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#21 OFFLINE   Aliath

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 12:21 PM

Anyone know of some darker fantasy novels?

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 01:48 PM

View PostJakey, on Aug 6 2010, 10:21 PM, said:

Anyone know of some darker fantasy novels?
How about giving Darren Shan's Demonata series a try? Or you can also opt for his Saga of Darren Shan series also known as the Cirque Du Freak series. I've read the latter in it's entirety and found the plot quite compelling.

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 02:40 AM

Alice Sebold is quite a good writer. For modern gothic, I just discovered a book called The Thirteenth Tale: mysterious and oddly compelling. My favorite non-fiction book is the Omnivore's Dilemma, which makes for a very humorous and informative read.

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 08:42 AM

I'd have to say, my favorite book of all time would have to be A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

And, while I was on vacation I read The Time Traveler's Wife. It was actually pretty good.

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 08:56 AM

View PostJakey, on Aug 7 2010, 09:42 AM, said:

I'd have to say, my favorite book of all time would have to be A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

And, while I was on vacation I read The Time Traveler's Wife. It was actually pretty good.

A Thousand Splendid Suns is one of my favorite books. A highly enjoyable read.

Plan on finishing up The Grapes of Wrath today.

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 03:02 PM

View PostBuland, on Aug 6 2010, 10:25 AM, said:

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View PostBuland, on Aug 6 2010, 06:53 AM, said:

Can anyone recommend me a fantasy series? Something similar to the works of Tolkien (LOTR). I haven't had a good fantasy read in a long time. :unsure:

Also, how's The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (spelling?)?

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Recommendation #1: Warriors by Erin Hunter.
Recommendation #2: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by...uhh... I forget.
Recommendation #3: Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan.
Recommendation #4: Septimus Heap by... not sure either...
Recommendation #5: This series doesn't really have a name, so I'll just list a few books: The Fire Within, Icefire, Fire Star, The Fire Eternal, all are Dragon books by Chris d'Lacey
Recommendation #6: Guardians of Ga'Hoole by I don't know as well. :huh:

These are good series. Read them or die. Oh wait I forgot about Percy Jackson. Put that in one of the top reccomendations. Although I felt that the first and second book were slightly rushed, the fifth book was just amazing.
I remember having Ranger's Apprentice lying around. Just thought I should give it a read after finishing The Alchemist. Thanks for the recommendations, Wabbit! I'll start with the fifth recommendation. :mellow:


I have read #2, 3, and 5. They were all great books, however, if you're looking for something along the lines of Tolkein, they may not be exactly what you are looking for. They're all extremely easy reads (in comparison), but are still enjoyable. Just figured I'd let you know. :/

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 07:36 PM

Just started The Colour of Magic. It's awesome. :huh:

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 09:35 PM

View PostBlue, on Aug 7 2010, 03:02 PM, said:

View PostBuland, on Aug 6 2010, 10:25 AM, said:

View Postrabbitfuzzy0, on Aug 6 2010, 08:08 PM, said:

View PostBuland, on Aug 6 2010, 06:53 AM, said:

Can anyone recommend me a fantasy series? Something similar to the works of Tolkien (LOTR). I haven't had a good fantasy read in a long time. :mellow:

Also, how's The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (spelling?)?

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Recommendation #1: Warriors by Erin Hunter.
Recommendation #2: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by...uhh... I forget.
Recommendation #3: Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan.
Recommendation #4: Septimus Heap by... not sure either...
Recommendation #5: This series doesn't really have a name, so I'll just list a few books: The Fire Within, Icefire, Fire Star, The Fire Eternal, all are Dragon books by Chris d'Lacey
Recommendation #6: Guardians of Ga'Hoole by I don't know as well. :huh:

These are good series. Read them or die. Oh wait I forgot about Percy Jackson. Put that in one of the top reccomendations. Although I felt that the first and second book were slightly rushed, the fifth book was just amazing.
I remember having Ranger's Apprentice lying around. Just thought I should give it a read after finishing The Alchemist. Thanks for the recommendations, Wabbit! I'll start with the fifth recommendation. :/


I have read #2, 3, and 5. They were all great books, however, if you're looking for something along the lines of Tolkein, they may not be exactly what you are looking for. They're all extremely easy reads (in comparison), but are still enjoyable. Just figured I'd let you know. :wub:

They're easy yet sooo enjoyable. :unsure:
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Posted 07 August 2010 - 09:48 PM

View PostJakey, on Aug 7 2010, 03:21 AM, said:

Anyone know of some darker fantasy novels?

The Dark Elf Trilogy, I've only read the first, but I thoroughly enjoyed and the mention of "darker fantasy" reminded me to get on reading the rest. :huh:

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 03:43 AM

The Dragonlance series was very good, as well.

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 07:04 PM

View PostEsperluette, on Aug 8 2010, 04:43 AM, said:

The Dragonlance series was very good, as well.

Might try. Is it a challenging read? Because I like easy ones, which challenge me in almost no way whatsoever. :huh:
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Posted 08 August 2010 - 08:14 PM

View PostBuland, on Aug 6 2010, 02:53 AM, said:

Can anyone recommend me a fantasy series? Something similar to the works of Tolkien (LOTR). I haven't had a good fantasy read in a long time. :huh:

Also, how's The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (spelling?)?

I'd highly recommend Bartimaeus trilogy. Somewhere between Harry Potter and LOTR, but far far better than Harry Potter with heroes being rather more real.

