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Other Fantasy Writers
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Don't know if this forum is the right place for this post. But just for fun which fantasy writer other than Tolkien would you recommend reading?

I personally like George R.R. Martin's first three books of the Song of Ice and Fire series (hence my username). Parts 4 and 5 are of a lesser quality though.

I'm trying to collect these books too. Unfortunately prices are a little bit out of control since the TV adaptation of a Game of Thones aired.

Posted on: 2011/10/13 16:32

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I haven't found any other fantasy that I don't dislike, to be honest. Tolkien doesn't feel fake like most fantasy in that the world of the third age is pretty normal really. I hated Song of Ice and Fire so much that I couldn't complete the first book. Soap opera fantasy is the worst kind. Still, if everyone liked the same stuff, it would be a dull world :)

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I do like the Song of Ice and Fire series, though I haven't read the fifth book yet. I definitely agree with the "soap opera" description from Stu, but sometimes that works for me!

I also am really enjoying the Kingkiller Chronicles by Pat Rothfuss, but only the first two books are out yet, so be warned if you can't stand waiting. If he can sustain the story to the end and wrap it up cleanly, this will be a classic in my mind.

Neither are replacements for (or even in the style of) Tolkien.

I just sold my spare copy of "A Game of Thrones" a few months ago, or else I might have been able to help you out SonOfDolf. Sorry!

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Stu wrote:
I hated Song of Ice and Fire so much that I couldn't complete the first book.


You missed the best part of the book! In the last chapters of the first book a lot of the stuff happens that is the very reason many people like these books so much.

Of course Tolkien is on a different level.

Posted on: 2011/10/14 4:48


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After reading Tolkien as a youth I went out looking for something similar and read authors like Eddings, Donaldson, Jordan, Goodkind, Martin, etc. None of them to me could match the quality of Tolkien, and some seemed like they were trying very hard to plagiarize him (Terry Brooks comes to mind). I have to admit that I did enjoy Martin’s series. His work is really only fantasy in that it is set in a fictitious world where there are some elements of the supernatural. To me his work reads more like fictionalized history set in medieval Europe, and his style is reminiscent of someone like James Clavell.
As for recommended reading I would say Gaiman’s “American Gods” is one of the most engaging fantasy type books I’ve read recently.

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