     
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