The Alchemist is a good book. Actually, if you haven't read anything by Coelho, go for it - you are bound to enjoy it. I started with the Alchemist and liked it a lot, but then moved to other Coelho's books only to realize how repetitive he was... He was also a bit crazy about religion and stuff.

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 09:04 PM

View PostVaskor, on Aug 8 2010, 09:14 PM, said:

View PostBuland, on Aug 6 2010, 02:53 AM, said:

Can anyone recommend me a fantasy series? Something similar to the works of Tolkien (LOTR). I haven't had a good fantasy read in a long time. :huh:

Also, how's The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (spelling?)?

I'd highly recommend Bartimaeus trilogy. Somewhere between Harry Potter and LOTR, but far far better than Harry Potter with heroes being rather more real.

The Alchemist is a good book. Actually, if you haven't read anything by Coelho, go for it - you are bound to enjoy it. I started with the Alchemist and liked it a lot, but then moved to other Coelho's books only to realize how repetitive he was... He was also a bit crazy about religion and stuff.

I read the Bartimaeus Trilogy and I agree. It's a much darker setting than Harry Potter and the hero is much more realistic. It has a very likable protagonist (referring to Bartimaeus) who is very humorous unlike his setting.

Very good read.

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 09:17 PM

View PostJakey, on Aug 6 2010, 10:21 AM, said:

Anyone know of some darker fantasy novels?

Well, Edgar Allan Poe immediately comes to mind. He started the genre and I think he is still one of the best, if not the best. Lovecraft's novels are also quite good and creepy, but not as good as Poe's, IMO.

As far as modern dark fantasy series, try George Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire".
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Posted 08 August 2010 - 09:44 PM

View PostSamsara, on Aug 8 2010, 09:04 PM, said:

View PostVaskor, on Aug 8 2010, 09:14 PM, said:

View PostBuland, on Aug 6 2010, 02:53 AM, said:

Can anyone recommend me a fantasy series? Something similar to the works of Tolkien (LOTR). I haven't had a good fantasy read in a long time. :huh:

Also, how's The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (spelling?)?

I'd highly recommend Bartimaeus trilogy. Somewhere between Harry Potter and LOTR, but far far better than Harry Potter with heroes being rather more real.

The Alchemist is a good book. Actually, if you haven't read anything by Coelho, go for it - you are bound to enjoy it. I started with the Alchemist and liked it a lot, but then moved to other Coelho's books only to realize how repetitive he was... He was also a bit crazy about religion and stuff.

I read the Bartimaeus Trilogy and I agree. It's a much darker setting than Harry Potter and the hero is much more realistic. It has a very likable protagonist (referring to Bartimaeus) who is very humorous unlike his setting.

Very good read.


I picked the whole trilogy up a few days ago from the library. I read the first book a few years back, but don't remember much of it. Glad to hear people are recommending it. :unsure:

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 10:14 PM

Actually, there's one thing I'd like to comment about this being a sub-forum:

It wouldn't really be of much use, as when you create topics it would just go on for so little before it died. I really wouldn't support this becoming a sub-forum, but it would have my full support on becoming a sticky.
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 01:05 AM

View Postrabbitfuzzy0, on Aug 9 2010, 08:14 AM, said:

Actually, there's one thing I'd like to comment about this being a sub-forum:

It wouldn't really be of much use, as when you create topics it would just go on for so little before it died. I really wouldn't support this becoming a sub-forum, but it would have my full support on becoming a sticky.
I agree. This thread has received quite a lot of attention and should be stickied.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 03:37 PM

Did someone mention Dragonlance!!??

My ALL time favorite fantasy series, bar none. The language is easy to read, to answer a question asked earlier, but the plot is one-of-a-kind and quite complex in many places. Particularly in the Twins Trilogy where the fabric of time, relationships and the pantheon are all torn asunder. The characters are so relatable that I feel like I actually knew them and that I've been to Solace for real rather that just in my imagination (I can literally taste Otik's Spiced Potatoes as my wife fixes them occasionally). No one does characterization better than Margaret Weis and no one in the realm of fantasy is better a spinning intricate webs of intrigue than Tracy Hickman.

That said, the best book I've ever read is Emergence by David R. Palmer. It is written entirely in Pitman shorthand yet there is more plot and characterization then I could ever hope to muster using normal typewriting. It is a science fiction novel about a young girl who emerges from her underground safehouse to a post apocalyptic world. Best. Book. Ever.

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 01:29 AM

I have changed my mind.

Atlas Shrugged is good once you overlook the errors and read it purely for self-aggrandizement. It does wonders for one's ego; in the Atlas Shrugged universe, I can convince myself that I am a burgeoning genius and people misunderstand me simply because they are afraid of being overcome by my intellect and vigor in thought. Unfortunately, I am not Lord Kelvin, but I am better than him and will prove it to the world after I have written a 348-page doctoral thesis (at age twelve!) proving my intellectual superiorty over the downtrodden masses.

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 11:02 PM

View PostEsperluette, on Aug 14 2010, 02:29 AM, said:

I have changed my mind.

Atlas Shrugged is good once you overlook the errors and read it purely for self-aggrandizement. It does wonders for one's ego; in the Atlas Shrugged universe, I can convince myself that I am a burgeoning genius and people misunderstand me simply because they are afraid of being overcome by my intellect and vigor in thought. Unfortunately, I am not Lord Kelvin, but I am better than him and will prove it to the world after I have written a 348-page doctoral thesis (at age twelve!) proving my intellectual superiorty over the downtrodden masses.


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